House Speaker Tim Moore, R-Cleveland, told legislators Monday the short session will conclude this week after lawmakers finalize a budget and deal “with some other matters.” Legislative leaders have hoped to wrap the short session by July 1, a goal they might narrowly achieve. Moore told lawmakers to expect voting sessions Friday and Saturday. “But if we can figure out a way to finish by Friday that’d be ideal,” he told the Insider.
Legislative rules require the General Assembly to wait at least five days after reaching a budget agreement before sending it to the governor’s desk to be signed or vetoed.
A House administrative session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, and there will be a voting session at 3 p.m., according to Moore.
“Members should be aware and watch for committee notices during the day (Tuesday),” he told lawmakers Monday, “as the chair would expect that there will likely be bills added to the calendar.”
A voting session was expected in the Senate Monday evening, but the chamber adjourned until Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. The Senate will host a voting session Tuesday at 4 p.m., according to Sen. Carl Ford, R-Rowan, who presided over Monday’s session.