2024 TNDAGC Legislative Tracker

Welcome to the TNDAGC's 2024 LEgislative Tracker

Interested in bills filed in the TN General Assembly that affect criminal justice? We have everything you need here.


HB701/SB287


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Signed by Speaker Sexton. Sent to Gov. Lee for signature.


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Signed by Lt. Governor McNally. Sent to Gov. Lee for signature.


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Offense of solicitation of a minor

Requires a person convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a child to be sentenced to community supervision for life. 


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Representative Clay Doggett

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Senator Ferrell Haile


HB1641/SB2563


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Placed behind the budget.


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Set for Judiciary Committee on February 27th at 3:00 p.m.


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Violating a condition of release on bail

Creates a Class A misdemeanor of violating a condition of release on bail. Authorizes a law enforcement officer to arrest a person without a warrant based on probable cause that the person violated such conditions of release.


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Majority Leader William Lamberth

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Senator Brent Taylor


HB1642/SB2562


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Passed on first consideration, awaiting further action


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Set for Judiciary Committee on February 27th at 3:00 p.m.


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Pretrial release of a defendant charged with a criminal offense

Revises provisions for pretrial release for a defendant facing criminal charges, mandating magistrates to give first consideration to community safety when considering release conditions or bail deposits.


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Majority Leader William Lamberth

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Senator Brent Taylor


HB1643/SB2028


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Placed behind the budget.


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Passed on first consideration, referred to Judiciary Committee.


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Mental health evaluation and treatment for criminal defendants

Requires the state to pay the cost of a court-ordered mental health evaluation and treatment for criminal defendants with a misdemeanor charge and are suspected incompetent to stand trial or if there are questions about the defendant's mental capacity at the time of the offense.

 


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Majority Leader William Lamberth

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Deputy Speaker Shane Reeves


HB1659/SB2332


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Assigned to Criminal Justice Subcommittee, hearing TBA


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Set for Judiciary Committee on March 12th at 3:00 p.m.


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Increases salary of district attorneys general and public defenders

Raises the base salary for the district attorneys general and public defenders to $205,328.


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Representative Gary Hicks

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Senator Ken Yager


HB1680/SB2076


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Signed by Gov. Lee


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Signed by Gov. Lee


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Expansion of the definition of abuse or neglect for adults

Broadens the definition of abuse or neglect in the Tennessee Adult Protection Act by including instances when an adult is unable to maintain the adult's own health or welfare.


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Majority Leader William Lamberth

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Majority Leader Jack Johnson

HB1727/SB1587


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Placed behind the budget.


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Set for Senate Consent Calendar on March 4th at 4:30 p.m.


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Leaving a minor child in the care of a sexual offender

States that a Class A misdemeanor is committed by a parent or guardian who knowingly permits their underage child to be under the supervision of an individual obligated to register as a sexual offender.


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Representative Ron Gant

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Senator Ferrell Haile

HB1920/SB1859


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Recommended for passage. Set for Criminal Justice Committee on March 5th at 4:30 p.m.


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Set for Judiciary Committee on March 5th at 3:00 p.m.


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Extends the percentage of a misdemeanor sentence a defendant may be required to serve

Extends percentage of a sentence a court may require a defendant to serve for a misdemeanor offense from 75% to 100%.


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Majority Leader William Lamberth

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Senator Paul Rose

HB1933/SB2567


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Set for Criminal Justice Subcommittee on March 5th at 12:00 p.m.


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Set for Judiciary Committee on March 5th at 12:00 p.m.


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Prohibits the release of a person charged with a Class A or B felony on their own recognizance.

Prohibits a person charged with a Class A or B felony to be released on their own recognizance. Sets the minimum bail for a person charged with a Class A felony at $20,000 and for a person charged with a Class B felony at $10,000.


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Representative John Gillespie

Senate
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Senator Brent Taylor

HB1947/SB1754


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Assigned to Criminal Justice Subcommittee, hearing TBA


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Set for Judiciary Committee on March 5th at 3:00 p.m.


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Imposes stricter penalties on various charges related to fentanyl

Imposes stricter penalties for criminal offenses linked to fentanyl when defendants cross county lines during manufacturing, selling, or possessing the substance, raising the penalty by one classification. Clarifies "incapacitating agent" under the "Terrorism Prevention and Response Act of 2002" to include fentanyl and its derivatives, analogues, and related substances. Requires certain drug offenses to be punished as second degree murder if the substance involved is a Schedule I or II controlled substance and the offense resulted in the death of another person. Introduces a new Class C felony of aggravated assault on first responders by exposing them to fentanyl, carrying a $15,000 fine and a minimum 90 days of incarceration.


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Representative Dan Howell

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Senator Adam Lowe

HB2099/SB2049


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Set for Criminal Justice Subcommittee on March 5th at 12:00 p.m.


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Set for Judiciary Committee on March 5th at 3:00 p.m. 


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Promotion of public safety funded by additional court costs

Mandates a $12.50 charge in cost bills for criminal cases, with funds going to county government to support services for enhancing public safety.


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Representative Mark Cochran

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Senator John Stevens

HB2205/SB2054


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Set for Finance, Ways, & Means Subcommittee on March 5th at 10:30 a.m.


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Set for Judiciary Committee on March 5th at 3:00 p.m.


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Prosecution of cases with sufficient personnel

Clarifies that a district attorney general shall only prosecute cases in municipal court where the municipality provides sufficient prosecutorial personnel for the district attorney general — at least one assistant district attorney funded at entry-level compensation. Designates the DA with sole and exclusive discretion in determining the necessity and sufficiency of the additional prosecutorial personnel.


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Representative Jody Barrett

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Senator Ed Jackson

HB2538/SB2342


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Assigned to Criminal Justice Subcommittee, hearing TBA.


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Recommended for passage. Referred to Finance, Ways, & Means Committee. Hearing TBA.


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Prosecution of threatening to commit an act of mass violence

Creates a new criminal offense where someone recklessly communicates, by any means, a threat of committing an act of mass violence, causing a reasonable expectation or fear of such violence occurring.


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Representative Mark Cochran

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Senator Ferrell Haile

HB2582/SB2157


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Assigned to Criminal Justice Subcommittee, hearing TBA


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Recommended for passage. Referred to Finance, Ways, & Means Committee. Hearing TBA.


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Additional prosecutors and investigators in districts with correctional facilities

Adds an additional assistant district attorney position and a criminal investigator position in the judicial districts that have a state correctional facility.


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Representative Lowell Russell

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Senator Ferrell Haile

HB2696/SB2564


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Recommended for passage. Set for Criminal Justice Committee on March 5th at 4:30 p.m.


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Set for Judiciary Committee on March 5th at 4:30 p.m.


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Revocation of bond after violation of condition upon release

Allows for the revocation of bond upon the violation of a condition of release.


Sponsors

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Representative Clay Doggett

Senate
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Senator Brent Taylor