2. First Reading

2. First Reading

A bill's first reading is when the clerk reads the bill number, the name of the author, and the descriptive title of the bill. Despite what the term might indicate, the entire text of the bill is not read on the floor. The bill is then sent electronically to the Office of State Printing. A bill must be in print for 30 calendar days, giving time for public review, before it can be acted on. There are exceptions to this rule: the Budget Bill, or a bill introduced in an Extraordinary Session, or a resolution is exempt. Also, a three-fourths vote of the members of the house which is considering a measure will dispense with the thirty-day requirement.

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