All signals point to the legislature easily completing their work and adjourning sine die this week.
Leadership announced on Monday that they are pushing for a final adjournment before week’s end.
Except for a few straggling bills, most measures are either slated for a vote this week or have been secured in a dark desk drawer of a committee chairman for the remainder of the session. Most legislative committees are scheduled to meet “at the call of the chair”; a clear signal that their work is completed for this session.
A quick review of the calendar shows fewer than three dozen bills for the House of Representatives to act on and the Senate calendar is approximately the same length. Lawmakers can slog through debate and decision-making on that many bills during a busy legislative day.
Most education-related legislation has been dealt with, or is on the fast track to be completed. Only the public schools appropriation bill has yet to be printed and sent to the floor. Once that very complex bill has been printed and begins working its way through the floor process, its passage is not expected to be problematic.