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Major Deadlines Loom as Legislature Adjourns for Summer Recess

July 5, 2013
Both houses will be working overtime when the Legislature reconvenes in August to meet all remaining legislative deadlines before final adjournment in September.
 
The Assembly adjourned for recess on July 3 and will resume Aug. 5. The Senate begins its recess on July 12 and will return Aug. 12.

There are several major deadlines in the final stretch of the current legislative session. One date of note is the looming amendment deadline. This particular deadline has received heightened attention over the years given the Legislature’s ability to completely change a bill during the last few days of session — a practice known as “gut-and-amend.” The League currently supports SCA 10 (Wolk), a constitutional amendment that requires all bills be in print for 72 hours prior to legislative action. The League’s support letter and SCA 10 bill text are available online.

Remaining Key Legislative Deadlines

July 12 Last day for Senate policy committees to meet and report bills for floor vote.
July 12 Senate adjourns for summer recess.
Aug. 5 Assembly reconvenes from recess.
Aug. 12 Senate reconvenes from recess.
Aug. 16 Last day for Assembly policy committees to meet and report bills for floor vote.
Aug. 30 Last day for all fiscal committees to meet and report bills for floor vote.
Sept. 3-13 Floor session only. Only conference committees and Rules Committee permitted to meet during this time.
Sept. 6 Last day to amend bills on the floor.
Sept. 13 Last day for each house to pass bills before Interim Recess begins.
Oct. 13 Last day for Governor Brown to sign/veto bills passed by the Legislature on or before Sept. 13. All legislation the Governor does not act upon automatically becomes law.  
Jan. 1, 2014 Statutes take effect.
Jan. 6, 2014 Legislature reconvenes from interim recess to finish out its two-year legislative session.
 
The Daily File has more information regarding upcoming dates and deadlines.


 
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