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Incumbents Win Big in State Primaries

After lagging statewide voter turnout, the unofficial results are in for the state’s Primary Election. Overall, most incumbents won their primary challenges and only two incumbents were unseated, both in the House of Representatives.


Compromised Diversity Bill Passed

With the legislature rapidly approaching adjournment, sponsors of SB 1912 and its companion bill HB 2248 came to a compromise on a bill that will defund the University of Tennessee- Knoxville’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The bill would restrict all state funds from being expended by the University to promote the use of gender … Continued

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Bill Impacting UT Diversity Advances; Diversity Amendment Fails

A newly amended version of SB 1912 was passed out of full Senate Education Committee Wednesday afternoon by a 7-1 vote. The bill, which targets the University of Tennessee- Knoxville, would restrict all state funds from being expended by the University to promote the use of gender neutral pronouns, to promote or inhibit the celebration … Continued

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FOCUS Act on Way to Governor’s Desk

One week after passing the Senate Finance Ways and Means Committee, the Governor’s Focus on College and University Success (FOCUS) Act was passed on the Senate floor Monday afternoon on a 31-1 vote. This was the FOCUS Act’s final step before being brought to the Governor’s desk after passing the House floor last week with a … Continued

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