There is one more week left of the 2022 legislative session with the last day to adjourn, also known as "sine die," scheduled for March 14th.
Conference committees are well under way now that the third reading deadlines have passed early this week. This is a very important time during the legislative session because it is when lawmakers from both chambers meet to discuss amended bills and come to an agreement to pass a bill to send to Governor Holcomb to sign into law.
If they don't come to an agreement, then that bill will die. But it is also during this time that sometimes legislators will take language from a dead bill and re-insert it into a living bill that has a conference committee-- I personally like to call these "zombie bills" since they come back to life once you think they are dead! This is why it is important to stay vigilant until sine die to ensure that no bad language is re-inserted into bills that are expected to pass.
Read below to find out more about what bills are living, what bills are dead, and what bills might be turning into "zombies."
Have a great weekend!