Legislation crosses over, has chance to become law
State lawmakers unleashed a torrent of proposed bills in the halls of the General Assembly this year — more than 1,650 bills in all, from possum drops and bobcat mascots to abortion restrictions and coal ash rules.
Most of the bills are doomed from the start, with fewer than 100 likely to make it to the finish line. To help winnow the list and weed out the losers, a bill must prove its merit by making cross-over — the bill has to pass the Senate or the House and “cross-over” to the other chamber by the end of April to stay alive, with a few exceptions for certain types of bills.
Join us for a gander through some of the most interesting, most pertinent, most controversial — and most random — bills that are still flying in the halls of the General Assembly.