Senate Speaker and Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) announced on Wednesday that he will not be seeking re-election, instead retiring at the end of this legislative session after a 24-year legislative career. In an emotional address to the Senate, Ramsey stated that he was retiring to spend more time with his growing family. His fifth … Continued

State Issues

The House Education Administration and Planning Subcommittee yesterday considered two bills impacting diversity and inclusion efforts at the University of Tennessee. The first proposal, HB2248 by Representative Micah VanHuss (R-Jonesborough), originally sought to prohibit state funding from being spent in support of the UTK Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  As initially drafted, it diverted all … Continued

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Lawmakers are expected to hear legislation in coming weeks that prohibits colleges and universities from disciplining students, student organizations, and teams for violations of the student code of conduct that result in an alcohol or drug overdose for which medical assistance is sought. The bill, sponsored by Representative Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville), provides student organizations such … Continued

State Issues

Outside of the surprise budget amendment that was recommended last week by the Senate Education Committee, little legislative debate has yet to officially occur on two primary pieces of legislation that impact diversity and inclusion efforts at the University of Tennessee System. This is all about to change over the next two weeks as the … Continued

State Issues