Campus Speaker Legislation Taken ‘Off Notice’ in House

Two bills that were seeking to dramatically impact the process of bringing speakers to public institutions of higher education were taken off notice in the House Education Subcommittee this morning. Taking a bill off notice means that it will no longer be heard in committee unless the sponsor of the bill re-calendars it. Rep. Susan … Continued

State Issues

Resolution Proponents Suspend Rules for Immediate Hearing

During last night’s Senate session, lawmakers suspended the rules in order to add Senate Joint Resolution 626 to Wednesday’s Senate Education Committee calendar.  The committee meets at 3:30 pm CST and can be viewed live here. The measure, filed last week by Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) and co-sponsored by Senate Education Chair Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville), … Continued

State Issues

Senate Education Committee Hears Proposed UT Budget

The Senate Education Committee convened yesterday for a round of budget hearings that included the proposed FY15 budget for the University of Tennessee System.  Ultimately, members voted unanimously to “move the budget,” sending it on to the Senate Finance, Ways, and Means Committee. UT President Joe DiPietro began his budget testimony with an appreciation to … Continued

Higher Education Funding

Student Fee Legislation Filed This Week

Sen. Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) filed legislation this week addressing the use of student activity fees at Tennessee’s public institutions of higher education. His bill (SB1608) requires student fees used for student organizations’ paid speakers to be distributed “proportionally based on membership to student organizations requesting such funding.” Legislative concern over the use of student activity … Continued

State Issues