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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.

End of Legislative Session Next Week? (don’t count on it)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — House Republicans are hoping to wrap up this year’s legislative session as early as next week.
House Clerk Joe McCord tells members of the lower chamber that the “most optimistic” timetable could see the state’s annual spending plan come up for a vote on Thursday. He also asked lawmakers to bring extra clothes in case they need to work through the weekend.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner of Nashville said he considers that timetable “unrealistic,” given a series of major bills still awaiting consideration.
Turner added that Democrats have a major party event in Jackson scheduled for next Saturday, so they won’t want to go into session that day.