These new laws will take effect in Tennessee on July 1
These new laws will take effect in Tennessee on July 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – When July 1st hits the calendar, not only is summer in full swing, but some new laws also go into effect in Tennessee.

Governor Bill Lee signed a number of laws in Nashville during the last legislative session. Some of them went into effect before Lee’s signature on July 1. The law allowing armed teachers in the state, for example, is already in effect.

On July 1, around 200 laws will come into force:

  • Prohibits the purchase or possession of a firearm by persons under 25 years of age who have committed certain crimes.
    • HB1600: As passed, prohibits the purchase or possession of a firearm by anyone under 25 years of age if the person has a prior criminal conviction for an act that, if committed by an adult, would have constituted certain crimes; allows the TBI to access juvenile court records for the limited purpose of conducting a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm or determining eligibility to issue a permit to carry a handgun under existing law.
  • Jillian’s Law.
    • HB1640: As passed, the following is enacted:Jillian’s Law”, which makes various changes to the determination of mental disability or judicial commitment to a mental institution. Among other things, it requires that a judicially committed person remain in the institution until competency to stand trial is restored or, if competency to stand trial cannot be restored but the person no longer meets the standard, until the court hearing the case approves a mandatory outpatient treatment plan that takes into account community safety.
  • HB1675: As passed, it expands eligibility for reimbursement for family caregivers by removing income restrictions and including family caregivers who meet eligibility requirements and who have been awarded custody by a court order.
  • Increases the power of the juvenile court to take children into custody or remove them from parents/guardians when the perpetrator cannot be ruled out. Adds additional possible charges.
    • HB1676: As passed, establishes that a juvenile court proceeding may be initiated by the taking of a child into custody or the removal of custody from a parent or guardian; requires the juvenile court in a dependency and neglect proceeding to determine whether a parent, guardian, relative, or caregiver of the child cannot be excluded as a perpetrator of serious child abuse against the child; prohibits a juvenile court from returning a child who is the victim of serious child abuse to the custody of a person who cannot be excluded as a perpetrator unless certain circumstances are met; makes various other changes.
  • HB1817: As passed, increases the penalty from a Class D felony to a Class B felony for a person who, by any act or omission, negligently engages in conduct that places a child eight years of age or younger in imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental impairment.
  • HB1906: As passed, makes changes to the law relating to the statute of limitations for bringing lawsuits for injuries or illnesses related to certain child sexual abuse crimes, including human trafficking crimes.
  • Laken Riley Act of 2024.
    • HB1909: As passed, the following is enacted:Laken Riley Act of 2024”, which generally prohibits a public institution of higher education from prohibiting adults lawfully present on the institution’s premises from carrying a non-lethal weapon for self-defense; allows for certain exceptions.
  • Law enforcement agencies must report immigration status to appropriate federal authorities when they determine that someone is not legally present in the United States.
    • HB2124: As passed, requires (but does not authorize) law enforcement agencies to communicate with appropriate federal authorities regarding an individual’s immigration status, including reporting knowledge that a particular alien is not lawfully present in the United States, or otherwise cooperate with appropriate federal authorities in identifying, arresting, detaining, or removing aliens who are not lawfully present in the United States.
    • SB0757: As enacted, generally requires that when an individual is arrested, registered, or detained in a county or municipal jail, the arresting law enforcement agency and the jail warden shall cooperate to verify the individual’s citizenship. In addition, the sheriff shall report to the General Conference of District Attorneys the status of individuals who are not lawfully in the jail or whose status cannot be determined.
  • Young people aged 15 and over can be tried as adults for committing certain crimes.
    • HB2126: As passed, a juvenile court may transfer a child who is 15 years of age or older to be tried as an adult in criminal court for committing organized retail crime, stealing a firearm, or attempting to commit such a crime. It also revises the law regarding the placement of a child in a local juvenile detention center, youth correctional facility, or adult correctional facility.
  • HB2198: As passed, the penalty for threatening to commit an act of mass violence on school property or at a school-related activity would be increased from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E felony.
  • HB2323: As passed, the following is enacted:Chris Wright appearance”, which increases the penalty for a third or subsequent conviction of domestic violence from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E felony; upgrades the offense classification for certain misdemeanors to a Class E felony if a defendant is convicted of a sixth or subsequent offense of the class.
  • HB2590: The new version imposes the same penalties for bullying and cyberbullying offenses as harassment. An officer must report bullying cases and notify a parent or guardian if the victim is a minor.
  • SB0378: As passed, it regulates the production and sale of cannabinoids derived from hemp, including products known as delta-8 and delta-10.
  • SB1738: As passed, enacts the Tennessee Foster and Adoptive Parent Protection Act, which generally prohibits child welfare agencies from requiring current or prospective adoptive or foster parents to affirm, accept, or support a government policy regarding sexual orientation or gender identity that is inconsistent with the parents’ sincerely held religious or moral beliefs; makes appropriate changes.
  • The death penalty is prescribed for persons convicted of rape of a child, aggravated rape of a child, or particularly aggravated rape of a child.
    • SB1834: Amends TCA Title 39; Title 40 and Chapter 1062 of the Public Acts of 2022. As introduced, the death penalty is authorized as a punishment for the rape of a child, aggravated rape of a child, or especially aggravated rape of a child.
  • The Debbie and Marie Domestic Violence Protection Act: Domestic violence offenders must wear GPS devices in Tennessee
    • SB1972: As passed, enacts the Debbie and Marie Domestic Violence Protection Act, which makes changes to the law regarding global location monitoring devices. This includes requiring the court to order an offender to wear such a device under certain circumstances unless the court finds that the offender no longer poses a threat to the alleged victim or public safety. It also requires that a mobile device application or electronic receiving device provided to the victim must be able to notify the victim when the offender is within a prescribed proximity of the victim’s mobile device or electronic receiving device. It also makes other changes.
  • SB2570: As passed, a person who suffers loss or damage because of a defendant’s intentional blockage of a highway, street, or other place used for the passage of vehicles or transportation would be authorized to bring an action against that person to recover damages for the loss or damage.
  • SB2691: As passed, prohibits the intentional injection, release, or dispersion within the boundaries of this state into the atmosphere by any means of any chemical, chemical compound, substance, or device for the express purpose of affecting temperature, weather, or the intensity of sunlight.
  • SB2782: As introduced, creates a civil cause of action against any person who willfully solicits, harbors, or transports an underage minor in this state to undergo a prohibited medical procedure, regardless of where the medical procedure is to be performed.
  • SB2929: As passed, the Department of Child Protective Services, county coroners, chief medical examiners, and facilities that perform autopsies are required to establish policies and procedures for prioritizing the preparation of final autopsy reports in the deaths of certain children.

Below you will find a detailed list of all the laws that will soon come into force:

This story will continue to evolve, and new laws may be added shortly before July 1st.

By Liam