The seventh week of the legislative session often feels like the calm after the storm. Having passed the week six deadline for voting on bills introduced in our chamber, things quieted down a bit. The bills that were approved by the full House are in the process of being assigned to Senate committees for consideration, so by next week, things will really ramp up again.
There are certain kinds of legislation that aren’t subject to most of the deadlines for bill action throughout the session. Bills appropriating money for the budget, measures introduced by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and Speaker of the House, and bills dealing with the ongoing redistricting process can be introduced later in the session.
Simple and concurrent resolutions are also exempt from those deadlines. These are a type of legislation that don’t have the impact of law but may be used to mark a significant historic event, express mourning or congratulations, or express the opinion or will of the chamber.
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