Looming filing deadline makes for another slow start to legislative session

01/24/2014 05:03 PM

Traditionally even-numbered year legislative sessions start out with a low hum of activity.

Sure there are floor speeches and addresses from the governor and popular bills with bipartisan support that find a way out to make it out of a chamber. But the bulk of legislative work, where there’s often controversy, comes after the candidate filing deadline on the last Tuesday of January.

Most lawmakers prefer to keep a somewhat low-profile in their support of controversial bills — lest they catch the attention of a rival at home who might seek to challenge the incumbent legislator.

So in the meantime, they walk on eggshells. Take a look:

So far, 17 bills have passed one chamber or the other in the first 13 work days of the session.

Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 4:00 p.m. is the deadline for candidates to file for office.

Former Senate President David Williams proposed bills before he left the Senate to move the candidate filing deadline to April — and the primary elections from May to August — as one way to avoid the early session swoons in even-year sessions. That bill never went far.

Pure Politics will have special filing deadline coverage on Tuesday’s edition of the show at 7pm eastern on cn|2.

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