Public Chapter 96

SENATE BILL NO. 50

By Person, Leatherwood, Cohen, Kyle, Dixon

Substituted for: House Bill No. 584

By John DeBerry, Chumney, Kent, Hargett, Haley, Hassell, Scroggs, Ulysses Jones,

Larry Turner, Pleasant

AN ACT To amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 36, Chapter 3, Part 6, relative to orders of protection.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 36-3-601(3), is amended by adding the following new subdivision (E):

(E) In counties having a population in excess of eight hundred thousand (800,000) according to the 1990 federal census or any subsequent federal census, "court" means any court of record with jurisdiction over domestic relations matters or the general sessions court, criminal and civil, of the county in which the petitioner resides. Nothing in this definition may be construed to grant jurisdiction to the general sessions court, both criminal and civil, for matters relating to child custody, visitation, or support.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, and shall continue in effect through August 31, 1998, the public welfare requiring it.