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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- House Speaker Beth Harwell's attempt to reel in the number of bills introduced each legislative session is being met with resistance among some of her Republican colleagues.
Harwell has proposed to establish a cap for the first time on the number of bills each lawmaker can introduce per year.
But at a meeting of House Republicans at the Capitol on Tuesday, several members raised concerns about setting the limit at 10 bills per lawmaker.
Rep. Vance Dennis of Savannah said that establishing any limit would restrict the legislative branch's ability to act as a check against the executive branch.
Meanwhile, Rep. Cameron Sexton of Crossville proposed a 15-bill limit this year, and 10 the next. House Finance Chairman Charles Sargent of Franklin said chairmen should each get 10 more bills.
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Faith leaders asked to help members get legal help
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A group in Tennessee is using faith leaders to connect people in need of legal help with attorneys willing to provide free services.
The faith-based initiative of Tennessee's Access to Justice Commission aims to reach people at a place they already go for help: their churches, mosques and synagogues. Faith leaders then put needy members in touch with participating attorneys.
The Legal Services Corp. estimates that fewer than one in ?ve low-income people in the U.S. get the legal assistance they need.
Various programs exist to bridge this gap, but experts say there's nothing quite like the Tennessee initiative. In part, that's because it recognizes that many people who could use an attorney's help won't seek legal aid because they don't see their problem as a legal one.
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian markets were mostly lower today as investors waited for an update on the U.S. economy from the U.S. Federal Reserve.
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