Legislative Update: May 2019

by May 23, 2019Legislative Information0 comments

Here is your final bill report for this Session.

– Jenny Ford, Public Relations Specialist

SB55/HB781 | Creates the professional art therapist advisory committee. Stalled.
Sponsors: | Sen. Massey, Becky , Rep. Ramsey, Bob
Senate Status: | 03/13/19 – Taken off notice in Senate Government Operations Committee.
House Status: | 03/12/19 – Taken off notice in House Facilities, Licensure & Regulations Subcommittee.

SB64/HB402 | Participation in adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) training. Sponsors chose to move forward with another bill.
Sponsors: | Sen. Robinson, Katrina , Rep. Staples, Rick
Senate Status: | 03/13/19 – Taken off notice in Senate Education Committee.
House Status: | 02/06/19 – Referred to House Education K-12 Subcommittee.

SB91/HB220 | Requires opioid report on impact of recent legislation. Caption Bill. Not used this Session.
Sponsors: | Sen. Haile, Ferrell , Rep. Sexton, Cameron
Senate Status: | 01/30/19 – Referred to Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
House Status: | 01/31/19 – Caption bill held on House clerk’s desk.

SB98/HB430 | Board for Licensing professional counselors, marital, family, and clinical pastoral therapists.
Sponsors: | Sen. Roberts, Kerry , Rep. Daniel, Martin
Senate Status: | 02/21/19 – Senate passed.
House Status: | 03/18/19 – House passed.
Executive Status: | 04/05/19 – Enacted as Public Chapter 0046 effective March 28, 2019.

SB170/HB405 | Requires an adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) assessment before suspending or expelling a child. ACEs Bill forwarded by TN Black Caucus and Memphis Lawmakers. Will become law.
Sponsors: | Sen. Robinson, Katrina , Rep. Love Jr., Harold
Senate Status: | 04/29/19 – Senate passed.
House Status: | 04/18/19 – House passed with amendment 1 (008319).
Executive Status: | 05/14/19 – Sent to governor.

SB194/HB150 | Defines alternatives to opioid treatments. Tracked this Session.
Sponsors: | Sen. Watson, Bo , Rep. Sexton, Cameron
Senate Status: | 03/04/19 – Senate passed.
House Status: | 03/21/19 – House passed.
Executive Status: | 04/15/19 – Enacted as Public Chapter 0117 effective April 9, 2019.

SB204/HB36 | Suicide prevention training program required for social workers, therapists. TLPCA legislation.
Sponsors: | Sen. Briggs, Richard , Rep. Whitson, Sam
Senate Status: | 03/18/19 – Senate passed.
House Status: | 03/14/19 – House passed.
Executive Status: | 04/15/19 – Enacted as Public Chapter 0131 effective April 9, 2019.

SB392/HB282 | Legislation concerning licensure, certification, or registration requirements. Caption Bill. Not used this Session.
Sponsors: | Sen. Roberts, Kerry , Rep. Daniel, Martin
Senate Status: | 02/06/19 – Referred to Senate Government Operations Committee.
House Status: | 03/27/19 – Returned to House clerk’s desk.

SB540/HB995 | Civil liability for treatment of mental health disorders by unlicensed persons. TN Psychological Society Bill.
Sponsors: | Sen. Lundberg, Jon , Rep. Beck, Bill
Senate Status: | 04/24/19 – Senate concurred in House amendment 2 (008506).
House Status: | 04/22/19 – House passed with amendment 2 (008506).
Executive Status: | 05/15/19 – Enacted as Public Chapter 0359 effective July 1, 2019.

SB771/HB879 | Creation of mental health professional education loan forgiveness program. TNAMFT Caption Bill. Not used this Session.
Sponsors: | Sen. Yarbro, Jeff , Rep. Dixie, Vincent
Senate Status: | 02/07/19 – Referred to Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
House Status: | 02/11/19 – Referred to House Mental Health & Substance Abuse Subcommittee.

SB1084/HB868 | Qualifications for the supervision of prospective clinical pastoral therapists. TN Pastoral Counselors Bill passed to update terminology in law.
Sponsors: | Sen. Dickerson, Steven , Rep. Deberry Jr., John
Senate Status: | 04/15/19 – Senate passed.
House Status: | 03/18/19 – House passed.
Executive Status: | 05/07/19 – Enacted as Public Chapter 0233 effective April 30, 2019.

SB1111/HB1437 | Disciplinary action – mental health providers. TN Equality Project Caption Bill. Not used this Session.
Sponsors: | Sen. Dickerson, Steven , Rep. Stewart, Mike
Senate Status: | 04/10/19 – Taken off notice in Senate Health & Welfare Committee.
House Status: | 02/11/19 – Caption bill held on House clerk’s desk.

SB1344/HB969 | Court ordered entrance into outpatient mental health treatment programs upon certain criteria. Caption Bill. Not used this Session.
Sponsors: | Sen. Massey, Becky , Rep. Rudd, Tim
Senate Status: | 02/11/19 – Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee.
House Status: | 04/16/19 – Returned to House clerk’s desk.

SJR166 | Encourages LEAs to provide ACEs training for teachers and other school personnel. Forwarded by TN Black Caucus and Memphis Lawmakers.
Sponsors: | Sen. Akbari, Raumesh ,
Senate Status: | 03/11/19 – Senate adopted.
House Status: | 04/24/19 – House concurred.
Executive Status: | 04/30/19 – Signed by governor.

SJR171 | Urges TennCare improve treatment access for opioid addiction. Resolution not used this Session.
Sponsors: | Sen. Yarbro, Jeff ,
Senate Status: | 02/11/19 – Referred to Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.