Following is a list of state laws taking effect on Jan. 1, 2013, as compiled by Legislative Information Services. The first number is the “public chapter” number of the new law, followed by the bill number as it appeared during the legislative session, the subject and then the description. (Below the LIS list is a listing compiled by the Senate Republican Caucus that contains more description in some cases.)
1020 SB3341 Teachers, Principals and School Personnel – As enacted, specifies
that a teacher may not teach a course in which an end of course
examination is required for students to satisfy graduation
requirements set by the state board of education, if the teacher’s
license does not carry a subject specific endorsement for the
subject area of the course, unless the teacher demonstrates
sufficient content knowledge in the course material by taking, at the
teacher’s own expense, and passing a standardized or criterion-
referenced test for the content area. – Amends TCA Title 49,
1030 SB2923 Workers Compensation – As enacted, clarifies that either party in a
workers compensation dispute may bring suit in the county in which
the employee resided at the time of the injury when issues remain
after the benefit review conference; reduces from $100 to $50.00 the
maximum amount that the secretary of state may charge for certain
fees concerning construction service providers and workers
compensation. – Amends TCA Title 50.
1051 HB3459 Business Organizations – As enacted, revises multiple provisions of
the Tennessee Business Corporation Act. – Amends TCA Title 48.
1068 SB2129 Employees, Employers – As enacted, enacts the “Tennessee Works
Act of 2012.” – Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 29 and Title 50,
1070 SB2247 Tennessee Regulatory Authority – As enacted, changes the
membership of the authority to be five part-time directors instead of
four full-time directors; sets the salaries of such directors; revises
other provisions regarding the Authority. – Amends TCA Title 65.
1071 SB2267 Driver Licenses – As enacted, allows persons 60 years of age or
older who elected to obtain a nonphoto bearing license prior to
January 1, 2013, to retain and renew such license. – Amends TCA
Title 55, Chapter 50.
1097 SB3247 Schools, Charter – As enacted, revises charter school application
process time frames; permits LEAs to charge charter school
applicants an application fee; revises other charter school-related
provisions. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 13.
122 SB1451 Mortgages – As enacted, revises various provisions related to the
notice of the right to foreclose that must be sent by the lender to the
debtor prior to foreclosure; effective January 1, 2013, deletes certain
notice requirements. – Amends TCA Section 35-5-117.
434 SB0424 Health, Dept. of – As enacted, prohibits any licensed physician or
osteopathic physician from performing or attempting to perform any
abortion, including a medically induced abortion, or from
prescribing any drug or device intended to cause a medical
abortion, except in the physical presence of the pregnant woman; no
drug or device intended to cause a medical abortion may be
administered or dispensed to a pregnant woman except in the
physical presence of her physician. – Amends TCA Title 63.
519 SB0551 Licenses – As enacted, requires licenses issued by the department
of commerce and insurance and licenses required to work as athlete
agents, lobbyists, and K-12 public school teachers to be denied,
suspended, or revoked, if student loans are not paid. – Amends TCA
Title 3; Title 49 and Title 56.
596 SB2652 Utilities, Utility Districts – As enacted, requires boards of
commissioners for utility districts to provide notice to their
customers at least two weeks prior to any board meeting at which the
board members intend to select three nominees to certify to the
county mayor to fill an existing or upcoming vacancy on the board;
notice must include an invitation for the customers to submit the
names of qualified persons to be considered for nomination. –
Amends TCA Section 7-82-307.
689 HB3007 Highways, Roads and Bridges – As enacted, revises structure and
operation of certain county highway departments. – Amends TCA
Title 54, Chapter 7.
923 SB2727 Economic and Community Development – As enacted, requires the
state agency responsible for processing applications for grant
funds relating to workforce development to accept electronic
signatures in the same manner as it accepts physical signatures. –
Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 3, Part 14; Title 47, Chapter 10 and
952 SB3644 State Government – As enacted, authorizes certain departments,
boards and other governmental entities to allow holders of licenses,
certifications or registrations to be notified by electronic mail of
renewals, fee increases and changes in the law and of any meeting
where changes in rules or fees are on the agenda. – Amends TCA
Title 4; Title 37; Title 45; Title 62; Title 63 and Title 71.
Here’s a list of state laws taking effect on Jan. 1, 2013, as compiled by Darlene Schlicher of the Senate Republican Caucus:
From 2011 Session
Abortion / Telemedicine — Licensed physicians will be prohibited from performing a medically induced abortion via telemedicine conferencing under legislation approved. The bill prohibits a physician from prescribing any drug or device intended to cause a medical abortion, except in the physical presence of the pregnant woman. The new law will have the practical effect of preventing RU 486 from being prescribed through this mechanism. The bill clarifies that no drug or device intended to cause a medical abortion may be administered or dispensed to a pregnant woman except in the physical presence of her physician.
RU-486, also known as Mifeprex, is a synthetic steroid that is used to prevent or end pregnancy in the first two months after conception, and is commonly referred to as the “abortion pill.” The new telemedicine technology allows a doctor to talk to and dispense the pills to a patient in a remote office location using two-way teleconferencing technology, which includes a camera and microphone connected to the Internet.
The bill, as amended, will take effect on January 1, 2013.
Crowe / PC 434 / DOE: January 1, 2013