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New regulations go into effect for those neighborhood donation boxes

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  -- The State of Tennessee is getting tough on organizations that place donation boxes in public spaces and a few have decided to leave the state rather than comply.

New regulations passed by the State Legislature went into effect this past July. The Secretary of State’s Office says it immediately started an information campaign to inform organizations about the new requirements. Now the state is ready to ramp up enforcement.

Adam Ghassemi with the Secretary of State’s Office says Tennesseans just need to know where their donations are going.

“This law is not intended to run anybody out or over-regulate anyone. It’s merely a way to ensure that a bin clearly gives the consumer an idea of who is controlling that bin and who is profiting from it.”

Ghassemi says a few organizations have already said they intend to leave Tennessee rather than spend the money required to update their donation boxes.

The new regulation requires the bin be labeled with clear contact information, provide details about where donations are going, and rules about how often the boxes should be emptied.

The state is asking for the public’s help in identifying any bins that fail to meet the new regulations.