The first session of the 110th General Assembly adjourned on May 10, 2017. The adjournment was roughly three weeks later than initially anticipated, largely due to negotiations surrounding the Governor’s IMPROVE Act. Overall, it was a very positive session for the University of Tennessee System. For the second year in a row, the higher education … Continued
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House Passes Campus Free Speech Act, Puts Tennessee First in Nation To Protect Academic Freedom in State Law
On Monday, the House of Representatives passed the Campus Free Speech Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Eddie Smith (R-Knoxville). The Senate previously passed the companion bill, sponsored by Sen. Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) several weeks ago. The measure has been transmitted to the Governor for his signature. The bill is said to be the first of … Continued
House lawmakers passed the state’s $37 billion budget on Friday, just one day after a blowup on the House Floor where member amendments pushed the budget almost half a billion dollars out of balance. On Friday, members hit the reset button, stripping off all amendments added to the budget on Thursday and presenting a “clean … Continued
On Tuesday, the Governor’s proposed budget amendment is expected to be released. The amendment provides an opportunity to alter the original budget proposal based on the State’s latest forecasted revenues. We will update advocates of any changes that impact the University of Tennessee. Senate budget amendments were released last week. Several amendments relate to the … Continued