Sixteen new laws took affect Monday (Jan. 1) in the state of Tennessee.
Two of the 16 dealt with school transportation and texting in a school zone.
Tennessee House bill 0322 requires a new school bus driver to complete a training program prior to transporting students and requires a driver to be at least 25 years old.
Drivers will not be allowed to knowingly talk on a hand-held mobile telephone and operate a motor vehicle in motion in any marked school zone or when a warning flasher or flashers are in operation.
There is a $50 fine and a Class C misdemeanor with that new law.
Here is a synopsis of the new laws concerning schools and buses:
HB0322 School Transportation – As enacted, establishes a school transportation supervisor program for the monitoring and oversight of transportation services for local education authorities and charter schools; requires new school bus drivers to complete a training program prior to transporting students; requires a driver to be at least 25 years of age to receive an initial school bus driver license endorsement.
SB0954 Criminal Offenses – As enacted, creates the Class C misdemeanor, punishable only by a fine of up to $50, for a person to knowingly operate a motor vehicle in any marked school zone in this state, when a warning flasher or flashers are in operation, and talk on a hand-held mobile telephone while the vehicle is in motion; makes it a delinquent act, punishable only by a fine of up to $50, for a person under the age of 18 to operate a motor vehicle and talk on a mobile phone that is equipped with a hands-free device while the vehicle is in motion; creates certain exceptions.
Other new laws include:
SB0128 Codes – As enacted, updates, from the Aug. 2011 edition to the Aug. 2016 edition, the electrical safety code governing electric supply stations and lines; updates publisher’s address.
SB0032 Barbers – As enacted, broadens barbers’ ability to perform services in a residence from residences of persons who are actually ill to all residences regardless of the health of the person; requires residential barber certificate in order to provide residential services.
HB1392 Professions and Occupations – As enacted, allows a homeowner to cancel a contract for alarm services for a period longer than two years by giving a 30-day written notice to the alarm systems contractor after the initial two years if the homeowner has to sell the real property due to medical reasons; requires a homeowner to provide the alarm systems contractor with a letter from the homeowner’s treating physician verifying the medical reasons that compel the homeowner to sell the property and seek cancellation of the alarm system service contract.
HB0689 Handgun Permits – As enacted, creates an exemption to the firing range component of the training that is required in order to obtain a handgun carry permit for applicants who submit proof to the department of safety that they have successfully passed small arms qualification training or combat pistol training in any branch of the United States armed forces.
HB0141 Motor Vehicles – As enacted, enacts “The Motor Vehicle Recall and Disclosure Law.” – Amends TCA Title 55. 329
SB0413 Physicians and Surgeons – as enacted, enacts the “Visiting Sports Team Act.”
SB0723 Education, Higher – As enacted, enacts the “Campus Free Speech Protection Act.”
SB0597 Disabled Persons – As enacted, allows disabled adults to have paid personal aides to perform health maintenance tasks for them.
HB0862 Courts, Juvenile – As enacted, enacts the “Tennessee Zero to Three Court Initiative” to create five additional zero to three court programs throughout the state to be administered by the department of children’s services.
HB1291 Alcoholic Beverage Commission – As enacted, removes jurisdiction over enforcement of criminal offenses involving marijuana from the commission.
SB0194 Motor Vehicles – As enacted, revises provisions governing lights displayed on vehicles.
SB0429 Drugs, Prescription – As enacted, authorizes the department of health to establish a prescription drug donation repository program.
SB0802 Fines and Penalties – As enacted, revises provisions governing payment plans and stays from license revocation for assessed litigation taxes, court costs, and fines.
440 SB0438 Business Organizations – as enacted, enacts the Tennessee Uniform Limited Partnership Act of 2017.