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House Bill Total with New Limit: 1,340

A total of 1,340 bills were introduced in the state House for the 108th General Assembly, the lowest number in decades, following adoption of new rules that limit each state representative to a maximum of 15 bill introductions per year.
The figure is 37 percent lower than the 2,124 House bills introduced in the first year of 107th General Assembly, according to House Chief Clerk Joe McCord.
The limit was imposed at the urging of House Speaker Beth Harwell, who hopes the reduction in bills will improve efficiency and speed up the legislative process.
The Senate has no limit on the number of bills that can be filed. Senators introduced 1,394 bills before the deadline for general bill introductions, 54 more than in the House. A bill must have both a House and a Senate sponsor to become law, meaning at least 54 Senate bills are effectively dead.
Legislative rules allow for introductions after the deadline, but only if each proposal gets unanimous approval of a special “late bills committee” in both the House and Senate. Only rarely do the committees approve late introductions and then typically when some unforeseen problem comes up after the deadline.

Shelby Suburban School Bills Filed

Shelby County’s suburban Republican state legislators filed new bills Thursday that they hope will remove court barriers to the creation of new municipal school districts in Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington, reports Richard Locker.
The main bill would repeal the 1998 statewide ban on new municipal school districts. The suburban lawmakers said they believe that and three other bills will win legislative approval, including in the House of Representatives where reluctance to allow new school districts outside of Shelby County last year led to passage of a Shelby-only law that was later struck down as unconstitutional.
A federal court ruling last November halted the movement toward the creation of six new municipal districts in the suburbs, even after they were approved by voters in local referendums in August. Suburban voters also elected their first school board members in November, before the court ruling, and the boards would have worked to open the new municipal schools late this summer when the merger of the old Memphis City and Shelby County school systems will be complete.
“I expect the House to pass it,” said Rep. Curry Todd, R-Collierville, who is sponsoring the main bill with Senate Majority Leader Mark Morris, R-Collierville. All five suburban Republican House members from Shelby are co-sponsoring all four bills.
Rep. Mark White, R-Memphis, said that from his conversations with lawmakers from elsewhere, “the rest of the state would really like for Shelby County to get its school situation settled.” White chairs the House Education Subcommittee, the bill’s first stop in the House.