Public Chapter 315

SENATE BILL NO. 1783

By Jordan

Substituted for: House Bill No. 1731

By Sands, Maddox, Fitzhugh, White, Caldwell

AN ACT To amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 55, Chapter 21, relative to disabled persons.

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

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 55-21-110(a)(1), is amended by deleting the subdivision in its entirety and by substituting instead the following language:

(1) A volunteer appointed under this section shall be a resident of the city, county or metropolitan government in which the volunteer program operates. The volunteer program shall be open to any person twenty-one (21) years of age and older, regardless of such person's disability status; provided, however, preference shall be given to an applicant with a disability.

SECTION 2. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 55-21-110(b), is amended by deleting all of the language before the colon and by substituting instead the following:

Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, any county, municipality or metropolitan government of this state may establish a special enforcement unit for the sole purpose of providing adequate enforcement of 55-21-108 and local ordinances and resolutions relative to disabled parking, pursuant to the following provisions:

SECTION 3. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 55-21-110(b)(2), is amended by deleting the second sentence and substituting instead the following:

A member of the special enforcement unit shall not be considered to be a law enforcement officer and shall not make an arrest in the course of the member's official duties, but shall wear a distinctive piece of clothing such as a jacket, shirt, vest and/or hat with a law enforcement insignia along with a badge while on duty.

Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 55-21-110(b)(2), is further amended by deleting the third sentence and substituting instead the following:

The local authority or administrating agency may issue a communication device such as a police radio, citizens band radio, or cellular telephone to each member of the special enforcement unit for use while on duty;

SECTION 4. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 55-21-110, is amended by deleting subsection (c) in its entirety and by substituting instead the following:

The provisions of this section shall only apply in a county, municipality or metropolitan government which adopts the provisions of this section by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the legislative body of such county, municipality or metropolitan government.

SECTION 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 1997, the public welfare requiring it.