Public Chapter 317

HOUSE BILL NO. 215

By Representative Stulce

Substituted for: Senate Bill No. 116

By Senator Crutchfield

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 39-16-609, relative to failure to appear.

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

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 39-16-609(e), is amended by deleting the subsection in its entirety and by substituting instead the following:

(e) If the occasion for which the defendant's appearance is required is a Class A misdemeanor or a felony, failure to appear is a Class E felony.

SECTION 2. The provisions of this act shall not be construed to be an appropriation of funds and no funds shall be obligated or expended pursuant to this act unless such funds are specifically appropriated by the General Appropriations Act.

SECTION 3. This act shall take effect on July 1, 1997, the public welfare requiring it.