Governor's college credit requirement bill fails in Tennessee House

Associated Press • Apr 24, 2018 at 8:28 PM

NASHVILLE — A bill by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam that would require certain college scholarship students to finish 30 hours of credits annually has failed in the Tennessee House.

The Republican-led House’s 41-46 vote Monday dealt Haslam a defeat in the final days of his last annual legislative session as governor. Haslam has touted the proposal as helping push students toward graduating on time.

Opposition came from lawmakers from both parties, including Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell. Some criticized how the bill would penalize those Tennessee Promise and HOPE scholarship students.

In support of the bill, Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams pointed out that some students would be eligible for hardship exemptions and wouldn’t lose portions of scholarship money.

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