Public Chapter 126

SENATE BILL NO. 425

By Dixon

Substituted for: House Bill No. 1127

By Bowers, John DeBerry, Pruitt

AN ACT To amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 13-20-419, relative to authority of security forces of public housing projects.

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

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 13-20-419, is amended by designating the existing language as subsection (a) and by adding the following new subsection:

While acting in such capacity, an officer of such force has the same authority as a law enforcement officer as defined in 39-11-106(21) and may receive a written directive to carry a handgun under 39-17-1315 if such officer meets the qualifications in 38-8-106 and the training requirements of Section 38-8-107(a). While acting in such capacity, such officer has the authority to make arrests for offenses committed on the property of such public housing project.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on July 1, 1997, the public welfare requiring it.