CHATTANOOGA, TN. (WDEF) - As of July 1st, all of the legislation passed by the General Assembly is in effect.
That includes the guns in parking lots bill, the DUI interlock bill and even one that offers more protection against violence toward health workers.
Altogether there are 15 new laws on the books in Tennessee.
There are many unanswered questions about who has the last word on permit holders carrying a weapon in their car. The state law says it's o.k., but gives business owners the right to keep guns off their property.
One source says the final action is with the gun owner who can sue the employer.
Take your choice and take your chances.
But there are other interesting laws now in effect.
The Ignition interlock legislation is extended to cover more drivers . New figures show drunk drivers kill someone in this country every 22 minutes. But the figure is zero, if the impaired driver can't get the car started.
REP. KEVIN BROOKS, CLEVELAND "My initial reaction was 'Thank God' ..Thank God that we got this passed. " " And possibly there are ways of making it to where it is costly on the offender. "
You may be aware that health care workers are frequently attacked by patients, families and others while doing their jobs. Rep. JoAnn Favors of Chattanooga, a registered nurse, sponsored a bill that raises fines for such offences up to 5-thousand dollars.
REP. JOANNE FAVORS, CHATTANOGA "We were able to increase the penalty so that if individuals come and attack health care professionals then they will can expect to have a more severe penalty."
And Representative Richard Floyd Supported a bill to allow home-schooled kids an extra benefit.
REP. RICHARD FLOYD, CHATTANOOGA "Just because they are home schooled doesn't mean their parents don't pay property taxes. Don't pay taxes..and so if it doesn't interfere with academic requirements , they meet the same stringent requirements...and pass the same tests as school kids do, I think those kids shouldn't be strapped with the handicapped of not being able to participate in local sports."
Here's a link to all of the new laws hat went into effect July 1st.