Chattanooga State Students Participate in Legislative Process

November 30, 2009 | | Student Success

Chattanooga State Community College recently sponsored eleven students at the 40th General Assembly of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL).   The event convened at the Tennessee State Capitol during the weekend of November 12-15, 2009.   The Chattanooga State Community College delegates joined approximately 250 students from around Tennessee to debate legislation, conduct student elections, and vote on bills that could affect the future of Tennessee.

Chattanooga State Community College student delegation included Wendy Butler, House of Representatives; Ronny Darnell, House of Representatives; Robert Frye, House of Representatives; Dale Grisso, House of Representatives and Student Media Committee Director; Steven Hicks, House of Representatives; Charissa Hubbard, House of Representatives; Gatha Logan, House of Representatives; Kathleen McCord, House of Representatives; Matt Nassar, House of Representatives; James Orr, House of Representatives; and Brittany Sales, House of Representatives.

TISL is operated by an alumni board of directors and an elected student executive council.  The top bills passed by the student legislature during the four-day event will be forwarded to the Tennessee State Legislature for consideration.  Tennessee's current seatbelt law originated as a TISL bill.

Alumni of this collegiate mock legislative program include Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett; State Treasurer David Lillard; current Senators Mike Faulk, Doug Overbey, Roy Herron and Russell Humphrey; current Representatives Mike Kernell and Ron Lollar; and many esteemed judges and business leaders across the state.

For more information about Chattanooga State Community College and its educational programs, call the Chattanooga State information hotline at 423.697.4404 or toll free at 1.866.547.3733 or visit the college’s Web site at

Chattanooga State Community College is a comprehensive, regionally accredited community college, operated under the policies and guidelines of the Tennessee Board of Regents College System.  Founded in 1965 and serving a six-county area in Southeast Tennessee, Chattanooga State offers a wide array of programs and services.