Bills Signed by the Governor, 3/03/13

Here’s the latest list of bills signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam, provided by his office:
March 26
SB 59
This bill authorizes and encourages public higher education institutions to offer coursework on neurological or brain science research as part of teacher training programs.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 33-0)
SB 65
This bill authorizes tractor vehicle, freight motor vehicle, truck-tractor, trailer and semitrailer operators to deduct the weight of their idle-reduction technology or emissions-reduction technology, not to exceed 550 pounds, from the total weight of the vehicle for purposes of determining whether the vehicle exceeds the weight limit for operation on the roads.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 31-0)


SB 219
This bill maintains current law in light of upcoming changes to federal law. Specifically, it changes existing law so that a remittance transfer would continue to be governed by the Tennessee Uniform Commercial Code.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 31-0)
SB 305
This bill extends the Tennessee heritage conservation trust fund board of trustees to June 30, 2014.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
SB 321
This bill extends the child care agency licensing board of review to June 30, 2019.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
SB 322
This bill extends the collateral pool board to June 30, 2018. The bill also grants the treasurer more authority in making appointments to the collateral pool board by eliminating certain requirements, including a requirement that the treasurer appoint persons submitted by the Tennessee Bankers Association.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 30-0)
SB 329
This bill extends the department of financial institutions to June 30, 2017.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
SB 492
This bill updates the electric safety code for electric-supply stations and communication lines from the 2006 version to the 2011 version.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 31-0)
SB 533
This bill names the Cleveland/Bradley County State Veterans Home.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 30-0)
SB 979
This bill requires hospitals to provide to patients, prior to discharge and between the months of August 1 and March 31 of each year, information on the flu and the availability of the flu vaccine.
(Passed House 91-4; Passed Senate 32-0)
SB 81
This bill removes the requirement that state agencies report on agency efforts to reduce petroleum use. Currently, agencies are required to report to the Comptroller each September on their progress and activities in meeting the goal of reducing petroleum use by 20 percent.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 30-0)
SB 82
This bill amends the way local governments account for financial activities related to the management of solid waste. Under current law, local governments must account for their solid waste management activities in either a special revenue fund or an enterprise fund. This bill would amend the law to allow local governments to account for solid waste management financial activities in their general fund when GAAP prohibits the use of a special revenue fund or enterprise fund, as long as they include sufficient detail in their annual financial report of all solid waste revenues and expenditures.
(Passed House 97-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
SB 124
This bill allows the commissioner of the department of labor and workforce development to obtain information regarding employer workers’ compensation insurance policies in order to ensure compliance with the law. The information obtained by the commissioner is deemed confidential and not a public record, except for the employer’s name and address, the insurance carrier’s name and business address, and the insurance policy number, effective date and expiration date. Under current law, all information provided to the department relating to workers’ compensation insurance policies is considered public information.
(Passed House 93-1; Passed Senate 31-0)
SB 561
This bill limits the requirement under current law that dogs and cats be securely confined or kept on a leash while being transported in the state to only dogs and cats diagnosed with or suspected of having rabies.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 30-0)
SB 587
This bill allows a credit union to compensate members of its board of directors subject to certain requirements, including the adoption of a policy governing compensation and the inclusion of the board member compensation in the annual report as a specific expense item. Under current law, no member of the board of directors of a state-chartered credit union may receive any compensation for their services as a member of the board other than to be reimbursed for any loss of earnings caused by time spent in the service of the credit union. The bill does not change current law with regard to reimbursement of a member of the board for any loss of earnings cause by time spent in the service of the credit union.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
SB 1180
This bill removes some areas from TRA regulation for telecommunication companies that have elected market regulation.
(Passed House 91-1; Passed Senate 33-0)
April 1
SB 10
This bill requires the DOS to waive the required skills test for a state commercial driver’s license for any applicant who has been issued a valid military commercial driver’s license and who certifies on his application that, during the two-year period immediately preceding the date of application, the applicant has not had more than one (1) driver’s license and has not had another license suspended or revoked in any other state.
(Passed House 91-0; Passed Senate 31-0)
SB 137
This is a Comptroller’s bill. It states that financial records filed for purposes of income verification shall be confidential and shall not be subject to inspection under the Tennessee public records law but shall be available to local and state officials who administer or enforce the tax relief program.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 30-0)
SB 138
This bill requires the audit committee chair of state or local government audit committees to report certain information to the Comptroller in the event the chair suspects the information demonstrates illegal, wasteful or fraudulent activities may have occurred.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 30-0)
SB 851
This bill creates a twenty (20) member Underground Utility Prevention Advisory Committee.
(Passed House 90-0; Passed Senate 31-0)
HB 85
This bill prohibits places of public accommodation from requiring that a blind person, physically disabled person or deaf or hard of hearing person, who is led or accompanied by a guide dog, present any documentation as proof that the animal has been certified, trained or licensed as a guide dog.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 33-0)
HB 86
This bill specifies that present law provisions limiting the hours and days of operation of a title pledge lender do not prohibit the title pledge lender from accepting a payment pursuant to an existing title pledge or property pledge agreement at any time.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
HB 172
This is an administration bill for the Department of Human Services.
(Passed House 97-0; Passed Senate 24-7)
HB 319
This bill allows prescription orders to be printed utilizing a technology that results in a tamper-resistant prescription, in lieu of being on tamper-resistant prescription paper, as long as it meets the guidelines for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and meets or exceeds specific TennCare requirements for tamper resistant prescriptions.
(Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 29-0)
HB 553
This bill enacts the “Tennessee Heritage Protection Act of 2013.”
(Passed House 69-22; Passed Senate 26-3)
HB 747
This bill extends the sunset provision for Tennessee State Board of Accountancy from June 30, 2012 to June 30, 2016.
(Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
HB 748
This bill extends the sunset provision for Tennessee Wars Commission from June 30, 2012 to June 30, 2019.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
HB 762
This bill extends the post-conviction defender oversight commission to June 30, 2018.
(Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
HB 785
This bill extends the alcoholic beverage commission to June 30, 2017.
(Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
HB 787
This bill extends the standards committee, department of human services, to June 30, 2019.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
HB 789
This bill extends the University of Tennessee, board trustees to June 30, 2014.
(Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
HB 793
This bill extends the Tennessee higher education commission to June 30, 2014
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 33-0)
HB 824
This bill extends the department of mental health and substance abuse services to June 30, 2017.
(Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
HB 834
This bill extends the soil scientist advisory committee to June 30, 2014.
(Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
HB 901
This bill extends the deadline for the Chattanooga autopsy facility to become accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners from July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2014.
(Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 31-0)
HB 1040
This bill sets the current statutory requirement for criminal investigator positions in each judicial district as the statutory minimum.
(Passed House 90-0; Passed Senate 33-0)
HB 1269
This bill repeals the office of Legislative Affairs for Knox County. It is subject to local approval.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 31-0)
April 2
HB 149
This bill specifies that land owned by a political subdivision of the state is not to be considered private land, and any such land that subject to a purchase option by a private entity not be considered to be land that is expected to become privately owned, so long as the purchase option covering the land may not be exercised for a period of at least five (5) years following the date of a FastTrack infrastructure grant.
(Passed House 91-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
HB 187
This bill authorizes the department of Veterans Affairs to establish veteran cemeteries, in addition to the three cemeteries required under present law, as needed, by using federal planning criteria in order to receive federal grant funding to assist with establishing the additional cemeteries.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 30-0)

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