Could limits on the amount of time the General Assembly spends in session be on the horizon?
Possibly, according to legislation filed by Sen. Tony Rand (D-Cumberland) and co-sponsored by 32 additional Senators.
Rand's bill would limit the number of days per year that a legislator can receive per diem reimbursement. In odd-numbered years (for the long session), it would be capped at 135 days. The short session would be capped at 60 days.
While this bill wouldn't technically place limits on the length of session, it cuts off the money for legislators to stick around Raleigh. A pretty good first step if you ask me.
At a cost to the taxpayers of roughly $250,000 per week to be in session, any attempts to limit this expense should be warmly embraced.