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Less than a week from legislative turnaround

from Dodie Wellshear, KAFP Government Relations Consultant

The official halfway point in the legislative session is nearly here. February 27 marks the day when all bills, except those that are in exempt committees or are “blessed” by exempt committees, must have passed their chamber of origin – that is, House bills must pass the House and Senate bills must pass the Senate.

Exempt committees include Appropriations, Ways and Means, Federal and State Affairs, and Tax. That is why a number of bills from other committees suddenly get sent to one of the exempt committees at this point in the session. It indicates that a committee wants to take action on a bill, but more time is needed. more

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