I can’t believe we are already at Turnaround! As you will recall, this is where all House bills must be heard and passed out of their committees, debated and passed the House floor, and sent to the Senate. The same goes for bills originating in the Senate. Bills exempt from this process are those which spent time in the budget, tax, or federal and state affairs committees in either chamber. Turnaround produces a flurry of floor activity. This week we debated and passed 63 bills! Detailed below in our Floor Action you will find a sampling of bills passed by large majorities and I voted YES, unless otherwise specified.
Bills not having left their original chamber are considered “dead” for the year, meaning their bill number does not go forward. However, the issue is not necessarily dead as the content of a bill can be introduced as an amendment or incorporated into other legislation.
At this point in the legislative session, we are mostly spending our time hearing bills sent to us from the Senate. We are busy in committees and not spending as much time on the House floor, though that will pick up as we get closer to the end of the regular session in early April.