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Tennessee Lawmakers Busy on P/C Issues, NAMIC Analysis Reveals

INDIANAPOLIS (June 9, 2005)—Tennessee lawmakers enacted more than 40 bills of interest to the property/casualty industry during this year’s legislative session which ended May 28, an analysis compiled by the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) shows.

“Our review shows lawmakers seemed most concerned this year with enacting legislation to tighten laws dealing with driving behaviors and in preserving an individual’s personal information,” said NAMIC State Affairs Manager David Reddick.

Among the driving-related bills is Senate Bill 293, which creates a Class B misdemeanor offense for anyone found to be in possession of five grams or more of methamphetamine while operating a motor vehicle. Senate Bill 36 prohibits drivers possessing a learner’s permit or intermediate driver’s license from operating a motor vehicle while engaged on a cellular telephone.

Perhaps the most unusual driving-related bill, Reddick noted, is House Bill 581. It authorizes a judge to sentence first-time DUI offenders to remove litter from highways for 48 hours in lieu of 48 hours of incarceration. This bill has not yet been signed by Gov. Phil Bredesen.

As for privacy-related bills, Reddick said House Bill 1095 now makes it a Class B misdemeanor for anyone who accepts credit or debit cards for business transactions to print or cause to be printed more than five digits of the card number or the expiration date of the card.

Senate Bill 2220 is similar to legislation enacted this year in other states. It requires persons, businesses or government agencies that discover a breach of information security resulting in disclosure of unencrypted personal information about persons to unauthorized third parties, to provide notice of such disclosure. Reddick noted, however, that a late amendment to the bill exempts anyone subject to Title V of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. The governor has yet to sign this bill.

Reddick said another bill of note is House Bill 1639, which allows an insurance company officer, director or committee member to own stock or other ownership interest in an entity as long as that disclosure is made to the insurance company.

NAMIC has compiled a preliminary list of enacted Tennessee legislation which can be viewed on NAMIC Online.

Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2005 12:00:00 AM. Modified: Friday, June 10, 2005 9:37:47 AM.

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