Coalition Bill Tracker

Status updates from TN General Assembly on legislative bills of interest to members of the Tennessee Fire Service and public safety. To view the current status of each bill, click on the text for SB/HB and title of the bill. For a shorter list of Bill # and Title only, click here.

Bill Number, Title, Abstract Last Action Action Date
SB 5 / HB 365 – Public Employees:  Volunteer firefighters to receive commission for completing training.  As introduced, allows a volunteer firefighter to receive $800 from the commission on firefighting personnel standards and education for completing 40 hours of training annually. – Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 24.

 

Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate State and Local Government Committee
(Last action on companion, Placed on s/c cal Cities & Counties Subcommittee for 2/23/2021 2/17/2021 3:56:01 PM: HB0365)
01/13/2021
SB 15 / HB 7 – Health Care:  Powers of County mayor during a county-wide health emergency.  As introduced, specifies that the county mayor has the authority to establish and implement health policies that affect the entire county during a county-wide health emergency; directs the county health director, health officer, and board of health to provide advice to the mayor to develop the policies; applies only in Shelby, Davidson, Knox, Hamilton, Sullivan, and Madison counties. – Amends TCA Title 5 and Title 68, Chapter 2, Part 6.

 

Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Health and Welfare Committee
(Last action on companion, Placed on s/c cal Health Subcommittee for 2/23/2021 2/17/2021 3:42:32 PM: HB0007)
01/13/2021
SB 19 / HB 864 – Criminal Law:  Assault against a first responder includes nurses.  As introduced, adds nurses to the assault against a first responder who is discharging or attempting to discharge official duties statute. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13.

 

Placed on Senate Judiciary Committee calendar for 2/23/2021
(Last action on companion, Withdrawn. 2/10/2021 9:52:21 AM: HB0864)
02/18/2021
SB 29 / HB 105 – Local Government:  Residency requirements as condition of employment for first responders.  As introduced, prohibits a local government from having residency requirements as a condition of employment for a first responder. – Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 8, Chapter 50; Title 8, Chapter 8; Title 38, Chapter 8; Title 68, Chapter 140 and Title 68, Chapter 102.

 

Placed on Senate State and Local Government Committee calendar for 2/23/2021
(Last action on companion, Assigned to s/c Cities & Counties Subcommittee 1/27/2021 10:05:11 AM: HB0105)
02/17/2021
SB 163 / HB 167 – Judiciary:  Confidentiality-communications during crisis intervention.  As introduced, adds communications with a peer supporter occurring during a critical incident stress management intervention to those communications that are considered confidential and for which a person cannot be called to testify or otherwise divulge. – Amends TCA Title 10 and Title 24, Chapter 1.

 

Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Judiciary Committee
(Last action on companion, Assigned to s/c Civil Justice Subcommittee 2/1/2021 5:17:58 PM: HB0167)
02/08/2021
SB 263 – Retail Trade:  Certification as on outdoor fireworks display operatorAs introduced, makes various changes to the process for certification as an outdoor fireworks display operator, proximate pyrotechnic display operator, or flame effect display operator. – Amends TCA Title 68, Chapter 104.

 

Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Commerce and Labor Committee 02/10/2021
SB 275  /HB 369 – Professionals & Licensure:  Contracting performed by unlicensed persons.  As introduced, authorizes owners of real property to construct certain residential buildings on that property without obtaining a contractor license; requires notice of construction to be made to the board for licensing contractors and the register of deeds.

 

Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
(Last action on companion, Assigned to s/c Business & Utilities Subcommittee 2/10/2021 12:06:37 PM: HB0369)
02/10/2021
SB 358 / HB 1074 – Criminal Law:  Penalty for assault of a first responder.  As introduced, increases the penalty for assault of a first responder from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E felony. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13.

 

Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Judiciary Committee
(Last action on companion, Intro., P1C. 2/11/2021 9:32:49 AM: HB1074)
02/10/2021
SB 480 / HB 695 –  Criminal Law:  Officer Kenny Moats Assault Act.  As introduced, increases the punishment for assault committed against a first responder from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E felony. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13, Part 1.

 

Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Judiciary Committee
(Last action on companion, Intro., P1C. 2/10/2021 9:22:32 AM: HB0695)
02/11/2021
SB 525 / HB 949 – Property & Housing:  Carbon monoxide alarms required for one and two-family rental units.  As introduced, requires that a carbon monoxide alarm be installed and maintained in one and two-family rental units; requires that such rental units with gas powered heaters have a carbon monoxide alarm in rooms used for sleeping; requires existing battery-powered smoke alarms be replaced with smoke alarms containing tamper-resistant battery units. – Amends TCA Title 68, Chapter 102; Title 68, Chapter 11 and Title 68, Chapter 120.

 

Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
(Last action on companion, Intro., P1C. 2/11/2021 9:32:49 AM: HB0949)
02/11/2021
SB 539 / HB 657 – Public Finance:  Bonds and notes issued by local governments.  As introduced, requires that certain notes issued by governing bodies of municipalities related to public works projects be approved by the comptroller of the treasury or the comptroller’s designee; makes other revisions to provisions governing bonds and notes issued by local governments. – Amends TCA Title 7; Title 9 and Section 12-10-116.

 

Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate State and Local Government Committee
(Last action on companion, Intro., P1C. 2/10/2021 9:22:32 AM: HB0657)
02/11/2021
SB 631 / HB 749 – Construction:  Conflict between a city and county regarding a building code or fire code issue.  As introduced, increases, from 10 working days to 12 working days, the time within which, after receipt of a written appeal, the state fire marshal’s office must provide a decision in cases of conflict between a city and county regarding a building or fire code issue. – Amends TCA Title 68, Chapter 120.

 

Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
(Last action on companion, Withdrawn. 2/10/2021 9:48:55 AM: HB0749)
02/11/2021
SB 655 / HB 612 – Public Employee:  Length of service award programs.  As introduced, authorizes the treasurer to establish a length of service award program for eligible employers to participate in a deferred compensation plan for bona fide volunteers. – Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 25, Part 1.

 

Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate State and Local Government Committee
(Last action on companion, Intro., P1C. 2/10/2021 9:22:32 AM: HB0612)
02/11/2021
SB 778 / HB 772 – Public Employees:  Cash supplements for volunteer firefighters for completing in-service training course. As introduced, provides annual $600 cash supplements to volunteer firefighters who successfully complete in each year an in-service training course. – Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 24, Part 2.

 

Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
(Last action on companion, Withdrawn. 2/10/2021 9:51:34 AM: HB0772)
02/11/2021
SB 841 / HB 511 – Criminal Law:  Punishment for first degree murder.  As introduced, limits the punishment a jury can consider for a defendant convicted of first degree murder committed against certain persons engaged in the performance of official duties to death or imprisonment for life without possibility of parole. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13 and Title 40.

 

Introduced, Passed on First Consideration
(Last action on companion, Placed on s/c cal Criminal Justice Subcommittee for 2/24/2021 2/17/2021 3:09:20 PM: HB0511)
02/11/2021
SB 842 / HB 512 – Criminal Law:  Sentencing of attempted first degree murder.  As introduced, allows a person convicted of attempted first degree murder to be sentenced to imprisonment for life without possibility of parole if the offense is committed against certain persons. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13 and Title 40, Chapter 35.

 

Introduced, Passed on First Consideration
(Last action on companion, Placed on s/c cal Criminal Justice Subcommittee for 2/24/2021 2/17/2021 3:09:20 PM: HB0512)
02/11/2021
SB 912 / HB 1153 – Public Finance:  Appropriations for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2020 and July 1, 2021.  As introduced, makes appropriations for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2020, and July 1, 2021.

 

Introduced, Passed on First Consideration
(Last action on companion, Filed for introduction 2/10/2021 4:52:13 PM: HB1153)
02/11/2021
SB 1023 – Local Government:  James “Dustin” Samples Act.  As introduced, enacts the “James ‘Dustin’ Samples Act.” – Amends TCA Title 7, Chapter 51, Part 2; Title 50, Chapter 6 and Title 68, Chapter 102.

 

Introduced, Passed on First Consideration 02/11/2021
SB 1111 / HB 965 – Retail Trade:  Grace period for expiration of firework permits.  As introduced, extends, from two days to three days, the grace period for expiration of firework permits. – Amends TCA Title 68, Chapter 104.

 

Introduced, Passed on First Consideration
(Last action on companion, Intro., P1C. 2/11/2021 9:32:49 AM: HB0965)
02/11/2021
SB 1138 / HB 585 – Criminal Law:  Harassment of a first responder.   As introduced, increases the penalty for harassment if the person committed the offense because of the victim’s employment as a first responder; defines “first responder” for the purposes of harassment. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 38 and Title 39.

 

Introduced, Passed on First Consideration
(Last action on companion, Assigned to s/c Criminal Justice Subcommittee 2/10/2021 12:04:09 PM: HB0585)
02/11/2021
SB 1314 – Local Government:  Imposing of a public safety surcharge.   As introduced, authorizes each municipality, county, or metropolitan government to impose a public safety surcharge for purposes of providing public safety services; specifies the manner by which the surcharge must be approved by the local government and the purposes for which the surcharge must be used. – Amends TCA Title 7, Chapter 51.

 

Introduced, Passed on First Consideration 02/11/2021
SB 1569 / HB 335 – Public Employees:  Compensation paid to firefighters for certain conditions or injuries.  As introduced, adds leukemia and testicular cancer to the list of cancers for which a presumption is created that certain conditions or impairments of full-time firefighters caused by leukemia, testicular cancer, or other listed cancers arose out of employment unless the contrary is shown by competent medical evidence. – Amends TCA Section 7-51-201.

 

Introduced, Passed on First Consideration
(Last action on companion, Assigned to s/c Cities & Counties Subcommittee 2/10/2021 12:16:23 PM: HB0335)
02/11/2021
HB 507 – Property & Housing:  Building regulations-appeal to state fire marshal’s office in cases of conflict between city and county.  As introduced, increases, from 10 working days to 12 working days, the time within which, after receipt of a written appeal, the state fire marshal’s office must provide a decision in cases of conflict between a city and county regarding a building or fire code issue. – Amends TCA Title 68, Chapter 120.  WITHDRAWN 2/8/2021 Withdrawn. 02/08/2021