18 new laws effective Jan. 1

By | December 31, 2009 12:00 am

Members of Tennessee General Assembly are preparing for their return to Nashville, on Jan. 12, to begin the usual annual process of negotiations and debates that will culminate in a final draft of new legislation.
On Jan. 1 and July 1 of each year, new laws go into effect. The following is a list of the new laws effective Jan. 1, 2010.
HB 0151: Controlled Substances – As enacted, requires each practice site where a controlled substance is dispensed to provide for electronic access to the controlled substance database at all times when the dispenser provides health care services to a human patient potentially receiving a controlled substance; a violation is punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed $100 a day assessed against the prescriber or the pharmacy. – Amends TCA Title 53.
HB 0386: Animals and Animal Cruelty – As enacted, enacts the “Commercial Breeder Act.” – Amends TCA Title 47, Chapter 18, Part 1; Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 2; and Title 44, Chapter 17.
HB 0472: Safety – As enacted, provides that a contract having an automatic renewal clause between an alarm systems contractor and any homeowner or renter for the provision of alarm services may automatically be renewed for a period not to exceed one year at a time; provides that at any time during a contractual renewal period, a party to the contract who is being relocated to a hospital, nursing home, or assisted living facility may cancel the contract by giving 30 days’ written notice to the alarm systems contractor.- Amends TCA Title 62, Chapter 32.
HB 1438: Insurance, Motor Vehicles – As enacted, creates the Tennessee automobile insurance plan; requires all insurance companies licensed to write direct automobile liability policies in this state to be members of the plan. – Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 12, Part 1.
HB 1756: Public Health – As enacted, places certain requirements on Davidson and Shelby county health departments in regard to grants for funding of family planning programs; removes the specific reference to consultation and coordination with planned parenthood affiliates in the development of family planning programs that are administered by the department. – Amends TCA Section 68-34-105.
HB 2249: Courts – As enacted, requires courts to collect to order the collection and reporting of certain information regarding individuals who have been adjudicated as a mental defective or judicially committed to a mental institution; clarifies that a person may not obtain a handgun carry permit if the person has been “judicially committed to a mental institution” instead of “committed to or hospitalized in a mental institution”; requires that certain notice be provided to persons detained for evaluation or treatment; revises various related provisions. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 8; Title 16; Title 33; Title 38; Title 39; Title 40; Title 49; Title 54; Title 55 and Title 65.
HB 2282: Hospitals and Health Care Facilities – As enacted, enacts the “Critical Adult Care Home Act of 2009.” – Amends TCA Title 68, Chapter 11 and Title 56, Chapter 32.
SB 0205: Salaries and Benefits – As enacted, authorizes the state insurance committee, the local government insurance committee and the local education insurance committee to contract for, or delegate resolution of, the application of medical necessity guidelines; requires that any proposed change in the group insurance plan for public employees that would place a tobacco surcharge on employees based on specific lifestyle choices not take effect until January 1, 2011. – Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 27.
SB 0618: Divorce, Annulment and Alimony – As enacted, requires that any final decree of divorce and marital dissolution agreement contain a notice concerning creditors. – Amends TCA Title 36, Chapter 4.
SB 0651: Private Protective Services – As enacted, requires licensees to submit specified information to certain local law enforcement agencies and requires local law enforcement agencies to notify commissioner of known violations of private protective services laws. – Amends TCA Title 62, Chapter 35.
SB 0693: Insurance, Health, Accident – As enacted, enacts the “Preferred Provider Organization Transparency Act.” – Amends TCA Title 56.
SB 0774: Pharmacy, Pharmacists – As enacted, imposes a methodology and disclosure duties on health insurance entities and pharmacy benefits managers concerning calculation of out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and covered services. – Amends TCA Title 56.
SB 1109: Insurance Companies, Agents, Brokers, Policies – As enacted, requires a person to obtain a license from the commissioner of commerce and insurance as a crop insurance adjuster in order to act as a crop insurance adjuster; prohibits an insurer that sells crop insurance from contracting, employing or using any person to adjust claims made under a crop insurance policy unless the person is licensed as a crop insurance adjuster; requires commissioner of commerce and insurance to establish qualifications for licensure. – Amends TCA Title 56.
SB 1201: Unemployment Compensation – As enacted, defines “misconduct” for purposes of provisions whereby if an administrator finds that a claimant for unemployment benefits has been discharged for misconduct connected with the claimant’s work, then the claimant is disqualified from collecting unemployment benefits; requires any person who receives unemployment benefits by knowingly misrepresenting, misstating, or failing to disclose any material fact, or by making a false statement or false representation without a good faith belief as to the correctness of the statement or representation to repay the amount of benefits received. – Amends TCA Title 50, Chapter 7.
SB 1749: State Employees – As enacted, authorizes certain retired state employees to participate in the dental insurance plan offered to state employees. – Amends TCA Section 8-27-201.
SB 1931: Gas, Petroleum Products, Volatile Oils – As enacted, enacts the “Tennessee Renewable Fuels Blending Act of 2009.” – Amends TCA Title 47, Chapter 25.
SB 2279: Banks and Financial Institutions – As enacted, rewrites the Tennessee Residential Lending, Brokerage and Servicing Act of 1988 and renames the chapter as the “Tennessee Residential Lending, Brokerage and Servicing Act”; revises various provisions governing industrial loan and thrift companies and the department of financial institutions. – Amends TCA Title 45, Chapter 5, Title 45, Chapter 13, and Title 45, Chapter 1.
SB 2318: Taxes – As enacted, makes certain revisions concerning assessment and collection of sales, privilege, transfer, and privilege taxes; delays effective date of certain streamlined sales tax provisions until July 1, 2011; revises certain tax credit provisions. – Amends TCA Title 7, Title 54, Title 55, Title 67, Chapter 602 of the Public Acts of 2007, and Chapter 1106 of the Public Acts of 2008.
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