Friday, February 22 marked the 40th day of the 66th Legislative Session. It’s also the first important milestone of session – the house of origin policy committee cutoff.
By the close of business on Friday, all bills must have moved out of their policy committee in order to continue moving forward in the legislative process. A lot of bills – good and bad – will have died and it will take staff a couple of days to reassess the legislative landscape accordingly.
As of Friday, the total number of bills introduced topped 2000 but many of them will not move past that date. Upon a quick assessment, it appears that a full 25% of the bills this author is tracking can be crossed off the list.
The next deadline is fiscal committee cutoff on March 1. Even more bills will be weeded out then because this means any bill that has a fiscal impact must pass out of its respective fiscal committee or it is considered dead. The exception to the rule are the bills that are necessary to implement the state budgets (aka NTIB bills).
The House fiscal committees are Appropriations, Capital, Finance, and Transportation. The Senate committees are Ways & Means and Transportation. These committees will be busy with hearings and executive action next week.