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Local Legislators to Vote on Proposed Bill Limit

By Cyndi Lundeberg
By clundeberg@wbbjtv.com

PINSON, Tenn. - On January 8, state lawmakers will meet in Nashville and are expected to vote on how many pieces of legislation each member will be allowed to present during a session.

The new change is being proposed by Speaker of the House Beth Harwell. State Representative Jimmy Eldridge supports the change because he said it will actually save tax payers money.

"It'll make the members really sit and think about the legislation they carry and only carry the things you really feel compassionate about that will really move our state forward," said Eldridge.

The upside to the bill limit is it would help decrease the amount of irrelevant and duplicate bills brought on the floor. People who oppose the bill however think it could potentially halt important legislation from being passed.

According to Eldridge, "Once you pass that 10 cut-off, that's it".

State Representative Johnny Shaw said he is unsure what would happen if a vital piece of legislature was to arise after a member had their clotted ten pieces.

West Tennessee residents share the same concern.

"Well, it's both a blessing and a curse maybe some come up that need to be passed and some they've already passed are totally beyond stupid", said Ed London.

The question becomes what would happen to important legislation after a member reached their bill limit.

"Well that's a good question could be a downside but maybe it would make the legislature think twice about throwing out frivolous bills and put the people first," said Joe Byrd.

10 bills per member will be a huge decrease since 2012. Last year more than 4,000 bills were filed. If Harwell's proposed bill cap is adopted that would bring the maximum total of possible bills to 990.


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