||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.
||Child Custody and Support
||Revises various provisions governing child support regarding orders creating an inference of ability to pay, and presumption that information provided by parties has not changed unless a party has updated information.
||Classifies the making of certain representations regarding radar detectors and jamming devices as a violation of the Consumer Protection Act.
||Requires UT and the board of regents to develop policies to minimize the cost of textbooks.
||Requires commissioner of finance and administration, instead of commissioner of health, to promulgate rules regarding TennCare, requires commissioner to adhere to Uniform Administrative Procedures Act in promulgating public necessity rules as part of compliance with or implementation of provisions of any federal waiver of state plan amendment.
||Provides a tuition and fee freeze for students who are in the military reserves or national guard and who are mobilized to active duty.
||Exempts from sales taxes farm products that are marketed and sold directly by farmers to consumers via a nonprofit online farmers' market, provided that an amount equal to the consumer's full purchase price is transmitted by the online farmers' market to the producing farmer and that the cooperative or other organizing body of the online farmers' market levies no fee or charge for facilitating the transaction other than booth rental fees assessed on participating farmers.
||Pensions and Retirement Benefits
||Increases membership of the TCRS board of trustees from 19 to 20 by adding a police officer/firefighter on a rotating basis every three years; creates executive committee of board of trustees.
||Expands and clarifies the offense of trespass on or unlawful entry in an airport or aircraft or secure areas of the air operations areas.
||Creates Class E felony for sexual conduct or sexual contact with an animal.
||Provides for victim of a sexual assault receiving forensic medical examination without charge by means of payment from the criminal injuries compensation fund.
||Provides that a defendant with at least three felony convictions involving separate periods of incarceration or supervision is no longer presumed to be a favorable candidate for an alternative sentence to incarceration except in certain cases within jurisdiction of drug court.
||Requires person who has drawn unemployment benefits and who later receives workers' compensation for same period to repay the unemployment benefits; revises grounds for civil penalty for failure to have a person with authority to settle dispute present at a benefit review conference.
||Taxes, Real Property
||Revises provisions governing classification pursuant to the Agricultural, Forest and Open Spaces Land Act.
||Authorizes cemetery companies to receive court relief from paying into improvement care trust fund when the court determines such trust fund is sufficiently large.
||Commission on Indian Affairs, June 30, 2008.
||Requires greater accountability for alternative education; requires LEAs to develop plans for transitioning between regular and alternative schools.
||Transfers responsibilities with respect to controlled substance monitoring, including the database and advisory committee, from the department of commerce and insurance to the department of health.
||Requires a waiting period for any divorce involving parties with minor children; requires mediation in all divorce proceedings.
||Distributes certain sales taxes collected at a new coal mining museum and associated hotel to entity responsible for retirement of debt for such museum for up to 30 years.
||Provides for increased state financial assistance to development districts for certain regional plans and other regional activities and programs.
||Imposes various requirements on contracting agents who sell, lease, assign, transfer, or convey their lists of contracted health care providers and their contracted reimbursement rate; applies under the Worker's Compensation Law.
||Revises various provisions relative to structure of charitable organizations that solicit contributions.
||Revises various provisions of the Convention Center and Tourism Development Act and revises provisions regarding industrial development corporations to include certain facilities that have an amusement or theme park as "qualified public use facilities"; requires comptroller and commissioner of revenue to study impact of the Act and report to the general assembly finance committees.
||Creates class of "child sexual predators" composed of persons convicted of certain sexual offenses and requires that upon a second or subsequent conviction for these offenses the person must serve 100 percent of sentence imposed.
||Revises various provisions of the Locksmith Licensing Act, including changing effective date of Act from July 1, 2007, to July 1, 2008; clarifies exemptions under the Act.
||Encourages gender-friendliness in fire stations constructed after June 26, 2007; urges creation of gender-friendly conditions at existing stations.
||Adds offenses to the list of those for which a convicted defendant is not eligible for probation, parole, or deferral of proceedings.
||Prohibits persons from knowingly employing an illegal alien, recruiting an illegal alien, or referring an illegal alien for employment for a fee; punishable by license suspension; authorizes the entering into of a memorandum of understanding between local governments and federal government regarding enforcement of immigration laws.
||Enacts the "Tennessee Nurse Home Visitor Program Act."
||Makes information on sexual offender registration form public information for all offenders required to register, regardless of date of conviction.
||Requires 30 percent of certain passenger motor vehicles purchased by the state during a fiscal year to meet other energy efficiency standards.
||Enhances the punishment for the offense of dog running at large if the dog was trained to fight, attack or kill, or had been used to fight, or the owner knew of the dangerous nature of the dog and the dog had previously bitten one or more people resulting in serious bodily injury or death.
||Includes school art supplies with a sales price of $100 or less per item in the items that are exempt from sales tax during the August sales tax holiday weekend.
||Animals and Animal Cruelty
||Establishes as element of cruelty to animals offense knowingly tying, tethering, or restraining dog in manner that results in the dog's suffering bodily injury.
||Moves the board of pharmacy from commerce and insurance to the division of health related boards; revises various provisions regarding the practice of a pharmacist.
||Increases penalties for offense of failing to yield the right of way in violation of specified right of way statutes that results in serious personal injury or death.
||Directs department of transportation to erect suitable signage indicating the designation of various memorial roadways and bridges.
||Taxes, Real Property
||Increases elderly income level on which tax relief can be sought from not exceeding $20,000 in tax year 2006 to not exceeding $24,000 in tax year 2007.
||Authorizes the commissioner of health to undertake a pilot project to evaluate pulse oximetry monitoring of newborns in hospitals in one grand division.
||Prohibits adult-oriented businesses from being located within 1,000 feet of a child care facility, a private, public or charter school, a public park, a residence, or a place of worship; creates certain exemptions.
||Creates joint study committee for proprietary schools.
||Prohibits commissioner of labor and workforce development from considering physician ownership of facility providing services when setting comprehensive medical fee schedule.
||Clarifies prior service credits for assistant district public defenders.
||Provides that pursuant to school board policy a child of a teacher residing out of state may attend a school within the school district where the nonresident teacher is employed at no charge.
||Administrative Procedure (UAPA)
||Continues permanent rules filed with secretary of state after January 1, 2006.
||Administrative Procedure (UAPA)
||Extends certain governmental entities subject to termination on June 30, 2007.
||Enacts the "Schools Against Violence in Education Act" also known as the "SAVE Act."
||Creates special committee to study the administration of the death penalty.
||Courts, General Sessions
||Authorizes division of general sessions court of Shelby County with environmental jurisdiction to employ a referee to assist in the hearing of certain cases, subject to approval by local legislative body; authorization effective until December 10, 2010, unless reauthorized by county legislative body by September 1, 2010; requires reauthorization every 10 years thereafter by local legislative body.
||Terminates advisory council, Cordell Hull birthplace.
||Opens court petitions and orders in delinquency proceeding to public inspection when conduct constituting delinquent act would constitute aggravated rape of a child if committed by an adult; creates juvenile records task force.
||Taxes, Real Property
||Provides property tax relief for veterans permanently and totally disabled from service-connected activities.
||Expands state employee tuition waiver to include online course fees for one course per term in regents online degree programs, subject to funding each year.
||Animals and Animal Cruelty
||Adds swine to list of animals for which it is a Class E felony to own, train, or use for fighting for the purpose of amusement, sport, or gain.
||Revises and increases punishment for the offense of owning a dog running at large and provides staggered punishments for such offense depending upon the damage or injury to another caused by the dog at large.
||Authorizes LEAs to provide eye examinations for students who are unable to pay for such vision testing.
||Extends the initial reporting deadline until December 1, 2007, and the final reporting deadline until February 1, 2008, for the special joint committee to study open government laws.
||Places certain restrictions on open burning of wood waste within 200 feet of an unoccupied building by person other than the occupant of the building.
||Increases homestead exemption for persons who have minor children in their custody.
||Requires that the salary schedules for licensed teachers at the statewide comprehensive rehabilitation and training center be comparable to those of other teachers in the LEA.
||Creates special joint study committee to study professional boxing, mixed martial arts, sparring, and wrestling events.
||Increases the length of the black fly suppression program from one year to two years and eliminates the required start date of no later than May 2007.
||Specifies that automatic two-step salary advancement for certain administrative assistants employed by state is dependent upon passing certain examinations.
||Salaries and Benefits
||Increases maximum amount of prior service credit for practice of law that assistant district attorney general may receive to determine entry level compensation; revises prior service credit for public defender criminal investigators; revises list of previous employment experience for which district attorney general may receive year-for-year credit in determining entry level compensation.
||General Assembly, Studies
||Establishes Tennessee Alzheimer's Disease Task Force.
||Sets annual in-service training pay bonus supplement for eligible firefighters and police at $600.
||Department of finance and administration, June 30, 2011.
||Regional Authorities and Special Districts
||Expands West Tennessee River Basin Authority's geographical area to include certain creek and river basins flowing into the Tennessee River from the east; revises other provisions regarding the Authority.
||Increases from $13.00 to $19.00 per day reimbursement from department of health for residents of residential homes for the aged whose total income does not exceed $600 per month and whose income is limited to payments made under the Social Security Act.
||Creates a special joint study committee on ethics, composed of legislative members.
||Real Estate Agents and Brokers
||Requires real estate commission to meet at least once annually in each grand division.
||Requires the department of finance and administration to designate up to five adult day care centers or senior centers as model programs worthy of emulation with respect to certain activities; provides for certain grants.
||Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
||Enacts the "Tennessee Trauma Center Funding Law of 2007."
||Education, Dept. of
||Requires department's division of special education to report to education committees of general assembly regarding certain aspects of special education and restraints and seclusion; creates study commission regarding use of restraint on special education students.
||Establishes provisions for the certification and education of municipal finance officers.
||Department of education, June 30, 2010.
||State board of education, June 30, 2010.
||Enacts the "Uniform Emergency Volunteer Health Practitioners Act."
||Gas, Petroleum Products, Volatile Oils
||Authorizes creation of Tennessee biodiesel manufacturers' incentive fund; authorizes incentive payments from such fund to Tennessee biodiesel manufacturers for product manufactured in-state and sold to a Tennessee distributor.
||Taxes, Real Property
||Enacts the "Property Tax Freeze Act."
||Requires plumbing and mechanical codes inspectors to be certified.
||Establishes guidelines allowing municipalities and governmental utility boards to use competitive sealed proposals to purchase goods and services instead of competitive sealed bids under certain circumstances.
||Solid Waste Disposal
||Requires the municipal solid waste committee to develop recommendations for reducing the amount of solid waste placed in landfills; imposes a temporary moratorium on waste from bulk survey for release program being dispensed in landfills in Rutherford County.
||Children's Services, Dept. of
||Prevents the department from spending any funds on juvenile justice programs unless those programs are evidence-based, with compliance required over the course of four fiscal years; authorizes funding of pilot programs for continued evaluation of theory-based and research-based programs; requires monitoring and quality control procedures for all such programs.
||Directs all proceeds from forfeitures of property used in sex crimes to Child Abuse Fund; authorizes booking and processing fee up to $10.00; authorizes Hardeman County to adopt Child Curfew Act; authorizes certain employees and representatives of board of probation and parole to carry handguns at all times pursuant to written directive.
||Requires persons who contract to provide services to LEAs 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.
||Authorizes issuance of copy of death certificate to child fatality prevention teams in each judicial district; increases membership of state and local teams; expands teams' authority to review documents; enacts Tennessee Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Act.
||Authorizes the index of appropriations from state tax revenues for the 2007-2008 fiscal year to exceed the index of estimated growth in the state's economy by $57,300,000 or .46 percent.
||Specifies index of appropriations from state tax revenue for 2006-2007 fiscal year may exceed index of estimated growth in state's economy by $46 million or .39 percent.
||Authorizes issuance of bonds to fund state projects.
||Funeral Directors and Embalmers
||Enacts the "Tennessee Prepaid Funeral Benefits Act."
||Makes technical changes to Convention Center and Tourism Development Financing Act.
||Creates four offenses relative to possession or use of firearms or other deadly weapons during the commission of dangerous felonies and other crimes; lengthens the statute of limitations on certain sex crimes involving minors; clarifies age limits for the offense statutory rape.
||Rewrites criminal offense provisions for littering.
||Economic and Community Development
||Establishes a joint study committee to examine small business development and retention; creates Tennessee Tomorrow, Inc., to create economic and community development opportunities for Tennessee communities.
||Transportation, Dept. of
||Enacts the "Tennessee Tollway Act."
||Specifies rights of parties involved in special education due process hearings.
||Directs board for licensing health care facilities and emergency medical services board to promulgate rules and regulations to enhance emergency medical and surgical services for pediatric patients.
||Reduces, from 6 percent to 5.5 percent, the rate of state sales tax levied on certain foods and food ingredients intended for human consumption; designates the weekend of March 21 through March 23, 2008, as a sales tax holiday.