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TCCY Legislative Information

TCCY FY 2020 Budget Recommendations

Legislative Report of Bills Filed in the 2018 General Assembly

Weekly Update of Legislative Activity on Selected Laws-PDF

2018 Legislative Guidance 

2017  Legislative  Guidance

Index of All Bills Filed in the 110th General Assembly     

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Tennessee Compilation of Selected Laws on Children, Youth and Families

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY) has funded printing of the Tennessee Compilation of Selected Laws on Children, Youth and Families for many years using residual (allocated but unexpended) federal juvenile justice grant dollars from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Since 2000, Congress has severely reduced or eliminated funding for OJJDP grants so residual funding is no longer available to pay for printing the Compilation.

To continue the publication, TCCY requested $55,000 in state funding in the FY 2018 budget request in October of 2016. Unfortunately, the funding was not included in the Governor’s budget as proposed. TCCY made the same request during budget hearings before the Senate Health and Welfare Committee and the House Finance Committee. We sincerely appreciate Senator Becky Massey and Rep. Kevin Brooks filing budget amendments to fund the Compilation, and we appreciate juvenile court judges who contacted legislators about this. Unfortunately, the amendment was not included in the Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

To provide a bridge to FY 2019, the attached document contains information on legislation enacted in the 2017 Regular Session of the Tennessee General Assembly amending Tennessee Code Annotated Titles 36 and Title 37. While the Compilation contains other titles, these two are among the most used and are areas where TCCY could reasonably identify changes. The information contained in the document includes a summary of the bill as filed, a summary of any amendments to the bill, and the Public Chapter number. In electronic versions, including the posting of this on the TCCY website, the Public Chapter number includes a hyperlink to the Public Chapter on the Tennessee Secretary of State’s website.

TCCY will again request funding for the Compilation in its FY 2019 budget request to the Governor. If you use or value the Compilation and want to continue to do so, we urge you to contact the Governor, Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin, and your local State Senator and Representative. Please encourage them to provide funding in the TCCY budget to resume publication of the Compilation in FY 2019.

If you have a copy of the Tennessee Compilation of Selected Laws on Children, Youth and Families you should contact the coordinator for your region and request the 2016 Special Supplement, or you may download the Special Supplement. This supplement should be consulted before referring to any law in the 2016 edition of the compilation. However, it lists:

  • Title 36, Domestic Relations. Chapter 1, Adoption, 36-1-116;
  • Title 37, Juveniles, Chapter 1, Juvenile Courts and Proceedings, 37-1-125;
  • Title 49, Education, Chapter 1, State Administration, 49-1-207;
  • Title 55, Motor and Other Vehicles, Chapter 10, Accidents, Arrests, Crimes and Penalties, 55-10-415.

You may also want to search the Tennessee law pages of unannotated laws at the Lexis Publishing site.

Each year copies of the compilation are distributed to courts, etc., and members of the TCCY regional councils on children and youth and others. Additional hard copies of the book may be purchased by contacting Lexis Publishing at (800) 542-0957 or by fax at (800) 643-1280.