2021 Legislative Issues
2021 Legislative Bills of Interest
SB0015 (Bell)/HB0007 (Zachary) – Public Health – As introduced, specifies that the county mayor has the authority to establish and implement health policies that affect the entire county during a county-wide health emergency; directs the county health director, health officer, and board of health to provide advice to the mayor to develop the policies; applies only in Shelby, Davidson, Knox, Hamilton, Sullivan, and Madison counties. – Amends TCA Title
SB0133 (Crowe)/HB0828 (Kumar) – Health, Dept. of – As introduced, requires the department, in collaboration with other public and private healthcare agencies, to incorporate information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias into its existing public health programs and services. – Amends TCA Title 63 and Title 68. TNAFP Supporting
SB0176 (Lundberg)/HB0184 (Ramsey) – Nurses, Nursing – As introduced, makes various changes to the licensing of and prescribing authority for advanced practice registered nurses. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 33; Title 49; Title 53; Title 55; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71. *NP Independent Practice Bill
SB0186 (Bowling)/HB0172 (Hulsey) – Employees, Employers – As introduced, prohibits state and local government entities from requiring vaccinations as a condition of employment; provides unemployment benefits to a claimant who voluntarily leaves employment because the employer requires vaccination and the claimant refused to be vaccinated. – Amends TCA Title 8, Chapter 30; Title 8, Chapter 50; Title 50, Chapter 1 and Title 50, Chapter 7.
SB0212 (Haile)/HB1045 (Kumar) – Health, Dept. of – As introduced, requires licensing authority, upon learning a healthcare prescriber was indicted for or convicted of certain criminal offenses, to restrict or revoke, respectively, the prescriber’s ability to prescribe controlled substances; requires licensing authority to suspend the license of certain healthcare professionals upon finding the healthcare professional failed to comply with physician collaboration requirements; requires facility administrators to report certain information. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 29, Chapter 26; Title 63 and Title 68.
SB0221 (Hensley)/ HB0370 (Casada) – Public Health – As introduced, creates a committee to determine when and how quarantine and disease communication tracking procedures should be implemented; removes quarantine authority from health commissioner and county health officer; requires county health departments to publish data regarding epidemic testing. – Amends TCA Title 4 and Title 68. This bill replaces the powers of the commissioner of health and county health officers. The department of health will be required to form a committee to advise the department on how and when to implement quarantine and disease communication tracking procedures. The committee will be composed of the following officials, or their designees: the governor; the speaker of the senate; the speaker of the house of representatives; each constitutional officer; and the commissioner of health.
SB0320 (Hensley)/HB0794 (Lynn) – Business and Commerce – As introduced, prohibits a person from denying an individual the full and equal enjoyment of goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of a place of public accommodation, resort, or amusement on the grounds of the wearing or use of a medical device, or whether the individual has received medical treatment. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 58 and Title 6
SB0522 (Briggs)/HB0451 (Hodges) – Drugs, Prescription – As introduced, caps the total amount that a health insurance carrier can require a covered patient with diabetes to pay for a 30-day supply of insulin at no more than $100; caps the total price that a person who supplies prescription insulin drugs into or within this state for use by a patient with diabetes can charge for a 30-day supply of insulin at no more than $100. – Amends TCA Title 8; Title 53; Title 56, Chapter 7; Title 63 and Title 71, Chapter 5
SB0657 (Bowling)/HB0578 (Ragan) – Children – As introduced, prohibits the provision of sexual identity change therapy to prepubescent minors; prohibits the provision of sexual identity change therapy to minors who have entered puberty unless a parent or guardian has written recommendations for the therapy from at least three physicians; punishes violations as child abuse; designates violations by healthcare professionals as professional misconduct. – Amends TCA Title 8; Title 36; Title 37; Title 39; Title 49; Title 53; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71.
SB0671 (Bell)/HB1080 (Sexton) – Medical Occupations – As introduced, makes various changes to laws regulating physician assistants. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 33; Title 38; Title 48; Title 49; Title 53; Title 55; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71. *PA Independent Practice Bill
SB0854 (Bowling)/HB0621 (Rudder) – Controlled Substances – As introduced, enacts the “Tennessee Medical Cannabis Act.” – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 39, Chapter 17, Part 4; Title 67 and Title 68. This bill establishes a framework within which to authorize access to medical cannabis on a regulated basis for patients with qualifying medical conditions and that licenses and regulates the processes for cultivation, production, distribution, transport, selling, and acquiring cannabis for medical use and research.
SB0858 (Bowling)/HB0575 (Ragan) – Public Health – As introduced, repeals private acts enacting county boards of health or departments of health; requires commissioner of health to report information regarding certain quarantines to the joint government operations committee, the health committee of the house of representatives, and the health and welfare committee of the senate; limits the county health officer’s quarantine power. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 5; Title 8; Title 56; Title 63; Title 68 and Title 71
SB1308 (Hensley)/HB1147 (Grills) – Employees, Employers – As introduced, prohibits an employer from requiring an employee to receive an immunization or vaccination for COVID-19 against the will of the employee as a condition of maintaining employment; prohibits the employer from taking adverse action against an employee refusing such immunization or vaccination. – Amends TCA Title 4; Title 5; Title 6; Title 7; Title 8; Title 50 and Title 68.
Tobacco and Vaping
SB1024 (Briggs)/HB1278 (Whitson) – Tobacco, Tobacco Products – As introduced, authorizes counties with a population greater than 180,000, and the cities within such counties, to regulate smoking and the use of vapor products; prohibits the use of vapor products in certain places. – Amends TCA Title 5; Title 6; Title 7 and Title 39.
SB0362 (Hensley)/HB1095 (Griffey) – Traffic Safety – As introduced, exempts persons who are at least 25 years of age from helmet requirements when riding a three-wheeled motorcycle, including autocycles; clarifies helmet requirements with regard to autocycles. – Amends TCA Section 55-9-302 and Section 55-9-308.