Lawmaker costs were more than $350K for Tennessee special session

Aug 30, 2023 | Political News

Tennessee’s special session finished Tuesday with an expense of $351,476 to bring lawmakers to the capital for six days of the session on public safety and four bills passed.

Each day, it cost the state $58,576 in stipends and mileage for lawmakers, according to numbers provided by Office of Legislative Administration Director Connie Ridley.

Those expenses are not all-encompassing and do not address additional security or legal fees associated with the session which finished with verbal sparring and a shoulder bump between House Speaker Cameron Sexton and Rep. Justin Pearson, D-Memphis, on Tuesday.