Proposed Bill Limit Hiked But Not Spiked

House Speaker Beth Harwell says she can live with a 15-bill cap. Photo credit Blake Farmer/WPLN

House Speaker Beth Harwell says she can live with a 15-bill cap. Photo credit Blake Farmer/WPLN

House Speaker Beth Harwell has increased her limit on legislative proposals per lawmaker. The move is in response to grumbling from members of her own party.

A compromise gives each representative 15 bills instead of the original 10 and includes many exceptions. Even at the higher limit, there will still be far fewer laws proposed than in any General Assembly in recent history.

Speaker Harwell says that was what she wanted to see.

“My overall goal was to limit the number of bills. What that number ultimately is, I’ll live with the will of the body.”

The full House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the new rules Thursday.

The Senate – which has just 33 members – still has no limit on proposed laws.


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