Tuesday, May 9: We are approaching the end of this legislative session. Many election bills are “dead”, and others are dying each day this week. Monday, May 8 was the last day for House committees to pass House bills. Any bill that has not already had a hearing and been passed by a committee is effectively dead.
There are several deadlines this week for scheduling and voting on bills. The major deadline is that Thursday is the last day for the House to pass major House bills on the floor.
The bill to put executive committee meetings under the Open Meeting Act never had a hearing, and is officially dead. The bill to eliminate straight ticket voting has passed the House, and is likely to become law.
We do need to watch for “dead” items being added as amendments to other bills, but have the team in place to monitor such happenings. A couple of bills moving forward in the House are of concern, but we will be working to fix them once they reach the Senate.