Lottery, Scholarships and Programs - As introduced, revises initial academic requirements for eligibility and the amount of the award of the Tennessee HOPE scholarship beginning with students entering college in 2015-2016; recommends use of net lottery proceeds for TSAA grants for 10 years beginning with 2015-2016. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 4.
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  • Votes
  • Actions For SB2514Date
    Rcvd. from S., held on H. desk.04/17/2012
    Engrossed; ready for transmission to House04/16/2012
    Passed S. as am., Ayes 20, Nays 1004/16/2012
    Am. 4 tabled 04/16/2012
    S. adopted am.(Amendment 3 of 0 - SA1013)04/16/2012
    S. adopted am.(Amendment 2 of 0 - SA0834)04/16/2012
    S. adopted am.(Amendment 1 of 0 - SA0833)04/16/2012
    Placed on Senate Regular Calendar cal. for 4/16/201204/12/2012
    S. Reset on cal. for 4/16/201204/12/2012
    Placed on Senate Regular Calendar cal. for 4/12/201204/10/2012
    S. Reset on Cal. for 4/12/2012 04/09/2012
    Placed on Senate Regular Calendar cal. for 4/9/201204/05/2012
    Rec. for pass. w/ am., ref. to S. Cal. Comm. Ayes 9, Nays 2 PNV 003/27/2012
    Placed on S. FW&M Comm. cal. for 3/27/201203/21/2012
    Action Def. in S. FW&M Comm. to 3/27/201203/20/2012
    Placed on S. FW&M Comm. cal. for 3/20/201203/14/2012
    Rec. for pass. w/ am., ref. to S. FW&M Comm. Ayes 7, Nays 2 PNV 003/07/2012
    Placed on S. Ed. Comm. cal. for 3/7/201202/29/2012
    Action Def. in S. Ed. Comm. to 3/7/201202/29/2012
    Placed on S. Ed. Comm. cal. for 2/29/201202/22/2012
    Action Def. in S. Ed. Comm. to 2/29/201202/22/2012
    Placed on S. Ed. Comm. cal. for 2/22/201202/15/2012
    Action Def. in S. Ed. Comm. to 2/22/201202/15/2012
    Placed on S. Ed. Comm. cal. for 2/15/201202/08/2012
    P2C, ref. to S. Ed. Comm.01/23/2012
    Intro., P1C.01/19/2012
    Filed for intro.01/17/2012
    Actions For HB2649Date
    Taken Off Notice For Cal. in s/c Finance Subcommittee of Finance, Ways & Means Committee 04/30/2012
    Placed on s/c cal Finance Subcommittee for 4/30/201204/27/2012
    Placed on s/c cal Finance Subcommittee for last calendar04/20/2012
    Assigned to s/c Finance Subcommittee04/20/2012
    Rec. for Pass. if Am. ref. to: Finance, Ways & Means Committee04/17/2012
    Action Def. in Education Committee to 4/10/201204/10/2012
    Placed on cal. Education Committee for 4/10/201204/04/2012
    Action Def. in Education Committee to 4/10/201204/03/2012
    Placed on cal. Education Committee for 4/3/201203/28/2012
    Action Def. in Education Committee to 4/3/201203/27/2012
    Placed on cal. Education Committee for 3/27/201203/21/2012
    Action Def. in Education Committee to 3/27/201203/20/2012
    Placed on cal. Education Committee for 3/20/201203/14/2012
    Rec. for pass. if am. by s/c ref. to Education Committee03/14/2012
    Placed on s/c cal Education Subcommittee for 3/14/201203/07/2012
    Action Def. in s/c Education Subcommittee to 3/14/201203/07/2012
    Action Def. in s/c Education Subcommittee to 3/7/201202/29/2012
    Placed on s/c cal Education Subcommittee for 3/7/201202/29/2012
    Placed on s/c cal Education Subcommittee for 2/29/201202/22/2012
    Assigned to s/c Education Subcommittee01/25/2012
    P2C, ref. to Education Committee01/23/2012
    Intro., P1C.01/19/2012
    Filed for intro.01/17/2012
  • AmendmentsFiscal Memos
    SA0833Amendment 1-1 to SB2514Fiscal Memo for SA0833 (13095)  Fiscal Memo for SA0833 (13095)  Fiscal Memo for SA0833 (13095)  Fiscal Memo for SA0833 (13095)  
    SA0834Amendment 2-2 to SB2514Fiscal Memo for SA0834 (13947)  Fiscal Memo for SA0834 (13947)  Fiscal Memo for SA0834 (13947)  Fiscal Memo for SA0834 (13947)  
    SA1013Amendment 3-1 to SB2514Fiscal Memo for SA1013 (15871)  
    SA1231Amendment 4- to SB2514 
    AmendmentsFiscal Memos
    HA1242Amendment 1-1 to HB2649Fiscal Memo for HA1242 (13095)  Fiscal Memo for HA1242 (13095)  Fiscal Memo for HA1242 (13095)  Fiscal Memo for HA1242 (13095)  
    HA1243Amendment 2-2 to HB2649Fiscal Memo for HA1243 (13947)  Fiscal Memo for HA1243 (13947)  Fiscal Memo for HA1243 (13947)  Fiscal Memo for HA1243 (13947)  
    HA1244Amendment 3-3 to HB2649Fiscal Memo for HA1244 (14338)  Fiscal Memo for HA1244 (14338)  Fiscal Memo for HA1244 (14338)  Fiscal Memo for HA1244 (14338)  
    HA1245Amendment 4-4 to HB2649Fiscal Memo for HA1245 (16929)  
    HA1246Amendment 5-5 to HB2649Fiscal Memo for HA1246 (16679)  

    NOTE: Each fiscal memorandum applies only to the amendment(s) identified in the memorandum. The fiscal memorandum must be matched to any amendments that have been adopted.

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    Bill Summary

    This bill revises the academic requirements in order for students who will be attending eligible four-year postsecondary institutions to be eligible for the full amount of the Tennessee HOPE scholarship beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year.

    PRESENT LAW

    Present law requires a student, in addition to meeting all other applicable requirements for the HOPE scholarship, to meet the following academic requirements in order to be eligible for a HOPE scholarship as an entering freshman:

    (1) If the student graduated from an eligible high school, then the student must either achieve a weighted high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 or attain a composite ACT score of at least 21 or a combined SAT score of at least 980;
    (2) If the student completes high school in a Tennessee home school program or graduates from a Tennessee high school that is not an eligible high school, then the student must attain a composite ACT score of at least 21 or a combined SAT score of at least 980; or
    (3) If the student obtains a GED, then the student must pass the GED tests with an average score of at least 525 and attain a composite ACT score of at least 21 or a combined SAT score of at least 980.

    THE BILL

    This bill specifies that for the 2015-2016 academic year and for each academic year thereafter, a student attending a four-year postsecondary institution must instead meet the following academic requirements in order to be eligible for the full amount of the HOPE scholarship:

    (1) If the student graduated from an eligible high school, then the student must both achieve a weighted high school GPA of at least 3.0 and attain a composite ACT score of at least 21 or a combined SAT score of at least 980;
    (2) If the student completes high school in a Tennessee home school program or graduates from a Tennessee high school that is not an eligible high school, then the student must attain a composite ACT score of at least 23 or a combined SAT score of at least 1070; or
    (3) If the student obtains a GED, then the student must pass the GED tests with an average score of at least 525 and attain a composite ACT score of at least 23 or a combined SAT score of at least 1070.

    For the 2015-2016 academic year and each academic year thereafter, if an otherwise eligible student attending an eligible four-year postsecondary institution fails to meet the new academic requirements for the HOPE scholarship but meets the present law academic requirements for the HOPE scholarship, then the student may receive the HOPE scholarship in the amount awarded to HOPE scholarship recipients who attend an eligible two-year postsecondary institution. Additionally, if such student is eligible for an ASPIRE award, then the student would receive half the amount of the ASPIRE award. Such student may receive such scholarships until the student has attempted 48 semester hours, as long as the student meets all present law requirements to continue the scholarships. If the student meets the present law requirements to continue the HOPE scholarship when the student's continuing eligibility is checked at 48 semester hours attempted or at any subsequent checkpoint, then the student would be eligible for the full amount of the HOPE scholarship awarded to students attending four-year postsecondary institutions and, if the student is eligible for an ASPIRE award, would be eligible for the full amount of the ASPIRE award.

    This bill's changes to the academic requirements for the HOPE scholarship would not apply to students who will attend a two-year postsecondary institution. A HOPE access student who is an entering freshman in the 2015-2016 academic year or in an academic year thereafter and who subsequently becomes eligible for a HOPE scholarship would receive the amount awarded to students who originally qualified under the present law academic requirements and who have attempted the same number of credit hours. A nontraditional student attending an eligible four-year postsecondary institution would receive the full amount of the HOPE scholarship awarded to students attending eligible four-year postsecondary institutions.

    The general assembly finds and recommends that for 10 consecutive years, beginning with the 2015-2016 fiscal year, $10 million be allocated and appropriated in the general appropriations act from net lottery proceeds to the Tennessee student assistance corporation (TSAC) to fund additional Tennessee student assistance awards to enable needy Tennesseans to pursue higher education.

    ON APRIL 16, 2012, THE SENATE ADOPTED AMENDMENTS #1, #2 AND #3 AND PASSED SENATE BILL 2514, AS AMENDED.

    AMENDMENT #1 rewrites the academic requirements for students entering a four-year postsecondary institution as freshman in the 2015-2016 academic year and in each academic year thereafter to be eligible for the full amount of the HOPE scholarship, described in the above bill summary in (1) - (3), to instead require that such students meet the following academic requirements:
    (1) If the student graduated from an eligible high school, then the student must both achieve a weighted high school GPA of at least 3.0 and attain a composite ACT score of at least 21 or a combined SAT score of at least 980;
    (2) If the student completes high school in a Tennessee home school program or graduates from a Tennessee high school that is not an eligible high school, then the student must attain:
    (A) A composite ACT score of at least 21 and a score of at least 21 on two of the four subtests of such ACT test; or
    (B) A combined SAT score of at least 980 and a score of at least 490 on one of the two subtests; or
    (3) If the student obtains a GED, then the student must pass the GED tests with an average score of at least 525 and attain the ACT scores described in (2)(A) or the SAT scored described in (2)(B).

    Additionally, this amendment removes the bill's provision specifying that if a student who fails to meet the new academic requirements for the HOPE scholarship but meets the present law academic requirements for the HOPE scholarship is also eligible for an ASPIRE award, then the student would receive half the amount of the ASPIRE award.

    AMENDMENT #2 specifies that the bill will take effect on June 30, 2015, and specifies that the bill would be repealed on July 1, 2015 if:
    (1) The net lottery proceeds for fiscal year 2011-2012 exceed the amount of net lottery proceeds for fiscal year 2010-2011 by $10 million or more;
    (2) The net lottery proceeds for fiscal year 2012-2013 meet or exceed the amount of net lottery proceeds for fiscal year 2011-2012; and
    (3) The net lottery proceeds for fiscal year 2013-2014 meet or exceed the amount of net lottery proceeds for fiscal year 2011-2012.

    For the purposes of this amendment, "net lottery proceeds" does not include unclaimed prize monies. By May 1, 2015, the state funding board must meet, review the appropriate financial records and data, and determine whether the bill is repealed effective July 1, 2015, and must report its determination to the secretary of state and the Tennessee code commission.

    AMENDMENT #3 makes it the finding and recommendation that, for the 10-year period beginning with the 2015-2016 fiscal year, $10,000,000 be allocated and appropriated to TSAC to fund additional student assistance awards from "lottery reserves" instead of "net lottery proceeds".

    This amendment subjects this bill to repeal on July 1, 2015, if net lottery proceeds for fiscal year 2011-2012 exceed the amount of net lottery proceeds for fiscal year 2010-2011 $10,000,000 or more, and if net lottery proceeds for fiscal year 2012-2013 exceed, rather than meet or exceed, the amount of net lottery proceeds for fiscal year 2011-2012, and if net lottery proceeds for fiscal year 2013-2014 meet, rather than meet or exceed, the amount of net lottery proceeds for fiscal year 2011-2012.

    This amendment required TSAC to include notification to parents and students of the potential changes in requirements for receipt of the Tennessee HOPE lottery scholarship under this bill on its web site and in all brochures produced by TSAC that describe the requirements for receipt of a Tennessee HOPE lottery scholarship. TSAC will also be required to provide training on the potential changes to its outreach staff who provide information on the Tennessee HOPE lottery scholarship to high school counselors, parents and students.

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  • House Floor and Committee Votes

              HB2649 by Brooks H - HOUSE EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION & PLANNING COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage w/amendments- refer to: Finance, Ways & Means Committee 4/17/2012
              Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail

              HB2649 by Brooks H - HOUSE EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION & PLANNING SUBCOMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage w/amendments- refer to: Education Committee 3/14/2012
              Voice Vote - Ayes Prevail Rep.(s) DeBerry L, Naifeh requested to be recorded as voting No

    Senate Floor and Committee Votes

    SB2514 by Gresham - FLOOR VOTE: THIRD CONSIDERATION AMENDED 4/16/2012
    Passed
              Ayes...............................................20
              Noes...............................................10

              Senators voting aye were: Beavers, Bell, Campfield, Crowe, Faulk, Gresham, Henry, Johnson, Kelsey, Ketron, Massey, McNally, Norris, Overbey, Ramsey, Roberts, Southerland, Tracy, Watson, Yager, Mr. Speaker McNally, Mr. Speaker Ramsey -- 20.
              Senators voting no were: Berke, Burks, Finney L, Ford, Harper, Haynes, Herron, Kyle, Marrero, Stewart -- 10.

    SB2514 by Gresham - FLOOR VOTE: PREVIOUS QUESTION THIRD CONSIDERATION AMENDED 4/16/2012
    Failed
              Ayes...............................................19
              Noes...............................................12

              Senators voting aye were: Beavers, Bell, Campfield, Crowe, Faulk, Gresham, Johnson, Kelsey, Ketron, Massey, McNally, Norris, Overbey, Ramsey, Roberts, Southerland, Tracy, Watson, Yager, Mr. Speaker McNally, Mr. Speaker Ramsey -- 19.
              Senators voting no were: Barnes, Berke, Burks, Finney L, Ford, Harper, Haynes, Henry, Herron, Kyle, Marrero, Stewart -- 12.

    SB2514 by Gresham - FLOOR VOTE: LAY ON THE TABLE AMEND# 4 BY Kyle 4/16/2012
    Passed
              Ayes...............................................17
              Noes...............................................11

              Senators voting aye were: Beavers, Bell, Campfield, Faulk, Gresham, Johnson, Kelsey, Ketron, Massey, McNally, Norris, Ramsey, Roberts, Southerland, Tracy, Watson, Yager, Mr. Speaker McNally, Mr. Speaker Ramsey -- 17.
              Senators voting no were: Barnes, Berke, Burks, Finney L, Harper, Haynes, Henry, Herron, Kyle, Marrero, Stewart -- 11.

    SB2514 by Gresham - FLOOR VOTE: MOTION TO ADOPT AMEND# 2 BY Gresham 4/16/2012
    Passed
              Ayes...............................................19
              Noes...............................................10

              Senators voting aye were: Beavers, Bell, Campfield, Crowe, Faulk, Gresham, Johnson, Kelsey, Ketron, Massey, McNally, Norris, Overbey, Ramsey, Roberts, Southerland, Tracy, Watson, Yager, Mr. Speaker McNally, Mr. Speaker Ramsey -- 19.
              Senators voting no were: Berke, Burks, Finney L, Harper, Haynes, Henry, Herron, Kyle, Marrero, Stewart -- 10.

    SB2514 by Gresham - FLOOR VOTE: MOTION TO ADOPT AMEND# 1 BY Gresham 4/16/2012
    Passed
              Ayes...............................................19
              Noes...............................................10

              Senators voting aye were: Beavers, Bell, Campfield, Crowe, Faulk, Gresham, Johnson, Kelsey, Ketron, Massey, McNally, Norris, Overbey, Ramsey, Roberts, Southerland, Tracy, Watson, Yager, Mr. Speaker McNally, Mr. Speaker Ramsey -- 19.
              Senators voting no were: Berke, Burks, Finney L, Harper, Haynes, Henry, Herron, Kyle, Marrero, Stewart -- 10.

    SB2514 by Gresham - SENATE FINANCE, WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage w/amendments- refer to: S. Cal. Comm. 3/27/2012
    Passed
              Ayes................................................9
              Noes................................................2

              Senators voting aye were: Gresham, Henry, Kelsey, Ketron, Kyle, McNally, Norris, Overbey, Watson, Mr. Speaker McNally -- 9.
              Senators voting no were: Finney L, Haynes -- 2.

    SB2514 by Gresham - SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE:
    Recommended for passage w/amendments- refer to: S. FW&M Comm. 3/7/2012
    Passed
              Ayes................................................7
              Noes................................................2

              Senators voting aye were: Burks, Campfield, Crowe, Gresham, Kelsey, Tate, Tracy -- 7.
              Senators voting no were: Berke, Summerville -- 2.