82 new laws in Tennessee

Eighty-two new laws went into effect on July 1, 2016. Here are some of them:

  • Grocery stores can now sell wine Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m.

  • The "slow poke" law will make it possible for slow drivers to be ticketed for driving in the passing lane. The law will only apply to major highways in Tennessee, and tickets will result in a $50 fine. 

  • Texting while driving offense triggers a moving violation and will require a driver education course on the first offense.

  • The Tennessee sales tax holiday weekend has been moved from the first week of August to the last weekend in July.

  • Active duty, honorably discharged or retired members of the US Armed Forces can get a handgun carry permit without taking the required class.

  • Licensed private investigators are now exempt from window tint restrictions.

  • Faculty and staff at public colleges and universities, including the University of Tennessee, may now carry concealed guns on campus. Employees who want to carry on campus will be required to register their weapons with campus police. 

  • Tennessee has enacted the “Health Care Empowerment Act” (the “HCEA”), which authorizes “direct primary care membership agreements”, which are defined as written contractual agreements between a primary care provider and an individual patient, or the patient’s legal representative.

  • People convicted of human trafficking for prostitution must register as sex offenders. Also, anyone convicted of taking unlawful pictures for sexual gratification will be added to the sex offender registry.

  • Recipients of public assistance benefits (welfare recipients) are no longer able to use an EBT card at a tobacco retailer to purchase certain tobacco products.

  • The cost to use a constable or sheriff for service of process has been increased from $26.00 to $40.00.

  • Land surveyors and the Tennessee Department of Transportation may now use drones for their work, but another law prohibits drones from flying within 250 feet of a “critical infrastructure facility” to conduct surveillance or gather data.

  • Playing fantasy sports is now legal in Tennessee.

  • All of the new laws can be viewed at https://legiscan.com/TN

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