Welfare Benefits - HB0119 prohibits a person who has been convicted of a felony for possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance from receiving welfare benefits.
Sex Offender Registry - HB0687 requires juveniles who are convicted of violent sexual offenses to register on the sex offender registry.
DUI Offenses - HB0391 increases the minimum time period a driver's license may be revoked for a third DUI offense to six to eight years rather than three to five years.
Wiretapping - HB1066 authorizes judges to allow a district attorney to use a wiretap when the conversation may provide evidence of criminal gang-related activities in aggravated burglaries.
Distracted Driving - SB1171 increases the penalties for distracted driving around cyclists. If a pedestrian or bicycle fatality is the result of distracted driving, this is now considered a Class A misdemeanor. The offender may serve up to eleven months and 29 days in prison, revocation of the driver's license, and a $500 fine.
Methamphetamine - The I Hate Meth Act increases the penalties for manufacturing methamphetamine in the presence of a child and requires pharmacies to track and record pseudo ephedrine purchases. We recently discussed the I Hate Meth Act here.
Search Warrants - SB0559 provides for a good faith exception in the execution of invalid search warrants due to typographical errors. We previously discussed this law here.
Harassment - The new Cyber-bullying act expands the crime of harassment to include posting harmful or offensive messages about another on social networking sites. We recently discussed this law here.
Knoxnews.com has a complete list of the 508 TN laws that took effect on July 1, 2011 here.