Sen. Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville) has sent his “Tuition Stability Act” to the Senate’s General Subcommittee, and although he plans to pursue the issue again next year, he noted on Wednesday some flaws with his existing language and the difficulty he had getting his plan in a workable form.  The bill was never put on notice … Continued

Higher Education Funding

Lawmakers are yet to begin budget deliberations in a legislation session now anticipated to continue until mid-May. Legislative sessions in recent years have adjourned in mid-April, but the one thing members must do (per the Tennessee Constitution) is pass a balanced budget prior to adjourning. Lawmakers are awaiting the Governor’s Budget Amendment before considering a … Continued

Higher Education Funding

The House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee took up UT’s proposed budget on Monday, March 6.  The Committee’s tone was positive, although some questions did arise about recent comments by UT Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport regarding the future of UTK’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  Committee members acknowledged and voiced support for UT’s effort to … Continued

Higher Education Funding

A measure expanding access to firearms on public college campuses passed the House Civil Justice Committee this week on a 6-3 party line vote.  Sponsored by Rep. Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro), House Bill 745 would permit part-time employees who have handgun carry permits to carry a concealed weapon on campus.  The bill, which was originally narrowly … Continued

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