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No Amendments Surface in House Finance Budget Hearing

The House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee took up UT’s proposed budget on Monday, March 6.  The Committee’s tone was positive, although some questions did arise about recent comments by UT Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport regarding the future of UTK’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  Committee members acknowledged and voiced support for UT’s effort to … Continued

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Bill Expanding Firearms On Campus Moves Forward

A measure expanding access to firearms on public college campuses passed the House Civil Justice Committee this week on a 6-3 party line vote.  Sponsored by Rep. Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro), House Bill 745 would permit part-time employees who have handgun carry permits to carry a concealed weapon on campus.  The bill, which was originally narrowly … Continued

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Senate Education Committee to Conduct UT Budget Hearing on Wednesday

The Senate Education Committee will conduct UT’s budget hearing on Wednesday, March 1.  In recent years, UT’s budget hearings before this Senate Committee have been less focused on the budget proposal itself and more focused on issues facing the University that the Committee has deemed controversial.  UT will concentrate budget testimony on efforts underway to … Continued

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