TCSA Weekly Bills of Interest

Scheduled for Week of May 1, 2017

MONDAY, MAY 1

Senate Finance, 1:30 p.m.
(also at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 2)
     SB1184/HB1167 (Niceley, Forgety) Eminent Domain - As introduced, requires property taken under eminent domain to be valued at highest and best use instead of fair market value; removes industrial park exception to public use requirement; requires costs of appraisal to always be taxed to the condemning body.
     SB0462/HB0392 (Bell, K. Brooks) School Transportation - As introduced, authorizes LEAs, directly or by contract, to install, operate, or maintain cameras on the outside of school buses to record vehicles unlawfully passing stopped school buses; allows persons cited to pay the fine out of court; imposes additional penalties that apply under certain circumstances.
     SB0151/HB0381 (Lundberg, Lamberth) Motor Vehicles - As introduced, authorizes the operation of autonomous vehicles on the public roads of this state.
     SB0445/HB0508 (Stevens, Lamberth) Firearms and Ammunition - As introduced, creates a private cause of action for a party that is adversely affected by a local ordinance, resolution, policy, rule, or other enactment on firearms that is preempted by state law; prohibits local or state government entities from prohibiting or restricting firearms on state or local property unless certain conditions are met.
     SB1086/HB1020 (Stevens, C. Sexton) Real Property - As introduced, enacts the “Short-Term Rental Unit Act” and revises other provisions concerning short-term rentals, including taxation.
     SB0859/HB0441 (Dickerson, Smith) Teachers, Principals and School Personnel - As introduced, authorizes the BEP to provide funding that allows all first time teachers in the state to receive $500 for classroom instructional supplies.
     SB0230/HB0910 (Green, Wirgau) Taxes, Gasoline, Petroleum Products - As introduced, removes statutory allocations to the general fund from certain fuel tax revenues; reallocates certain allocations.
     SB0726/HB0535 (Kelsey, Lamberth) Uniform Commercial Code - As introduced, creates a streamlined process for certain public officials to contest Uniform Commercial Code financing statements that they believe to lack any legal basis.
     SB0483/HB0511 (Norris, Sargent) Appropriations - As introduced, makes appropriations for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017.
     SB1158/HB0032 (Hensley, Byrd) Natural Disasters - As introduced, creates a Natural Disaster Relief Program to be administered by TEMA.
     SB0371/HB0420 (Overbey, Farmer) Unclaimed Property - As introduced, enacts the “Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.”
     SB1288/HB0955 (Crowe, Fitzhugh) Local Government, General - As introduced, increases the authorized annual state contribution made to human resources agencies.
     SB0678/HB0182 (Yager, Hulsey) State Inmates - As introduced, requires that subsidies paid by the state to a county for housing state inmates be paid from the date of conviction; requires a clerk of the court to transmit documentation of a conviction to the department of correction not later than five business days after the date of conviction.
     SB1363/HB1367 (Bailey, Sargent) Taxes, Ad Valorem - As introduced, for property tax assessment purposes, changes the classification of property of certain local exchange telephone companies and telephone cooperatives from public utility to industrial and commercial property; discontinues the telecommunications ad valorem tax reduction fund.
     SB0211/HB0709 (Ketron, Whitson) Public Employees - As introduced, enacts the “Tennessee Public Safety Behavioral Health Act.”

House Finance Study Subcommittee, 3 p.m.
     HB0911/SB0708 (Wirgau, Yager) Correctional Programs
 - As introduced, enacts the “Comprehensive Local Correctional Enforcement Task Force Act” to create a task force to conduct a study and make a report and recommendation concerning local correctional facilities by January 15, 2018.

TUESDAY, MAY 2

House Finance Subcommittee, 11 a.m.
     HB1352/SB1348 (C. Sexton, Bailey) Highways, Roads and Bridges - As introduced, requires any local agency transferring up to 50 percent of its state-aid road funds to assist in any bridge improvements to notify the department of transportation at least 30 days in advance of the transfer.
     HB1076/SB0970 (J. Sexton, Niceley) Emergency Communications Districts - As introduced, authorizes purchase of insurance to protect against breach of duty by emergency communications officials and employees in lieu of surety bond.
     HB0066/SB0251 (Smith, Tracy) Appropriations - As introduced, appropriates $120 million from excess state tax revenues over-collected in fiscal year 2016-2017 to the department of transportation to be used for transportation road projects, $20 million of which is earmarked for state-aid roads

Local Calendar, TBA
     HB0604/SB0763 (Halford, Stevens) Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) - As introduced, establishes that local emergency management agency personnel have all rights, benefits, privileges, and protections available pursuant to state and local laws, including death benefits in the amount of $25,000.
     HB0268/SB0270 (Sherrill, Beavers) Motor Vehicles, Titling and Registration - As introduced, exempts active, volunteer firefighters and rescue squad members from payment of the regular registration fee at the time of renewal for any license plate issued to the volunteer firefighter or rescue squad member.
     HB1368/SB1059 (Sargent, Bowling) Public Employees - As introduced, increases the compensation from $25,000 to a $250,000 annuity payable in five annual installments of $50,000, paid to the estate of a firefighter, volunteer rescue squad worker, or law enforcement officer who dies in the line of duty.

Appropriations Calendar, TBA
     HB0511/SB0483 (Sargent, Norris) Appropriations - As introduced, makes appropriations for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017.

Behind the Budget Calendar, TBA
     HB0032/SB1158 (Byrd, Hensley) Natural Disasters - As introduced, creates a Natural Disaster Relief Program to be administered by TEMA.
     HB0420/SB0371 (Farmer, Overbey) Unclaimed Property - As introduced, enacts the “Uniform Unclaimed Property Act.”
     HB0395/SB0381 (Favors, Gardenhire) School Transportation - As introduced, requires any bus ordered or purchased on or after July 1, 2018, to be equipped with a restraint system; requires any bus that is currently used to transport students be equipped with a restraint system by July 1, 2023.
     HB0483/SB0196 (Forgety, Overbey) Juvenile Offenders - As introduced, establishes a progressive truancy intervention program in K-12 schools that involves tiers of prejuvenile court programs designed to keep a truant child out of the juvenile court system.
     HB0020/ SB0023 (Forgety, Green) Taxes, Exemption and Credits - As introduced, changes the home value for which real property tax relief will be granted from $100,000 to $175,000 for veterans with disabilities and from $23,500 to $25,000 for low-income homeowners who are elderly or have disabilities.
     HB0182/SB0678 (Hulsey, Yager) State Inmates - As introduced, requires that subsidies paid by the state to a county for housing state inmates be paid from the date of conviction; requires a clerk of the court to transmit documentation of a conviction to the department of correction not later than five business days after the date of conviction.
     HB1069 by *Moody (SB  1268 (Moody, Norris) Taxes, Sales - As introduced, increases portion of state-shared sales tax revenue for cities and counties by .5 percent; divides the portion equally between cities and counties; decreases by .5 percent the portion of revenue distributed to the general fund.
     HB0709/SB0211 (Whitson, Ketron) Public Employees - As introduced, enacts the “Tennessee Public Safety Behavioral Health Act.”
     HB0548/SB0497 (Wirgau, Kelsey) Taxes, Income - As introduced, increases the share of Hall tax revenue distributed to local governments from three-eighths to five-eighths; decreases the percentage of Hall tax revenue distributed to the general fund from five-eighths to three-eighths.
     HB0910/SB0230 (Wirgau, Green) Taxes, Gasoline, Petroleum Products - As introduced, removes statutory allocations to the general fund from certain fuel tax revenues; reallocates certain allocations.
     HB0955/SB1288 (Fitzhugh, Crowe) Local Government, General - As introduced, increases the authorized annual state contribution made to human resources agencies.