TN Representative’s plan would add more work for lawmakers

Standing in front of the state capitol building, Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen delivers his inaugural address from the podium after being sworn into office for a second term at War Memorial Plaza in downtown Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Jeff Adkins)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Republican state Rep. David Hawk of Greeneville is seeking support for a proposal to have Tennessee lawmakers add a September session every other year.

Hawk told his Republican colleagues on Tuesday that the current schedule of only meeting from January to April leaves most of the year without input from lawmakers on important state issues.

There have been proposals in recent years for lawmakers to hold so-called veto-override sessions following their normal adjournment in order to restore any bills turned back by the governor.

Override sessions would be unusual because Republicans control both the legislative and the executive branches of government.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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