Public Chapter 505

HOUSE BILL NO. 1718

By Representative West

Substituted for: Senate Bill No. 1090

By Senator Haynes

AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 16, Chapter 1, Part 1 and Title 16, Chapter 3, Part 4, relative to electronic signatures.

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

SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 16, Chapter 1, Part 1, is amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section:

Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, courts in this State may implement procedures for the use of electronic signatures in the signing of pleadings, court orders, judgment orders, affidavits of complaint, arrest warrants, a mittimus or other court documents. An electronic signature may be used to sign a document and shall have the same force and effect as a written signature.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.