||Extends term of members of the massage licensure board from two years to five years; authorizes board to impose fees for continuing education courses; increases from "at least three years" to "at least five years," the number of years of experience board members, except for citizen members, must have.
||Taxes, Real Property
||Authorizes use of sales comparison approach in assessing mineral interests and all other interests, not defined as products of the soil, in real property, including the interest that a lessee may have in and to improvements erected upon land where the fee, reversion, or remainder therein is exempt to the owner, and which interest or interests is or are owned separately from the general freehold.
||Tattoos and Piercings
||Requires parent or guardian of minor to provide proof of guardianship or custody when providing permission for tattooing or piercing of minor.
||Revises requirements related to contractor retainage funds; makes violation a Class A misdemeanor.
||Establishes requirements for the chemical capture of companion animals.
||Taxes, Real Property
||Increases from $20,000 to $24,000 the maximum allowable income for determining eligibility to participate in the state's tax relief program for homeowners who are totally and permanently disabled.
||Extends select oversight committee on corrections for four years.
||Local Government, General
||Requires each municipality and county to post its charter of incorporation on a Web site maintained by the municipality or county or, if none is so maintained, the charter is to be posted on the Web site maintained by the secretary of state.
||"Lt. Colonel Linden Lee Gill Highway," segment of State Route 53 in Smith County
||"Private First Class Woodrow Wilson Winfree Memorial Bridge,"spanning Mulherrin Creek on State Route 141 in Smith County
||Modifies certain provisions regarding mechanic's and materialmen's liens and notices pertaining thereto.
||Insurance Companies, Agents, Brokers, Policies
||Exempts from the minimum standards for utilization review agents, any utilization review agent who has received accreditation by the national committee for quality assurance.
||Fines and Penalties
||Revises provisions governing the disposition by counties of funds generated by the increase in DUI fines that was enacted in 1994 to allow appropriations to mental health treatment facilities, in addition to drug and alcohol treatment facilities, and to allow appropriations to specialized court programs and specialized court dockets that supervise offenders with drug, alcohol, and/or mental health issues.
||Uniform Commercial Code
||Revises Article 7 of the Uniform Commercial Code concerning documents of title.
||Northwest Tennessee human resource agency, June 30, 2015.
||Delta human resource agency, June 30, 2015.
||Massage licensure board, June 30, 2011.
||Growth and Development
||Removes obsolete provisions regarding municipal growth plans and annexation.
||Requires institutions of higher education with residential computer networks to develop a policy prohibiting copyright infringement by persons using the school's computer and network resources and take certain steps to prevent such infringement.
||Labor and Workforce Development, Dept. of
||Requires commissioner, upon receiving a complaint regarding employment of illegal aliens, to inform the person against whom the complaint is made that such person may request the name of the person filing the complaint or, if the complaint is filed by an agency or entity, the name of the person who caused the complaint to be filed; requires commissioner to provide name if it is requested.
||Revises and adds various provisions governing persons in the mortgage industry, including requiring applicants for a license as a mortgage lender, mortgage loan broker, mortgage loan servicer, or mortgage loan originator to complete an educational training course; requires criminal background checks; authorizes participation in multi-state automated licensing system.
||Southeast Tennessee human resource agency, June 30, 2015.
||South Central Tennessee human resource agency, June 30, 2015.
||Terminates the panel on health care facility penalties.
||Traumatic brain injury advisory council, June 30, 2015.
||Requires the director of the Tennessee State Museum to report to the house and senate government operations committee by January 12, 2009, concerning the operation of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
||"Richard "Rick" L. Edens Sr. Memorial Bridge," SR 353 in Washington County
||Exempts persons applying for oil and gas well permits from provision of law requiring governmental entities to notify interested persons of proposed projects or actions prior to issuing such permits.
||Adds as a statutory aggravating circumstance for a sentence of death or imprisonment for life without parole, the fact that the murder was committed against a probation and parole officer.
||Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
||Replaces the specific fees referenced in TCA to be charged by the TBI for fingerprint searches with a provision for the TBI to establish a fee schedule for such searches.
||Enacts the "Tennessee Charitable Gift Annuity Act of 2008," which replaces the existing "Charitable Gift Annuities Exemption Act."
||Commission on aging, June 30, 2011.
||Medical board of Tennessee consolidated retirement system, June 30, 2015.
||Requires that person be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident to hold the office of notary public.
||Authorizes an employee to select the "operating surgeon and the attending physician" from the employer's panel, instead of the "operating surgeon or the attending physician."
||Tennessee tobacco farmers certifying board, June 30, 2012.
||Tennessee technology development corporation, June 30, 2012.
||Tennessee consolidated retirement system, board of trustees, June 30, 2015.
||Tennessee corrections institute, board of control, June 30, 2014.
||Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
||Seeks to provide an additional fact finding period of up to 30 days before a nursing home's license could be suspended or revoked or federal funds are lost in certain circumstances.
||Removes the requirement that sponsoring associations submit to the commissioner of commerce and insurance on at least an annual basis confirmation that participants comply with requirements for qualifying as self-insurers.
||Office of business enterprise, June 30, 2015.
||Fire Prevention and Investigation
||Authorizes county mayor to appoint a fire marshal; if a county fire marshal is employed, the mayor must set the compensation within the amount appropriated for such purpose by the county legislative body; requires any county fire marshal to have at least five years experience as a firefighter, be certified by the state fire marshal as a fire safety or building inspector, and serve at the pleasure of the county mayor.
||Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
||Provides that the original nursing home is not required to maintain its license after the certificate of need has been approved for the replacement facility.
||Holidays and Days of Special Observance
||Designates October 9 as "Firefighters' Memorial Day," a day of special observance.
||Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
||Revises provisions governing renewal of license for health care facility.
||Removes the requirement that the prophylaxis used to treat newborns' eyes be named and approved by the department of health; specifies that the prophylaxis is to treat ophthalmia neonatorum or infections leading to blindness.
||Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
||Extends to inpatient mental health facilities the provision whereby a health care facility may require that a patient's blood be tested for hepatitis B and HIV in the event that an employee of the facility, a student studying at such facility or other health care provider that renders services at such facility is exposed to the blood or other body fluid of a patient.
||Authorizes panels of three or more members of board of nursing to hear contested case hearings and disciplinary matters instead of convening a quorum of 11-member board, chairperson of board of nursing would appoint panels.
||Specifies that a person trained by the department of finance and administration, division of mental retardation services, to administer medications to individuals incapable of self-administration is not subject to the nursing licensure requirements if the person is providing personal support services to clients living in their own home or private residence pursuant to a contract or agreement under any Medicaid waiver or other program of the division of mental retardation services.
||Increases from Class B to Class A misdemeanor the punishment for the offense of illegal possession or fraudulent use of a credit or debit card.
||Utilities, Utility Districts
||Authorizes a utility district to provide utility service to a customer located within the boundaries of an adjoining utility district, under certain circumstances.
||Extends confidential status to personal information of government employees including home telephone number, personal cell phone number, and residential information.
||Adopts a Bill of Rights for Permit Applicants.
||Extends tuition waiver at public colleges and universities for dependent children of prisoners of war, MIAs, and soldiers killed during periods of armed conflict to dependent children under 23, instead of 21, years of age.
||Includes language in form notice to creditors that states claims against an estate must be filed within the earlier of four months from notice or 12 months from decedent's date of death.
||Funeral Directors and Embalmers
||Changes the definition of trustee under the "Tennessee Prepaid Funeral Benefits Act" to include, from July, 1, 2008, to July 1, 2001, certain certified public accountants.
||Requires the board of directors of a rural electric cooperative to adopt a written policy and make it available to members of the cooperative concerning the manner in which a member of the cooperative may appear before the board.
||Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
||Authorizes TWRA to enter partnerships with TVA and other public and private landowners for purpose of planting cover and food plots along utility easements.
||Clarifies statutory requirements for moving single family residences from one foundation to another located within a developed area of single family residences.
||Prohibits the member of the state licensing board for contractors who is not a contractor from having a significant financial interest in residential contracting.
||Requires that art supplies purchased by any school or school district for use by students in K-6 must be certified non-toxic by the Arts and Creative Materials Institute and must bear the Approved Product (AP) or Certified Product (CP) seal certifying that the product is safe and contains no materials in sufficient quantities to be toxic or injurious to children; revises other provisions regarding art supplies for students.
||Tennessee Higher Education Commission
||Requires THEC to address any deficiencies in the articulation of major preparation courses between the community college system and the universities within the board of regents system and the University of Tennessee system by facilitating the universal articulation of lower division courses required for baccalaureate majors; revises other provisions regarding articulation.
||Enacts the "Restroom Access Act."
||Urges all public schools to provide instruction on nonviolence as means to conflict resolution as part of character education curriculum.
||Provides that the chief medical examiner or certain attending physicians are authorized to sign the death certificate in certain cases when death occurs outside of a medical institution.
||Establishes system of grants outside of the BEP for additional funding of career and technical education.
||Modifies various statutory provisions pertaining to divorce, separation, child support, and domestic violence.
||Increases punishment for second and third or subsequent violation of "move over" law and clarifies that "move over" violation that results in threat of injury or death can be punished as criminally negligent homicide, reckless homicide, or vehicular homicide.
||Authorizes Monroe and Loudon counties to increase local litigation tax from $10.00 to $25.00 per case.
||Revises procedures for electing county officers and filling of vacancies by county legislative bodies.
||"Arlie and Charlie Pass Highway," segment of State Route 266 in Wilson County
||Prohibits misrepresentation of geographic location in telephone directory or directory assistance database; violation is punishable under the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act and punishable by civil penalty of $1,000 to $5,000.
||Requires department of health, with the advice of the perinatal advisory committee, in developing the plan for the program for the diagnosis and treatment of certain life-threatening conditions present in the perinatal period, to consider the feasibility of designing the program so as to develop appropriate standards for disseminating information and educational material about conditions and diseases that commonly affect newborns, such as respiratory syncytial virus.
||Motor Vehicle Commission
||Authorizes certain auctions of used motor vehicles without requirement of motor vehicle dealer license by the motor vehicle commission.
||Perinatal advisory committee, June 30, 2015.
||Removes sunset provision on requiring presenting a photo identification prior to purchasing beer for off-premise consumption; creates exception to criminal or administrative action for situations where sale is made to a person who is or reasonably appears to be over the age of 50 and who fails to present identification.
||Highways, Roads and Bridges
||Names a highway in west Tennessee the "Rosa Parks Memorial Highway."
||Allows the municipal governing bodies of Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Franklin, and Memphis to increase the dollar amount required for public advertisement and competitive bidding from $10,000 to $25,000, provided that purchases of between $10,000 and $25,000 would, wherever possible, be based upon at least three competitive bids.
||Clarifies that a county may fund more than one program to assist victims, if the provider organization offers services to victims of crime free of charge.
||Correction, Dept. of
||Authorizes the commissioner to enter into agreements with local governmental entities for the transfer of appropriate TDOC inmates to confinement in a local facility to participate in local pre-release programs.
||Authorizes the commissioner of general services to dispose of confiscated intoxicating beverages, confiscated motor vehicles, and any other lawfully confiscated property by means of advertising on the Internet and selling by Internet auction.
||Increases the number of members composing the advisory committee established under the Drug Court Treatment Act of 2003 from five to seven; requires that two members be judges who have presided over a drug court for at least two years and that two members be drug coordinators who have functioned as drug coordinators in actively implementing drug courts for at least two years.
||Extends the select committee on children and youth from the adjournment of the general assembly convened in 2007 to the adjournment of the general assembly convened in 2011.
||Teachers, Principals and School Personnel
||Prohibits adverse job actions against teachers by an LEA for refusing to participate in or to remain silent about illegal activities.
||Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
||Requires the commissioner of health, as soon as practicable after the ordering of any suspension of admissions to a nursing home, to provide notice of the suspension to the members of the general assembly in whose district the nursing home is located, unless the immediate protection of the health, safety, or welfare of residents of a nursing home requires otherwise; requires notice to appropriate general assembly members in regard to certain violations in nursing home.
||Requires spouse of person about whom an adult protection act petition is filed to be served with copy of complaint; allows spouse to be represented at hearing; revises other provisions regarding adult in need of protective services.
||Permits the creation of work experience and career employment programs that provide study and employment in career and technical education programs for students 14 years of age or older; provided, that such programs comply with state and federal law on employment of minors.
||Requires CEO of the lottery corporation to report quarterly to the commissioners of education and finance and administration and the chairs of the house and senate education and finance, ways and means committees the amount of prize money that became unclaimed prize money in the preceding quarter.
||Authorizes counties using the County Financial Management System of 1981 to sell surplus property online.
||Physicians and Surgeons
||Removes covenants to compete exemption for physicians who specialize in the practice of radiology.
||Exempts persons applying for subsurface sewage disposal system permits from provision of law requiring governmental entities to notify interested persons of proposed projects or actions prior to issuing such permits.
||Corrects an internal cross-reference in the definition of "child abuse."
||Child Custody and Support
||Provides that, effective July 1, 2008, child support referees are to receive an annual cost of living adjustment equal to the actual percentage pay increases given to state employees by the general appropriations act.
||Encourages the state coordinator of elections to make every reasonable effort to enter into agreements with other states for the purpose of comparing data to identify duplicate voter registrations; requires the state coordinator of elections to file an annual report with the state and local government committees of each house regarding the status of any agreements entered into with other states, the progress or difficulties of reaching the agreements, and any other information the state coordinator deems necessary.
||Medicine, Practice of
||Authorizes the commissioner of health to appoint an individual within the department to coordinate with other state government departments and agencies to ensure that the impact of all programs for the prevention and treatment of diabetes is maximized; requires the department to serve as the central repository in Tennessee for data related to the prevention and treatment of diabetes.
||Tobacco, Tobacco Products
||Exempts places of worship from posting of nonsmoking enclosed areas as required by Non-Smoker Protection Act.
||Allows the school boards of each county, municipal, and special school district to establish ethical standards used to govern their respective school district; requires the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) to disseminate models of ethical standards for officials and employees of school districts.
||Revises various provisions governing contracts entered into between county and banks in regard to county funds; requires proposal from at least two banks to assure county receives highest and best rate of return.
||"Trey Lefler Memorial Highway," segment of U.S. Highway 11 in Loudon County