Here is a sampling of some new laws effective January 1, 2019. Let us know if you have any questions or if you would like to learn about other new laws taking effect.
SUNDAY WINE SALES
-In 2018, retail packaging stores were able to start selling alcoholic beverages on Sunday, but retail grocery stores were not included. Starting January 6, 2019 grocery stores will be able to sell wine on Sundays between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.
-Local and state governmental entities are prohibited from adopting ‘Sanctuary City’ policies. While local governments had already been regulated by the law, this new law adds state government entities to the list along with law enforcement agencies and officials. Also, any state or local entity which adopts a sanctuary policy will be ineligible to receive state funds until the policy is rescinded.
LEAD IN SCHOOL DRINKING WATER
-Each local board of education will have to develop a policy and implement a program to reduce potential sources of lead contamination in drinking water at public schools.
Drinking water at school facilities built before January 1, 1998 will be forced to follow the new guidelines.
-Women seeking an abortion in the State of Tennessee are required to get an ultrasound as part of their examination prior to the abortion. The person who performs the ultrasound will also need to offer the woman the “opportunity to learn the results of the ultrasound.”
Also, the report of abortion must indicate if a heartbeat was detected or not during the ultrasound.
-The Tennessee Department of Health is required to establish and maintain a public toll-free telephone line and web-based hotline for citizens to report potential opioid abuse or diversion.
Also, any establishment or entity which prescribes, dispenses, or handles opioids must display a sign calling for citizens to call the hotline if they suspect abuse. Anyone who calls the hotline will be “immune from civil liability” relating to their reporting.
NOVEMBER VOTING & SCHOOL CLOSURES
-Public schools and public charter schools used as polling places for regular November elections are required to be closed for instruction on election day. For elections outside of the normal November election it will be up to law enforcement agencies to decide if the schools should close.