As we prepare for the upcoming 2018 session, you need to be aware of the key dates and timelines over the next two months.
January 8 – LC drafts returned. All legislation that will be introduced in the 2018 session must be drafted and returned to legislators for review by Monday.
January 10, 11, 12 – Legislative Days. This will be the final set of committee hearings that will be held prior to the 2018 session. This will be our first opportunity to see some of the bills that will be introduced by various committees.
January 16 – Bill filing deadline. All legislation that will be introduced in the 2018 session must be officially filed by this date. In short, every House member gets to introduce 2 bills. Every senator gets to introduce 1 bill. Every committee gets to introduce 3 bills. We are anticipating about 300 bills total.
Late January – We are expecting that all bills will be made public some time in late January. Furthermore, we expect to see ‘advisory referrals’ which will tell us which committees these bills will be assigned to.
February 5 – Session convenes. First day of the 2018 session. 35-day sprint.
February 9 – First Chamber deadline to post work sessions. First major deadline of the session is just 5 days into the session. If a bill isn’t posted for a work session in committee by this time, it’s dead.
February 15 – First Chamber deadline to hold work sessions. Next major deadline. If a bill hasn’t been approved by the original committee by this time, it’s dead.
February 22 – Second Chamber deadline to post work sessions. If a bill isn’t posted for a work session in it’s second chamber committee by this time, it’s dead.
February 27 – Second Chamber deadline to hold work sessions. If a bill hasn’t passed out of its second chamber committee by this time, it’s dead.
March 11 – Constitutional end date to session.
As you can see, it’s a very fast-moving session with quick deadlines. We’ll be updating you in the coming weeks on legislation as we see it introduced.