2021 Brings New Laws and 112th General Assembly

Jan 02, 2021 at 11:44 am by WGNS

(NASHVILLE)  2021 brings a fresh beginning to Tennessee. January 1, 2021 put into effect new laws. Plus, the 112th Tennessee General Assembly begins its 90-day, two-year run convening at noon on January 12, 2021.

New Laws With The New Year

  • The age of those who purchase smoking products (cigarettes, any tobacco or vape products) has been increased to 21. Prior to the first day of 2021, the age was 18.
  • Regulations dealing with AMBER ALERTS have changed. Now the age covered is 21 and younger. Prior to 2021 it was 18 and younger, so more young persons are eligible.
  • Working women who are pregnant now have more rights in the workplace with the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. Among other things, the bill includes having a place to sit and extra bathroom breaks. CLICK HERE for more information.     
  • All 911 operators in Tennessee are now allowed to give over-the-phone CPR instructions. 

Elected Officials On WGNS

As in previous years, Rutherford County’s state senators and state representatives will be on WGNS “live” on the last Friday morning (8:10-9:00AM) of each month while the General Assembly is in progress. Not only will they update the community on pending legislation, but they will also take over-the-radio phone calls from constituents.


The first broadcast will be Friday, January 29, 2021 from 8:10-9:00AM on all WGNS channels (AM 1450, FM 100.5, FM 101.9 and streaming at www.WGNSradio.com). The number to phone and ask your question is 615-893-1450. 

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