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Most tracked bills in Tennessee, 112th Regular Session (2021-2022)
Pensions and Retirement Benefits - As enacted, creates a task force to study retirement benefits for law enforcement officers. - Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 34; Title 8, Chapter 35 and Title 8, Chapter 36.
Last Action
Effective date(s) 06/03/2022
executive • Jun 06, 2022
Taxes, Sales - As enacted, exempts certain sales of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium coins and bullion from the sales and use tax. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 6.
Last Action
Comp. became Pub. Ch. 1092
executive • Jun 01, 2022
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Firearms and Ammunition - As enacted, removes a short-barrel rifle or shotgun from the list of weapons the possession, manufacture, transport, repair, or sale of which is prohibited under state law. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13.
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Comp. became Pub. Ch. 1038
executive • May 25, 2022
Latest Version
Education, Higher - As enacted, prohibits males from participating in public higher education sports that are designated for females. - Amends TCA Title 49.
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Effective date(s) 07/01/2022
executive • May 09, 2022
Abortion - As enacted, enacts the "Tennessee Abortion-Inducing Drug Risk Protocol Act." - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 53; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71.
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Comp. became Pub. Ch. 1001
executive • May 09, 2022
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Basic Education Program (BEP) - As enacted, enacts the "Tennessee Investment in Student Achievement (TISA) Act," which replaces the basic education program (BEP) as the system for funding education for the public schools, kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12), beginning with the 2023-2024 school year. -
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Effective date(s) 05/02/2022; 07/01/2022
executive • May 06, 2022
Education - As enacted, prohibits an LEA or public charter school from knowingly entering into an agreement with an individual or entity that performs abortions, induces abortions, provides abortion referrals, or provides funding, advocacy, or other support for abortions. - Amends TCA Title 49.
Last Action
Effective date(s) 06/01/2022
executive • May 04, 2022
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Education - As enacted, requires the commissioner of education to withhold a portion of the state education finance funds that an LEA is otherwise eligible to receive if the LEA fails or refuses to determine a student's gender, for purposes of participation in school sports, by the student's sex at the time of birth; exempts an LEA that fails or refuses to determine a student's gender, for purposes of participation in school sports, by the student's sex at the time of birth if the LEA's failure or refusal to do so is required by a court or other legally binding order. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6.
Last Action
Effective date(s) 04/22/2022, 07/01/2022
executive • May 02, 2022
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Taxes, Sales - As introduced, permanently exempts from sales and use tax, the retail sale of gun safes and gun safety devices; removes the one-year sales tax holiday. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 6.
Last Action
Taken off notice for cal in s/c Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee of Finance, Ways, and Means Committee
House • Apr 26, 2022
Latest Version
Taxes, Sales - As introduced, exempts certain sales of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion from the sales and use tax. - Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 6.
Last Action
Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee
Senate • Apr 26, 2022
Latest Version
Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, requires the department of safety to create a voucher program for the purpose of providing a handgun safety course to purchasers of handguns at no cost to the handgun purchaser; limits the value of the voucher to $30. - Amends TCA Title 4 and Title 39.
Last Action
Taken off notice for cal in s/c Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee of Finance, Ways, and Means Committee
House • Apr 26, 2022
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Teachers, Principals and School Personnel - As introduced, specifies that a teacher or other employee of a public school or LEA is not required to refer to a student using the student's preferred pronoun if the pronoun does not align with the student's biological sex; insulates a teacher or other employee of a public school or LEA from civil liability and adverse employment action for referring to a student using the pronoun aligned with the student's biological sex instead of the student's preferred pronoun. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6.
Last Action
Placed on Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee calendar for 4/27/2022
Senate • Apr 26, 2022
Latest Version
Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, lowers the age requirement to obtain an enhanced or concealed handgun carry permit or lawfully carry a handgun in public from 21 to 18 years of age; states that the statutory authorization to transport or store a firearm or firearm ammunition in a motor vehicle under certain circumstances does not apply to a person under 21 years of age in a parking area that is owned, operated, or while in use by any school, unless the person is at least 18 years of age and meets certain military qualifications. - Amends TCA Title 39.
Last Action
Received from House, Passed on First Consideration
Senate • Apr 25, 2022
Marriage - As introduced, deletes statutes on marriage licensing and ceremonies; limits the jurisdiction of circuit courts and chancery courts in cases involving the definition of common law marriage to the principles of common law marriage. - Amends TCA Title 8; Title 10; Title 16; Title 36; Title 39; Title 67 and Title 68.
Last Action
Sponsor(s) withdrawn.
House • Apr 13, 2022
Latest Version
Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, eliminates the criminal offenses of possession of a firearm or club with intent to go armed, possession of a deadly weapon other than a firearm with the intent to employ it during the commission of a dangerous offense, possession of a deadly weapon with the intent to employ it during the commission of any offense other than a dangerous offense, and possession of a weapon with intent to go armed in a park, playground, civic center, or other recreational building. - Amends TCA Title 39.
Last Action
Taken off notice for cal. in Criminal Justice Committee
House • Apr 13, 2022
Latest Version
Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, lowers the age requirement to obtain an enhanced or concealed handgun carry permit or lawfully carry a handgun in public from 21 to 18 years of age; states that the statutory authorization to transport or store a firearm or firearm ammunition in a motor vehicle under certain circumstances does not apply to a person under 21 years of age in a parking area that is owned, operated, or while in use by any school, unless the person is at least 18 years of age and meets certain military qualifications. - Amends TCA Title 39.
Last Action
Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate • Apr 06, 2022
Latest Version
Abortion - As introduced, reduces from seven days to 72 hours the period within which a physician must notify the board of medical examiners after learning that the physician has been criminally charged with violating the statutory requirements that a physician must satisfy prior to obtaining informed consent to an abortion from a pregnant woman. - Amends TCA Title 20; Title 29; Title 37; Title 39; Title 63 and Title 68.
Last Action
Taken off notice for cal. in Health Committee
House • Apr 06, 2022
Latest Version
Election Laws - As introduced, requires county election commissions to include three non-binding questions related to the legalization of marijuana on the November 2022 ballot; requires the secretary of state to compile the results of the public policy opinion poll and forward the results to the members of the general assembly. - Amends TCA Title 2.
Last Action
Returned to the Clerk's Desk.
House • Mar 30, 2022
Latest Version
Controlled Substances - As introduced, enacts the "Free All Cannabis for Tennesseans Act"; establishes a regulatory structure for the cultivation, processing, and retail sale of marijuana and marijuana products in this state to be administered by the department of agriculture. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 29; Title 33; Title 38; Title 39; Title 40; Title 41; Title 43; Title 45; Title 50; Title 53; Title 63; Title 67; Title 68 and Title 71.
Last Action
Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate • Mar 30, 2022
Latest Version
Local Government, General - As introduced, prohibits a local government from providing monetary assistance to an elective abortion provider. - Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 9, Chapter 3 and Title 71.
Last Action
Received from House, Passed on First Consideration
Senate • Mar 24, 2022
Latest Version
Election Laws - As introduced, changes the revocation of a person's voting rights pursuant to a conviction for certain infamous crimes to a temporary suspension of voting rights for the period of confinement, probation, or parole; automatically restores a person's voting rights upon release from confinement, probation, or parole. - Amends TCA Title 2 and Title 40.
Last Action
Deferred to Summer Study
Senate • Mar 23, 2022
Latest Version
Human Rights - As introduced, designates as an unlawful discriminatory practice certain actions taken by a person, public officer, public employee, governmental entity, employer, or place of public accommodation against an individual on the basis of the individual’s vaccination status, immunity status, or whether the person has an immunity passport; makes various other changes related to COVID-19. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 14; Title 39; Title 50; Title 63 and Title 68.
Last Action
Taken off notice for cal. in Civil Justice Committee
House • Mar 23, 2022
Latest Version
Sentencing - As introduced, increases the maximum percentage of the sentence imposed by the court that can be reduced by sentence credits from 15 percent to 35 percent for certain offenses and makes other related changes. - Amends TCA Title 39 and Title 40, Chapter 35.
Last Action
Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate • Mar 22, 2022
Latest Version
Prisons and Reformatory Institutions - As introduced, requires correctional institutions to provide access to support people for certain pregnant prisoners or detainees during prenatal care and postpartum appointments, labor, and delivery. - Amends TCA Title 41.
Last Action
Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate State and Local Government Committee
Senate • Mar 22, 2022
Latest Version
Constitutional Amendments - Proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Tennessee to establish a medical cannabis program. -
Last Action
Failed in s/c Health Subcommittee of Health Committee
House • Mar 22, 2022
Latest Version
Vital Records - As introduced, allows amendments of birth certificates to reflect the individual's gender identity. - Amends TCA Title 29, Chapter 8; Title 37 and Title 68, Chapter 3.
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Failed for lack of second in: Health Subcommittee
House • Mar 22, 2022
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Textbooks - As introduced, prohibits the state textbook and instructional materials quality commission from recommending or listing, the state board of education from approving for local adoption or from granting a waiver for, and LEAs and public charter schools from adopting or using textbooks and instructional materials or supplemental instructional materials that promote, normalize, support, or address lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgender issues or lifestyles. - Amends TCA Title 49.
Last Action
Re-ref. Education Instruction
House • Mar 17, 2022
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Election Laws - As introduced, changes the revocation of a person's voting rights pursuant to a conviction for certain infamous crimes to a temporary suspension of voting rights for the period of confinement, probation, or parole; automatically restores a person's voting rights upon release from confinement, probation, or parole. - Amends TCA Title 2 and Title 40.
Last Action
Sponsor(s) Added.
House • Mar 09, 2022
Latest Version
Health Care - As introduced, enacts the “Youth Health Protection Act.” - Amends TCA Title 8; Title 9; Title 14; Title 33; Title 63 and Title 68.
Last Action
Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Health and Welfare Committee
Senate • Mar 09, 2022
Latest Version
Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, renames enhanced and concealed handgun carry permits as enhanced and concealed firearm carry permits and authorizes a permit holder to carry any firearms, rather than handguns, that the permit holder legally owns or possesses; expands the circumstances in which a permit holder may carry a firearm. - Amends TCA Title 10; Title 33; Title 36; Title 38; Title 39; Title 40; Title 49; Title 50 and Title 70.
Last Action
Sponsor(s) Added.
House • Mar 08, 2022
Latest Version
Election Laws - As introduced, permits the use of a photo identification card issued by this state, the United States, or an accredited postsecondary institution of education in this state for purposes of verifying the identity of an eligible voter. - Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 7.
Last Action
Failed in s/c Elections & Campaign Finance Subcommittee of Local Government Committee
House • Mar 02, 2022
Latest Version
Abortion - As introduced, permits a person to petition a court for an injunction to prohibit a woman who is pregnant with the person's unborn child from obtaining an abortion; requires the petitioner to execute a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity that is not subject to being rescinded or challenged. - Amends TCA Title 24; Title 29; Title 36; Title 39 and Title 68, Chapter 3.
Last Action
Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate • Feb 25, 2022
Latest Version
Abortion - As introduced, enacts the "Rule of Law Life Act". - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 15, Part 2 and Title 68, Chapter 11, Part 2.
Last Action
Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate • Feb 15, 2022
Latest Version
Controlled Substances - As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Medical Cannabis Act." - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 4; Title 67 and Title 68.
Last Action
Assigned to s/c Health Subcommittee
House • Feb 14, 2022
Latest Version
Children - As introduced, prohibits the provision of sexual identity change therapy to prepubescent minors; prohibits the provision of sexual identity change therapy to minors who have entered puberty unless a parent or guardian has written recommendations for the therapy from at least three physicians; punishes violations as child abuse; designates violations by healthcare professionals as professional misconduct. - Amends TCA Title 8; Title 36; Title 37; Title 39; Title 49; Title 53; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71.
Last Action
Def. to Special Calendar to be Published with Final Calendar in Health Committee
House • Feb 09, 2022
Latest Version
Education - As introduced, prohibits males from participating in public higher education sports that are designated for females; creates a cause of action for violations that deprive a student of an athletic opportunity or that cause direct or indirect harm to a student at the middle school, high school, or postsecondary level. - Amends TCA Title 49.
Last Action
Taken off notice for cal. in S. Jud. Com.
Senate • May 27, 1997
Latest Version
Human Rights - As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Religious Objection to COVID-19 Treatment Act." - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 33; Title 50; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71.
Last Action
P2C, ref. to Covid-19 Committee of Extraordinary Session III
House • Oct 28, 2021
Latest Version
Health Care - As enacted, creates the medical cannabis commission; exempts from the definition of marijuana oil containing the substance cannabidiol, with less than 0.9% of THC for use by a person with certain health issues, if certain other requirements met. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 29; Title 4, Chapter 3; Title 38, Chapter 3; Title 39, Chapter 17; Title 43; Title 50; Title 53; Title 63; Title 67 and Title 68.
Last Action
Effective date(s) 05/27/2021
executive • Jun 02, 2021
Abortion - As enacted, requires that disposition of remains from a surgical abortion performed at an abortion facility be by burial or cremation; requires the department of health to promulgate certain rules and forms; and makes certain other changes regarding the disposition of fetal remains. - Amends TCA Title 37, Chapter 10; Title 39; Title 62, Chapter 5 and Title 68.
Last Action
Comp. became Pub. Ch. 348
executive • May 18, 2021
Latest Version
Education, Curriculum - As enacted, requires an LEA or public charter school to notify a student's parent or guardian prior to commencing instruction of a sexual orientation or gender identity curriculum; permits a parent or guardian to excuse the parent's or guardian's student from a sexual orientation or gender identity curriculum, and prohibits the LEA or charter school from penalizing an excused student. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 13.
Last Action
Comp. became Pub. Ch. 281
executive • May 05, 2021
Latest Version
Election Laws - As introduced, requires department of safety to automatically register a qualified person to vote from information on an application for a driver license or photo identification card unless the person opts out. - Amends TCA Title 2 and Title 4.
Last Action
Action deferred in Senate State and Local Government Committee to first calendar of 2022
Senate • Apr 14, 2021
Latest Version
Firearms and Ammunition - As enacted, creates an exception to the offense of unlawful carrying of a firearm, if a person meets age requirements, lawfully possesses the handgun, and is in a place that the person is lawfully present; revises other firearm statutes. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 1; Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13 and Title 40, Chapter 35.
Last Action
Comp. became Pub. Ch. 108
executive • Apr 12, 2021
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Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, requires, when neither the seller nor purchaser of a firearm is a licensed gun dealer, that the transaction be completed through a licensed gun dealer, and that the dealer perform the same criminal history record check required for purchases from licensed gun dealers. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13 and Title 67, Chapter 6.
Last Action
Failed in s/c Civil Justice Subcommittee of Civil Justice Committee
House • Apr 06, 2021
Latest Version
Employees, Employers - As introduced, prohibits an employer from requiring an employee to receive an immunization or vaccination for COVID-19 against the will of the employee as a condition of maintaining employment; prohibits the employer from taking adverse action against an employee refusing such immunization or vaccination. - Amends TCA Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 8; Title 50 and Title 68.
Last Action
Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
Senate • Mar 30, 2021
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Election Laws - As introduced, requires county election commissions to designate public institutions of higher education with 20,000 or more enrolled students as polling places during early voting in federal and state general elections and presidential primaries for a period of at least five days; authorizes the institution to select the days for early voting. - Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 3, Part 1 and Title 2, Chapter 6, Part 1.
Last Action
Withdrawn.
House • Feb 24, 2021
Latest Version
Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, broadens the category of persons authorized to carry handguns within a public park to include handgun carry permit holders. - Amends TCA Section 10-7-504; Section 33-6-413; Section 38-8-116; Title 39; Title 40; Title 49; Title 50; Section 58-1-112 and Title 70.
Last Action
Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate • Feb 22, 2021
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Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, requires, when neither the seller nor purchaser of a firearm is a licensed gun dealer, that the transaction be completed through a licensed gun dealer, and that the dealer perform the same criminal history record check required for purchases from licensed gun dealers. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 13 and Title 67, Chapter 6.
Last Action
Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate • Feb 22, 2021
Latest Version
Children - As introduced, prohibits the provision of sexual identity change therapy to prepubescent minors; prohibits the provision of sexual identity change therapy to minors who have entered puberty unless a parent or guardian has written recommendations for the therapy from at least three physicians; punishes violations as child abuse; designates violations by healthcare professionals as professional misconduct. - Amends TCA Title 8; Title 36; Title 37; Title 39; Title 49; Title 53; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71.
Last Action
Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate • Feb 11, 2021
Latest Version
Criminal Procedure - As introduced, removes the requirement that a person must be current in all child support obligations to be eligible for voting rights restoration. - Amends TCA Title 40, Chapter 29, Part 2.
Last Action
Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Judiciary Committee
Senate • Feb 10, 2021
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Election Laws - As introduced, requires county election commissions to designate public institutions of higher education with 20,000 or more enrolled students as polling places during early voting in federal and state general elections and presidential primaries for a period of at least five days; authorizes the institution to select the days for early voting. - Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 3, Part 1 and Title 2, Chapter 6, Part 1.
Last Action
Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate State and Local Government Committee
Senate • Feb 10, 2021
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