These new Tennessee laws take effect on January 1

Posted at 6:54 AM, Dec 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-31 19:54:42-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF/AP) — When the Music note drops at midnight, January 1, a list of new laws will take effect in Tennessee. 31 new laws are on the book.

One of the new laws says if an ultrasound is performed before an abortion, the woman must be given the opportunity to learn the results. Also, doctors will record whether or not the fetus had a heartbeat.

Another requires places that prescribe or handle opioids to add signs asking people to call a hotline if they suspect abuse.

Tennessee's local boards of education will also need to develop a program to reduce potential lead contamination in drinking water.

Another law will ban local governments from having "sanctuary" policies for people living in the country illegally. It bans local government policies that restrict compliance with federal immigration detainers. The law threatens to withhold future state economic development money from those that don't comply.

Beginning January 6, grocery stores can sell wine between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. Private liquor stores have been able to sell alcohol on Sundays since the bill was passed in the Spring.

A full list of new laws in 2019 can be found here on the Tennessee General Assembly website.