It would be impossible to hear all of these proposals, so it’s up to the committee chairs to decide which bills will receive a hearing. To help the legislative process along, committee deadlines act as targets to keep the process moving.
Since all of the committee deadlines fall in March this session, a flurry of committee activity can be expected in the near future.
Here are this year's deadlines:
Per joint House-Senate Rules, “The deadlines do not apply to the House committees on Capital Investment, Ways and Means, Finance, Taxes, or Rules and Legislative Administration, nor to the Senate committees on Capital Investment, Finance, Taxes, or Rules and Administration.”
Following committee deadlines, the bulk of the Legislature’s work shifts to the House and Senate floors. Legislators are constitutionally required to adjourn the 2017 session by May 22.