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Newly Enacted Laws That Can Affect Some Tennesseans

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Just about every July, Tennesseans are presented with recently enacted laws that can impact some, if not most, people. This year is no different, with some new laws passed that are nonconsequential, and some that could greatly impact most Tennessee residents. With that in mind, we always like to highlight some of the more interesting laws that have been modified or newly written.

Ban on the Use of Handheld Cell Phones While Driving 

As we previously wrote about, this is the one new law that could potentially affect all drivers. Not a day goes by that we don’t see a distracted driver on his or her cell phone while driving. As reported by Fox 13 Memphis, Shelby County residents are safe at the time of this writing, as the Memphis Police Department has instructed officers to not write tickets to offenders until a city ordinance is passed allowing the issuance of such tickets. Obviously, there is still some work to be done.


Panhandling has become more and more prevalent across Tennessee, and a new law will aim to limit the act. Any individual loitering in or close to the median of a state highway can be charged with a Class C Misdemeanor.

Firearm Transfer 

Any individual who transfers a firearm to another individual they know has been clinically admitted or adjudicated due to mental illness can be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor.  

Death Penalty Cases 

All death penalty criminal cases will automatically be submitted for review by the Tennessee Supreme Court. 

Electric Scooters 

Electric Scooters can be found on nearly every corner of Downtown Memphis, close to every bar. People better be careful, as you can now be charged with DUI if you are drunk while operating a scooter and have an accident.  

Sports Gambling 

As of July 1, Tennesseans will be able to legally gamble online. This law still prohibits physical sites from offering in-person wagering for sporting events.

These are just a few of the more interesting newly passed laws that we believe could have an affect on many Tennessee residents. A more comprehensive list published by the Tennessee Legislature can be found here.  

If you have legal questions or need assistance with a legal matter, please contact one of the experienced attorneys at The Chiozza Law Firm by dialing 901-526-9494. You can also visit our Downtown Memphis office at 230 Adams Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103. No appointment is necessary. If we cannot assist you with your legal matter, we will try to refer you to an attorney who can help.  



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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 2:27 PM
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