General Assembly considers numerous bills this week

Posted By | February 25, 2010 12:00 am

Tennessee state representatives and senators are maintaining a busy schedule this week with the review of several proposed pieces of legislation, as well as taking part in budget hearings for the various governmental departments.
One bill of special interest, HB 3352, was presented by State Representative Charles Curtiss and would prohibit the state emergency communications board from requiring the board of directors of any emergency communications district to hold more than 50 percent of the district’s operating budget in reserve.
Also on this week’s agenda were the following:
HB 0396: Requires the department of health to develop and implement a program to provide colorectal cancer screenings for uninsured individuals between ages 50 and 64 and for any other uninsured individuals determined to be at high risk for developing colon cancer; requires health insurance companies to cover colorectal cancer screenings.
HB 3040: Allows a full-time POST-certified law enforcement officer to carry issued, but blank, subpoenas during course of official duties; permits the officer to complete and serve the subpoena at the scene of a crime or during the course of an investigation.
HB 3395: Extends hours when pawnshops can be open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. to 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
HB 2823: Authorizes service animals and fish tanks in barbershops.
HB 3024: Directs the comptroller to study traffic surveillance cameras, places a two-year moratorium on new cameras, and revises fines from traffic violations captured by such cameras.
HB 1363: Creates the “Citizens’ Right to Know: Pretrial Release Program.”
HB 3269: Creates the separate Class C felony offense of manufacturing methamphetamine in a residence in which a child less than 13 years of age resides
HB 3271: Adds the offense of attempt to commit murder in the first degree to list of offenses for which a defendant must serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed by the court.
HB 0262: Requires that all written examinations for driver license or intermediate driver license be in English.
HB 3034: Adds Sligo Marina, in DeKalb County, to those facilities authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption as a premier type tourist resort.
HB 2744: Creates misdemeanor offense of possessing open container of alcoholic beverage within passenger area of motor vehicle on public highway.
HB 2865: Adds continuing education requirements for members of utility district board of commissioners; and rewrites provisions for utility district commissioners’ removal from office and filling of vacancies.
HB 2917: Requires certain DUI offenders to operate only a motor vehicle that is equipped with a functioning ignition interlock device.
The Expositor will provide an ongoing list of bills of interest. Details of each bill will be provided upon passage.

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