2016 Legislation


  • FOCUS Act

    The next step in the Drive to 55: ensuring that Tennessee’s public colleges and universities are organized, supported and empowered in their efforts to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential to 55 percent by 2025.

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  • Higher Education Authorization Act

    Aligning the for-profit higher education sector with the Drive to 55 by reshaping and modernizing its regulatory framework.

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  • Public Safety Act of 2016

    Implementing recommendations by the Governor’s Task Force on Sentencing and Recidivism to make smarter use of prison bed space and stiffen penalties for the most serious offenses driving Tennessee’s violent crime rate.

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  • Fetal Remains Act

    Addressing concerns regarding the selling of human fetal tissue by strengthening accountability and transparency for surgery centers performing abortions.

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  • Efficiency in Handgun Permitting Act

    Improving the process and lowering the fee associated with obtaining a handgun carry permit.

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  • BEP Enhancement Act

    Continuing to move our entire state forward by solidifying and clarifying the current Basic Education Program (BEP) funding formula and distribution while providing a record-breaking investment for education that helps all.

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