The second Thursday of May is the day when legislators get to decide whether hundreds of House bills -- good and bad -- live or die.
Among the bills on the chopping block were ones that would prohibit the government from taking any “adverse action” against someone for their affiliation or support of a religious organization, require roofers to register with the state, add taxes to e-cigarettes and vape products and clarify the definition of “sexual contact” in the prosecution of illegal teacher-student relationships.
Starting the day at 10 a.m., the 150-member chamber was prepped for a long night in which it tried to pass as many bills as possible before a procedural deadline at midnight. Its calendar was 17 pages long and contained more than 200 bills, many of which were all but dead before the day even began.
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