Bill Signing Briefs

Tattooing Kids
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposal that seeks to crack down on the tattooing of minors has been signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam.
The measure, signed by the Republican governor this week, unanimously passed the Senate 31-0 and was approved 86-6 in the House.
The law makes it illegal for anyone who is unlicensed to possess tattooing paraphernalia. The measure also encourages reporting incidents of underage tattooing to the Health Department. Those making the report might be a police officer or someone in education, such as a teacher or school resource officer.
Currently, a person under 18 cannot get a tattoo. A 16-year-old can be tattooed to cover up an existing tattoo, but only if a parent or guardian is present.
Opting Out of Extracurricular Activities
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a measure that allows parents to opt their children out of extracurricular school activities.
Under the legislation, schools would notify parents about the activities “by way of student handbooks or policy guidebooks.”
Sponsors have said those parents who don’t want their children to participate in a certain activity can send a note to the school.
The legislation unanimously passed the Senate 31-0 and was approved 75-14 in the House.
Memphis Schools Bill No. 2
Gov. Bill Haslam signed into law today the lesser of two bills lawmakers approved regarding the establishment of new municipal school districts in the Memphis suburbs, reports Richard Locker.
Senate Bill 2908 by Sen. Mark Norris, R-Collierville, lifts the ban on the creation of new municipal school districts in the section of Tennessee law governing municipal governments, effective with the transfer of administration of Memphis City Schools to the Shelby County board of education in August 2013. That’s the same time the ban will be lifted under the provisions of last year’s “Norris-Todd Act,” or Public Chapter 1, but that measure lifted the ban in the section of Tennessee law governing education, not the section on municipal governments.
Norris told the Senate last month when the bill passed that SB 2908 “doesn’t change any deadlines or accelerate anything,” but rather cross-references and clarifies the lifting of the ban in a separate section of Tennessee Code overlooked last year. The governor last week signed into law the more important of this year’s two bills on the issue: House Bill 1105

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