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Inside the Rotunda 2021: Week 13

Child Welfare Investigative Committee, Debate on Governor Appointees and Budget Bills Headed to Floor Senators continue to debate priority bills and are gearing up to debate the budget, one of their major tasks for this legislative session. That along with some fireworks over a governor’s appointment to the Board of

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Inside the Rotunda 2021: Week 12

Housing Protection Bill Advances, Student Restraint Bill Stalls and Debate Highlights With all-day floor debate well underway, we’re finally getting to the juicy parts of the legislative session. A lot happened this week as priority bills got their time on the agenda, and we finally got to see whether bills

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Inside the Rotunda 2021: Week 11

Virtual Meetings Bill Advances, First Filibuster, Speak Priority Bills Announced On Thursday, senators completed their first week of all-day floor debate. Most of the week’s debate was taken up by a filibuster of a bill to protect student journalists’ freedom of speech. The rest of session began to take shape,

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Inside the Rotunda 2021: Week 10

Priority Bill Selections, Tension-Filled Executive Session, and Final Hearings Wow, time flies! We’ve already reached the midpoint of the 90-day legislative session. Friday marked the last committee hearing date and the deadline for senators and committees to designate their priority bills. Those milestones along with a couple of substantive floor

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Inside the Rotunda 2021: Week 9

Public Hearings Wrap-Up, Installment Bill Advances, and Priority Bill Selections Senators were relieved to wrap up most of their committee hearings this week (the Judiciary Committee lags behind and will finish this next week). As senators’ priority bill designations begin to roll in and committee chairs finalize their committee packages,

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Inside the Rotunda 2021: Week 8

This past week, senators completed yet another week of all-day hearings. Committees have held public hearings on almost 700 bills in just six weeks! Soon, they will finally be able to devote the majority of time to floor debate and voting bills across the finish line. Senators did, however, hold

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Inside the Rotunda 2021: Week 7

Countdown to End of Hearings, Controversial Election Bills, Special Session for Census Data With Friday marking Day 30, we are officially one-third of the way through the legislative session. The four-day week started out with senators debating and advancing the first batch of substantive bills, followed by more committee hearings

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Inside the Rotunda: 2021, Week 6

Another week is complete down at the Capitol! Senators and staff limped through the full schedule of hearings and finally made it to the first recess day of the session. On Thursday, Speaker Hilgers announced that most committees will wrap up hearings by March 4th (the Judiciary Committee will get

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