Breaking down Thursday’s deadline

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Thursday is the deadline for floor action on general bills and constitutional amendments.

What that means is lawmakers have until 8 p.m. Thursday to debate and vote on general bills that were introduced in that chamber.

If any are held for reconsiderations—when a lawmaker asks for another round of debating and voting— each houses will have to act on those motion by Friday.

After that, the bills go to the other house, where they will be assigned to committees and start the process of considering those bills all over again.

This is the second big deadline for general bills following’s last week’s deadline for bills to move out of committee or die.

There are later deadlines for bills that address spending and taxes.