Lawmakers consider cutting back benefits

POSTED: 9:47 AM Mar 28 2013   UPDATED: 6:02 PM Mar 28 2013

Legislation to eliminate hotel allowances for some Tennessee lawmakers is scheduled to be heard by the Senate on Thursday.           

The proposal sponsored by Republican Sen. Ferrell Haile of Gallatin would eliminate a $107-per-night hotel payment for the 33 legislators who live within 50 miles of the state Capitol.           

The legislation would continue to provide a $66 daily meals allowance for all lawmakers.           

The companion bill passed the House 71-15 earlier this month.