Tennessee Library Association -- Bills We're Watching 2014
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Pursuant to HJR1192, the 108th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee stands in adjournment sine die at the close of business in both houses on April 17, 2014. Updated 4/18/14 by J. Vance
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The 109th Tennessee General Assembly will convene at noon on January 13, 2015
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HB #House SponsorSB#Senate SponsorDescription from TGA web site (http://www.capitol.tn.gov/)Last actionText of bill
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SJR0545McNallyCreates a library standards task force to study the application of certain constitutional provisions to the present obscenity statute, and study how it relates to the distribution of certain materials by librarians to patrons. SENATE: 4/15/14 Engrossed; ready for transmission to Househttp://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SJR0545.pdf
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HB2348FitzhughSB2462FinneyEducation - As introduced, prohibits intentional destruction of Imagination Library program books intended to be delivered to children enrolled in the program; requires best efforts to deliver books or, in the alternative, to make the books available for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten or elementary programs. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 52, Part 1.04/14/2014: Signed by Governor.http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/billinfo/default.aspx?billnumber=HB2348
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HB1700DunnSB1964BellEducation, State Board of - As introduced, requires development of non-textbook rating guidelines for required reading materials. - Amends TCA Title 49. This bill requires the state board of education to:

(1) Develop non-textbook rating guidelines for use by LEAs in the evaluation and selection of required reading materials, which guidelines must be available for use by LEAs prior to commencement of the 2015-2016 school year;
(2) Develop a rating system for non-textbook reading materials to be applied in each grade level within an LEA; and
(3) Conduct at least one public meeting in each grand division of the state prior to publishing the guidelines.
HOUSE: 03/25/2014: Taken Off Notice For Cal. in s/c Education Subcommittee of Education Committee ; SENATE: 01/27/2014: P2C, ref. to S. Ed. Comm. http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/HB1700.pdfhttp://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB1964.pdf
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HB1609MathenySB1557BellSunset Laws - As introduced, extends the state law library commission, June 30, 2020. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 29, Part 2 and Title 10, Chapter 4, Part 1.02/25/2014: Pub. Ch. 496http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/billinfo/default.aspx?BillNumber=HB1609
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HB0461McManusSB1051KelseyAs introduced, requires that before the clerk destroys or otherwise disposes of any documents when so authorized by the court, the clerk shall give 150 days' notice instead of 90 days' notice to the state librarian and archivist. - Amends TCA Title 16 and Title 18.HOUSE: 03/27/2013 Action Def. in s/c Civil Justice Subcommittee to 2014 // SENATE: 03/26/2013: Assigned to Gen. Sub of: S. Jud Comm.http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/HB0461.pdfhttp://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB1051.pdf
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HB0525White MSB0904 YagerHB 0525 by *White M. (SB 0904 by *Yager.)
Libraries - As introduced, revises provisions governing participation in the state's regional library program. - Amends TCA Title 10, Chapter 3 and Title 10, Chapter 5.

Fiscal Summary
Increase State Expenditures - $362,000

Bill Summary
Generally, present law authorizes two or more counties that have qualified for participation in the state's multi-county regional library program, have been recognized as a region by the secretary of state, and have made the minimum local appropriation of funds that may be required by the secretary of state to create a regional library board to assist the secretary of state, acting through the division of public libraries and archives, in administering and controlling the regional library services within the region. A city in a county not participating in a region can, with approval by the secretary of state, join the state regional system as related to state purchasing contracts.

This bill renames "the state's multi-county regional library program" as "the state's regional library program" and specifies that any incorporated city or town that has qualified for participation in the state's regional library program and has been so recognized by the secretary of state and has made the minimum local appropriation of funds that may be required by the secretary of state may execute contracts with the state library and archives to participate in the state's regional library program.

For purposes of the secretary of state taking necessary actions for the implementation of this bill, this bill would take effect upon becoming a law, and for all other purposes, this bill would take effect on January 1, 2014.
HOUSE: 03/20/2013 Taken Off Notice For Cal. in s/c State Government Subcommittee of State Government Committee // SENATE: 03/26/2013: Assigned to Gen. Sub of S. Ed. Comm.http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/HB0525.pdfhttp://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/SB0904.pdf
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Addendum: Proposed legislation has brought the question of whether or not municipal library cards and state university IDs can be used as valid voter IDs. For more on this issue see the following bills.
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HB0229LynnSB0125KetronAs introduced, allows any photo identification issued by state of Tennessee or United States to be used as evidence of identification for voting purposes; prohibits use of county or municipal identifications for voting purposes. - Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 7, Part 1.Signed by Governor and became Pub. Ch. 178 on 04/29/13. Effective date: 04/23/2013.http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/billinfo/default.aspx?BillNumber=HB0229
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HB0252JerniganSB1082KyleAs introduced, allows any photo identification issued by public institution of higher learning to be used as evidence of identification for voting purposes. - Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 7.HOUSE: 04/02/2013 Taken Off Notice For Cal. in s/c Local Government Subcommittee of Local Government Committee // SENATE 01/21/14 Failed In S. S&L Govt. Comm. Ayes 2, Nays 7 PNV 0http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/billinfo/default.aspx?BillNumber=HB0252
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HB0292FitzhughSB1098KyleAs introduced, allows photo identification issued by county election commission to be used as proper evidence of identification for voting purposes. - Amends TCA Title 2, Chapter 7.HOUSE: 03/13/2013 Taken Off Notice For Cal. in s/c Local Government Subcommittee of Local Government Committee // SENATE: 03/19/2013: Assigned to Gen. Sub of S. S&L Gov. Comm.)http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/billinfo/default.aspx?BillNumber=HB0292
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