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New TN Laws – Will They Affect You?

On July 1, 2017, the state of Tennessee enacted several new laws. Do any of the new laws affect you?

  • The state increased penalties for convicted felons in possession of a gun. The offense can be increased, depending on their previous felony.
  • Retroactive child support is now limited to the past five years of child support. Unless the court finds good cause to make an exception.
  • The illegal use of a telecommunication device is a new offense. Watch what you do on your cell phone!
    • Don’t publicly release the residential address of a police officer. It’s a Class B Misdemeanor if negligent and a Class A Misdemeanor if intentional.
  • Property owners can put purple paint on their trees to serve as a no trespassing sign.

Understanding and staying informed about the state law is essential for every citizen of Tennessee. Keeping up to date on Tennessee law ensures you can navigate the complexities of the legal system and make informed decisions.

Here are some ways you can stay informed about new TN laws.

  1. Local Bar Associations: Connect with local bar associations like the Tennessee Bar Association ( to access legal resources and stay informed about recent developments. Bar associations often host events, seminars, and conferences that provide insights into changes in Tennessee law.
  2. Official State Resources: The Tennessee state government provides information through official websites. The Tennessee General Assembly’s website ( is an excellent resource for finding the state’s constitution, statutes, and other legislative information.
  3. Legal Blogs and News Outlets: Stay current with legal news and analysis through reputable legal blogs and news outlets. Websites like the Tennessee Bar Journal ( and local newspapers cover legal developments and provide insights into how laws impact the community. Subscribe to newsletters or RSS feeds to receive regular updates.
  4. Community Legal Clinics: Community legal clinics and workshops organized by legal aid organizations, law schools, or local bar associations. These events provide an opportunity to learn about specific legal issues, ask questions, and receive guidance. Check local event listings and community centers for information on upcoming legal clinics.
  5. Social Media and Online Forums: Follow legal professionals, organizations, and government agencies on social media platforms. Many legal experts share insights, articles, and updates on these platforms. Online forums and discussion groups can also be valuable resources for asking questions and engaging in conversations.

Staying Informed

Staying informed about Tennessee law is a continuous process requiring a multifaceted approach. Utilizing official state resources, legal databases, local bar associations, news outlets, educational programs, community events, a trusted attorney, and online platforms will help you build a comprehensive understanding of the legal landscape. By staying informed, you empower yourself to make informed decisions, advocate for your rights, and contribute positively to your community.

Read more here on all of the new TN laws:

133 new Tennessee laws take effect July 1

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