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Barbers Making House Calls One of Many Law Changes in 2018

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Barbers may make house calls starting in 2018. That’s one of at least 16 changes to the Tennessee Code Annotated as of Jan. 1.

According to the Tennessee Legislature, a change to TCA Title 62 will broaden “barbers’ ability to perform services in a residence from residences of persons who are actually ill to all residences regardless of the health of the person.”

Barbers wishing to make house calls must earn a “residential barber certificate.”

Barbers visiting clients’ homes is a national trend. The Hour reports on a new small business called Doorbell Barbers that has quickly gained traction in Norwalk, Connecticut, inspired by the Uber taxi business service.

The Shelbyville Police Department posted on Facebook Dec. 18 regarding a new law governing the use of mobile phones in school zones. The updated law is a change to Tennessee Code Annotated 55-8-199:

“It is an offense for a person to knowingly operate a motor vehicle in any marked school zone in this state, when a warning flasher or flashers are in operation, and talk on a hand-held mobile telephone while the vehicle is in motion.”

The fine is not to exceed $50.

The Legislature’s website adds that the law “makes it a delinquent act, punishable only by a fine of up to $50.00, for a person under the age of 18 to operate a motor vehicle and talk on a mobile phone that is equipped with a hands-free device while the vehicle is in motion.”

Colored automobile headlights on moving cars will be a thing of the past, WRCB reports. Lawmakers hope to avoid confusion on civilian cars being mistaken for emergency responders.

“Colored headlights will still be allowed if your vehicle is stationary, such as a classic car at a cruise-in,” the TV station reports. “However, beginning in 2018 you’ll only be allowed to use white or amber headlights while driving. Also, the color restriction will apply regardless of whether the lights are steady burning or flashing, and all vehicles will be required to have at least two but not more than four headlights.”

The headlight law is an amendment to TCA Title 55, Chapter 8 and Title 55, Chapter 9, Part 4.

The Legislature reports it is requiring school districts and charter schools to create a transportation supervisor program. The law requires new school bus drivers to complete a training program prior to transporting students and requires a driver to be at least 25 years of age to receive an initial school bus driver license endorsement.

Also, a change to TCA Title 62, Chapter 32, Part 3 will give some homeowners a break from lengthy security alarm contracts, the Legislature reports.

The law “allows a homeowner to cancel a contract for alarm services for a period longer than two years by giving 30 days’ written notice to the alarm systems contractor after the initial two years if the homeowner has to sell the real property due to medical reasons; requires a homeowner to provide the alarm systems contractor with a letter from the homeowner’s treating physician verifying the medical reasons that compel the homeowner to sell the property and seek cancellation of the alarm system service contract.”

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3 thoughts on “Barbers Making House Calls One of Many Law Changes in 2018

  1. Kevin B

    A barber has to get a “special” license, to take their service to a customer? This raises a lot of questions for me. Can my wife trim her own hair or mine for that matter, at home without a special license? Does the plumber that I call to fix a dripping faucet have a special license to do plumbing anywhere but in his shop? I suppose that a meat cutter has a special license to cut meat at the butcher shop, but when I get that steak home, can I cut it without a special license? If I check the air pressure in my car tires and they need air, can I add it? I’m not a auto mechanic with a special license.

    One has to wonder, didn’t our super majority Republican-run Legislature have better things to do than protect us from marauding bands of hair cutters? Since when did we deligate to our elected representatives the authority to tell us who can do business, where? Instead of wasting their time and our money on concocting ridiculous liberty infriging regulations, maybe just maybe they could have spent a little more time figuring out a creative way to NOT RAISE OUR GAS TAX!

    1. Robert Forbus

      I received a haircut just a few days ago and asked the hairdresser her thoughts about the new law. She said “well, you know we have done that forever”.

      I laughed and said “kind of like turning twenty-one, eh? You can keep doing what you were doing but now legally.” 🙂

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