House Rules Held Up by 10-Bill Limit

A new limit on how many laws can be proposed by each state representative may change how lobbyists do business in the state capitol. At this point, a 10-bill cap is still up for discussion.

The possible cap is a big change for any returning lawmaker, as almost no one carries fewer than 10 bills. It’s an even bigger change for lobbyists, who often ask legislators to propose laws that are little more than blank sheets of paper that can be amended quickly if a client has need.

They’re called “caption bills,” and Rep. Steve McDaniel, a Republican from Parkers Crossroads, says the practice could end altogether.

“If we’re only going to have 10 bills, it’s doubtful that there will be many caption bills introduced.”

A special rules committee has already been appointed by Speaker Beth Harwell. Members have met and approved the rules she proposed, except for the 10-bill limit.

During this first week of the session, lawmakers are meeting with their respective parties to decide if they can make the limit work.

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