Lawmakers convened on Capitol Hill this week for the start of the 110th General Assembly, where the first orders of business were electing the House and Senate Speakers. House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) unanimously won reelection and long serving Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) was sworn in as the state’s next Lieutenant Governor and Speaker … Continued

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In January, some members of the Knox County legislative delegation sent a formal request to House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) to create a formal joint hearing to investigate and hear testimony related to diversity activities and programs throughout Tennessee public higher education. The hearing has been set for Wednesday, March 2 and will include both full House … Continued

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The Legislature Has Adjourned: How Did This Session Impact UT?

The Tennessee General Assembly has officially adjourned for the year after considering the final legislative calendars and passing the State’s $33 billion spending plan for FY15-16.  A number of higher education issues impacting UT were addressed this session.  We’ve been keeping our UT Advocacy Network up-to-date through our weekly legislative report, The Weekly Watch.  If … Continued

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