RALEIGH — A deadline looms this week for lawmakers to get moving on scores of bills. The result: a week's worth of cram sessions for the state House and Senate.
So-called "crossover" is a self-imposed deadline for bills that don't deal with money to clear one chamber or the other. Anything that doesn't make it by Thursday is dead for the session. As anyone who has ever faced a deadline knows, the predictable result is that an awful lot of work will happen this week.
"It's contrary to the idea that if you do what you are supposed to do during the semester, the final exam is not so hard," said Rep. Dale Folwell, a Winston-Salem Republican.
The House will likely debate as many as 30 bills each day this week, more than double a typical workload. The Senate calendars will be full, too.
The bills will still have to move through committees before they can reach the House or Senate floor.
"While it appears it's moving very quickly ... most of this stuff has been vetted and discussed and worked out," said Sen. Tony Rand, a Fayetteville Democrat and majority leader.
Of course, committees will also be cramming to move as many bills as they can. No one said lawmaking was pretty.