New Tennessee Laws Go Into Effect July 1st.

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Ashley Henderson
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Updated: 6/17/2013 6:47 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF)--Moses did it with 10---but on July 1st, the state of Tennessee will have 485 new pieces of legislation on the books.
Most of those bills are minor changes to existing laws.
But others change rules for education, employment, housing and criminal offenses.
We asked local lawmakers which new laws they think will have a noticeable impact on daily life.

Every year the Tennessee General Assembly is swamped by bills introduced by the 99 house members.
But this year, each representative was limited to 15 pieces of proposed legislation.
Of those, 485 were passed by the predominately republican legislature.

REP. VINCE DEAN, EAST RIDGE "We didn't go along and look at a lot of the fluff type legislation that we normally do. We did our business, we got done with it and came home and kept the people of Tennessee safer."

Tennessee has a reputation as a state for so-called "Pill Mills".
Rules governing the sale of prescription drugs will get tougher on July 1st.

SEN. TODD GARDENHIRE, CHATTANOOGA "Now, you've got to go to a physician, you have to get a prescription.. We've put into a law starting July 1st, where the prescription pads can't fool with those to forge them. You have to go to a certified pharmacist to get those pain medications."

Some bills, like the annexation changes in a bill by Rep. Mike Carter, went into effect April 1st.

REP. MIKE CARTER "The annexation bill that was passed is a ore or less a temporary act, in that it provides a moratorium..there cannot be any annexations for the next 13 months, until May 15th, without the consent of those being annexed."

Carter say that bill is being studied before the next legislature.

Some of these new laws might deserve your immediate the one changing the date children must turn 4 in order to enter pre-kindergarten. The new date is August 31st of 2013...instead of September 30th.
And for backyard farmers, the prohibition from selling food grown in a community garden has been removed. .
There are dozens more bills like that you may want to check.

Here's the link to the legislation passed this year by the Tennessee General Assembly.


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