With the new year, Tennessee has several new laws going into effect.
Among those laws is the one allowing grocery stores to sell wine on Sundays.
Gov. Bill Haslam signed the bill into law in April. According to the statute, liquor stores were given special permission to begin selling liquor and wine on Sundays first, but grocery stores had to wait until January.
OPIOID LIMITS: Limits initial opioid prescriptions to a three-day supply for new patients, with exceptions for major surgeries, cancer, hospice, sickle cell and treatment in certain licensed facilities.
ELECTION LAWS: As enacted, reduces from 90 days to 60 days the period before a qualifying deadline for elective office during which nominating petitions may be issued other than nominating petitions for the offices of the President of the United States and delegates to the national conventions of all statewide political parties.
SANCTUARY CITIES BAN: Threatens local governments with the loss of future state economic and community development money if they have “sanctuary policies.” Particularly, it bans policies that restrict compliance with federal immigration detainers for possible deportation of people who were arrested on other charges and then identified as being in the country illegally.
ABORTION ULTRASOUNDS: Requires doctors to offer women who are getting abortions a look at an ultrasound, if one was performed beforehand. Data on if a heartbeat was detected will also now be reported to the Department of Health annually.
SUICIDE PREVENTION: Creates a new state panel to gather suicide data identifying causes and factors in order to prevent suicide and identify resources. Recommendations will be submitted to legislative health committees by January 2020.
STATE VEHICLE ABUSE: Requires the state to create a state vehicle abuse hotline and website. State vehicles also must display decals with information about the hotline and website.
For a full list of the laws visit: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Archives/Joint/publications/01-01-2019_effective.pdf