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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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
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
House Civil Justice Subcommittee to Consider Firearms Legislation with Broad Impact on Public Universities
As an increasing number of bills come before the House Civil Justice Subcommittee, two firearms bills, in particular, have a direct and broad impact on public colleges and universities in Tennessee. Both bills would have the effect of expanding the possession of firearms on public campuses to students. Public colleges and universities in Tennessee are not … Continued