This year’s legislative session set a new high-water mark for the number of bills introduced. The General Assembly’s previous record had been
703 bills introduced during the annual 120-day session. State legislators beat that number by 37 this year, introducing a total of 741 bills — a hair over 74 bills per legislator. More than four out of 10 bills failed to pass, in part because many were introduced solely for political “messaging” in a divided legislature where each party anticipates November’s election will be a referendum on the other party. Still, 432 bills passed, a few of which will meet their demise under the governor’s veto pen.
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