SB 0821 by *Gresham

Financial Responsibility Law - As introduced, requires proof of compliance with financial responsibility law prior to registering motor vehicle. - Amends TCA Title 55, Chapter 12 and Title 55, Chapter 4.
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  • Actions For SB0821Date
    Assigned to Gen. Sub of S. C,L&A Comm.04/06/2011
    P2C, ref. to S. C,L&A Comm.02/17/2011
    Intro., P1C.02/16/2011
    Filed for intro.02/15/2011
    Actions For HB1071Date
    Sponsor(s) Added.01/11/2012
    Action Def. in s/c Transportation Subcommittee to next year03/22/2011
    Placed on s/c cal Transportation Subcommittee for 3/22/201103/16/2011
    Action Def. in s/c Transportation Subcommittee to 3/22/201103/15/2011
    Placed on s/c cal Transportation Subcommittee for 3/15/201103/09/2011
    Assigned to s/c General Sub of Transportation02/22/2011
    P2C, ref. to Transportation Committee02/17/2011
    Intro., P1C.02/16/2011
    Filed for intro.02/15/2011
  • No amendments for SB0821.
    No amendments for HB1071.

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  • Fiscal Summary

    Decrease State Revenue - Net Impact - $992,400 Increase State Expenditures - $41,000 $23,600/Incarceration* Decrease Local Revenue - Net Impact - $17,213,500 Increase Local Expenditures - Exceeds $200,000**


    Bill Summary

    This bill prohibits the commissioner of revenue from issuing or renewing any motor vehicle registration unless the application is accompanied by proof that the vehicle and its owner have met the requirements of the Tennessee Financial Responsibility Law of 1977. This bill requires every registration to contain the following notice:

    THE OWNER AND/OR OPERATOR OF THIS VEHICLE ARE REQUIRED TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE TENNESSEE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY LAW PURSUANT TO TENNESSEE CODE ANNOTATED 55-4-136.

    The following items would be sufficient proof that a vehicle and its owner have met the requirements of the Financial Responsibility Law:

    (1) A certificate valid for one year from an insurance company stating that an insurance policy that meets the requirements of the Tennessee Financial Responsibility Law of 1977 has been issued and will be in force during the period of registration; or
    (2) A certificate issued by the commissioner stating that a cash deposit or bond in the amount required by the Tennessee Financial Responsibility Law of 1977 has been filed with the commissioner's office for the period of registration.

    If a cash deposit or bond is used pursuant to (2) and subsequently withdrawn, the commissioner will be required to notify the vehicle's owner that the registration will terminate unless proof of compliance with the Tennessee Financial Responsibility Law of 1977 is provided within 15 days.

    The first time that an owner's registration lapses due to failure to comply with the Tennessee Financial Responsibility Law of 1977 there will be a $100.00 reinstatement fee. The fee for subsequent reinstatements will be $200 and will be accompanied by a six-month suspension of registration prior to reinstatement.

    Present law requires that at the time the driver of a motor vehicle is charged with a traffic offense, or at the time of an accident, the officer must request evidence of financial responsibility. This bill specifies that, if a driver presents an officer with documentation stating that a policy of insurance meeting the requirements of the Tennessee Financial Responsibility Law of 1977 has been issued, such documentation must indicate that the policy will be in force throughout the period of registration of the motor vehicle.

    Under present law, failure to provide evidence of financial responsibility is a Class C misdemeanor punishable only by a fine of not more than $100. This bill increases the amount of the fine to $250 for a first offense, and $500 or loss of driver license for up to six months, or both, for a subsequent offense.

    Under this bill, a person who, with fraudulent intent, does the following will commit a Class C felony:
    (1) Alters, forges or counterfeits an insurance card to make it appear valid; or
    (2) Makes, sells or otherwise makes available an invalid or counterfeit insurance card, or other evidence of insurance.

  • FiscalNote for SB0821/HB1071 filed under SB0821
  • House Floor and Committee Votes

    Votes for Bill HB1071 by the House are not available.

    Senate Floor and Committee Votes

    Votes for Bill SB0821 by the Senate are not available.