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End-of-session deadlines come into play

Teach the Vote
Teach the Vote

Date Posted: 4/30/2013 | Author: Jennifer Mitchell, CAE

As we enter the home stretch of the legislative session, end-of-session deadlines start to play a role in determining which bills will become law and which will end up on the scrap heap. Here’s a rundown of the deadlines: Monday, May 6: This is the last day House committees can report a House Bill (HB) out of committee to be considered on the House floor. Any HB not approved by a House committee by this date is dead. Thursday, May 9: This is the last day the House can consider an HB on second reading. Second reading is when a bill is debated on the House floor. Bills that are approved on second reading are generally approved by the House. Any HB not approved on second reading by this date is dead. Tuesday, May 21: This is the last day the House can consider a Senate Bill (SB) on second reading. For an SB to be considered in the House on second reading, it has to have been approved by a Senate committee, approved on the Senate floor, passed through a House committee and sent to the House floor. Any SB not approved on second reading by the House by this date is dead. Friday, May 24: This is the last day for the House to consider Senate amendments to a bill. This applies to bills that are approved by the House and then altered by the Senate. The House can then either concur with the Senate amendments or send the bill to a conference committee made up of House and Senate members to work out the differences. Sunday, May 26: This is the last day for the House to adopt conference committee reports, which are the results of conference committee negotiations on a bill. Monday, May 27: This is the last day of the 83rd legislative session. Sunday, June 16: This is the last day for the governor to either sign or veto bills approved by the Legislature. Any bill not signed or vetoed by this date automatically becomes law. It’s important to note that although bills that do not meet these deadlines are dead, it’s still possible for language from dead bills to appear as amendments to bills still moving through the Legislature. Stay tuned for updates.


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