Just because the session does not open until then, but the pace of pre-session committee meetings and hearings is picking up as the start of the session nears.
Here is some significant information and key dates relating to the upcoming session. You can download the House Legislative Bulletin for this session by clicking here.
First, it is a Fiscal Only session, meaning that the bulk of the bills will be focused on the state’s revenue and spending. Each member of the House and Senate is limited to up to five non-fiscal bills that they can introduce in this session.
The session will open on April 13 and must end within 60 days, June 11. During that 60-day window, the full body of each chamber can meet in session for a total of 45 days.
There are some important dates that affect when certain kinds of bills must be introduced in order to be considered.
Bills dealing with state employee retirement programs must be pre-filed by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 27.
Proposed constitutional amendments must be pre-filed by Noon on Friday, April 3.
Any other pre-filed bills must be requested before 5 p.m. on April 1, and pre-filed before 5 p.m. on April 3.
Once the session begins, legislators will have until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, to announce their intention to file a bill. The final deadline for filing a bill during the session is Wednesday, April 22, at 6 p.m.
It promises to be a busy session. You can watch committee hearings and floor debates through the Legislature’s website by clicking here.
You can follow the introduction and progress of bills by clicking here.
You can get more information on the House of Representatives by clicking here.
You can visit Representative Landry’s House Legislative page by clicking here.