ABC Greater TN Legislative Priorities

ABC/TCC Legislative Priorities
112th General Assembly

Session 2020

ENSHRINING RIGHT TO WORK IN STATE CONSTITUTION
SJR648 Rep. Brian Kelsey
Summary: Constitutional Amendments - Proposes adding a provision establishing right to work regardless of status of affiliation with any labor union or employee organization.
Status
House: 2/18/20- Assigned to Employee Affairs Subcommittee
Senate: 2/10/20- Adopted 24-5
ABC Position: SUPPORT

CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY PAYMENT PROTECTION ACT
HB2706 Rep. Ron Gant
SB2681 Sen. Jack Johnson
Summary: As introduced, increases from 15 days to 15 business days, the time period in which a person must endeavor to serve notice of a claim against a contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design professional related to an alleged construction defect following discovery of the alleged defect.
Status
House: 2/10/20- Caption Bill; held on desk- pending amendment
Senate: 2/10/20- Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee
ABC Position: SUPPORT

CONSTRUCTION SERVICE PROVIDER REGISTRATION
HB1672 Rep. Lowell Russell
SB1762 Sen. Shane Reeves
Summary: As introduced, transfers administration of construction service provider registration from the secretary of state to the bureau of worker's compensation.
Status
House: 2/19/20- Placed on cal. Consumer and Human Resources Committee for 2/24/2020
Senate: 2/18/20- Placed on Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee calendar for 2/25/2020
ABC Position: SUPPORT

CONSTRUCTION DEFECT CLAIMS
HB2137 Rep. Curtis Johnson
SB2508 Sen. Steven Dickerson
Summary: As introduced, changes from 30 days to 30 business days, the period following notice of a construction defect claim in which a contractor, subcontractor, supplier, or design professional must serve a written response to the claimant.
Status
House: 2/6/20- Caption Bill; held on desk- pending amendment
Senate: 2/10/20- Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee
ABC Position: MONITORING

CONSTRUCTION LICENSING
HB1945 Rep. Martin Daniel
SB1914 Sen. Janice Bowling
Summary: As introduced, authorizes a person to perform, without a license, work for which a license is normally required if the recipient of the work acknowledges the person's lack of licensure and waives claims against the person.
Status
House: 2/14/20- Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Commerce & Labor Committee
Senate: 1/31/20- Assigned to Business Subcommittee
ABC Position: OPPOSE


CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDS AND SCHOOLS
HB2165 Rep. Dewayne Thompson
SB2418 Sen. Katrina Robinson
Summary: As introduced, prohibits a contractor or contractor's employee with a criminal offense from having direct contact with students on the grounds of a school or child care program.
Status
House: 2/10/20- Assigned to K-12 Subcommittee
Senate: 2/10/20- Assigned to Senate Judiciary Committee
ABC Position: MONITORING

STATE LICENSING BOARD
HB1769 Rep. Martin Daniel
SB1691 Sen. Kerry Roberts
Summary: As introduced, extends the state board for licensing contractors to June 30, 2026; revises minimum attendance requirement for board members and requires removal of members who do not meet the requirement.
Status
House: 1/23/20- Assigned to Government Operations Committee
Senate: 2/19/20- Assigned to Senate Calendar Committee
ABC Position: SUPPORT

LOCAL GOVERNMENT BONDING FOR SUBCONTRACTORS
HB2082 Rep. Jason Powell
SB2041 Sen. Brenda Gilmore
Summary: As introduced, allows a county, municipality, or school board to require a contractor to bond their subcontractor in order to ensure contractors of the subcontractor receive fair compensation for work completed.
Status
House: 2/5/20- Assigned to Business Subcommittee
Senate: 2/6/20- Assigned to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee
ABC Position: OPPOSE

LICENSING INDEPENDENCE FOR FUTURE TENNESSEANS (LIFT Act)
HB1944 Rep. Martin Daniel
SB2451 Sen. Kerry Roberts
Summary: Recognizes licenses of those moving into Tennessee as long as they have been in good standing for at least a year.
Status
House: 2/11/20- Assigned to Business Subcommittee of House Commerce Committee
Senate: 2/10/20- Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee
ABC Position: OPPOSE

WORKERS COMPENSATION REQUIREMENTS
HB2628 Rep. Dewayne Thompson
SB2404 Sen. Sara Kyle
Summary: As introduced, revises provisions governing penalties for noncompliance with workers' compensation coverage requirements.
Status
House: 2/11/20- Assigned to Employee Affairs Subcommittee
Senate: 2/10/20- Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee
ABC Position: OPPOSE

FAULTY ELECTRICAL WORK BY LIMITED LICENSED ELECTRICIAN
HB2563 Rep. Paul Sherrill
SB2865 Sen. Paul Bailey
Summary: As introduced, requires a person with knowledge of faulty electrical work performed by a limited licensed electrician to notify the board of licensing contractors within three business days from date the person knows of the faulty electrical work.
Status
House: 2/11/20- Assigned to Business Subcommittee
Senate: 2/10/20- Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee
ABC Position: OPPOSE

WORKERS COMPENSATION EXCLUSION
HB2256 Rep. William Lamberth
SB2189 Sen. Jack Johnson
Summary: As introduced, excludes construction service providers performing work in this state from certain provisions of the workers' compensation law, requires construction service providers to maintain workers' compensation insurance coverage while working in this state, and imposes liability on a successor in interest of a penalized construction service provider.
Status
House: 2/10/20- Assigned to s/c Employee Affairs Subcommittee
Senate: 2/10/20- Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
ABC Position: MONITORING

SELF-INSURER POOLS
HB2419 Rep. Patsy Hazlewood
SB2311 Sen.Todd Gardenhire
Summary: As introduced, exempts from the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act any dividend, liquidating distribution, refund, or other distribution by a workers' compensation self-insurer pool.
Status
House: 2/10/20- Assigned to s/c Employee Affairs Subcommittee
Senate: 2/18/20- Placed on Senate Commerce and Labor Committee calendar for 2/25/2020
ABC Position: SUPPORT

BOARD FOR LICENSING CONTRACTORS
HB1124 Rep. Martin Daniel
SB1000 Sen. Kerry Roberts
Summary: As introduced, clarifies that the board for licensing contractors must promulgate rules in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act.
Status
House: 4/18/19- Action def. in Government Operations Committee to First Calendar of 2020
Senate: 1/15/20- Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Government Operations Committee
ABC Position: MONITORING

BLASTING
HB1015 Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver
SB1002 Sen. Kerry Roberts
Summary: As introduced, increases from 30 to 45 days after the seizure of an explosive obtained by a warrant that the commissioner may dispose of such explosive if the commissioner has not received any communication from the lawful owner of the explosive.
Status
House: 2/11/19- P2C, caption bill, held on desk - pending amendment
Senate: 3/19/19- Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Commerce & Labor Committee
ABC Position: OPPOSE

  


  


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