Guns in parking lots among Tenn. new laws

6:29 AM, Jul 1, 2013   |    comments
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A measure that allows people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no matter where they are parked is among a number of new state laws that take effect Monday.

The gun law will go into effect despite questions about what it means for employment law in Tennessee. The measure allows workers to store guns in cars while parked in employers' lots.

Other measures taking effect:

* Unemployment benefits: Cuts a weekly $15-per-child allowance that was going to Tennesseans drawing unemployment benefits.

* Food tax: Lowers the sales tax on groceries from 5.25 percent to 5 percent.

* College-religious groups: Bars public universities and colleges from implementing nondiscrimination policies for student groups.

* Schools/home: Allows home-school students to participate in extracurricular athletics if certain standards are met.

* Health care providers/assault: Increases fines imposed on a person who assaults a health care provider while that person is performing his or her duty.

* Charter schools: Revises various provisions regarding public charter schools.

* DUI-interlock: Applies Tennessee's ignition interlock law to more drunken drivers.

* Retired teachers-education: Allows retired teachers' children who are under 24 years of age to receive a 25 percent discount at any public higher education institution.

* Child custody: Requires a parent to notify a child's other parent before relocating more than 50 miles away, rather than 100 miles away.

* Disabled persons: Enacts "Lynn's Law," which defines abuse or neglect of an adult to include knowingly abandoning or failing to provide additional planned transportation for the adult in certain situations.

* Human trafficking: Establishes a human trafficking task force.

* Search/seizure: Bans most warrantless surveillance by unmanned drones in Tennessee. 







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