Legislative Schedule Update

We are right at the mid-point of the legislative session. Next week we will hit the first “cut-off” or legislative deadline. By 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, bills will have to pass out of their committee of origin in order to remain viable for this legislative session.

On Monday, March 5, fiscal and transportation bills will have to be passed out of committee as well. Bill necessary to implement the budget and Constitutional amendments are exempt from all cutoffs.

What this means for us is that after February 28, the legislature will be spending most of their time on the floors in session, until March 14 (when bills have to pass through their house of origin). So, the number of bills introduced each week will slow and the legislative pace will quicken.

The Legislature adjourns for the year on April 22, 2007.