The end of session, when deadlines seem to be every other day, can be very confusing. We’re here to help break it down for you. Here are the 2018 deadlines the Senate faces:
Thursday, March 1, 2018: Committee report deadline
What does this mean? All House Bills must have been voted upon in their assigned committee and a report transmitted to the Senate if the bills are to continue moving through the legislative process. Any bills that had yet to be considered before a committee and was not called upon this week, is essentially dead.
Monday, March 5, 2018: Second Reading Deadline
This is the last opportunity for bills to be considered for amendments by the entire Senate. Each bill must be read a second time in order to advance to the next stage in the process.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018: Third Reading Deadline
All bills on third reading must be voted upon and approved by the entire Senate by 11:59 p.m. If a Senator does not call their bill down for consideration on this day, the bill is essentially dead and cannot be sent to the governor for final approval.
Wednesday, March 7 – Tuesday, March 13: Conference Committees meet
What’s a Conference Committee? Check out this other blog post!
Wednesday, March 14: Sine Die
All bills going through the conference committee process must be voted upon in their respective chambers before midnight on this date. Sine Die is the official end date of the 2018 legislative session. The General Assembly can adjourn before this date, but is statutorily obligated to complete business before this day ends.