This week, the focus remained on passing bills out of subcommittees and committees. Next week is "funnel week." Friday, March 8 is the deadline for House bills to pass out of House Committees and Senate bills to pass out of Senate Committees. Appropriations and tax bills are not subject to funnel deadlines however.
With two weeks left to go before the first legislative funnel, progress was made on both the policy and appropriations fronts. Floor work is heating up in both chambers, peppered between committee work.
This week, hundreds of bills were introduced and many were acted upon. There has been an uptick in the pace at which bills are being assigned and advancing through the subcommittee and committee process, which has resulted in a higher volume of bills eligible for floor debate earlier in the process than has been the case in the past.
The second week of the legislative session started out relatively slow due to the observance of Martin Luther King Day on Monday and cancellations of committee work for weather-related reasons on Tuesday.