Public Chapter 262

HOUSE BILL NO. 1524

By Representative Davidson

Substituted for: Senate Bill No. 1410

By Senator Womack

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 8-47-121, relative to public officers.

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

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 8-47-121, is amended by adding the following sentences at the end of the section:

After final hearing on the complaint or petition, any public officer not removed from office, or if the officer has been suspended, any officer immediately restored to office, may be reimbursed reasonable attorneys' fees by the appropriate state, county, municipality, or other political subdivision. If either party appeals pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 8-47-123, no such reimbursement shall be made until a final judgment is rendered.

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