published Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Tennessee lawmakers passed 154 bills in 3 days

NASHVILLE — Pressed by GOP leaders to end the legislative session earlier than usual, the General Assembly passed 154 bills in the final three days of the session, 30 percent of the year’s entire package of enacted legislation.

According to an Associated Press analysis of public records, lawmakers moved out 133 of them in the final two days. That number was roughly a fourth of the 510 bills the Secretary of State’s office lists as passing both chambers during the session that stretched from Jan. 11 to May 21.

Among the bills were items that were extensively debated, such as reshaping tenure and collective bargaining for teachers. Others got little attention, including measures that brought far-reaching changes to how residents are allowed to use the Internet, and some are going to need to be redone in the next session because they contained mistakes.

At the time, Republicans pointed to their ability to end the session before Memorial Day as a sign of how efficiently they run state government. “Feels good to be home on a Monday knowing I don’t have to drive in to Nashville. And you save money because of it!” Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey posted on his Twitter account on May 23.

See Monday's Times Free Press for complete story.

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cc333 said...

This just as bad,if not worse than passing no bills. Scary...but not surprising coming from GOP.

July 18, 2011 at 12:06 a.m.
gmomma said...

So, where do we get a list of these 'bills' that were passed?

July 18, 2011 at 7:17 a.m.
Selah said...

Crooks...the end. VOTE 2012...we need to remove them to get our economy going again.

July 18, 2011 at 3:34 p.m.
acerigger said...

I,m sure bills to put folks to work were at the fore-front,right?

July 18, 2011 at 3:39 p.m.
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