Tennessee House adds feature to online bill tracking process

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Posted at 4:44 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 18:13:12-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers say the state House has added a new feature to the online bill tracking process.

They say the change will add more public transparency into tracking amendments to bills.

House Speaker Glen Casada says amendments that are added in a House subcommittee will now go directly online.

He says that will allow the public to see them instead of waiting until the amendment passes a full committee.

The change will allow the public to quickly get access to amendments. That's important because amendments added in subcommittee can often rewrite a bill. Prior to the change, the only way the public would know the bill's intent would be to watch the subcommittee's proceedings in person or on video and request a copy of the amendment from the legislative sponsor.