This Friday, Aug. 28, most of the bills passed during the 2009 legislative session that were not previously enacted will officially become law. Rather than being just an arbitrary date, Aug. 28 is 90 days after the constitutional end of session, significant because the state constitution requires that no passed bills take effect before 90 days have passed with a few exceptions. For instance, most budget bills take effect at the beginning of the new fiscal year, or July 1 (unless they are supplemental budget bills for the current fiscal year). Other bills may contain an emergency clause that was attached during passage. When bills are passed with an emergency clause, they usually take effect immediately upon receiving the governor’s signature. In larger bills, some provisions may designate specific enactment dates while others do not. And some bills may assign a different enactment date altogether, such as the beginning of the following year. To read more, click here.