The “short” session in 2024 runs from Feb 5 – March 10th. Legislators are allowed two bills, but can be Sponsors, or support other bills drafted by other Legislators.
The short session is a sprint, unlike the nearly six months marathon pace of a long session. Members can file no more than two bills and committees are limited to three, unlike the unlimited number of bills members and committees can file during the long session. Legislation needs to be “teed up” in advance. Short sessions were designed primarily to accommodate budget adjustments, handle emergencies that shouldn’t wait 18 or more months (the time between long sessions), or tackle unfinished business, but instead they keep making up more laws during the “short sessions” as well.
(Five-day extensions are allowed by a two-thirds vote in both houses.)
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