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Bill to curb lawmaker allowances advances in House

6:04 PM, Feb 19, 2013   |    comments
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A bill seeking to halt hotel payments for Nashville-area lawmakers is advancing in the House despite concerns that it could be a first step toward dialing back allowances for members from other parts of the state.

Republican Rep. Rick Womick of Murfreesboro on Tuesday promised the House State Government Committee that he would not accept any effort to cast a wider net on his measure aimed at getting rid of the $107 nightly hotel reimbursement for lawmakers who live within 50 miles of the Capitol.

Democratic Rep. Johnny Shaw of Bolivar argued that the money can be used by lawmakers to defray other unreimbursed expenses and said Womick's proposal would make it more difficult for less wealthy people to serve in the Legislature.
The bill advanced on a voice vote.

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