Bill for earlier session start advances in Senate

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Spring break and tax season were two of the reasons a Senate committee approved a plan Wednesday moving the start of the 2016 legislative session to January.

The Rules Committee approved SB 72, filed by Sen. Anitere Flores, which will now face the full Senate.

“I like the idea of us being here earlier and being home for spring break and being home with our families,” said Sen. Andy Gardiner.

The House recently passed a broader initiative (HB 9) to open legislative sessions earlier during all even-numbered years.

Currently, all Sessions begin in March, except during years with redistricting.

Sen. Eleanor Sobel questioned whether the earlier start dates would lead to committee meetings beginning in the summer since committee meetings start months before the session begins.

However, Flores assured committee members that they could meet in September and October.

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