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2017 Legislative Session

Legislative Calendar

The 79th Legislative Assembly will convene Wednesday, February 1st, 2017. Legislative Session is the period of time in which the Legislative Assembly is convened for purpose of lawmaking. Regular sessions convene each February and may last 160 days in odd-numbered years and 35 days in even-numbered years.

Important 2017 Legislative Session Dates

January 9-11 – Organizational Days
The Legislature will convene for three days to formally organize and prepare for the session. Activities will include opening ceremonies, swearing-in of members, First Reading of pre-session filed measures, and mandatory trainings for members and staff. No committee meetings will be held.

January 13 – Deadline to Request Measures from Legislative Counsel
The deadline for requesting an unlimited number of bill drafts from Legislative Counsel is Friday, January 13, 2017 at 5 p.m. After this deadline, each legislator may introduce a limited number of bills.

Wednesday, February 1– Legislative Session Convenes
Pursuant to ORS 171.010, the 2017 Legislative Session convenes on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

February 24 – Legislative Counsel Returns Measures
Legislative Counsel will return measures that were requested by January 13. After this date, Legislative Counsel will prioritize drafting amendments, followed by other measures that may be requested under each chamber’s rules.

February 28 – Deadline to file bills with the Secretary of the Senate or the Chief Clerk
Measures that were requested by the January 13 deadline must be filed with the Secretary of the Senate or the Chief Clerk by 5 p.m. on February 28 in order to be introduced without counting against introduction limits.

April 7 – Deadline for Chairs to Schedule Work Sessions for First Chamber Measures
Policy committees must post agendas that schedule any remaining first chamber measures (House bills in the House, Senate bills in the Senate) for which they intend to hold work sessions by April 7. The scheduled work sessions must occur by the April 18 deadline below. This will not apply to Ways & Means, Revenue, Rules, and other joint committees. Bills in a policy committee that are not scheduled for a work session by this deadline cannot receive further action.

April 18 – Deadline for Committees to Hold Work Sessions on First Chamber Measures
This is the last day for policy committees to move measures introduced in their chamber (i.e. Senate bills in the Senate, House bills in the House) out of committee. The deadline does not apply to Ways & Means, Revenue, Rules, and other joint committees.

April 19-May 5 – Additional Floor Sessions
It is anticipated that additional floor sessions will be needed during this time in order to move measures off the floor of the first chamber to the opposite chamber and allow time for consideration in the second chamber.

May 19 – Deadline for Chairs to Schedule Work Sessions for Second Chamber Measures
Policy committees must post agendas that schedule any remaining second chamber measures (Senate bills in the House, House bills in the Senate) for which they intend to hold work sessions by May 19. The scheduled work sessions must occur by the June 2 deadline below. This will not apply to Ways & Means, Revenue, Rules, and other joint committees. Bills in a policy committee that are not scheduled for a work session by this deadline cannot receive further action.

June 2 – Deadline for Committees to Hold Work Sessions on Second Chamber Measures
This is the last day for policy committees to move measures that originated in the opposite chamber out of committee. The deadline does not apply to Ways & Means, Revenue, Rules and other joint committees.

June 23, 2017 – Target Adjournment of Session sine die

July 10, 2017 – Constitutional Deadline for Adjournment of Session sine die 

2017 Legislative Session