Haslam wants 700 fewer bills introduced next year

(AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee lawmakers should be able to make do with about 700 fewer legislative proposals next year.

The Republican governor said in a speech in Nashville on Tuesday that he would like the number of bills reduced by one-third, or from the about 2,200 filed this year to the 1,500 range next year.

Haslam said each filed bill costs money and time to process and evaluate. In the governor's words: "As Republicans, we're saying we're the party of smaller government. Let's see if we can do that in terms of bill proposals."

Republicans hold large majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly.

Haslam told reporters after the event that one approach would be to avoid having the same legislation proposed separately by several lawmakers.

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