Bill Kuch

Delay of two bills should not define productivity of legislative session

A lot of grumbling and criticism has greeted the end of this session of the state Legislature, both about how it ended and what it accomplished.

Lost in all the noise is the fact that the Legislature is elected in a two-year cycle. Two sessions.

Just ended was the first session. Bills that were not disposed of in this session can and will be picked up in the next, in January 2020, just as they were left at the end of this one.

So, the two bills that are causing all the kerfuffle among Democrats and others - bills to establish paid family leave and to raise the minimum wage - are not dead. Those bills did not fail. All the work done on them will be carried over to the next session, where you can be sure they will be considered again.

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