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Title 49, Chapter 3, Part 20
Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Foundation

49-3-2001. Legislative findings.

The general assembly finds that the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation, serves and benefits the state of Tennessee and the students of its private and public colleges and universities by conducting educational programs on the legislative process and current public issues for college students, by providing them with opportunities for leadership in debate and discussion of such issues and by publishing research on public issues; and further, that the organization is directly related to the functions of government.

49-3-2002. Eligibility to receive appropriations -- Disposition of funds.

(a) The Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Foundation is eligible to receive appropriations for its endowment fund from the state general fund subject to the following conditions:

(1) Neither an appropriation nor the income from an appropriation may be spent for any organization other than the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL);
(2) Any appropriation shall be returned to the state general fund if the TISL general assembly fails to meet in any three (3) consecutive school years;
(3) Any appropriation shall be released to the foundation only as a dollar-for-dollar match of private contributions to the endowment fund; and
(4) Any appropriation shall not revert to the general fund at the end of any fiscal year prior to December 31, 2012, but shall be carried over from year-to-year for the purpose of accomplishing this part.

(b) It is the legislative intent that any funds appropriated to TISL be used by the foundation to eliminate fees paid by colleges and universities to participate in TISL.

49-3-2003. Free or discounted services to the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Foundation.

State agencies may provide free and discounted services to the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Foundation to support its mission of education, leadership and public research; provided, however, that any cost associated with the operation of the chambers of the senate and the house of representatives shall be borne by the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Foundation.


Title 49, Chapter 4, Part 2
Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

49-4-202. Administration.

(a) The Tennessee student assistance corporation shall be governed by a board of directors consisting of the governor, the commissioner of education, the state treasurer, the comptroller of the treasury, the commissioner of finance and administration, the director of the higher education commission, the president of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities, the president of the Tennessee Proprietary Business School Association, the chair of the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities, the president of the University of Tennessee, the chancellor of the board of regents, the president of the Tennessee Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, a representative of a commercial lender, two (2) students enrolled in an institution of higher education in Tennessee, and three (3) private citizens involved in the field of education, but not employed by or professionally affiliated with any institution of higher education in the state.

(b)  (1) The three (3) private members of the board shall be appointed by the governor for three-year terms and shall be eligible for reappointment.

   (2) All appointments of citizen members made subsequent to the expiration of the initial terms shall be for three (3) years. In appointing citizen members to the board, the governor shall strive to ensure that at least one (1) private citizen serving on the board is sixty (60) years of age or older and that at least one (1) private citizen serving on the board is a member of a racial minority.

   (3) Vacancies created by the death or resignation of the student member or any of the three (3) private members of the board shall be filled by gubernatorial appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term.

(c)  (1) The student members shall be enrolled full-time in public or private institutions of higher education in Tennessee.

   (2) The student member shall be or have been a recipient of financial aid from one (1) or more of the programs administered by the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation.

   (3) One (1) student member shall be selected by the governor each year. The governor may select from candidates produced by the following procedures:

(A) On or before September 1 of each year, the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Foundation shall notify its members, the presidents of eligible colleges or universities, and the student government organizations of all institutions with eligible students, that students may apply to run in a general election at the Tennessee intercollegiate state legislature annual general assembly. The candidates shall alternate between public and private institutions each year. The Tennessee intercollegiate state legislature shall conduct the election pursuant to its constitution and rules of order and shall be responsible for funding the election;
(B) On April 1, the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature shall present the governor with the names of the three (3) candidates with the most votes from the general election. The governor may select one (1) student from the three (3) candidates. The presidents of the eligible colleges and universities shall be notified by the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature of the outcome of the election and subsequent appointment.

   (4) The governor shall appoint the selected student to the board for a term of two (2) years. The student shall be a nonvoting member for the fiscal year beginning July 1 immediately following the student's appointment. After the student has served on the board as a nonvoting member for one (1) year, the student shall serve the second year of the student's term as a voting member.

   (5) If a vacancy is created by the death or resignation of the voting student member, the nonvoting student member shall fill the vacancy. If a vacancy is created by the death, resignation, or promotion of the nonvoting member, the vacancy shall be filled by gubernatorial appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term.

   (6) Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivisions (c)(2) and (3) to the contrary, to establish two-year staggered terms for the student members, the governor may select two (2) students from the six (6) candidates. Three (3) candidates shall be from private institutions and three (3) candidates shall be from public institutions. The candidates shall be chosen according to the procedures of subdivision (c)(2). The governor shall appoint one (1) student from a private institution as a voting member to a one-year term beginning on July 1, 2012. The governor shall appoint one (1) student from a public institution to a two-year term beginning on July 1, 2012, according to subdivision (c)(3).

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