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Senate Legislative Deadlines & Significant Dates

​2019-2020 Session Legislative Deadlines & Significant Dates
 

First Annual Session
 
JANUARY 2, 2019
— 1st Wednesday in January of Each Year —
House and Senate convene.
 
JANUARY 3, 2019
Governor — Lieutenant Governor
& Governor's Councilor's Take Oaths of Office
 
By January 18, 2019
— 3rd Friday in January of 1st Annual Session —
Deadline for Submitting Petitions (prior to 5:00 p.m.).
 
By January 23, 2019
— Within 3 Weeks of Convening of the General Court  —
Governor submits General Appropriation Bill.
(except 1st year of a term of a new Governor — within 8 weeks).
 
By February 1, 2019
— House only —
Last Day to Add Petitioners to Seasonably Filed Legislation.
 
By March 14, 2019
4 Weeks after Appointment of Committees in the 1st Annual Session
Deadline for Submitting Committee Rules.
 
APRIL 24, 2019
— Last Wednesday in April —
Last day to report on Proposals for Amendments to the Constitution.
(Note: In the 2nd year, reports may be made only on measures referred
subsequent to Last Wednesday in April of 1st Annual Session).
 
MAY 8, 2019
— 2nd Wednesday in May of Each Year —
Last day to call up a Proposal for an Amendment to the Constitution and
Last day for the convening of the Joint Session to consider Amendments
to the Constitution.
 
MAY 8, 2019
— 2nd Wednesday in May —
Last day for the House committee on Ways and Means to report the
General Appropriation Bill.
 
NOVEMBER 20, 2019
— 3rd Wednesday of November —
in First Annual Session
Last day for Formal Sessions.
 
DECEMBER 31, 2019
Tuesday preceding the
— 1st Wednesday in January of 2nd year —
Last day of Session of the 1st Annual Session.
 
 
 Second Annual Session (2020)
 
JANUARY 1, 2020
— 1st Wednesday in January of Each Year —
House and Senate convene.
 
JANUARY 22, 2020
— Within 3 weeks of convening of the General Court —
Governor submits General Appropriation Bill.
 
February 5, 2020
— 1st Wednesday in February in 2nd Annual Session —
Joint Rule 10 deadline.
Last day for reports to be made from joint committees
[except Health Care Financing]
(on matters referred to them before the first day
of the second annual session).
 
MARCH 25, 2020
— Joint Rule 10 Day for committee on Health Care Financing —
 
APRIL 29, 2020
— Last Wednesday in April of Each Session —
Last day to report on Proposals for Amendments
to the Constitution.
(Note: In the 2nd year, reports may be made only on measures
referred to committees subsequent to
Last Wednesday in April of 1st Annual Session).
 
MAY 5, 2020
— Tuesday preceding first Wednesday in May —
Last day to enact Initiative Petitions for changes in Laws.
 
MAY 13, 2020
— 2nd Wednesday in May of Each Year —
Last day to call up a late filed Proposal for an
Amendment to the Constitution.
 
MAY 13, 2020
— 2nd Wednesday in May —
Last day for the House committee on Ways and Means
to report the General Appropriation Bill.
 
Friday,
JULY 31, 2020
— Last day of July of the 2nd Annual Session —
Last day for Formal Sessions.
 
  NOVEMBER 4, 2020
— 1st Wednesday in November —
Agency Filings Due by 5:00 P.M. for
consideration in the 192nd General Court.
 
Tuesday,
JANUARY 5, 2021
Tuesday preceding the
convening of a new General Court
— on the 1st Wednesday in January following an Election —
 Last day of Session of the 2nd Annual Session.