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

State Issues

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

Higher Education Funding

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

Higher Education Funding

Legislation to expand the presence of guns on college campuses was killed by its Senate sponsor on Wednesday after college officials spoke against the effort. The measure would have allowed part-time, permit-holding employees to carry their weapons concealed on campus, and was sponsored by Rep. Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) and Sen. Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains).  Read more … Continued

Gun Legislation