Harwell's bill limit dialed back to 15 per year

Jan 9, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On its first day of business yesterday the Tennessee House voted to dial back Republican Speaker Beth Harwell's proposal to limit the number of bills each lawmaker can file in a session.

Harwell had sought to set an annual cap of 10 bills per lawmaker, but the panel instead voted to recommend a 15-bill limit.

The move could result in 485 more bills being filed than under Harwell's original proposal if approved by the full House on Friday.

Harwell nevertheless praised the House Rules Committee action as a step toward changing the culture in the chamber that has never before imposed limits on how many bills each member could file.

The panel's vote came after several Republicans raised questions about the 10-bill limit at a caucus meeting early yesterday.