Senators Joe Paskvan, Dennis Egan, and Gary Stevens during the closeout hearing of the Senate Finance DEED Subcommittee, March 20, 2012
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Legislative Update

Governor Parnell announced Tuesday that he will sign SB 182, the education funding package passed at the end of session.  Link to bill:
Here is a link to all legislation passed this session: 
Here is a link to legislation awaiting action: .  There are five bills that have been transmitted to the governor and are awaiting his signature/veto/and or/time lapse required to become law (none are education-related).  There are 38 house bills and 19 house resolutions awaiting transmittal to the governor, and 23 senate bills and 16 senate resolutions awaiting transmittal to the govenernor - all in all, 96 pieces of legislation awaiting transmittal to the governor. 
Before passed legislation can be transmitted to the governor, Legislative Legal Services has to .....
.....enroll the legislation (check for errors, ommissions, and correct form). Legislation then has to be signed by the Speaker of the House and the President of the Senate before being transmitted to the governor, and it can take many weeks for the process to be completed for the large number of bills and resolutions awaiting transmittal. 
After the governor receives legislation, he has 20 days (when the legislature is not in session), minus Sundays, to either sign legislation in to law or veto it, including line item vetoes in budget bills.  After that time period, if he has not signed it or vetoed it, legislation becomes law.

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