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A reminder that today is the deadline for a senator to submit a letter to me requesting a speaker priority bill designation. Letters need to be hand-delivered to my office prior to adjournment for my consideration. Letters delivered after adjournment will not be accepted. Senators may request more than one bill for consideration but will need to submit a separate letter for each request. I will announce my 25 speaker priority bill designations next Wednesday morning, February 23.
The deadline to designate a committee or senator priority bill is Tuesday, February 22, prior to adjournment. Designation letters must be hand-delivered to my office with a copy presented to the Clerk to read into the Journal prior to adjournment on Tuesday for the designation to be finalized.
On Tuesday, we will debate our third round of consent calendar. Although noon today is the deadline for submitting a request letter for consideration of a bill on the next consent calendar, I will continue to accept consent calendar request letters through March 8 at 1:00 p.m. That will be the final deadline. A reminder that for my office to accept a consent calendar request letter the bill needs to be reported to general file (i.e. the chamber viewer indicates the bill is on general file). This means committees will need to file the paperwork with the Clerk by March 8 for a bill to be eligible for a consent calendar this year.
After today, we have our final two weeks of committee hearings before we begin all-day debate on March 8. One week later we will add late evening debate.