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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.

Many Jobs Bankrolled by Taxpayer Investments Now Gone

A review of state records by the Nashville Business Journal shows that a sizeable chunk of jobs created through grants to businesses have disappeared.
Tennessee, through its FastTrack grant program, paid companies $27.3 million between 2008 and 2010 to train more than 6,200 new workers. By 2011, about 3,400 of those jobs — which the state invested in at an average of $4,388 a piece — were gone. If the dozens of companies that received that cash were required to give back the money, they’d owe the state about $15 million, our analysis found.
Likewise, companies that received $74.2 million in state infrastructure grants between 2006 and 2010 would owe the state nearly $21 million for the more than 4,000 jobs — an average of $5,246 apiece — that no longer exist.
In Middle Tennessee’s seven counties, companies moving and expanding in the region between 2008 and 2010 got nearly $20 million — or $9,963 per job — to train roughly 2,000 new workers. By 2011, 585 of those jobs remained, representing a loss of nearly $14 million to the state.