By Ruth Lambert, LD1 Democrats Legislative Liaison
LD1 Update newsletters are sent each Sunday when the Legislature is in Session. Focus is on actions by LD1 Legislators.
LEGISLATIVE NERD ALERT
The week starting March 22 will be the last week the majority of Committee Hearings will be held in both Chambers. Only the Appropriations and Rules Committees will meet the last week of March to hear Bills that pass out of all other Committees. The last week of March and the month of April will see marathon Floor Sessions as all the controversial Bills make it to the Floor.
For those participating in the Request To Speak (RTS) system, remember that system only operates while Bills are in Committee. This coming week is the last week for RTS opportunities with the exception of Appropriations and Rules stragglers which will be heard the following week.
As of March 21, 2021 there have been 125 Bills sent to the Governor. He has signed 67 of them.
After the Governor receives a Bill he has five days to act on it if the legislature is in session or ten days to act if the legislature has adjourned. The Governor may sign the bill, allow it to become law without signature, or veto it. If a bill is vetoed and the legislature is still in session, the House and Senate may override the veto by a 2/3 vote.
FOR THOSE WHO USE THE RTS SYSTEM The Legislative Weekly will alert you to many strikers coming this week. A striker amendment text does not need to be released until 24 hours before a Committee Hearing. If you download the report to your google drive you can see changes that will be made as they become available.
This will be a wild week so hang on!
What are Karen Fann, Judy Burges and Quang Nguyen up to?
Contact Info and Committee Assignments
Senator Karen Fann email@example.com 602-926-5874 Senate Rules Committee
House Representative Judy Burges firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-3256 Committee Assignments Nat'l Resources, Energy & Water; Government and Elections; Military Affairs Affairs & Public Safety
House Representative Quang Nguyen
Appropriations; Education; Judiciary;
Military Affairs & Public Safety
Remember, when you phone in a concern, comment or request you will speak to an Assistant who relays your message. You may request a call back if you wish.