Gov. Bill Haslam officially signed scores of bills into law last week, ranging from a $32.8 billion state budget. This week, he’s doing ‘ceremonial signings’ to spotlight selected legislation.
Here are some links to stories on signings, both regular and ceremonial.
On a bill lowering the sales tax on groceries from 5.25 percent to 5 percent, HERE.
On the ‘distillery bill,’ which changes rules for manufacturing liquor in Tennessee — perhaps most notably for Chattanooga whiskey and Gatlinburg moonshine. HERE.
On a bill imposing a 13-month moratorium on city annexations of residential and agricultural property. HERE.
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)
Gov. Bill Haslam signed two tax cuts into law this week, including a reduction in the state sales tax on groceries from 5.25 percent to 5 percent as well as a cut to the state’s Hall Income Tax for seniors ages 65 and older.
The bills are among more than 50 measures the governor signed as he continues to plow through measures passed by state lawmakers that ended April 19.
Full story, HERE. School Security
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill that allows school districts to let people with police training be armed in schools.
The measure passed the House 82-15 and was approved 27-6 in the Senate.
It allows schools to hire retired law enforcement officers after they meet certain requirements, such as completing a 40-hour school security course.
The measure makes information about which teachers are armed or which schools allow the guns confidential to anyone but law enforcement.
Haslam included $34 million in his budget for local government officials to use on their priorities, which could include security measures. Ignition Interlock
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s ignition interlock law will apply to more drunken drivers under legislation signed by Gov. Bill Haslam.
Currently, ignition-locking devices, which force drivers to pass breath tests to start vehicles and keep them running, are required for DUI offenders whose blood alcohol level topped 0.15 percent.
This bill drops the level to the intoxication threshold of 0.08 percent and would require first-time offenders to get the devices. In turn, those convicted of DUI won’t get a restricted driver’s license and will be allowed to drive anywhere.
The measure was unanimously approved 95-0 in the House and 31-0 in the Senate.
It was sponsored by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet and Republican Rep. Tony Shipley of Kingsport.
Here is a list of bills recently signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam, as released by his office May 17, 2013:
Senate Bill No. 63 (Yager, Haile)
This bill requires the Dept. of Finance & Administration to monitor the pharmacy benefits manager’s compliance with any state pharmacy benefits management contract.
(Passed Senate 31-0; Passed House 91-0)
Senate Bill No. 88 (Finney, Kelsey, Ford)
This bill requires the Dept. of Education to review all measures that are in place to prevent breaches in the security of standardized tests administered in public schools.
(Passed Senate 33-0; Passed House 92-0.
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)
Bills recently signed by Gov. Bill Haslam, as provided by his office May 10, 2013:
Senate Bill No. 1327 (Ketron, Harper)
This bill expands the definition of “urban park centers” for the purposes of selling alcohol at various venues in Davidson County.
(Passed Senate as Amended 21-10; Amended Bill Passed House 62-25)
Senate Bill No. 1246 (Hensley, Bowling, Campfield)
This bill creates a sunset for the Bureau of TennCare and sets that date to be June 30, 2015.
(Passed Senate as Amended 31-0; Amended Bill Passed House 88-0)
Bills recently signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam, as provided by his communications office April 26, 2014.
Senate Bill No. 145
This Administration bill for the Dept of Commerce and Insurance enacts the ” Standard Valuation Law.”
Passed House 96-0; Passed Senate 30-0
Senate Bill No. 151
This Administration bill for the Dept of Commerce and Insurance allows registered or exempt broker-dealers to execute purchase on behalf of their clients in securities that are unregistered for sale in Tennessee as long as the transaction is initiated solely by the client and the only compensation received by the broker-dealer is from the client.
Passed House 86-0; Passed Senate 32-0
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
A list of bills recently signed by Gov. Bill Haslam, as provided by his communications office: April 19
This bill decreases the per diem that a member of the general assembly whose principal place of residence is 50 miles or less from the capitol may receive and increases the number of days that such members may receive a mileage allowance.
(Passed House 72-15; Passed Senate 28-2)
This bill requires, rather than permits as it stands under current law, that restitution to the victim be paid by the defendant for the offenses of patronizing prostitution, trafficking for commercial sex acts, solicitation of a minor for sexual purposes, and enlisting or paying a minor to engage in child pornography.
(Passed House 97-0; Passed Senate 32-0)
Tennessee lawmakers bit off more than they could chew this session when it comes to classroom reform, reports WPLN. “I think we gave the impression that we were forcing a whole lot of stuff down folks’ throats,” says Rep. John DeBerry (D-Memphis). “And perception is reality.”
DeBerry’s legislation strengthening the state’s so-called “parent trigger law” is one of several major proposals abandoned for the year.
The national lobbying organization Students First is behind the push to make it easier for parents to overthrow the administration of a public school. Lobbyists say the clock ran out as they hashed out details. They promise to bring back the proposal next year.
The education reform that attracted the most lobbying activity this year has also failed.
One advocate was paying 11 lobbyists to push for school vouchers. Several were even running TV ads promoting the use of public education money to pay private school tuition.
….Many of the education proposals that received the most attention barely got off the ground. Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) gave another go at his so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
The legislation would have required public school employees to alert parents if their child was possibly engaging in homosexual activity.
Liberal groups were incensed. But ultimately Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey probably did more than anyone to put the kibosh on the proposal, saying, “there are some tings that should be left inside the family.”
There were a number of separate proposals allowing teachers to carry guns in class or stationing armed guards in every school.
Chairs of the education committees put off the armed teacher bills, saying they would be lumped together and debated at one time. But before that could happen, Governor Haslam stepped in and molded the most mild version into a shape he could support.