Bills Signed by the Governor, 5/16/2013

A list of bills recently signed by Gov. Bill Haslam, provided by his communications office on May 16, 2013:
House Bill No. 848 (Ragan)
This bill authorizes the governor to call members of the state guard to active duty, with the member’s consent, for the performance of any official duty in connection with state guard activities.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 30-0)
House Bill No. 841 (Durham)
This bill amends the Freedom in Contracting Act.
(Passed House 67-27; Passed Senate 26-6)


House Bill No. 830 (Matheny)
This bill creates a June 30, 2015, sunrise provision for the consumer advocate division in the office of the attorney general and reporter.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 29-3)
House Bill No. 810 (Matheny)
This bill extends the Department of Correction to June 30, 2015.
(Passed House 97-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 794 (Matheny)
This bill extends the energy efficient schools council to June 30, 2014.
(Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 780 (Matheny)
This bill extends the board of dentistry to June 30, 2017.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 766 (Matheny)
This bill extends the historical commission to June 30, 2019.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 30-1)
House Bill No. 755 (Matheny, Ragan)
This bill extends the State Board of Education to June 30, 2015.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 739 (Sanderson)
This bill gives authority to local governments to purchase supplies, goods, equipment and services under contracts or price agreements entered into by any other local governmental unit of this state.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 30-0)
House Bill No. 710 (Littleton)
This bill adds an additional ground to terminate a person’s parental or guardianship rights.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 30-0)
House Bill No. 705 (H. Brooks, J. DeBerry, Lollar)
This bill establishes a two-year pilot project operated by the Department of Education to study the accessibility of AP courses and career and technical certification examinations.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 29-0)
House Bill No. 597 (R. Williams, Hardaway)
This bill requires a parent to notify the child’s other parent before relocating more than 50 miles away, rather than 100 miles.
(Passed House 86-8; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 574 (Dunn, Eldridge, Sargent)
This bill states that for insurance companies without stockholders, the value of the corporate property of such company, excluding real property and tangible personal property, shall be equal to the total dividends paid to policyholders in the preceding calendar year.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 26-2)
House Bill No. 521 (Watson)
This bill states that it shall not be a defense to a violation of soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor, and especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor that the minor consented to the conduct constituting the offense.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 493 (Sargent)
This bill changes the current law regarding tax liens for delinquent property taxes and the sale of property at tax sales.
(Passed House 94-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 489 (Jones)
This bill allows the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council to prescribe fees for the certification of batterers’ intervention programs.
(Passed House 88-0; Passed Senate 31-0)
House Bill No. 488 (Jones, Hardaway)
This bill makes changes to the requirements that the Department of Children’s Services can place on parents in determining whether to continue or restore custody.
(Passed House 90-0; Passed Senate 26-2)
House Bill No. 480 (Powers)
This bill pertains to the licensure requirements for roofing subcontractors.
(Passed House 83-2; Passed Senate 24-6)
House Bill No. 478 (Travis, Moody, Hardaway)
This bill states that a person may present proof of insurance during certain traffic stops or accidents in paper or electronic form.
(Passed House 97-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 453 (Hardaway, Towns, Parkinson, Camper)
This bill allows a judge to assign a long-term mentor to a child in lieu of committing the child to the custody of the Department of Children’s Services.
(Passed House 89-0; Passed Senate 30-0)
House Bill No. 353 (Shipley)
This bill makes various changes to the state’s ignition interlock law.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 31-0)
House Bill No. 342 (Harrison)
This bill continues the monthly nursing home assessment fee.
(Passed House 90-3; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 315 (H. Brooks)
This bill states that all contracts for goods in excess of $10,000 shall be bid and must be approved by the governing body of each public charter school.
(Passed House 74-19; Passed Senate 21-6; House adopted conference committee report 71-18; Senate adopted conference committee report 71-18)
House Bill No. 306 (Favors, Shipley, Jernigan, Hardaway, Evans, Powell, Parkinson, Miller)
This bill enhances the punishment for assault and aggravated assault when committed against health care providers acting in the discharge of their duties.
(Passed House 63-31; Passed Senate 31-1)
House Bill No. 283 (Forgety, Lynn, Shepard, K. Brooks, Powers, Keisling, Sexton, Travis, H. Brooks, Fitzhugh)
This bill allows for the 25% reduction of tuition for state institutions of higher learning to apply to children of retired teachers.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 21-5)
House Bill No. 234 (Carter, Moody, T. Hill, Lollar)
This bill allows a court clerk to withhold any outstanding fees, court costs or fines owed by a minor before the clerk delivers any funds within a trust fund established for the minor claimant.
(Passed House 91-1; Passed Senate 29-1)
House Bill No. 196 (McCormick)
This bill redefines “criminal gang offense” for purposes of enhanced penalties for gang offenses.
(Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 193 (McCormick)
This bill lowers the state sales tax on food from 5.25% to 5%.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 31-1)
House Bill No. 192 (McCormick)
This bill increases the Hall Tax exemption level for individuals who are 65 years-old and over.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 183 (McCormick)
This bill establishes a pilot program within the Department of Transportation for an alternative procurement procedure known as the Construction Manager/General Contractor method.
(Passed House 88-5; Passed Senate 30-0)
House Bill No. 175 (McCormick, Goins)
This bill makes various changes to franchise and excise tax law.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 116 (Dunn)
This bill amends current law relative to the mechanism used to fill unexpected vacancies on the boards of commissioners of single-county utility districts.
(Passed House 97-0; Passed Senate 30-0)
House Bill No. 95 (McDaniel)
This bill officially designates the working committee that planned the War of 1812 Bicentennial events and activities as an official Tennessee War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 88 (Lundberg)
This bill makes changes to the current law relative to the use of juveniles by law enforcement in undercover operations for purchasing smoking materials, alcohol, illegal drugs or state lottery tickets.
(Passed House 88-7; Passed Senate 22-5)
House Bill No. 32 (Sexton)
This bill requires the state to provide to each Tennessee resident who is a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor a free Medal of Honor memorial registration plate for up to two motor vehicles.
(Passed House 99-0; Passed Senate 32-0; Conference report adopted by the House 90-0; Conference report adopted by the Senate 27-0)
House Bill No. 6 (Watson)
This bill enacts the “School Security Act of 2013”.
(Passed House 82-15; Passed Senate 27-6)
House Bill No. 1359 (Rich)
This bill makes changes to the charter of the town of Somerville.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 29-0)
House Bill No. 1358 (Rich)
This bill makes changes to the charter of the town of Grand Junction.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 33-0)
House Bill No. 1356 (Halford)
This bill makes changes to the charter of the town of Bradford.
(Passed House 91-0; Passed Senate 31-0)
House Bill No. 1355 (Doss)
This bill makes changes to the way that proceeds from the hotel and motel privilege tax in Giles County are allocated.
(Passed House 91-0; Passed Senate 31-0)
House Bill No. 1348 (Womick)
This bill authorizes the Murfreesboro city council to prescribe a dollar limit over which competitive bidding is required.
(Passed House 91-0; Passed Senate 31-0)
House Bill No. 1346 (Pody)
This bill authorizes the local legislative body of Cannon County to levy a 5% hotel tax.
(Passed House 77-9; Passed Senate 27-2)
House Bill No. 1341 (Powell)
This bill allows certain metropolitan governments to impose a tax on retail sales of up to 0.25%.
(Passed House 66-30; Passed Senate 28-3)
House Bill No. 1331 (J. DeBerry)
This bill expands the number of private colleges and universities authorized to establish police departments.
(Passed House 77-7; Passed Senate 25-1)
House Bill No. 1276 (McCormick)
This bill creates the labor education alignment program (LEAP).
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 1268 (Farmer)
This bill encourages the State Building Commission to prescribe high performance building requirements and promulgate rules which meet or exceed the 2005 Sustainable Design Guidelines.
(Passed House 92-0; Passed Senate 29-0)
House Bill No. 1246 (C. Johnson)
This bill directs the executive director of the Tennessee district attorneys general conference to prepare a report on steps which should be taken to improve sales tax fraud investigations and prosecutions.
(Passed House 85-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 1213 (M. Turner)
This bill extends from 2014 to 2020 the authority of metropolitan governments to impose a hotel occupancy tax in excess of $2.00.
(Passed House 65-17; Passed Senate 28-2)
House Bill No. 1154 (Rogers)
This bill directs the state funding board to study the “Copeland Cap”.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 1112 (Haynes)
This bill amends the current law regarding dismissal of teachers because of a decrease in school enrollment or for other reasons.
(Passed House 75-20; Passed Senate 27-4)
House Bill No. 1084 (Alexander)
This bill states that an intoxicating liquor may not advertise as “Tennessee Whiskey” unless it meets certain criteria.
(Passed House 79-6; Passed Senate 24-6; Conference committee report adopted by House 79-8; Conference committee report adopted by Senate 20-3)
House Bill No. 1066 (Keisling)
This bill modifies the appointment process for the board of certification for operators of water supply systems and wastewater systems.
(Passed House 86-3; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 1055 (Durham)
This bill changes the definition of “home school student” for purposes of the HOPE scholarship.
(Passed House 89-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 987 (Goins)
This bill amends the affidavit requirements for the administration of small estates.
(Passed House 98-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
House Bill No. 982 (Sanderson)
This bill pertains to the transfer of funds from the small and minority-owned business program.
(Passed House 95-0; Passed Senate 29-0)
House Bill No. 952 (Wirgau)
This bill states that a landfill operator must first submit a proposal to the appropriate legislative bodies prior to accepting any waste that would require a change in the classification of a landfill.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 31-0)
House Bill No. 920 (Moody)
This bill eliminates the defense of ignorance or mistake of fact as to the age of a minor for the crimes of patronizing prostitution and soliciting a minor to observe sexual conduct.
(Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 31-0)
House Bill No. 868 (Sexton)
This bill prohibits pain management clinics from dispensing controlled substances, with certain exceptions.
(Passed House 97-0; Passed Senate 30-0)
House Bill No. 864 (Lollar)
This bill allows for the extraterritorial application of Tennessee workers compensation laws in certain limited circumstances.
(Passed House 93-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

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