During the first six weeks of the session, the Senate and House both focus on the bills introduced in their chambers. They’re introduced, and then the committee chairs decide which bills they’ll allow to be heard and voted on—that is the first step of narrowing down the bills that will actually make it all the way through the process. Bills that have been approved by the various committees then proceed to the full chamber for another round of votes.
Thursday, March 11, was the deadline for the full Senate to vote on measures that started out in our chamber. Of about 1,050 Senate bills and joint resolutions filed, just over 450 made it through committees and off of the floor, including more than a dozen measures I authored this session. All those bills now start the process over again in the House, and in the coming days our committees will be working through the bills they passed by that March 11 deadline.
Any bills that were introduced this session but did not receive a hearing in committee or on the floor can still be brought back up in the 2022 legislative session. In addition, there are some kinds of legislation that aren’t subject to those deadlines, including bills dealing with appropriations, redistricting, and bills introduced by the leaders of the Senate and House.
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