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.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A constitutional amendment to ban an income tax in Tennessee has passed the House.
The measure was approved 73-17 Thursday. The companion legislation passed the Senate last year. The measure must now be approved by a two-thirds vote of both chambers in the next General Assembly before it's placed on the ballot in 2014.
Opponents of the legislation say it's unnecessary because the state constitution already bans an income tax and that the measure is politically motivated.