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Sacramento Update – 2/24/2023
Friday, February 17 marked the deadline for bill introductions in 2023. Legislators, in particular new legislators, introduced a windfall of bills, surpassing introduction numbers for the last ten years. In total, 2,632 bills were introduced – 1,751 in the Assembly, 881 in the Senate, and six special session bills. About 40% of the legislation introduced are spot bills – placeholders that will be amended with substantive language prior to being referred to policy committees.
In the Senate, amendments are must be drafted by legislative counsel and submitted to the Senate Rules Committee on or by March 22 at 3:00 p.m. In the Assembly, amendments must be provided to legislative counsel on or by February 27 at 5:00 p.m. This is to say that a flood of substantive amendments is anticipated the third week in March, which will further define policy discussions this year.
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