House Passes Major Deadline, Meaningful Legislation
The Legislature last week passed its third-reading deadline. This is the date by which all bills and resolutions have to be passed out of their chamber of origin to stay alive this session. Of course, bills authored by the speaker of the House can still be advanced as can bills brought by the Appropriations & Budget chair.
The House passed 390 bills and resolutions by the deadline, from the starting number of 1,754. The Senate passed 429 bills to the House out of 877 originally filed. The final number of measures signed into law each year traditionally averages out to about 400.
Now that this deadline is passed, the House will assign Senate bills to House committees to be considered. Once bills pass committee, they are eligible to be heard on the House floor. The same process will happen to House bills in the Senate.
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