legislature

8:14am

Mon January 23, 2012
Hope Scholarships Could See 50% Cuts

Scholarship Cuts Hot Legislative Topic

NASHVILLE,‭ ‬Tenn.‭ (‬AP‭) — ‬A proposal to cut some students‭' ‬lottery scholarships in half is a hot topic this legislative session.

The plan,‭ ‬suggested by a panel of state lawmakers,‭ ‬would reduce by‭ ‬50‭ ‬percent the lottery scholarship awards for students who do not meet both standardized testing and high school grade requirements.

Right now,‭ ‬students can get a scholarship worth‭ ‬$4,000‭ ‬for each of four years if they either earn a‭ ‬3.0‭ ‬grade point average in high school or score a‭ ‬21‭ ‬on their ACT college entrance exam.

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7:09am

Wed January 18, 2012
Speaker Harwell Convinces Casada to Drop Bill

No Changes to Tenn. Sunshine Laws This Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Speaker Beth Harwell is voicing opposition to efforts to water down Tennessee's open meetings laws. She’s calling on a Republican colleague to drop a bill that seeks to make changes to the current rules.

Spokeswoman Kara Owen said in an email yesterday that Harwell doesn’t support efforts to allow members of local governments to meet behind closed doors as long as a quorum isn't present.

Owen says Harwell has spoken to Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin and that Casada agreed not to pursue the bill this year.

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5:36am

Wed January 18, 2012
Opponents Fear Impact on Gay Students

"Dont' Say Gay" Bill Before Education Committee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A measure that seeks to ban Tennessee public schools from teaching about gay issues is once again before lawmakers.
The proposal, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, is sponsored by Republican Rep. Joey Hensley of Hohenwald and is scheduled to be heard today in the House Education Subcommittee.

The companion bill passed the Senate last year. It limits all sexually related instruction to, as the measure reads "natural human reproduction science" in kindergarten through eighth grade.

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9:16am

Fri January 13, 2012
Five Black Legislators Squeezed into Three Seats

Republicans Push Redistricting Plan Through State House

NASHVILLE, Tenn (AP) -- The state House has approved a plan to redraw the chamber's 99 districts, overriding Democrats' objections that it placed five African-American incumbents into three seats.

The chamber voted 67-25, largely along partisan lines, to approve the Republican plan yesterday.

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11:51am

Fri October 28, 2011
Tennesseans Don't Like Options Being Considered

MTSU Poll: Leave Scholarship Alone for Now

(AP) More results from the latest MTSU Poll out this week. 

A total of 640 Tennesseans were surveyed by phone; taking their pulse on political, social and economic issues.

Poll Director Ken Blake says the survey included questions about the state lottery funded scholarship.

Tennessee lawmakers met on Wednesday to consider ways to prevent the scholarship program from going broke.

State officials say it could run out of money in a little over a decade. Most of the scenarios being discussed would cut the number of students eligible or how much money they get.

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