Summary of Legislation Introduced by Senator Norris and enacted into law during the 105th General Assembly

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Senate Bill 2001
House Bill 1993

Tort Liability and Reform – One of the most significant bills passed this year in the General Assembly was major tort reform legislation aimed at weeding out meritless medical malpractice lawsuits.  Medical malpractice lawsuits have been a factor in increasing the cost of health care nationwide.  The Department of Commerce and Insurance Annual Reports on Medical Malpractice have shown that more than 80% of the lawsuits filed in Tennessee lack sufficient merit to proceed.

Key provisions in the new law include:

  • Notice would be provided at least two months before a lawsuit is filed to help resolve the case before it goes to court.
  • Sets up a process requiring pre-filing notification to each medical provider who may be named in a medical malpractice action at least 60 days prior to filing a complaint.
  • Contains a notification provision requiring attorneys to have an independent medical expert evaluate the merits of a case before filing suit.
  • The bill establishes that all parties are entitled to the plaintiff’s medical records within 30 days of a request for the records.
  • Requires that within 90 days after a complaint is filed the plaintiff’s attorneys would have to attest that they have consulted with a medical expert who is competent to testify in a Tennessee court and has reviewed the medical records or any other pertinent information.
  • Medical experts must declare that there is a good faith basis to maintain the malpractice action, and the defendant is responsible for following a similar procedure when alleging that a non-party is responsible.

The General Assembly began considering this legislation in 2001.  The medical malpractice liability act was last amended in 1975. – Amends TCA Title 29, Chapter 26, Part 1.

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Senate Bill 3919
House Bill 3795

Veterans – Among key bills passed this year was legislation to reform the Tennessee Veterans Nursing Homes. The nursing homes have come under increasing state and federal scrutiny following recent allegations of abuse.  The bill restructures the board, consolidates daily management responsibilities in a new executive committee, and provides for heightened accountability between board members and state government. 

The Board oversees operations at the state’s veteran’s homes in Humboldt, Murfreesboro and Knoxville.  The homes received scathing reviews from the U.S. Department of Justice.  The Department of Justice concluded that Tennessee is failing to take care of its veterans and that the treatment violates the constitutional and federal rights of the residents.  The report goes on to say that residents are at risk of “significant harm” and threatened to file a federal lawsuit if improvements were made.

The bill requires appointment of two new members with clinical nursing home and administrative experience, and it makes the Commissioner of Finance and Administration a member of the Board. New reporting and legislative review requirements are also enacted.  

The purpose of this new law is threefold.  It embraces the need for a more traditional corporate structure with ample professional expertise while maintaining the current emphasis on a strong veteran presence.  It also redefines the board’s powers and duties in a way that makes it more accountable to the Governor and General Assembly and, most importantly, to Tennessee’s veterans and their families.  Third, by consolidating more responsibility for oversight of the daily operation of the homes in an executive committee, management will be strengthened to allow the board to focus on its broader mission of serving our veterans – our heroes. – Amends TCA Title 58, Chapter 7, Part 1.

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Senate Bill 2541
House Bill 2517

Taxes, Real Property – Increases the maximum income for disabled homeowners to qualify for property tax relief to $24,000 for tax year 2007 and all subsequent tax years, with increases in subsequent tax years indexed to Social Security cost of living adjustments. – Amends TCA Section 67-5-703.

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Senate Bill 2547
House Bill 2884

Child Custody and Support – Under the legislation, a judge will be prevented from using a future deployment or a previous deployment as a factor in determining which spouse should receive permanent physical custody. 

While the temporary physical custody may be granted to the non-deployed parent as a result of a soldier’s absence, any court-ordered modification of a child custody decree based on an impending deployment is temporary and shall revert back to the previous child custody decree at the return of the deployed parent.
– Amends TCA Title 36, Chapter 6.

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Senate Bill 2716
House Bill 2794

Highways, Roads and Bridges – Legislation that allows low-emission and energy-efficient vehicles to travel in Tennessee’s HOV lanes, regardless of the number of occupants.  Requirements for use of HOV lanes are imposed by federal government guidelines.  These guidelines have now been changed to allow states to except the use of low-emission and energy-efficient automobiles. 
Under current law, only those vehicles with more than one occupant can travel in Tennessee’s HOV lanes.  Under this bill owners of vehicles that qualify could apply for an identifying decal from the Department of Revenue that would allow them to travel in the HOV lanes. – Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 8, Part 1.

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Senate Bill 2719
House Bill 2589

Criminal Offenses – This legislation makes it illegal to display a fake gun in a threatening manner.  The bill comes as a result of cases where fake guns have been used that look so authentic that citizens, and even law enforcement officers, could not tell the difference.  It is hoped that the legislation will help deter any violent reaction to a perceived threat of deadly force. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17.

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Senate Bill 2720

House Bill 3410

Handgun Permits – This legislation sends $15 of the handgun permit fee to county sheriffs, who must do a background check on applicants, passed the House and Senate during this legislative session.  Sheriffs have been conducting the background checks without being reimbursed by the state while extra money collected above the cost of processing the permit has been accumulating in a reserve account. 
Testimony in a Senate committee revealed that $5.5 million has gone into a reserve account due to excess charges of the $11 initial handgun permit fee. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.

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Senate Bill 2972
House Bill 3437

Growth and Development – Removes the transitional provisions of the Urban Growth Law which governed annexation by municipalities before each county had developed an urban growth plan. The Urban Growth Law required each county and its municipalities to develop an urban growth plan. All counties now have a plan and these transitional provisions are not needed. – Amends TCA Section 6-51-102(a)(2)(A)-(a)(2)(D); Section 6-58-108(a)-(d); Section 6-58-108(f)(1) and Section 6-58-103(b).

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Senate Bill 2973
House Bill 2765

DUI/DWI Offenses – This bill will increase the punishment for vehicular assault and vehicular homicide if a child is injured or killed as a result of a DUI. Previously there was a discrepancy in punishment for offenders dependent upon the age of the victim.  This bill makes the punishment for vehicular assault and vehicular homicide the same regardless if the victim is an adult or a child. – Amends TCA Title 55.

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Senate Bill 2974
House Bill 3634

Special License Plates –Changes the amount of new specialty license plate revenue that the Tennessee Arts Commission may use for grants and other activities prior to distribution of funds to urban and rural arts organizations from $393,600 to fifty percent of revenue collected for such plates.  The provisions of this bill change the distribution formula for grants but does not increase or decrease the total amount of grant money available. – – Amends TCA Section 55-4-215.

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Senate Bill 2980
House Bill 3252

Education, State Board of –This bill urges the state’s Board of Education to develop guidelines for local school boards to follow to foster foreign language fluency for all students in grades 7 – 12.  – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 1.

flag buttonPublic Chapter 1127 on June 20, 2008
Senate Bill 2981
House Bill 2424

Taxes, Real Property – This bill authorizes the proper officers of a municipality located in Shelby County or Shelby County to convey property permitted to be used for residential purposes to a nonprofit community development corporation for the purpose of constructing or restoring residential dwellings and thereby creating affordable and habitable housing for the disadvantaged and needy.  Property so conveyed must be used for residential purposes and after the construction or restoration is completed the property must be conveyed to an individual or family for use as an owner-occupied residence. 

Such property may be conveyed on terms deemed appropriate to the proper officers of the municipality or county, except that under no circumstances shall the nonprofit community development corporation  be required to pay the taxes, penalties, or interest for which the property was sold.
– Amends TCA Section 67-5-2509.  

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Senate Bill 3752
House Bill 3375

Consumer Protection – This bill will allow health clubs to pre-sell memberships provided the company has: purchased property in the state for a facility, filed a registration application with the Consumer Affairs Division of the Department of Commerce and Insurance and purchased a surety bond in the amount of $25,000.  – Amends TCA Title 47, Chapter 18.

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Senate Bill 3756
House Bill 3002

Taxes, Real Property – This bill will bring Tennessee’s local governments into the 21st century for payment of property taxes.  The measure modernizes the system of payment and gives local governing bodies the authority to accept partial payment of property taxes.

The new law allows the payments to be accepted electronically by using electronic fund transfers, preauthorized bank payments, wire transfers, Automatic Clearing House (ACH) credits, or other methods of electronic payment.  It also allows the county trustees to accept partial payment of property taxes for the current tax year, which would be held in a designated revenue account.  In order to opt into the proposed law, it must be approved by the local county governing body by a two-thirds vote. – Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 5, Part 18.

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Senate Bill 3934
House Bill 3863

Budget Procedures – This bill establishes the County Revenue Partnership Fund for the purpose of receiving appropriations of funds by the General Assembly for distribution to counties and metropolitan governments. 

The establishment of this fund will allow counties to be in a position to benefit the next time the state has surplus revenues to assist with the required demands of county government.  However, it will still be subject to the state choosing to appropriate money to the fund that year.  – Amends TCA Title 67.

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Senate Bill 2
House Bill 1033

Taxes, Real Property – Enacts the “Property Tax Freeze Act.” – Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 5, Part 7.
On November 7, 2006 the voters of Tennessee overwhelmingly voted to amend the state constitution to allow a property tax freeze for senior citizens. This bill provides the means for a county or municipality to adopt the tax freeze. The qualifications for eligibility are also outlined in the legislation.

More information on who qualifies for the “freeze” can be found at

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Senate Bill 1593
House Bill 1154

Traffic Safety – Allows municipalities to set speed limits on roads in their jurisdiction after an engineering and traffic study.  The engineering and traffic study must comply with the Tennessee Manual on Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).  The exceptions are interstate highways and any access-controlled highway on the state road and highway system. – Amends TCA Section 55-8-152 and Section 55-8-153.

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Senate Bill 1596
House Bill 1758

Fire Prevention and Investigation – Authorizes counties which implement a county-wide fire district to mandate performance-based criteria as part of any contract for services or interlocal agreement for fire protection services. The performance-based criteria should be designed to ensure timely responses and effective services to the citizens of the county.  – Amends TCA Section 5-17-101.

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Senate Bill 1597
House Bill 1285

Firearms and Ammunition – Prohibits the Governor or any public official, the state, or any political subdivision of the state, from confiscating weapons from law-abiding citizens or restricting the ability to purchase guns and ammunition during times of natural disaster or declared emergency. – Amends TCA Section 58-2-107.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the citizens of New Orleans in lawful possession of weapons to protect their homes and families were forced to surrender those arms.  The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is never more precious than during natural disasters or declared emergencies when self-defense can be the key to survival.  The ability to defend one’s home place and family in the absence of adequate law enforcement is essential.  This legislation protects the constitutional rights of Tennessee citizens.

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Senate Bill 1598
House Bill 418

Estates – Clarifies that the net estate for purposes of calculating a surviving spouse’s elective share does not include assets over which the decedent held a power of appointment; that the gross estate excludes the homestead allowance, exempt property, and year’s support allowance; that the elective share is exempt from allocation for estate taxes; and that the elective share must be elected within nine months of the decedent’s death. – Amends TCA Title 31, Chapter 4.

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Senate Bill 1599
House Bill 417

Probate Law – Makes various refinements to statutes pertaining to probate, estate administration, wills, guardians and conservators, uniform transfers to minors, trusts, life insurance, and taxes such as: requires estate claims to be submitted to the probate clerk within 12 months of the decedent’s death; removes requirement that a durable power of attorney or living will be notarized and attested to by two witnesses and has retroactive application; authorizes attending physician or employee of attending physician to be a witness to a living will for a patient; authorizes attorney in fact appointed under a durable power of attorney to obtain medical records; authorizes the transfer of custodial property to a qualified minor without a court order. – Amends TCA Title 30; Title 31; Title 32; Title 34; Title 35; Title 36; Title 56 and Title 67.

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Senate Bill 1604
House Bill 491

Highway Patrol – Authorizes the Commissioner of Safety to negotiate a memorandum of understanding with the United States Department of Homeland Security concerning the enforcement of immigration laws, detention and removals in this state. – Amends TCA Title 4.

There have been numerous cases of criminal illegal immigrants committing additional violent crimes in Tennessee.  This legislation allows state troopers to be trained by Homeland Security so that they may know proper procedures when they encounter this dangerous element during the normal course of their duties on our highways.

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Senate Bill 1612
House Bill 90

Motor Vehicles – Requires that every “for-hire” motor vehicle designed to carry eight or more passengers to undergo an inspection by the Department of Safety.  The drivers of these vehicles must also submit to random drug testing and health screenings.  Also requires the owner of the vehicle to maintain a minimum insurance policy of one-million dollars that guarantees compensation for injury to people or property resulting in the negligent operation by the driver. – Amends TCA Title 7, Chapter 51 and Title 65.

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Senate Bill 1613
House Bill 1294

Planning, Public – If a municipal planning commission also serves as the regional planning commission, than at least one member must reside within the regional area outside of the municipal boundaries served by the regional planning commission.  If there are more than five members on the commission, than at least two members must reside outside the municipal boundaries. – Amends TCA Title 13, Chapter 3, Part 1.

flag buttonPublic Chapter 594 on July 19, 2007
Senate Bill 1967
House Bill 1835

Criminal Offenses – Dubbed the “Crooks with Guns” bill, this legislation imposes harsher sentences on criminals using firearms in violent crimes.  The legislation includes harsher penalties in respect to repeat offenders using firearms during the commission of violent crimes.

Tennessee ranks second in the nation for the number of violent crimes.  These criminals are often repeat offenders.  This legislation will stifle their criminal activities by keeping them in prison longer.  Current sentencing guidelines stipulate that many violent criminals serve only 30% of their sentences. This mandates a minimum 85% sentence. – Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 40.

Under the conditions of this law, a felon committing a subsequent felony while in the possession of a gun may have anywhere from 3 to 10 years added to the sentence imposed for the underlying felony.

The passage of this legislation represents the largest investment in crime fighting in over twenty years.

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Senate Bill 1999
House Bill 1786 

Taxes – Adds Shelby County to the list of counties which may sell its tax receivables to public or private parties. – Amends TCA Section 67-5-2012(a)(3)(A) and Section 67-5-2012(e)(4).

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Senate Bill 2000
House Bill 1606

Lobbying, Lobbyists – Allows an employer of a lobbyist to verify to the Tennessee Ethics Commission that a copy of the ethics manual has been either downloaded or received by the employer. 

Moves the deadline for a lobbyist to register with the Tennessee Ethics Commission from October to January to coincide with the convening of the General Assembly each year.  – Amends TCA Title 3, Chapter 6.

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Senate Bill 2012
House Bill 2211

Election Laws – Moves the date for the presidential primary from the second Tuesday in February to the first Tuesday in February. – Amends TCA Section 2-13-205 and Section 2-5-205.

Summary of Legislation Co-Sponsored by Senator Norris and enacted into law during the first year of the 105th General Assembly

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Senate Bill 11
House Bill 1907

Criminal Procedure – Commonly known as the “Castle Doctrine” this legislation makes it clear that if a law-abiding citizen is in a place they have a right to be, they have no duty to retreat before using force in self-defense.  They must have a reasonable belief that they are in danger before using the force. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 11, Part 6.

flag buttonPublic Chapter 45 on April 30, 2007
Senate Bill 57
House Bill 101

Teachers, Principals and School Personnel – Requires two hours of the required five days of annual teachers’ in-service training to be devoted to training in suicide prevention. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 5 and Title 49, Chapter 6.

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Senate Bill 64
House Bill 8

Sexual Offenders – This legislation requires that all sexual offenders be listed on the sex offender registry.  Previously, offenders who committed an offense before 1995 were exempt from registering.  This bill removes that exemption. 

Also requires an offender who moves to Tennessee to register regardless of the date of their conviction and redefines “conviction.” – Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 39, Part 2.

flag buttonPublic Chapter 506 on June 27, 2007
Senate Bill 66
House Bill 14

Education, Higher – Provides a tuition and fee freeze for students who are in the military reserves or National Guard and are mobilized to active duty. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 7, Part 23.

flag buttonPublic Chapter 276 on June 6, 2007
Senate Bill 143
House Bill 108

Civil Procedure – Clarifies that the owner of a dog has a duty to keep that dog under control at all times and the owner may be liable to any person injured as a result of the dog not being kept under control whether the injury occur on public or private property.  Provides exceptions if the dog was confined, the injury was a result of the dog being harassed or enticed, the dog was protecting the owner, the injured party was trespassing, or the dog was a military or police dog. – Amends TCA Title 44, Chapter 8, Part 4.

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Senate Bill 161
House Bill 200

Consumer Protection – Enacts the “Credit Security Act of 2007.” – Amends TCA Title 10, Chapter 7, Part 5; Title 39 and Title 47, Chapter 18.

Allows consumers to “freeze” their credit report in order to help prevent identity theft.  The consumer may later remove the freeze for a legitimate credit check. Also creates strong penalties against the release of Social Security Numbers by businesses that obtain them for any reason.

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Senate Bill 281
House Bill 267

Development Districts – Provides for increased matching state financial assistance to development districts when a local government contributes to a regional development district. – Amends TCA Section 13-14-111.

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Senate Bill 332
House Bill 464

Pensions and Retirement Benefits – Revises provisions regarding the supplemental bridge benefit so that the benefit for state public safety officers covered by the mandatory retirement provisions will begin at the later of 55, instead of 60, years of age or the date of the member’s retirements.  – Amends TCA Section 8-36-201(a) and 8-36-211.

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Senate Bill 494
House Bill 419

Election Laws – Revises statutory language to replace “handicapped voter” with “voter with a disability” or “voters with disabilities.” – Amends TCA Title 2.

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Senate Bill 570
House Bill 472

Education – With the substantial investment made in the education system this legislative session, the legislature also passed new, tougher accountability standards for school systems, directors of schools, principals, teachers, and teacher training programs.

This legislation outlines what will be expected and the consequences of failing to meet the standards set forth by the Department of Education.  – Amends TCA Title 3; Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 8; Title 9; Title 12; Title 16; Title 30; Title 36; Title 39; Title 40; Title 45; Title 47; Title 48; Title 49; Title 55; Title 56; Title 57; Title 61; Title 62; Title 67; Title 68; Title 69; Title 70 and Title 71.

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Senate Bill 826
House Bill 1971

General Assembly, Studies – Establishes Tennessee Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force. The Tennessee Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force is directed to assess the current and future impact of Alzheimer’s disease on Tennesseans; to examine the existing industries, services and resources addressing the needs of persons with Alzheimer’s, their families, and caregivers; and to develop a strategy to mobilize a state response to this public health crisis. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71.

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Senate Bill 1087
House Bill 1009

Holidays and Days of Special Observance – Designates March 10 as “Harriet Tubman Day.” – Amends TCA Title 15.

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Senate Bill 1196
House Bill 867

DNA and Genetic Testing – Enacts the “Johnia Berry Act of 2007.” Requires anyone arrested for commission of a violent felony to provide a DNA sample to the TBI for inclusion in a master database which can be referenced in other investigations. – Amends TCA Title 38, Chapter 6 and Title 40, Chapter 35.

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Senate Bill 1223
House Bill 1529

Alcoholic Beverages – Allows issuance of special occasion license to certain 501(c)(3) organizations for selling wine in closed containers for consumption on or off premises; allows donation of wine to such organizations. – Amends TCA Section 57-4-102(30).

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Senate Bill 1227
House Bill 1931

Holidays and Days of Special Observance – “Bluegrass Day,” fourth Saturday in May, to honor bluegrass music and its many contributions to Tennessee as a day of special observance. – Amends TCA Title 15, Chapter 2.

flag buttonPublic Chapter 595 on July 19, 2007
Senate Bill 1265
House Bill 1877

Litter Control – Substantially strengthens the litter laws in Tennessee.  Designed to crack-down on those who blatantly violate the law.  Stiffens the penalties for littering and increases the rewards to those who report littering which results in a conviction. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 5.

flag buttonPublic Chapter 574 on July 12, 2007
Senate Bill 1503
House Bill 1613

Hospitals and Health Care Facilities – Enacts the “Tennessee Trauma Center Funding Law of 2007.” Sets up the trauma care advisory committee and requires the committee to report to the appropriate committees of the General Assembly regarding traumatic injuries in Tennessee.  Also creates a trauma reserve fund. – Amends TCA Title 55 and Title 68.

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Senate Bill 1638
House Bill 1132

Consumer Protection – Classifies the making of certain representations regarding radar detectors and jamming devices as a violation of the Consumer Protection Act.  – Amends TCA Title 47, Chapter 18.

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Senate Bill 1968
House Bill 1827

Driver Licenses – Eliminates the issuance of certificates of driving.  This legislation allows the issuance of a temporary driver license to persons whose presence in the United States has been authorized by the federal government. The temporary license would be valid only during the period of time the applicant is authorized to stay in the United States, but would be issued for a period of not less than one year nor more than five years.  The applicant must present proof acceptable to the Department of Safety relative to the applicant’s identity, Tennessee residency, and authorized period of stay in the United States. – Amends TCA Title 4 and Title 55.

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Senate Bill 2007
House Bill 1995

Nuisances – Authorizes certain parties to sue owners of buildings in Davidson or Shelby counties that are deemed public nuisances for lack of compliance with building codes. Authorizes courts to appoint receivers to abate public nuisances when owner will not do so. – Amends TCA Title 13, Chapter 6 and Title 29, Chapter 1, Part 1.

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Senate Bill 2048
House Bill 1991

Sexual Offenders – Requires persons who contract to provide services to local board of education or child care programs to conduct criminal background checks of employees who come in direct contact with school children or enter school grounds while children are present to ensure that such employees are not sex offenders. – Amends TCA Section 49-5-413.

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Senate Bill 2084
House Bill 1587

Taxes, Sales – Makes technical changes to Convention Center and Tourism Development Financing Act. This legislation would make it possible for the City of Memphis to use tourism development zone tax increment financing to redevelop public property including the Liberty Bowl and Coliseum.

The amendment expands the definition of “qualified public use facility” to include facilities for sports events and schools and to provide that municipal leases may be considered “qualified associated development” which qualifies as a local investment of public funds under this chapter.

It expands the number of counties eligible to have more than one tourism development zone to include Shelby County in addition to Metro Davidson.

– Amends TCA Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 8; Title 9; Title 12; Title 16; Title 30; Title 36; Title 39; Title 40; Title 45; Title 47; Title 48; Title 55; Title 56; Title 57; Title 61; Title 62; Title 67; Title 68; Title 69; Title 70 and Title 71.

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Senate Bill 2177
House Bill 2293

Education – Revises various provisions regarding the BEP, including requiring state to provide 75 percent of the funds generated for instructional positions within the classroom component and setting to dollar value of the BEP instructional positions component at $38,000 for fiscal year 2007-2008. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 3.

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Senate Bill 2191
House Bill 2248

Elderly Persons – Revises what constitutes the offense of abusing, neglecting, or exploiting an adult; changes criminal classification from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E felony. – Amends TCA Title 71, Chapter 6, Part 1.

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Senate Bill 2235
House Bill 2314

Sentencing – Sets the minimum period of incarceration for rape of a child at 25 years instead of 15 years; specifies that provisions for person on community supervision applying for release after 15 years would not apply to persons convicted of rape of a child; authorizes board of probation and parole to require as a condition of supervision that person convicted of rape of a child be enrolled in a satellite-based monitoring program. – Amends TCA Section 39-13-522.


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