Lawmakers scrambled today to get their priority legislation introduced on the floor before today’s filing deadline. The constitutional deadline is March 1, but since it falls on a Sunday this year, lawmakers were required to submit their legislation on Feb. 26. Upon adjournment, more than 600 Senate bills had been filed for consideration this session.
With all of the bills now introduced, legislation will continue to be referred to and then heard by committees. If passed by its committee, a Senate bill is eligible to be taken up for debate by the full Senate. After receiving two passing Senate votes, a bill then moves to the House of Representatives for similar consideration.
If further amendments to the bill are made in the House, the changes must be submitted to the Senate for approval. If the House-revised version of the bill is not approved by the Senate, a conference committee comprised of members from both chambers meets to work out the differences. After the committee agrees on a final version of the bill, it is first submitted to the Senate for approval. If passed, it goes to the House once more. A final passing vote declares the bill “truly agreed and finally passed,” and it is sent to the governor’s desk for his signature.
To read more about the legislative process, visit www.senate.mo.gov/bill-law.htm.