Senate Bill Would Cut Lawmakers’ Allowance

The Senate has passed a bill to eliminate hotel allowances for lawmakers who live within 50 miles of the state Capitol. The proposal, sponsored by Republican Sen. Ferrell Haile of Gallatin, would discontinue the $107 per night hotel payment for Nashville-area legislators, saving more than $250,000 annually according to WATE Knoxville. The legislation would continue to provide for mileage and meal allowances for all lawmakers however.