A glance at new Tennessee laws
By The Associated Press
New laws that go into effect Tuesday include:
• CROOKS WITH GUNS: Enhanced prison sentences will apply to certain crimes committed while armed.
• DNA DATABASE: A requirement to submit DNA samples to a statewide database upon arrest for a violent crime. The sample is slated for deletion if the charges are dropped or if the state loses its case.
• ELDERLY TAX BREAK: Elderly homeowners who make less than $24,000 a year will be eligible for tax breaks, up from the previous level of $20,000.
• FOOD TAX: The state’s sales tax on most grocery items will drop from 6 percent to 5.5 percent.
• IDENTITY THEFT: The “Credit Security Act of 2007” prohibits state businesses from including Social Security numbers in consumer mailings or as identifying data on Web sites.
• ILLEGAL WORKERS: The state will be able to suspend business licenses for companies that employ illegal immigrants.
Published in The Messenger 12.31.07