Friday, April 28, 2017

Alliance Legislative Report 100-16

BILLS SENT TO SECOND CHAMBER
Today (Friday) was a significant date in the legislative process, though it isn’t the hard deadline it once was. For both the House of Representatives and the Senate, this is the self-imposed deadline for moving bills out of the first legislative chamber. Bills that have been approved will swap chambers and begin the committee process anew. In days past, if a bill had not been considered favorably by this point it was pretty much a dead issue. Legislative leaders have become more lenient through the years and now dozens of bills will simply have their deadlines extended to retain their viability.

The Senate, originally scheduled to be in session today, cancelled and adjourned Thursday afternoon. The House wrapped up action on bills on “Third Reading” today, which was the final passage stage in the chamber. The Senate will return to the Capitol next Tuesday and the House is scheduled to return on Tuesday, May 9. The final adjournment date for the spring for both chambers is May 31st.

Click here to read the entire Alliance Legislative Report 100-16, including the bills in action this week.