Bills Signed by the Governor, 4/24/13

Here’s a list of bills recently signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam, as provided by his communications office:
House Bill No. 87
This Bill authorizes the county budget committee in Sullivan County to have between five and nine members, one of which will be the County mayor.
Passed House as Amended 96-0; Amended Bill Passed Senate 32-0
House Bill No. 1073
This bill states that an individual acting as an agent under the Tennessee Health Care Decisions Act or an individual designated as a surrogate may apply for admission to a public or private hospital or treatment resource for diagnosis or treatment of a mental illness of the person for whom the individual is acting as the agent or surrogate.
Passed house as Amended 91-0; Amended Bill Passed Senate 32-0
House Bill No. 1097
This bill states that beds in the Intermediate Care Facilities for the Mentally Retarded (“ICFMR”) may be filled after the existing patients pass away by persons from patients on the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities facilities’ home and community based services (HCBS) waiver waiting list, subject to the person’s freedom of choice.
Passed House as Amended 94-0; Amended Bill Passed 29-0


House Bill No. 1223
This Bill removes current language in the code that states that the amount of wages agreed upon by an employer and his employee constitutes a basis for litigation.
Passed House as Amended 96-0; Amended Bill Passed Senate 27-6
Senate Bill No. 16
This bill prohibits employers and their employees who contract with a school or child care program from having direct contact with the school or child care center’s children or coming on the school or child care center’s grounds when children are present if convicted of specific types of murder, kidnapping, and sexual offenses.
Passed Senate as Amended 33-0; Amended Bill Passed House 96-0
Senate Bill No. 125
This bill allows any photo identification issued by state of Tennessee or United States to be used as evidence of identification for voting purposes but prohibits the use of county or municipal identifications, including a public library card, for voting purposes.
Passed Senate 21-8; Amended Bill Passed House 65-30; Senate concurred in both House Amendments
Senate Bill No. 127
This bill requires a county election commission send certification of results to the alcoholic beverage commission when a referendum is held by the county.
Passed Senate 27-0; Passed House 95-0
Senate Bill No. 148
This is an administration bill for the Department of Commerce and Insurance. It removes the requirement in the code that the engineering exam be a “minimum eight-hour” exam.
Passed Senate as Amended 30-0; Amended Bill Passed House 94-0
Senate Bill No. 159
This Administration bill for TDEC provides that appeals to environmental boards will first be heard by an administrative judge from the administrative procedures division of the secretary of state’s office, instead of by the entire environmental board.
Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 33-0
Senate Bill No. 172
This administrative bill replaces the “Retail Food Store Inspection Act of 1986” with the modernized “Tennessee Retail Food Safety Act,” and replaces the “Hotel, Food Service Establishment and Public Swimming Pool Inspection Act of 1985 with the “Hotel and Public Swimming Pool Inspection Act.”
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 33-0
Senate Bill No. 179
This Administration bill amends the Hazardous Chemical Right to Know Law, which sets forth standards regulating the rights of persons living and working in Tennessee to be provided with information regarding hazardous chemicals in order to make decisions regarding personal welfare.
Passed Senate 32-0; Amended Bill passed House 92-0; Senate concurred in House amendment
Senate Bill No. 184
This is an administration bill for the Department of Revenue. It increases the maximum number of distinctive alpha-numerical characters that must be on a license plate from “six” to “seven”.
Passed Senate as Amended 30-0; Amended Bill passed House 95-0
Senate Bill No. 187
This Administration bill permits the Department of Safety and Homeland Security to promulgate rules and regulations regarding access to its statewide P25 Interoperable Communications System and assessments for the maintenance of the system.
Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0
Senate Bill No. 195
This is an administration bill for the Governor. It is the bill that exempts WGU-TN from the authority of the TN Higher Education Commission.
Passed Senate 26-1, present not voting 3; Passed House 74-18
Senate Bill No. 224
This bill provides that, for purposes of credit cards, a creditor’s records include written or electronic records of an original creditor, issuer, or succeeding creditor that have been acquired by the creditor through a contract, transaction or assignment and the records are incorporated as a business duty into the records of the creditor’s regularly maintained records and relied upon in the creditor’s regularly conducted business activity.
Passed House 91-1; Passed Senate 31-0
Senate Bill No. 243
This Bill requires judgment debtors whose salaries, wages or other compensation are subject to a garnishment to notify a judgment creditor of any new employment within ten days.
Passed Senate 23-4, present not voting-1; Amended Bill passed House 93-0; Senate concurred in House amendment
Senate Bill No. 249
This bill increases from three to four the number of vehicles that a producer may lease to full time employees and specifically authorizes producers to lease up to four vehicles to leased employees of producers who work on site at a producer’s facility in TN.
Passed House 92-1; Passed Senate 32-0
Senate Bill No. 267
This bill requires that the first fire drill be conducted earlier in the school year and that an intruder drill be conducted as well.
Passed House 91-1; Passed Senate 32-0
Senate Bill No. 422
This bill imposes, on the sale of beer at wholesale, a tax equal to thirty-five dollars and sixty cents ($35.60) per barrel of thirty-one liquid gallons of beer sold.
Passed Senate as Amended 30-1, present not voting-1;Amended Bill passed House 87-2
Senate Bill No. 424
This bill clarifies functions performed by alcohol and drug abuse counselors to conform them to nationally recognized terminology and standards.
Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 28-0
Senate Bill No. 436
This bill increases the maximum amount of the fee local governments may charge for a false security or fire alarm from $25.00 to $50.00.
Passed Senate as Amended 26-4; Amended Bill passed House 94-0
Senate Bill No. 440
This bill requires that all applications for issuance or renewal of a motor vehicle dealer license contain an attestation that the applicant will comply with certain requirements.
Passed Senate 32-0, present not voting-1; Amended Bill Passed House 92-0; Senate concurred in House amendment
Senate Bill No. 527
This bill extends certain protections to private foundations from governmental intrusion.
Passed House 91-0; Passed Senate 32-0
Senate Bill No. 544
This bill requires that smoking paraphernalia be maintained behind the counter of a retail establishment in an area inaccessible to a customer or in a locked display case.
Passed House 90-2; Passed Senate 28-1
Senate Bill No. 647
This bill defines the requirement of “good and solvent bonds” for purposes of contractors entering into contracts with any city, county or state authority for public works within this state.
Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 28-0
Senate Bill No. 655
This bill revises the segment of State Route 169 in Knox County that is a scenic highway.
Passed House 91-0; Passed Senate 32-0
Senate Bill No. 665
This bill requires hospitals, birthing centers, health care facilities, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other health care practitioners who provide care to newborns and prenatal patients to make information and instruction about CPR available to at least 1 parent or caregiver of a new born infant.
Passed House 93-1; Passed Senate 33-0
Senate Bill No. 769
This bill abolishes the Tennessee Industrial Finance Corporation.
Passed Senate 33-0; Passed House 93-0.
Senate Bill No. 770
This Comptroller bill repeals the State Government Quality Improvement act of 1992.
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 33-0
Senate Bill No. 771
This Comptroller bill repeals the Tennessee governmental accountability commission.
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 30-0
Senate Bill No. 772
This Comptroller bill repeals the Tennessee law enforcement advisory council.
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 30-0
Senate Bill No. 773
This Comptroller bill repeals the Tennessee industrial development authority.
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 30-0
Senate Bill No. 775
This Comptroller bill repeals the Access Improvement Fund Act of 1971.
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 30-0.
Senate Bill No. 776
This Comptroller bill repeals the Tennessee broadband taskforce.
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 32-0
Senate Bill No. 831
This bill provides that a prosecution may begin upon indictment, presentment, or the issuing of a warrant when an offender is identified through a DNA profile. Passed Senate as Amended 32-0; Amended bill Passed House 94-1
Senate Bill No. 844
This bill removes a provision in Uniform Landlord and Tenant Act prohibiting public housing projects in Hamilton and Rutherford counties from charging more than $5.00 per month for the late payment of rent or charging a late fee at all unless more than 15 days have elapsed since rent was due.
Passed House 67-24; Passed Senate 32-0
Senate Bill no. 902
This bill transfers the division of records management from the department of general services to the department of state.
Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 32-0
Senate Bill No. 920
This bill revises various laws regarding the disbursement and investment of state funds.
Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 30-0
Senate Bill No. 978
This bill redefines “institution” for purposes of the TN State School Bond Authority Act.
Passed House 91-2; Passed Senate 31-0
Senate Bill no. 994
This bill requires the Governor to include an allocation to the reserve for revenue fluctuations equal to an amount sufficient to maintain the reserve at 8%, instead of 5%, of estimated state tax revenues allocated to the general fund and the education trust fund.
Passed Senate 27-2;Amended Bill Passed House 93-1; Senate concurred in House Amendment
Senate Bill No. 999
This bill enacts the “Hawkins-Wilson Act” regarding the funding of the State’s debt.
Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 32-0
Senate Bill No. 1002
This bill states that in counties that have a city with the population greater than sixty thousand (60,000), two of the members of the county board of equalization shall be appointed by the governing body of the largest city.
Passed Senate as Amended 32-0; Amended Bill Passed House 92-0
Senate Bill No. 1208
This bill deletes obsolete and antiquated statutory text and references in regards to business, insurance and utilities.
Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House 94-0
Senate Bill No. 1174
This bill redefines “volunteer firefighter” as any member or personnel of a fire department, volunteer fire department, and rescue squad or volunteer rescue squad for the purposes of saying that an entity that offers workers’ compensation insurance shall also offer medical benefits coverage for paid-on-call and volunteer firefighters.
Passed Senate 30-0; passed Housed as Amended 95-0; Senate Concurred in House Amendment 31-0
Senate Bill No. 1210
This bill brings expert witnesses under the definition of a “state employee” for liability purposes when the experts testify on behalf of the Department of Health at any administrative hearing held with respect to a disciplinary action against any person or entity required to be licensed by any board created pursuant to Titles 63 and 68, when a civil action for damages is commenced against such expert witnesses for any act or omission in the course of testifying.
Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House as Amended 92-0; Senate Concurred in House Amendment 30-0
Senate Bill No. 1269
Current law requires laboratory scientists to be supervised by a medical laboratory supervisor, director or technologist when performing certain forensic and drug testing analyses in a medical laboratory.
Passed Senate as Amended 26-3; Amended Bill Passed House 87-5
Senate Bill No. 1291
This bill removes the career ladder provisions for educators as a general rule and only retains them for the few educators who are still eligible for them.
Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House 92-0
Senate Bill No. 1294
This bill adds the word “treating” before “health care institution” in a section of the code that deals with durable powers of attorney for health care purposes.
Passed Senate 28-0; Passed House 94-0
Senate Bill No. 1302
The bill requires child care agencies to develop written emergency plans in consultation with local authorities in the event of emergencies including fires, tornadoes, earthquakes and floods.
Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House 93-0
Senate Bill No. 1328
This bill adds a new section to the code that requires the Comptroller to approve noncompetitive purchases and contracts entered into by the Department of Transportation for non-construction and non-engineering projects or services with a term of more than one year that are renewable by either party that would extend the contract beyond 12 months and that have cumulative value of not less than $250,000.
Passed Senate 28-0; Passed House 85-7
Senate Bill No. 1333
This bill adds the Tennessee Walking Horse Celebration venue to the definition of an Urban Park Center in the code, which allows alcoholic beverages to be sold and served on the premises.
Passed Senate 23-8, present not voting-1; Passed House 66-21
Senate Bill No. 1337
This bill authorizes, until January 1, 2014, the governing bodies of Niota, Gainesboro, Jamestown, Livingston, and Morristown to approve by two-thirds (2/3) vote the operation of a golf cart on any public roadway within the municipality that is not a part of the county highway system or the state system of highways or the interstate and national defense highway system.
Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House as Amended 93-0; Senate Concurred in House Amendment 30-0
Senate Bill No. 1410
This bill repeals the McNairy county wheel tax if the local legislative body concurs with this piece of legislation.
Passed Senat3 32-0; Passed House 94-0
House Bill No. 1288
This bill authorizes the creation of new municipal school systems.
Passed House 70-24; Passed Senate 24-5, present not voting-1
Senate Bill No. 1005
This bill is the Treasurer’s pension reform bill that creates the hybrid defined retirement benefits plan.
Passed Senate as Amended 32-0; Amended Bill Passed House 71-16

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