In 1909 the Tennessee legislature passed bills banning the sale or manufacture of liquor, but local authorities in Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga ignored them. In 1913 the legislature passed bills to insure enforcement. An anti-shipment law prohibited the transportation of liquor across county lines, but more importantly, the "Nuisance Law" gave the state authority to close saloons and bawdy houses which local police had sheltered. Chattanooga effectively went "dry" in October 1913.