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Transgender restrictions, open carry gun measure among new Tenn. laws effective July 1


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Several new state laws go into effect as Tennessee’s fiscal year begins July 1.

Among them, a GOP sponsored measure that will allow students to sue their schools if they’re forced to share restroom and locker room facilities with transgender individuals.

Another new provision removes all statue of limitations for commercial human sex trafficking offenses involved children.

A new law gives the Department of Children Services the authority to perform routine checks on children born to parents who previously had a child removed from their custody.

Tennessee's animal cruelty law has been amended to allow prosecution without having to prove "depraved or sadistic" intent on the part of the abuser.

Porch pirates will face stiffer penalties if caught pilfering packages after the first of the month.

Beginning July 1, a three judge panel will hear any constitutional challenges to new state laws, executive orders, or newly promulgated administrative rules or regulations.

As the new month begins, Tennesseans 21 and older will be allowed to carry handguns openly or concealed without first obtaining a state license or completing gun safety training.

A series of criminal reform laws championed by Gov. Bill Lee go into effect next week. Among them, measures that expand specialized diversionary courts, including recovery, mental health, drug and veterans’ courts. 

You can review a more complete list of the new laws taking effect July 1 courtesy of the office of the Tennessee Lt. Governor.

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