Legislative concepts were revived 115 times

HARTFORD, Conn. – A casual observer could assume that when a bill dies during the legislative session, the concept is finished for the year. But lawmakers proved that theory wrong on 115 different occasions in 2014, according to an annual report.

The Legislative Research Office found at least 115 concepts this year that began the session as one bill only to be eventually approved by the legislature in another bill.

The number comes from an annual bill tracking report that the office puts together after each legislative session. It documents instances when a concept became law in a manner other than the traditional legislative process.

In most cases, a bill is proposed by a lawmaker or committee and assigned a bill number. That bill is given a public hearing and, if the committee approves of the idea, it’s passed on to one of the legislative chambers. Although legislation is often sent through several different committees before seeing a final vote, it typically retains its designated number.

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