2014 Legislative Outcomes

The 108th General Assembly of Tennessee wrapped up its 2014 business last week despite significant controversy and tension over taxes, budgets, and education.  As in years past, the legislature produced just under 3,000 bills for consideration and an additional 2,499 resolutions.  Due to the sheer scope of the University of Tennessee System, over 600 bills were tracked with either direct or indirect impacts.

So, where does that leave us for 2014?  A summary of legislative outcomes, created for UT Advocates, is below.


UT Gardens: One Step Closer to Designation as “Official Botanical Garden of the State”

UT Botanical GardensHB29 (Eldridge R-Jackson)/SB71 (Massey R-Knoxville) passed in the House State Government subcommittee today on a voice vote. The bill will designate the University of Tennessee’s botanical gardens as the official botanical garden of the state.

The botanical gardens contain over 4,000 annuals, perennials, herbs, tropicals, trees, shrubs, vegetables and ornamental grasses and are open to the public year round. The UT botanical gardens, located in Knoxville and Jackson, also feature a kitchen garden, rose garden, rock garden, bio-energy garden, shade garden, and in the coming year a children’s garden.

The bill will move on to the House State Government Committee. It has not yet been calendared in the Senate.