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Republican Sen. Todd Gardenhire, center, talks as and Sen. Bo Watson and Tennessee State Rep. Patsy Hazlewood listen. Gardenhire na dWatson both voted to adopt the measure repealing the Hall tax in April. Hazelwood voted "yes" on the third consideration of an amended passage.

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) today appointed Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga) to the Tennessee Higher Education Task Force.

The task force was created under a new law sponsored by Gardenhire this year to study the statutory tuition discount and waiver programs offered at public institutions of higher education.

"It is an honor to be selected to serve on this task force," said Gardenhire.  "The continued progress of higher education in this state is a high priority. I am grateful for the opportunity to help students while ensuring our higher education institutions are fiscally responsible."

The Task Force will include legislators and members of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Tennessee Board of Regents, the University of Tennessee System and the Office of Legislative Budget Analysis. 

The task force will report its findings to the Education Committees of both chambers beforeDecember 15, 2016.

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