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State Legislative Terms

The chart below shows the legislative terms for all 50 states. This information is valuable in that you are able to see if proposed laws can be carried over from one session to the next in your state..

State Session
Start
Session Years Has Even
Year Session
Bills Carry Over
To Even Year
Bills Carry Over
To Odd Year
Carryover Notes Term Start Upper House Name
Members
Lower House Name
Members
Alaska odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Alaska carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even-numbered years without exceptions 01/17/2017 Senate
20
House Of Representatives
40
Alabama odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Alabama does not carry over legislation from session to session 01/09/2018 Senate
35
House Of Representatives
105
Arkansas odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Arkansas does not have an even-numbered year session 02/12/2018 Senate
35
House Of Representatives
100
Arizona odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Arizona does not carry over legislation from session to session 01/09/2017 Senate
30
House Of Representatives
60
California odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no All measures that are not final enacted by the end of the first year can be considered in the second year of the session. To be officially designated as a carryover bill, a bill must pass its chamber of origin by January 31 of the second year of the session. All first year measures that have not passed their chambers of origin by January 31 of the second year may no longer receive consideration 12/05/2016 Senate
40
State Assembly
80
Colorado odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Colorado does not carry over legislation from session to session 01/11/2017 Senate
35
House Of Representatives
65
Connecticut odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Connecticut does not carry over legislation from session to session 01/04/2017 Senate
36
House Of Representatives
151
District of Columbia odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Washington DC carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/04/2017

Delaware odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Delaware carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/10/2017 Senate
21
House Of Representatives
41
Florida odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Florida does not carry over legislation from session to session 01/09/2018 Senate
40
House Of Representatives
120
State Session
Start
Session Years Has Even
Year Session
Bills Carry Over
To Even Year
Bills Carry Over
To Odd Year
Carryover Notes Term Start Upper House Name
Members
Lower House Name
Members
Georgia odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Georgia carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/09/2017 Senate
56
House Of Representatives
180
Hawaii odd-numbered year 1 yes yes no Any bill pending at the final adjournment of a regular session in an odd-numbered year are reintroduced with the same status to the next regular session. However, regardless of its status at the conclusion of the first regular session, before the carried-over bill is enacted, it shall pass at least one reading in the house in which it originated. 01/18/2017 Senate
25
House Of Representatives
51
Iowa odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Iowa carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/09/2017 Senate
50
House Of Representatives
100
Idaho odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Idaho does not carry over legislation from session to session 01/09/2017 Senate
35
House Of Representatives
70
Illinois odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Legislation carries over from odd-numbered to even-numbered years. All bills are referred to either the House Rules Committee or the Senate Assignments Committee. 01/11/2017 Senate
59
House Of Representatives
118
Indiana odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Indiana does not carry over legislation from session to session 01/09/2018 Senate
50
House Of Representatives
100
Kansas odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Kansas carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/09/2017 Senate
40
House Of Representatives
125
Kentucky odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Kentucky does not carry over legislation from session to session 01/03/2018 Senate
38
House Of Representatives
100
Louisiana odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Louisiana does not carry over legislation from session to session 03/12/2018 Senate
39
House Of Representatives
105
Massachusetts odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Massachusetts carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/04/2017 Senate
40
House Of Representatives
160
State Session
Start
Session Years Has Even
Year Session
Bills Carry Over
To Even Year
Bills Carry Over
To Odd Year
Carryover Notes Term Start Upper House Name
Members
Lower House Name
Members
Maryland odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Maryland does not carry over legislation from session to session 01/11/2017 Senate
47
House Of Delegates
141
Maine odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Legislation approved by Legislative Council carries over from odd-numbered to even-numbered years. 12/07/2016 Senate
35
House Of Representatives
151
Michigan odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Michigan carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/11/2017 Senate
38
House Of Representatives
110
Minnesota odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Minnesota carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/03/2017 Senate
67
House Of Representatives
134
Missouri odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Missouri does not carry over legislation from session to session 01/03/2018 Senate
34
House Of Representatives
163
Mississippi odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Mississippi does not carry over legislation from session to session 01/02/2018 Senate
52
House Of Representatives
122
Montana odd-numbered year 1 no this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Montana does not have an even-numbered year session 01/03/2017 Senate
50
House Of Representatives
100
North Carolina odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Legislation carries over from odd-numbered to even-numbered years. Not all bills carryover. A list of bills eligible for carryover is created by the House and Senate. 01/11/2017 Senate
50
House Of Representatives
120
North Dakota odd-numbered year 1 no this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no North Dakota does not have an even-numbered year session 01/03/2017 Senate
47
House Of Representatives
94
Nebraska odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Bills and resolutions introduced during the regular session in an odd-numbered year are held over for consideration during the regular session in an even-numbered year. Measures that are indefinitely postponed do not carry over. 01/04/2017 Legislature
49

State Session
Start
Session Years Has Even
Year Session
Bills Carry Over
To Even Year
Bills Carry Over
To Odd Year
Carryover Notes Term Start Upper House Name
Members
Lower House Name
Members
New Hampshire odd-numbered year 1 yes yes no Eligible legislation from odd-numbered is reintroduced in even-numbered years. Legislation that was re-referred to or retained by the committee in the first year session may be reintroduced. If legislation was deemed inexpedient to legislate, it is not reintroduced. 01/03/2018 Senate
24
House Of Representatives
400
New Jersey even-numbered year 2 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year yes Legislation carries over from even-numbered years to odd-numbered years 01/09/2018 Senate
40
General Assembly
80
New Mexico odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no New Mexico does not carry over legislation from session to session 01/16/2018 Senate
42
House Of Representatives
70
Nevada odd-numbered year 1 no this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Nevada does not have an even-numbered year session 02/06/2017 Senate
21
General Assembly
42
New York odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no New York carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/04/2017 Senate
63
General Assembly
150
Ohio odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Ohio carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/02/2017 Senate
33
House Of Representatives
99
Oklahoma odd-numbered year 1 yes yes no Any bills or joint resolutions pending in the Legislature from odd-numbered year is reintroduced to even-numbered years with the exception of bills and joint resolutions pending in a conference committee at the time of adjournment in the odd-numbered year. 02/06/2017 Senate
48
House Of Representatives
101
Oregon odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Oregon does not carry over legislation from session to session 02/05/2018 Senate
30
House Of Representatives
60
Pennsylvania odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Pennsylvania carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/03/2017 Senate
50
House Of Representatives
203
Rhode Island odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Rhode Island has a limited carry over of legislation between sessions 01/02/2018 Senate
38
House Of Representatives
75
State Session
Start
Session Years Has Even
Year Session
Bills Carry Over
To Even Year
Bills Carry Over
To Odd Year
Carryover Notes Term Start Upper House Name
Members
Lower House Name
Members
South Carolina odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no South Carolina carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/10/2017 Senate
46
House Of Representatives
124
South Dakota odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no South Dakota does not carry over legislation from session to session 01/09/2018 Senate
35
House Of Representatives
70
Tennessee odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Legislation carries over from odd-numbered to even-numbered years. All bills that did not go to the Governor for action are carried over. 01/10/2017 Senate
33
House Of Representatives
99
Texas odd-numbered year 1 no this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Texas does not have an even-numbered year session 01/10/2017 Senate
31
House Of Representatives
150
odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Congress carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/03/2017 Senate
100
House Of Representatives
435
Utah odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Utah does not carry over legislation from session to session 01/22/2018 Senate
29
House Of Representatives
75
Virginia even-numbered year 2 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year yes Legislation carries over from even-numbered to odd-numbered years. When a bill is carried over, legislators have until early December to consider and vote on the legislation. All bills considered for carryover must have been in a committee at sine die, and addressed and passed by the committee by the December deadline. 01/10/2018 Senate
40
House Of Delegates
100
Vermont odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Vermont carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/04/2017 Senate
30
House Of Representatives
150
Washington odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Washington carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/09/2017 Senate
49
House Of Representatives
98
Wisconsin odd-numbered year 2 yes yes no Wisconsin carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception 01/04/2017 Senate
33
General Assembly
99
State Session
Start
Session Years Has Even
Year Session
Bills Carry Over
To Even Year
Bills Carry Over
To Odd Year
Carryover Notes Term Start Upper House Name
Members
Lower House Name
Members
West Virginia odd-numbered year 1 yes yes no Reintroduction of legislation applies only to House bills and may occur from odd-numbered to even-numbered years. Legislation does not carryover automatically; the sponsor or cosponsors of a bill or resolution must submit a request for the legislation to carryover. The request must be made to the Clerk of the House no later than ten days before the commencement of the Second Regular Session. 01/10/2018 Senate
34
House Of Delegates
100
Wyoming odd-numbered year 1 yes this state does not carry over proposed legislation to the even-numbered year no Wyoming does not carry over legislation from session to session 01/10/2017 Senate
30
House Of Representatives
60