As we begin the new year, the State of Tennessee enacted 16 new laws effective January 1, 2018. Several of the new laws are technical in nature, however, a few of the new laws could have a direct impact on your day to day lives.
Senate Bill 0194 amends a current law to prohibit any motor vehicle with steady burning lights to have any color lights, other than white or amber. There are exceptions to this law to permit mail carriers, school buses, and law enforcement to operate vehicles with different colored lights.
Senate Bill 0723 creates campus free speech zones. Under this law, institutions of higher education are required to allow the student population to speak freely as long as it does not violate the First Amendment. The schools also cannot deny student organizations activity fees based solely on the views of the organization. Lastly, this bill prevents school institutions from denying guest speakers due to the possibility of the speakers content being considered offensive by some.
Of particular interest, is Senate Bill 0954. This new law creates a C misdemeanor, punishable only by a fine of up to $50.00, for a person to operate a motor vehicle in a marked school zone, while the warning flashers are in operation, and talk on a hand held mobile telephone while the vehicle is in motion.
The remaining new laws can be found at capital.tn.gov
Should you find yourself in need of legal representation in this new year, please don't hesitate to contact one of our attorneys at (615) 956-7938.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!