Maybe it’s just that two years ago Republican legislators were energized by new super-majorities and a Republican governor to boot. Or maybe it’s that last month’s unexpected snow days kept them away.
But whatever the reason, the General Assembly has gotten off to a slow start.
How slow? Well, through Wednesday there have been 147 bills filed in the House compared to 193 at the same point in 2013, the last year there was a long session.
In the Senate, 164 bills have been filed, compared to 203 two years ago.
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In 2013, the Senate alone had passed some significant legislation by the same point in the session. It had voted to create a Charlotte airport authority, reject Medicaid expansion and reorganize government. This year there have been a relative handful of votes.
So now the General Assembly plans to pick up the pace, right?
Right. But only until the week of April 6, when both chambers take a week off for a spring break.
In 2013? No spring break.