The UAC legislative team had a very productive and effective 2018 Legislative Session. At one point our team was tracking 227 bills. It is fascinating how many bills affect counties and how much input and influence UAC was able to provide in the process.
The grand total of bills passed in the 2018 general session was 533. Now that these bills have made it through the Legislature, they must be signed into law by the Governor. The last day for the Governor to either sign a bill into law or veto a bill is March 28. The last day a veto-override session can take place in the legislature is May 7. This is where the Legislature can reconsider vetoed bills and if both houses of the Legislature agree with a two-thirds vote then the bill shall become law.
Unless otherwise directed by the Legislature, a bill becomes effective 60 days after the adjournment of the session at which it passed. The normal effective date for bills is May 8. May 8 is also the first day for a legislator to open a bill file for the next legislative session. Please look for our legislative “Top Ten” email next week where we will include much more detail about what we achieved during this year’s Session and be thinking of legislative issues our team can prepare for leading up to next year’s session.