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New TN laws effective at the start of the new year

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(WMC-TV) - Here is a full list of  new Tennessee laws effective Jan. 1, 2013, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Teachers, Principals and School Personnel - As enacted, specifies that a teacher may not teach a course in which an end of course examination is required for students to satisfy graduation requirements set by the state board of education.

If the teacher's license does not carry a subject specific endorsement for the
subject area of the course, unless the teacher demonstrates sufficient content knowledge in the course material by taking, at the teacher's own expense, and passing a standardized or criterion-referenced test for the content area. - Amends TCA Title 49,
Chapter 6.

Workers Compensation - As enacted, clarifies that either party in a workers compensation dispute may bring suit in the county in which the employee resided at the time of the injury.

When issues remain after the benefit review conference; reduces from $100 to $50.00 the
maximum amount that the secretary of state may charge for certain
fees concerning construction service providers and workers
compensation. - Amends TCA Title 50.

Business Organizations - As enacted, revises multiple provisions of the Tennessee Business Corporation Act. - Amends TCA Title 48.

Employees, Employers - As enacted, enacts the "Tennessee Works Act of 2012." - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 29 and Title 50, Chapter 7.

Tennessee Regulatory Authority - As enacted, changes the membership of the authority to be five part-time directors instead of four full-time directors; sets the salaries of such directors; revises other provisions regarding the Authority. - Amends TCA Title 65.

Driver Licenses - As enacted, allows persons 60 years of age or older who elected to obtain a non-photo bearing license prior to January 1, 2013, to retain and renew such license. -Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 50.

Schools, Charter - As enacted, revises charter school application process time frames; permits LEAs to charge charter school applicants an application fee; revises other charter school-related provisions. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 13.

Mortgages - As enacted, revises various provisions related to the notice of the right to foreclose that must be sent by the lender to the debtor prior to foreclosure; effective January 1, 2013, deletes certain notice requirements. - Amends TCA Section 35-5-117.

Health, Dept. of - As enacted, prohibits any licensed physician or osteopathic physician from performing or attempting to perform any abortion, including a medically induced abortion, or from prescribing any drug or device intended to cause a medical abortion. Except in the physical presence of the pregnant woman; no drug or device intended to cause a medical abortion may be administered or dispensed to a pregnant woman except in the physical presence of her physician. - Amends TCA Title 63.

Licenses - As enacted, requires licenses issued by the department of commerce and insurance and licenses required to work as athlete agents, lobbyists, and K-12 public school teachers to be denied, suspended, or revoked, if student loans are not paid. - Amends TCA
Title 3; Title 49 and Title 56.

Utilities, Utility Districts - As enacted, requires boards of commissioners for utility districts to provide notice to their customers at least two weeks prior to any board meeting at which the
board members intend to select three nominees to certify to the county mayor to fill an existing or upcoming vacancy on the board; notice must include an invitation for the customers to submit the names of qualified persons to be considered for nomination. - Amends TCA Section 7-82-307.

Highways, Roads and Bridges - As enacted, revises structure and operation of certain county highway departments. - Amends TCA Title 54, Chapter 7.

Economic and Community Development - As enacted, requires the state agency responsible for processing applications for grant funds relating to workforce development to accept electronic signatures in the same manner as it accepts physical signatures. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 3, Part 14; Title 47, Chapter 10 and Title 50.

State Government - As enacted, authorizes certain departments, boards and other governmental entities to allow holders of licenses, certifications or registrations to be notified by electronic mail of renewals, fee increases and changes in the law and of any meeting
where changes in rules or fees are on the agenda. - Amends TCA
Title 4; Title 37; Title 45; Title 62; Title 63 and Title 71.

Here's a list of state laws taking effect on Jan. 1, 2013, as compiled by Darlene Schlicher of the Senate Republican Caucus:

From 2011 Session
Abortion / Telemedicine - Licensed physicians will be prohibited from performing a medically induced abortion via telemedicine conferencing under legislation approved. The bill prohibits a physician from prescribing any drug or device intended to cause a medical abortion, except in the physical presence of the pregnant woman. The new law will have the practical effect of preventing RU 486 from being prescribed through this mechanism. The bill clarifies that no drug or device intended to cause a medical abortion may be administered or dispensed to a pregnant woman except in the physical presence of her physician.

RU-486, also known as Mifeprex, is a synthetic steroid that is used to prevent or end pregnancy in the first two months after conception, and is commonly referred to as the "abortion pill." The new telemedicine technology allows a doctor to talk to and dispense the pills to a patient in a remote office location using two-way teleconferencing technology, which includes a camera and microphone connected to the Internet.

The bill, as amended, will take effect on January 1, 2013.
Crowe / PC 434 / DOE: January 1, 2013

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