CHAPTER NO. 758

HOUSE BILL NO. 2292

By Representatives Brooks, Brown, Cooper, Bowers, Pruitt, Armstrong, Sherry Jones, Lois DeBerry, Langster, Townes, Chumney, Kernell, Larry Turner, Miller

Substituted for: Senate Bill No. 2468

By Senator Harper

AN ACT relative to compliance with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and to amend various provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:

SECTION 1. Each entity of state government, that is subject to the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq.), and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, shall develop a Title IX implementation plan with participation by protected beneficiaries as may be required by such law or regulations. To the extent applicable, such plan shall include Title IX implementation plans of any subrecipients of federal funds through the state entity. Each such entity of state government shall submit annual Title IX compliance reports and implementation plan updates to the department of audit by June 30, 1999, and each June 30th thereafter. At least once each year, the Department of Audit shall publish a cumulative report of its findings and recommendations concerning compliance with the requirements of this section. The cumulative annual report shall be distributed to the Governor, to each member of the General Assembly, and to each library designated as a depository of state reports and documents.

It is the legislative intent that any increased costs incurred by state entities as a result of the provisions of this section shall, to the extent legally available, be paid from federal funds available therefor.

SECTION 2. Prior to January 1, 1999, the Comptroller of the Treasury shall undertake a study to determine what special actions should be taken by state entities to implement the requirements of Title IX and regulations promulgated pursuant to Title IX.

SECTION 3. Section 2 of this act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it; all other sections of this act shall take effect on January 1, 1999.

PASSED: March 26, 1998

APPROVED this day of 1998

Pursuant to Article III, Section 18, of the Constitution of the State of Tennessee, the Governor had House Bill No. 2292 in his possession longer than ten (10) days, so therefore the bill becomes law without the Governor's signature.