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TN Legislative Update 2018

11 Apr 2018 8:00 AM | Mary Gadd (Administrator)

Past TDLA President Brad Box with Rainey, Kizer, Reviere and Bell provided this legislative update for TDLA membership.

As the 2018 General Assembly draws to a close, here are a few interesting updates for you:

  1. The Phantom Damages Elimination Act (Dedmon/West issue).  This bill was introduced to deal with the disappointing opinion by the TN Supreme Court in the Dedmon case.  I spoke with a lobbyist for Farm Bureau and he said that this bill died in committee because it didn’t have enough support in committee to move it out in the house of representatives.  The chair of the house sub-committee was against it and so it never came out of committee.  I suspect that it will generate more discussion next year.  Of course there are lots of contested elections across the state, so that will have an impact on the future of this bill.

  2. A Notary bill (SA0790), which I have attached, Click here to view. It will allow for documents to be electronically notarized.  It has passed the Senate and will be on the house floor next week. The attached is the Senate amendment. The amendment rewrites the bill so this is the bill.

  3. SB1862. This bill was introduced to respond to the American Law Institute restatement of liability insurance.  This bill has been signed by the Governor and is now effective. Click here to view

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