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Legislators had only three short weeks between deadlines to get their priority bills through most of the legislative process. While there has been debate on many bills, there have been very few committee and subcommittee meetings. There seems to be a general lack of urgency at the Capitol, so expect that a lot of bills will not make next Friday's second and final "funnel deadline."  For those unfamiliar with this second legislative deadline, by Friday, March 11:

  • Senate Files must have been voted out of the Senate, assigned to a House committee, assigned to a subcommittee, approved by that subcommittee, and then finally approved by the full House committee.

  • House Files must have been voted out of the House, assigned to a Senate committee, assigned to a subcommittee, approved by that subcommittee, and then finally approved by the full Senate committee.

The only bills that do not have to get through this process by March 11 are those assigned to the Appropriations Committee, Ways & Means Committee, or Government Oversight Committee.  These bills are eligible for discussion at any time because they involve taxes, spending, and government agency accountability.

Beginning March 14, most committee work will be done and your legislators will spend most of their time in debate.  Remember that you can watch debate at any time (live or archived) here.  In addition, legislators will start to turn their attention and focus to state budgets, which often take weeks (sometimes months) to negotiate. Make sure you watch our Facebook page for updates on budget discussions and actions on priority bills!