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New Tennessee laws taking effect July 1

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(Mike Osborne) — Dozens of new laws will take effect in Tennessee beginning July first, including several new additions to the state’s criminal code.

A controversial law targeting the homeless will make it a felony to camp on public land beginning July 1.

Also starting next month, state officials will be required to conduct a background check every four years on Tennesseans holding a concealed carry permit.

The new Transparency in Sentencing Act will require courts to declare exactly how many years and months of a sentence a defendant must serve before becoming eligible for parole.

Tennessee code governing when it’s illegal to videotape someone will be dramatically expanded beginning in July.

Mike Osborne is the News Director for WMOT and can be heard on-air daily.