Bills Signed by the Governor, 5/20/13

Here’s a list of bills recently signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam, as provided by his communications office on May 20, 2013.
Senate Bill No. 1292 (Tracy)
This bill specifies that physician-hospital organizations and any other provider may accept risk from an HMO provided that the HMO remains contractually responsible to its enrollees.
(Passed Senate 32-0; Passed House 85-0)
Senate Bill No. 1245 (Hensley)
This bill states that if a nursing home is more than 90 days delinquent in paying an installment of its annual assessment fee, the commissioner of Health shall initiate proceedings to suspend admissions to the facility.
(Passed Senate 28-3; Passed House 92-0)


Senate Bill No. 1175 (Kelsey, Crowe, Gresham, Niceley)
This bill states that each LEA shall develop a policy providing for an open enrollment period when parents can choose from a list of schools with available space and request a transfer.
(Passed Senate 26-1; Passed House 88-0)
Senate Bill No. 1089 (Kyle, Ford)
This bill states that the $40 fee that is paid to the court clerk on confirmation of private sales shall not apply to payments made pursuant to court order from funds held by the clerk.
(Passed Senate 28-0; Passed House 99-0)
Senate Bill No. 1052 (Kelsey)
This bill increases the penalty for drawing and filing a deed without actual ownership and filing a lien on property without any legal interest.
(Passed Senate 30-2; Passed House 91-0)
Senate Bill No. 1042 (Kelsey)
This bill states that the governor shall appoint six people to the TN Housing Development Agency, and those appointments shall meet the requirements set out in the bill.
(Passed Senate 30-1; Passed House 88-0)
Senate Bill No. 1032 (Kelsey, Ford, Crowe, Beavers, Burks)
This bill provides that if the person being promoted for prostitution is a minor, then the offense will be punishable as trafficking for a commercial sex act, which is a class B felony.
(Passed Senate 32-0; Passed House 92-0)
Senate Bill No. 1029 (Kelsey, Beavers, Burks, Ford, Haile, Overbey, Stevens, Yager)
This bill adds “trafficking for commercial sex acts” to the definition of criminal gang offenses.
(Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House 91-0)
Senate Bill No. 1028 (Kelsey, Ketron, Crowe, Bowling, Burks, Campfield, Ford, Haile, Harper, Massey, Overbey, Stevens, Yager)
This bill extends the statute of limitations for prosecuting a person for trafficking for commercial sex acts and soliciting a minor to observe sexual conduct.
(Passed Senate 33-0; Passed House 92-0)
Senate Bill No. 1024 (Overbey)
This bill states that a private act hospital authority shall generally be exempt from the payment of any taxes or fees to the state, except as provided under current law.
(Passed Senate 32-0; Passed House 90-1)
Senate Bill No. 1015 (Bell)
This bill states that it is the intent of the General Assembly that current state law regarding weapons is preemptive with respect to transfer, ownership and possession of knives.
(Passed Senate 27-3; Passed House 77-18)
Senate Bill No. 982 (McNally, Bowling)
This bill urges the commissioner of revenue to study the advisability of using an occupation’s profitability ratio in determining the professional privilege tax amount.
(Passed Senate 29-0; Passed House 89-0)
Senate Bill No. 942 (Southerland)
This bill states that the TN Real Estate Commission shall require applicants to submit fingerprints for purposes of obtaining a criminal background check.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 90-0)
Senate Bill No. 941 (Southerland, Overbey)
This bill allows a region of the state to multiply by 3 the gross weight diverted from Class I municipal solid waste disposal facilities for purposes of calculating the total percentage of waste reduction for the region.
(Passed Senate 31-0: Passed House 88-1)
Senate Bill No. 886 (Hensley, Burks, Ford)
This bill requires the State Board of Education to adopt an occupational diploma for students with disabilities.
(Passed Senate 32-0; Passed House 93-0)
Senate Bill No. 852 (Ketron, Bell, Tracy)
This bill enacts the Energy Independence Act of 2013.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 92-0)
Senate Bill No. 833 (Ketron)
This bill makes it a violation for any construction service provider to misclassify employees to avoid proper classification for workers’ compensation insurance premium calculations.
(Passed Senate 27-0; Passed House 84-1)
Senate Bill No. 832 (Overbey, Burks, Haile)
This bill prohibits release eligibility for a person convicted of attempted first degree murder where the victim suffers serious bodily injury until the person has served 85% of the sentence imposed.
(Passed Senate 27-0; Passed House 87-1)
Senate Bill No. 828 (Gresham, Haile)
This bill prohibits release eligibility for a person committing aggravated child neglect or endangerment until the person has served 70% of the sentence imposed.
(Passed Senate 27-0; Passed House 92-0)
Senate Bill No. 783 (Johnson, Ramsey)
This bill redefines how to calculate the base period of pay for unemployment benefits and temporary total disability under state law.
(Passed Senate 24-5; Passed House 66-23)
Senate Bill No. 719 (Crowe)
This bill allows dependent children of certain workers assigned to work full-time in a foreign nation to be eligible for the HOPE scholarship.
(Passed Senate 33-0; Passed House 91-0)
Senate Bill No. 687 (Tate)
This bill requires each higher education institute to report to THEC an accounting of student activity fees.
(Passed Senate 32-0; Passed House 95-0)
Senate Bill No. 676 (Yager)
This bill enacts the “Addison Sharp Prescription Regulatory Act of 2013”.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 94-0)
Senate Bill No. 675 (Yager)
This bill enacts “Lynn’s Law”.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 92-0)
Senate Bill No. 667 (Gresham)
This bill authorizes public employees who are in the military to use five days of sick leave in lieu of annual leave after the employee has received 20 working days of compensation so that the employee does not have to take leave without pay when called to military duties.
(Passed Senate 27-0; Passed House 92-0)
Senate Bill No. 614 (Yager, Burks, Green, Haile)
This bill slightly alters the definition of “imitation controlled substance” to better reflect the new substances that are being abused.
(Passed Senate 33-0; Passed House 91-0)
Senate Bill No. 599 (Johnson)
This bill authorizes retired agents of the Dept. of Revenue to retain the agent’s service weapon and badge if the person retires after 25 years of honorable armed service.
(Passed Senate 28-0; Passed House 86-0)
Senate Bill No. 555 (Overbey, Kyle, Stevens, Beavers)
This bill makes various changes to the law on conservatorships and court-appointed guardians ad litem.
(Passed Senate 32-0; Passed House 93-0)
Senate Bill No. 446 (Overbey)
This bill expands the offense of solicitation of a minor.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 94-0)
Senate Bill No. 416 (Crowe)
This bill defines “removal service” as an entity that engages in arranging, directing, supervising or performing the transportation of deceased human remains for a fee.
(Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House 94-0)
Senate Bill No. 333 (Bell)
This bill extends the emergency communications board to June 30, 2014.
(Passed Senate 32-0; Passed House 97-0)
Senate Bill No. 302 (Niceley)
This bill requires local education agencies to continue to pay full compensation and benefits to teachers who are victims of a violent criminal act during the course of employment.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 90-0)
Senate Bill No. 279 (Watson)
This bill prohibits a municipality from annexing by ordinance, upon the municipality’s initiative, until May 15, 2014.
(Passed Senate 27-0; Passed House 78-16; Conference Committee Report adopted by Senate 26-0, by House 59-32)
Senate Bill No. 265 (Massey)
This bill increases the per diem of the board of veterinary examiners from $50 per day to $100 per day.
(Passed House 89-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
Senate Bill No. 264 (Gresham)
This bill changes one of the offenses for which a student must be expelled for at least one calendar year from battery against a teacher to aggravated assault against a teacher.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 82-4)
Senate Bill No. 237 (Campfield)
This bill allows a petitioner to enter into a payment plan with the court clerk to pay the $350 expunction fee in installments.
(Passed Senate 32-0; Passed House 91-2)
Senate Bill No. 150 (Norris)
This bill imposes penalties and interest on surplus lines insurance agents for failing to pay the surplus lines tax on time.
(Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House 92-0)
Senate Bill No. 129 (Ketron)
This bill amends laws related to the manufacturing of alcoholic beverages and distilleries.
(Passed Senate 22-9; Passed House 58-30)
Senate Bill No. 116 (Ketron)
This bill requires that certain legislative fiscal notes include a statement on the effect on commerce and jobs in the state.
(Passed Senate 32-0; Passed House 95-2)
Senate Bill No. 109 (Tate)
This bill allows the Cosmetology Board to create schools that specialize solely in natural hair styling, manicuring and the practice of aesthetics.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 88-0)
Senate Bill No. 105 (Massey)
This bill enacts the “Tennessee Alternative Diploma Act”.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 93-0)
Senate Bill No. 26 (Yager)
This bill allows a county legislative body to cast the deciding vote or call for a run-off election in the event there is a tie for county or civil district office.
(Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House 91-0)
Senate Bill No. 24 (Southerland)
This bill allows Cocke County to levy a privilege tax on litigation in all civil and criminal cases instituted in General Sessions Court.
(Passed Senate 30-0; Passed House 56-32)
Senate Bill No. 504 (Norris)
This is the constitutional spending limit bill for 2012-2013.
(Passed Senate 27-3; Passed House 93-4)
Senate Bill No. 503 (Norris)
This is the bond authorization bill.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 96-1)
Senate Bill No. 502 (Norris)
This is the general appropriations bill.
(Passed Senate 32-0; Passed House 83-14)
Senate Bill No. 501 (Norris)
This is the budget reconciliation bill.
(Passed House 98-0; Passed Senate 32-0)

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