Legislation designating public university athletics venues as “sports authorities” for purposes of selling alcohol at special events passed by wide margins on the Senate and House Floors this week. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) and Sen. Becky Duncan Massey (R-Knoxville), is supported by the University of Tennessee.  The main purpose behind the … Continued

State Issues

Governor Bill Lee delivered his first annual State of the State Address on Monday, March 4, outlining a $38.6 billion spending plan for the FY19-20 fiscal year that includes the largest single investment in the Rainy Day fund in the state’s history. The Governor highlighted his initiatives surrounding higher education, vocational and technical education, criminal … Continued

State Issues

Governor Bill Haslam unveiled his 2018 priorities Monday evening at his final State of the State Address, presenting a $37.5 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2018-19, with significant initiatives aimed at the state’s opioid crisis and college completion. The college completion initiative—“Complete to Compete”—would require students receiving HOPE and Tennessee Promise Scholarships to take … Continued

Higher Education Funding

The University of Tennessee’s flagship campus in Knoxville is poised to make significant changes to its student code of conduct for the first time since the 1970s, pending the approval of the state legislature’s Joint Government Operations Committee which will hear the rule on Wednesday, August 16.  For more information on the decades-old Code of Conduct and … Continued

State Issues