Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey speaks to reporters in his office in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)
NASHVILLE — State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey today appointed five senators, including Senate Speaker Pro Tem Bo Watson, R-Hixson, to the Senate Lottery Stabilization Task Force.
The panel will review current policies and pending legislation in order to make recommendations aimed at ensuring long-term viability of Tennessee’s HOPE scholarship program.
According to a news release from Ramsey, R-Blountville, the goal is to “reverse the negative trajectory of the program and not deplete the lottery reserves which allow future students access to the program.”
A task force report, due Dec. 1, will outline a “path” to return the program to long-term viability.
Other panel members are Senate Finance Committee Chairman Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge; Finance Committee Vice Chairman Douglas Henry, D-Nashville, and Sen. Reginald Tate, D-Memphis.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...