Public breastfeeding among 150 new state laws to take effect

Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 11:43am

Mothers can publicly breastfeed children of any age, it’s open season on wild hogs and sky lanterns become illegal under new state laws that take effect Friday.

In all, more than 150 new state laws go on the books from this year’s legislative session. July 1 is the start of the state’s fiscal year and the effective date of most new laws.

Among the more offbeat of this year’s laws is the one lifting the 1-year age limit for babies who are publicly breastfed. Supporters said they wanted to eliminate the admittedly remote possibility that a breastfeeding mother might face charges of indecent exposure.

Other unusual new laws include one deleting wild hogs from the definition of big game in game and fish statutes, meaning licensed hunters across the state can shoot pigs like rabbits.

New state laws also:

* Add “unmanned free-floating devices capable of producing an open flame, such as, but not limited to, sky lanterns” to the definition of special fireworks, which are illegal except when they are set loose by licensed fireworks professionals.

* Add random killings like those of the “Beltway Sniper,” who murdered 10 people in the Washington area in 2002, to the list of aggravating factors for imposition of the death penalty.

* Authorize magistrates to require a defendant to wear a global positioning monitoring system as a condition of bail in any domestic violence or stalking case.

* Authorize the Tennessee Department of Transportation to sell advertising space like NASCAR racers on highway HELP trucks.

* Make the fine a flat $50 for displaying an obscene bumper sticker on your car.

* Delete politically incorrect terms such as “ idiot,” “lunatic” and “mentally retarded” from throughout the Tennessee code.

14 Comments on this post:

By: cityjvtao on 6/30/11 at 11:07

Wow – those recently elected Republican legislators who talked all about creating jobs really went to work last session. I mean just look at all the job creating legislation they passed. In reality, they are just keeping their fingers crossed and hoping the economy gets better on its own so they can claim credit. It’s a lot easier to get elected than to govern. Where are the job bills Governor?

By: left on 6/30/11 at 11:22

“ idiot,” “lunatic” and “mentally retarded” --- That sums up all politicians!

By: gdiafante on 6/30/11 at 11:42

I used to think that meteorologist was the best job because you could be wrong 99% of the time and no one cared, but I would LOVE to be a TN politician...so I could receive a salary to think up such stupid laws all day long...

By: pswindle on 6/30/11 at 12:33

What! Not one of these laws are worth signing. Ladies and Gentlemen of TN, this is where your tax dollars are going. They should go back to their district and hide. You forgot to mention the assult on women that this session produced.

By: house_of_pain on 6/30/11 at 12:38

Wow. Define "obscene bumper sicker". I'm offended by the soccer balls on the backs of all the mini-vans.
What a waste of time.

By: govskeptic on 7/1/11 at 5:40

This "obscene bumper sticker" sure leaves a lot to be desired in a state law!
Leaving the selection up to local judges and law enforcement officers to
decide who will be charged/.fined puts ever sticker in jeopardy. The legislature
in both houses has a "Judiciary committee", with lawyers making up the
majority of both. How in heck do they let these type bills go forward???

By: budlight on 7/1/11 at 5:54

I'm offended by a woman breast feeding a 5 year old; does that count as an obscene bumper sticker?

I'm offended by the Obama Biden bumper stickers. Oh wow! Oh Goodie! I can sue them liberals for riding around with that offensive language! LOL! Just kidding on both issues!

You are right gov, house, and others. What are these people smoking before they make these laws? I know! It's that "salad" that the africans imported and that is now being confiscated on Murfreesboro road.

By: treehugger7 on 7/1/11 at 6:30

Elect stupid people and you get stupid laws! What did you expect from these yahoos you elected? I can't wait to read the story of a woman breastfeeding a three year old at Tootsies with a gun on her hip!

Maybe the "salad" would HELP the nuts! Can't make 'em any stupider!

By: Rocket99 on 7/1/11 at 7:25

I thought things were supposed to be sooooooooo much better in Tennessee now that the Republicans control the House, Senate and Governor's office. Guess not.

What have they done to reduce unemployment, increase jobs, improve the economy.

NOTHING!

If anything, all they have done is make the situation a LOT worse.

The Republicans defeated good laws simply because someone other than one of their party members introduced them or supported them.

What a bunch of $%#*&!# idiots! Everyone of them should be recalled NOW! Get people in there who actually care about our great state and it's citizens. Not a bunch of power crazy bullies.

By: Xeroid on 7/1/11 at 7:55

Well, so much for a better governing body, even the Governor said there were too many bills passed. If this is an example of some of the "good" ones, what do the rest represent? Tennessee is on the way up!

By: macjedi on 7/1/11 at 8:05

Wow, way to reduce red tape and regulation, GOP. Hypocrites.

They are all about reducing regulation on their greedy pals, but increasing regulations against personal freedoms.

By: NewYorker1 on 7/1/11 at 9:12

Breastfeeding. GROSS!!!!

By: macjedi on 7/1/11 at 3:14

Ignorance. GROSS!

By: pswindle on 7/4/11 at 11:41

The more I think of this, the more ridiculous the GOP has gotten. They have preached about the government being in our lives, but look what they have done. This session they have done nothing but redo the social issues where they have intruded in our daily lives from every aspect. If the GOP keeps this up, TN will be under a dicttator.