Public Chapter 295

SENATE BILL NO. 278

By Haun

Substituted for: House Bill No. 474

By Whitson

AN ACT To amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 36-3-301, relative to marriage.

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

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 36-3-301(i), is amended by deleting the language of the subsection and by substituting instead the following:

(i) All elected officials and former officials, who are authorized to solemnize the rite of matrimony pursuant to the provisions of subsection (a), may solemnize the rite of matrimony in any county of this state.

SECTION 2. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 36-3-301, is further amended by adding a new subsection as follows:

( ) If any marriage has been entered into by license issued pursuant to this chapter at which a county executive officiated outside his or her county prior to the effective date of this act, such marriage is valid and is declared to be in full compliance with the laws of this state.

SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.