BILL FILING ENDED MARCH 10th. YAY!!!
Any proposed legislation that wasn't filed by midnight on Friday March 10 won't make an appearance this Session . . . barring unexpected circumstances (which DO occur). We now have a good idea of what's in the mix for this Session.
According to the State website, 6,487 bills were filed by the deadline - the second highest number in memory - exceeded only by the 2009 Session.
It's consoling to know that some of the 6,487 bills are "companions" - duplicates filed in both House and Senate - to increase the bill's chance of passage.
Also, some of the 6,487 bills are "Me, Too" bills. There are issues for which many lawmakers want credit as THE author of the bill that saves the day. So, each lawmaker files a bill that does almost the same thing, even though only one of the many bills may move forward, to which all their names may be added.
Some of the 6,487 bills were filed in response to a constituent's request, for which there's no organized support and about which the author doesn't feel strongly. Those bills may not be "worked".
Those consolations aside, 20 to 25% of filed bills typically pass. So, we can expect about 1,500 (groan) new laws when the dust settles in June. How many of those will be POA Bills?