Topic: HOPE Lottery Scholarships
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed Thursday, January 12th, as the first “TN FAFSA Frenzy Day,” encouraging high school seniors and current college students to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by January 17th to maintain eligibility for key scholarship programs including Tennessee Promise.
Tennessee Promise is the state’s groundbreaking scholarship and mentoring program that provides high school graduates two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees.
Written by Curtis Johnson
Nashville, TN – Republicans in the House have spent a great deal of time this legislative session focusing on bills to assist veterans and currently serving military personnel in Tennessee. Building on legislation passed over the last several General Assemblies, the House hopes to continue finding ways to make life easier for military members and their families in the state.
One bill from this year, House Bill 8, will ensure high school students that train between their junior and senior year in the National Guard or go to advanced training after their senior year will still remain eligible for the state’s Tennessee Promise program.
Legislation regarding uninsured motorists clears first hurdle
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) filed House Bill 0431 (Senate Bill 0251), an important piece of legislation which would increase the penalty for driving without liability insurance.
The proposal would enhance the penalty from a Class C misdemeanor (punishable by a $100.00 fine) to a Class A misdemeanor (punishable by up to 11 months 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500) when the offender is at fault for an accident resulting in bodily injury or death due to criminal negligence.
This legislation passed its first hurdle in the House Criminal Sub Committee this week and will be heard in the Criminal Full Committee on Wednesday, February 27th. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Legislation Update, No Child Left Behind Waiver, Lottery Scholarship Eligibility for Military Dependents Bill Advances, and more
This is the next in a series of updates regarding legislation filed by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) for the second session of the 107th Tennessee General Assembly.
Clarksville, TN – The Tennessee House Education subcommittee heard legislation this week regarding the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver recently granted to the state of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of Education. The waiver would allow Tennessee more flexibility in meeting the needs of public school students across our state.
Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, in testimony before the committee last week, said NCLB law set an impossible standard for public education which would cause 80% of our state’s public schools to be considered “failing.” «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Legislation Update, Veteran’s and Lottery Scholarship Eligibility for Military Dependents Bill advances
This is the next in a series of updates regarding legislation filed by Rep Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) for the second session of the 107th Tennessee General Assembly.
Clarksville, TN – As has been widely reported but it bears repeating, the Montgomery County Veterans Services Office under the leadership of Jerry Rivers, continues to lead the state in the amount of monetary awards paid to our veterans. The office staff performs at a high level and serves more than 22,000 veterans and their family members in our area.
It should not be overlooked that more than $79 million in benefits gained for veterans and their families’ through out the VSO has a dramatic and direct impact on our local economy. These residents live and work in our community and thus spend these well deserved benefits not only to support their families but also support various charitable causes like United Way. These benefits are also non-taxable to the veteran. «Read the rest of this article»
“BWC 5 Act” passes both the House and Senate on one historic night
Clarksville, TN – As mentioned in previous updates, legislation that would dramatically change the state employment system is currently under discussion in the Tennessee House of Representatives. The Governor’s proposal, entitled the “Tennessee Excellence Accountability and Management (TEAM) Act,” would change the hiring and promotion system for all state employees.
Based on previous discussion of the bill, there have been revisions to the proposal that address the veterans’ preference in hiring and promotions. «Read the rest of this article»
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