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.


Bill Number, Title, Abstract

RED – Current 2022

Orange – No action since 2021

Green – Enacted

* and underlining denotes a change from the previous update

 SB 29 / HB 105 – Local Government:  Residency requirements as condition of employment for first responder  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.

Summary: Prohibits a local government from having residency requirements as a condition of employment for a first responder. Broadly captioned.

* Senate Status:  3/7/2021 – Senate non-concurred in House Amendment 1

* House Status:  3/14/2022 – House passed after reconsidering its action and withdrawing House Amendment 1

* Executive Status:  4/4/2022 – Enacted as Public Chapter 0720 effective March 24, 2022

 SB 163 / HB 167 – Judiciary:  Confidentiality-communications during crisis interventionAs enacted, redefines “crisis intervention” and “crisis response services” for purposes of the privileged communications. – Amends TCA Title 10 and Title 24, Chapter 1.

Summary:  Adds communications between a peer supporter providing critical incident stress management intervention and a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or emergency medical services personnel to those communications that are considered confidential and for which a person cannot be called to testify or otherwise divulge

Senate Status:  4/7/2021 – Senate Passed with Amendment 1

House Status:  4/14/2021 – House Passed

Executive Status:  5/3/2021 – Enacted as Public Chapter 0245 (effective 7/1/2021)

SB 263 / HB 1497 – Certification as outdoor fireworks display operator.  As enacted, 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.

Summary:  Present law requires the fire marshal to establish a program of certification for outdoor fireworks display operators, proximate pyrotechnic display operators and flame effect display operators. One of the requirements for certification that is applicable to all such operators is that the applicant must show that the applicant has worked under competent supervision on at least three displays in each area in which certification is desired in the three years immediately preceding the application.  READ MORE…

Senate Status:  3/22/2021 – Senate Passed

House Status:  4/27/2021 – House Passed

Executive Status:  5/17/2021 – Enacted as Public Chapter 0435 (effective 5/13/2021)

 

SB 525 / HB 949 – 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.

Summary:  READ MORE…

Senate Status:  4/6/2021 – Taken off notice in Senate Commerce & Labor Committee

House Status:  2/02/2022 – Taken off notice in House Business & Utilities Subcommittee

 

 

SB 631  /HB 749 – Conflict between a city and county regarding a building code or fire code issue.As enacted, revises provisions governing statewide building construction safety standards. – Amends TCA Title 68, Chapter 120.

Summary:  Increases, from ten 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. Broadly captioned. READ MORE…

Senate Status:  4/21/2021 – Senate Passed

House Status:  4/21/2021 – House Passed with Amendment 1

Executive Status:  5/10/2021 – Enacted as Public Chapter 0332 (effective 5/4/2021)

 

SB 633 / HB 385 – Deputy Jason Scott Public Safety Act.  As introduced, enacts the “Deputy Jason Scott Public Safety Act,” which makes it a criminal offense for a witness of a medical emergency to fail to immediately notify emergency services. – Amends TCA Title 38 and Title 39.

Summary:  READ MORE…

Senate Status:  4/13/2021 – Taken off notice in Senate Judiciary Committee

House Status:  2/24/2021 – House Criminal Justice Subcommittee deferred to 3/3/2021

 

SB 655 / HB 612 – Length of service award programsAs enacted, 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.
Summary:  This bill authorizes the state treasurer to inquire with local governments and volunteer fire departments about establishing a length of service award program pursuant to federal law and, based on the results of this inquiry, authorizes the treasurer to establish a length of service award program.  READ MORE…
Senate Status:  3/15/2021 – Senate Passed

House Status:  5/4/2021 – House Passed

Executive Status:  6/01/2021 – Enacted as Public Chapter 0594 (effective 5/27/2021)

 

SB 778 / HB 772 – Payments to volunteer firefighters for completing an in-service training course.  As enacted, 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. Senate Status:  4/28/2021 – Senate Passed

House Status:  5/3/2021 – House Passed

Executive Status:  5/21/2021 – Enacted as Public Chapter 0478 (effective 5/18/2021)

SB 841 / HB 511 – Punishment for first-degree murder.  As enacted, revises provisions regarding the criminal offense of commission of act of terrorism resulting in the killing of another person and other provisions regarding first degree murder and the sentencing for such offense. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13 and Title 40.

Summary:  This bill limits the punishment a jury may consider for a defendant convicted of first degree murder committed against certain persons engaging in the performance of official duties to death or life imprisonment without possibility of parole, as discussed below.  READ MORE…

Senate Status:  4/29/2021 – Senate Passed with Amendment 2

House Status:  5/4/2021 – House concurred in Senate Amendment 2

Executive Status:  6/1/2021 – Enacted as Public Chapter 0528 (effective 7/1/2021)

SB 996 / HB 872 – Rules to establish uniform standards for 911 emergency communications.  As introduced, requires the state emergency communications board to promulgate rules to establish uniform standards for 911 emergency communications districts that include uniform dispatching requirements and standards and that require emergency communications districts to be staffed by employees or contract workers of the districts; exempts certain urban counties from the requirement. – Amends TCA Title 7 and Title 86.

Summary:  This bill requires, by June 30, 2022, the state emergency communications board to promulgate rules to establish model standards for all of this state’s 911 emergency communications districts (ECDs). The model standards must include uniform dispatching requirements and standards and require all ECDs to be staffed by ECD-paid employees or contract workers.  READ MORE…

Senate Status:  2/22/2021 – Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee

House Status:  4/6/2021 – Taken off notice in House Department & Agencies Subcommittee

SB 1023 / HB 1356 – 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.

Summary:  This bill creates the legal presumption that a firefighter diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by a mental health professional incurred the injury in the line of duty. Under this presumption, the injury will be compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Law unless it is shown by a preponderance of the evidence that the post-traumatic stress disorder was caused by non-service-connected risk factors or non-service-connected exposure.  READ MORE…

Senate Status:  5/4/2021 – Senate Finance, Ways & Means Committee deferred to first calendar of 2022

* House Status:  3/30/2022 – Set for House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee 4/6/2022

 

SB 1024 / HB 1278 – Regulation of smoking and vapor products by counties and cities.  As introduced, authorizes counties with a population greater than 180,000, and the cities within such counties, to regulate smoking and the use of vapor products; prohibits the use of vapor products in certain places. – Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7 and Title 39.

Summary:  Authorizes counties with a population greater than 180,000, and the cities within such counties, to regulate smoking and the use of vapor products. Prohibits the use of vapor products child care centers, group care homes, healthcare facilities, excluding nursing home facilities, museums, all public and private kindergartens and elementary and secondary schools, residential treatment facilities for children and youth, youth development centers and facilities, and zoos. Under current law, smoking and the use of vapor products at these places is allowed in designated areas where children do not have access. This bill removes those exceptions.

Senate Status:  4/6/2021 – Senate Commerce & Labor Committee deferred to first calendar of 2022

House Status:  2/24/2021 – Referred to House Health Subcommittee

 

SB 1111 / HB 965 – Grace period for expiration of firework permitsAs enacted, requires the state fire marshal to verify that an applicant for a fireworks permit is locally licensed to do business in this state and is registered with the department of revenue prior to issuing a permit. – Amends TCA Title 68, Chapter 104.

Summary:  ON MAY 3, 2021, THE SENATE ADOPTED AMENDMENT #2 AND PASSED SENATE BILL 1111, AS AMENDED.

AMENDMENT #2 rewrites the bill and adds to the present law provision regarding firework permits.  READ MORE…

Senate Status:  5/3/2021 – Senate Passed with Amendment 2

House Status:  5/3/2021 – House Passed

Executive Status:  5/21/2021 – Enacted as Public Chapter 0485 (effective 10/1/2021)

 

SB 1114 / HB 171 – Early service retirement for correctional officers employed by local governments.  As enacted, authorizes a correctional officer of a local government who is a member of the state retirement system to retire under the state retirement system upon completion of 25 years of creditable service; authorizes local governments participating in TCRS to adopt a mandatory age of retirement for correctional officers. – Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 36.

Summary:  Under this bill, a correctional officer employed by a local government who is a member of the state’s consolidated retirement system, regardless of the officer’s participation in the legacy pension plan, the hybrid plan, or any other alternative plan, will be eligible for early service retirement upon attainment of 25 years of creditable service.  READ MORE…

Senate Status:  5/3/2021 – Senate Passed with Amendment 1

House Status:  5/3/2021 – House Passed

Executive Status:  5/21/2021 – Enacted as Public Chapter 0486 (effective 1/1/2022)

 

SB 1314 / HB 1450 – 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.

Summary:  This bill authorizes municipalities, counties, and metropolitan governments to impose a public safety surcharge for purposes of providing public safety services, including, but not limited to, fire protection and emergency communication services, within its boundaries.  READ MORE…

* Senate Status:  3/22/2022 – Taken off notice in Senate State & Local Government Committee

* House Status:  3/15/2022 – Taken off notice in House Cities & Counties Subcommittee

 

 

SB 1569 / HB 335 – 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.

Summary:  Under present law, the Barry Brady Act provides that if the state, any municipal corporation, or other political subdivision of the state maintains a fire department and has established or establishes any form of compensation to be paid to firefighters for any condition or impairment of health that results in loss of life or personal injury in the line of duty or course of employment, there is a presumption that any condition or impairment of health of firefighters caused by all forms of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, or multiple myeloma cancer resulting in hospitalization, medical treatment, or any disability, has arisen out of employment, unless the contrary is shown by competent medical evidence.  READ MORE…

Senate Status:  1/25/2022 – Senate Commerce & Labor Committee recommended with Amendment 1.  Sent to Senate Finance.

House Status:  2/9/2022 – House Finance Subcommittee placed behind the budget.

SB 1651 / HB 1631 – Anderson County-regulation of fireworks.  Subject to local approval, authorizes Anderson County to regulate fireworks. – Amends Chapter 291 of the Private Acts of 1947. Senate Status:  5/4/2021 – Senate Passed

House Status:  5/3/2021 – House Passed

Executive Status:  6/1/2021 – Enacted as Private Chapter 34 (effective 5/25/2021)

 

SB 1730 / HB 1811 – Sunset-Tennessee emergency medical services board.  As introduced, extends the Tennessee emergency medical services board to June 30, 2027. – Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 29 and Title 68, Chapter 140, Part 3. * Senate Status:  3/30/2022 – Set for Senate Health & Welfare Committee 4/5/2022

House Status:  1/24/2022 – Referred to House Government Operations Committee

SB 1790 / HB 1932 – Surrendering of a newborn infant without criminal liability.  As introduced, expands the procedure for surrendering a newborn infant without criminal liability to include placement in a newborn safety device located at a continuously staffed police station, fire station, or hospital; allows either parent, rather than only a mother, to voluntarily surrender a newborn infant. – Amends TCA Section 36-1-142 and Section 68-11-255.

Summary:  Under present law, a hospital, birthing center, community health clinic, out-patient walk-in clinic, fire department or law enforcement facility that is staffed 24 hours a day, and emergency medical services facility (collectively referred to as a “facility” under present law and this summary) is required to receive possession of any newborn infant left on facility premises with any facility employee or member of the professional medical community, if the infant:  READ MORE…

Senate Status:  2/22/2022 – Taken off notice in Senate Judiciary Committee

House Status:  1/28/2022 – Referred to House Children & Family Affairs Subcommittee

SB 1809 / HB 1835 – Volunteer rescue squad worker may leave work to respond to emergency without loss of pay.  As introduced, authorizes a volunteer rescue squad worker to respond to an emergency during the worker’s regularly scheduled working hours without loss of pay, vacation time, sick leave, or earned overtime accumulation; authorizes such worker to take the worker’s next shift off as a vacation or sick day without loss of pay under certain circumstances. – Amends TCA Section 4-21-401; Section 50-1-307 and Section 50-1-309.

Summary:  Under present law, any employee who is an active volunteer firefighter may be allowed to leave work   READ MORE…

Senate Status:  1/24/2022 – Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee

House Status:  2/23/2022 – Taken off notice in House Banking & Consumer Affairs Subcommittee

SB 1975 / HB 2049 – Calculation of funding for emergency communication districts.  As introduced, changes how the emergency communications board calculates the amount of funding each emergency communications district receives annually. – Amends TCA Section 7-86-303.

Summary:  Under present law, the emergency communications board must annually distribute to each emergency communications district a base amount equal to the average of total recurring annual revenue the district received from distributions from the board and from direct remittance of 911 surcharges for fiscal years 2010, 2011, and 2012; however, the board must not distribute an amount less than the amount the district received in fiscal year 2012.  READ MORE…

* Senate Status:  3/30/2022 – Set for Senate State & Local Government Committee 4/5/2022

House Status:  2/2/2022 – Referred to House Department & Agencies Subcommittee

SB 1987 / HB 2107 – Early service retirement for emergency medical services personnel, police officers.  As introduced, removes the requirement that the actuarial equivalent be paid to certain emergency medical services personnel, police officers, and firefighters who are eligible for early service retirement at 25 years of creditable service; requires that such persons who retire on or after January 1, 2023, be paid a full, unreduced retirement allowance and receive insurance coverage otherwise provided to members who are 100 percent vested in the service retirement benefit; requires such persons to also receive a supplemental bridge benefit. – Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 34; Title 8, Chapter 35; Title 8, Chapter 36 and Title 8, Chapter 37.

Summary:  READ MORE…

Senate Status:  1/31/2022 – Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee

House Status:  2/2/2022 – Referred to House Public Service Subcommittee

* Executive Status:  3/14/2022 – Taken off notice in Joint Council on Pensions

SB 2013 / HB 1646 – Joker’s Law.  As introduced, enacts “Joker’s Law,” which revises the offense of knowingly and unlawfully killing a police dog, fire dog, search and rescue dog, service animal, or police horse without the owner’s effective consent; adds provisions regarding knowingly and unlawfully causing serious injury to such an animal; permits transfer of juveniles charged with the offense to adult criminal court. – Amends TCA Section 37-1-134 and Title 39, Chapter 14.

Summary: Under present law, it is an offense to knowingly and unlawfully kill the animal of another without the owner’s effective consent. A violation is theft of property, graded according to the value of the animal, and punished accordingly. The killing of a police dog, fire dog, search and rescue dog, service animal or police horse is treated as an enhancement that upon a violation promotes this offense to at least a Class E felony.

This bill separates the enhancement from the above-described offense and creates the separate offense of knowingly and unlawfully killing a police dog, fire dog, search and rescue dog, service animal, or police horse without the owner’s effective consent. A violation will be a Class B felony.  READ MORE…

* Senate Status:  3/30/2022 – Set for Senate Judiciary Committee 4/6/2022

House Status:  2/23/2022 – House Finance Subcommittee placed behind the budget

SB 2047 / HB 1831 – Fuel gas detector act.  As introduced, enacts the “Fuel Gas Detector Act”; requires the installation and maintenance of fuel gas detectors in rooms containing an appliance fueled by propane, natural gas, or any liquified petroleum gas for certain residential buildings. – Amends TCA Title 47; Title 49; Title 66 and Title 68.

Summary: 

This bill requires the installation or provision of fuel gas monitors in various types of residential buildings that are rented or leased. For purposes of this bill, a fuel gas detector is a device that:

(1) Has an assembly that incorporates a sensor and an alarm that detects elevations in propane, natural gas, or a liquefied petroleum gas;

(2) Sounds a warning alarm;

(3) Is battery-operated, plugged into an electrical outlet, or hardwired; and

(4) Is approved by a nationally recognized independent testing laboratory.

READ MORE…

Senate Status:  2/2/2022 – Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee

House Status:  2/9/2022 – House Business & Utilities Subcommittee deferred to summer study

SB 2085 / HB 2247 – Offenses of assault and aggravated assault against a first respodner.  As introduced, expands the offenses of assault and aggravated assault against a first responder or nurse to include offenses committed against any licensed emergency healthcare provider; increases the mandatory minimum period of incarceration for each offense; increases the penalty for an aggravated assault against a first responder or other licensed emergency healthcare provider to a Class A felony with a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 13, Part 1.

Summary:  This bill revises the offense of assault against a first responder or nurse.  READ MORE…

* Senate Status:  3/29/2022 – Failed in Senate Judiciary Committee after adopting Amendment 1

* House Status:  3/30/2022 – Taken off notice in House Finance, Ways & Means Subcommittee

SB 2340 / HB 2211 – Childcare agency background check investigations.  As introduced, authorizes the TBI to contract with the FBI on certain background investigations; revises the background check procedure for child care agencies. – Amends TCA Title 38, Chapter 6; Title 68, Chapter 102 and Title 71.

Summary:  This bill revises provisions governing background checks.  READ MORE…

* Senate Status:  3/14/2022 – Senate passed

* House Status:  3/30/2022 – Set for House Criminal Justice Subcommittee 4/6/2022

SB 2384 / HB 2473 – ECDs to utilize the direct dispatch method in response to emergency 911 calls.  As introduced, requires emergency communications districts (ECDs) to utilize the direct dispatch method in response to emergency 911 calls and one of three methods in response to non-emergency calls; requires that all emergency 911 calls, with the exception of misrouted calls, be dispatched without being transferred; authorizes ECDs to transfer non-emergency calls at the discretion of the dispatcher via attended transfer; adds emergency call takers and public safety dispatchers and emergency services personnel to definition of first responder for certain purposes. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 7; Title 8; Title 29; Title 39; Title 58 and Title 63.

Summary:  READ MORE…

Senate Status:  2/3/2022 – Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee

House Status:  3/1/2022 – Failed in House Department & Agencies Subcommittee after adopting Amendment 1

SB 2811 / HB 2120 – Establishes standards for mobile food unitsAs introduced, defines a “mobile food unit” for the purposes of the Tennessee Food Safety Act; establishes certain state standards for mobile food units; prohibits local authorities from regulating mobile food units in certain manners. – Amends TCA Title 53, Chapter 8 and Title 68, Chapter 14.

Summary:  This bill prohibits local authorities from regulating or prohibiting the operations of a mobile food unit on private property, except to enforce a health or fire inspection. Also, a local authority will be prohibited from requiring a mobile food unit to submit to a local fire inspection or obtain a fire permit, if the mobile food unit provides proof that the mobile food unit has submitted to and passed one local fire inspection anywhere in the state within the past year. READ MORE…

Senate Status:  3/9/2022 – Senate Health & Welfare Committee deferred to next meeting, which is subject to call of the chair

House Status:  3/2/2022 – Failed in House Health Committee after adopting Amendment 1 and Amendment 2

SB 2821 / HB 1721 – Tax relief for victims of certain natural disasters.  As introduced, authorizes local governing bodies, by a two-thirds vote, to prorate the 2021 tax assessment for a homeowner’s real property or business owner’s personal property, if the property was damaged as a result of a FEMA certified disaster between August 20, 2021, and December 31, 2021; expires on December 31, 2022. – Amends TCA Title 67, Chapter 5 and Title 67, Chapter 6.

Summary:  Generally under present law, if between January 1 and September 1, a homeowner’s real property or a business owner’s personal property is destroyed or substantially damaged by fire, flood, wind, or any disaster certified by the federal emergency management agency (FEMA), and is not restored by September 1, the assessor of property must prorate the assessment of the property for the portion of the year prior to the date of such destruction or substantial damage. This bill adds additional circumstances in which the assessor must prorate the assessment of certain property.  READ MORE…

* Senate Status:  3/30/2022 – Set for Senate State & Local Government Committee 4/5/2022

House Status:  3/2/2022 – House Finance Subcommittee placed behind the budget

SB 2827 / HB 2729 – Annual publication requirement for emergency communications board.  As introduced, requires the emergency communications board to annually publish on its website its report to the governor and speakers of the general assembly on its activities for the preceding year; requires the board to include in its report any suggestions received from any source on amending the Emergency Communications District Law. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 7; Title 38; Title 39; Title 49; Title 65 and Title 68. * Senate Status:  3/22/2022 – Senate State & Local Government Committee recommended with Amendment 1.  Sent to Senate Calendar Committee

* House Status:  3/30/2022 – House Education Administration Committee recommended with Amendment 1.  Sent to House Finance

SB 2888 / HB 2787 – Offers state’s employee assistance program to firefighters.  As introduced, makes the state’s employee assistance program, including components for mental health and wellness, available to all active members of a recognized fire department; requires a career fire department to pay for the costs of access to the program for its firefighters; requires the state to pay for the costs of access for volunteer firefighters. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 8 and Title 68. Senate Status:  2/7/2022 – Referred to Senate State & Local Government Committee

House Status:  3/8/2022 – Taken off notice in House Cities & Counties Subcommittee

SB 2896 / HB 2822 – Surviving Spouses and Dependent Children Scholarship Act.  As introduced, renames the “Dependent Children Scholarship Act” the “Surviving Spouses and Dependent Children Scholarship Act”; extends scholarship eligibility to dependent children of members of the armed services totally disabled or killed in the line of duty and surviving spouses of law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical service technicians, or members of the armed services killed in the line of duty. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 4.

Summary:  This bill extends scholarship eligibility under the Act to dependent children of members of the armed services totally disabled or killed in the line of duty and surviving spouses of law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical service technicians, or members of the armed services killed in the line of duty. This bill renames the Act to reflect the applicability to surviving spouses.  READ MORE…

* Senate Status:  3/16/2022 – Failed in Senate Education Committee for lack of a second motion

* House Status:  3/30/2022 – House Finance Subcommittee placed behind the budget

SJRC 694 – Retirement – Bruce Davis.  Honors Bruce Davis of the Office of Legislative Budget Analysis on his retirement. Senate Status:  4/29/2021 – Senate adopted

House Status:  5/3/2021 House concurred

Executive Status:  5/18/2021 – Signed by governor