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2016 Legislative Update for Collection Service Board, Collection Service Board 07/15/2016

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Collection Service Board

2016 Legislative Update

The Tennessee General Assembly has recently made changes to statutes which may impact you as a holder of a license with the Board.  Pursuant to Tenn. Code. Ann. § 4-3-1306(d), you are receiving this notice because you have elected to receive notification by e-mail of certain changes or potential changes to the law applicable to your profession.  These new changes as set out in the following Public Chapter specifically amends the Tennessee Code Annotated as follows:

Public Chapter No. 1053, known as the “Right to Earn a Living Act”, requires that on or before December 31, 2016, each state licensing authority (state board, commission, council or committee) submit all existing or pending regulations to the chairs of the Government Operations Committees and that the committees perform a study of all submitted regulations and, at their discretion, conduct a hearing regarding any such regulation. During the review of the entry regulations, the committees shall consider whether an entry regulation is not required by state or federal law, is unnecessary to protect the public health, safety or welfare, has the purpose or effect of unnecessarily inhibiting competition or arbitrarily denying entry into the profession, if such regulation could be accomplished by less restrictive means or if the regulation is outside the scope of the licensing authority’s statutory authority. If a regulation meets one of those factors, the committees may disapprove of the regulation and request that the authority amend or repeal it. If the licensing agency does not initiate compliance with the committees’ request within ninety (90) days or does not comply within a reasonable amount of time, the committees may then vote to request that the General Assembly suspend all or part of the agency’s rulemaking authority. Beginning January 1, 2018, each licensing authority must submit all new entry regulations to the committees prior to a “Sunset” hearing being held. This Act took effect upon passage, April 28, 2016. A copy of the new law is available for review on the website of the Tennessee Secretary of State here:

If you have any questions or concerns about these new laws, please contact us by email at

Dept. of Commerce & Insurance | 500 James Robertson Pkwy | Nashville, TN 37243-0565
(615) 741-2241
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