Posted 1-9-19, Cowboy State Daily (CHEYENNE) – Even though the 2019 legislative session, with an allowable span of 40 business days, is a “long session,” Wyoming’s Legislature is under a relatively tight deadline to complete its work.
The Legislature opened its session on Tuesday and is scheduled to wrap up its work on Wednesday, Feb. 27. If that deadline is met, the session will have actually lasted only 35 days. The five extra days could be used, if necessary, to extend the length of the Legislature’s budget session in 2020, which is scheduled to run 20 days.
To keep on schedule, the Legislature’s leadership creates a calendar with deadlines for certain business to be completed.
Here is the 2019 session schedule:
- Jan. 24: Final date for the filing of bills to be introduced in the Senate.
- Jan. 29: Final date for the filing of bills to be introduced in the House.
- Feb. 1: Last day for bills to be reviewed by committees in the chamber of origin.
- Feb. 4: Last day for “Committee of the Whole.”
- Feb. 6: Last day for third and final reading of bills in their chamber of origin.
- Feb. 20: Last day for bills to be reviewed by committees in the second chamber.
- Feb 21: Last day for “Committee of the Whole” on bills in the second chamber.
- Feb. 25: Last day for third and final reading of bills in the second chamber.
- Feb. 27: Last day for conference committee reports and tentatively scheduled adjournment.