On the morning of January 8th, the Second Regular Session of the 126th Legislature convened and is scheduled to be in session until statutory adjournment on April 16th. This year, the session is off to a busy start in marked contrast to last year. Many bills have already been printed and this week they were referred to their respective committees by the House and Senate. Meanwhile, Committees are tasked with reporting out all 200-plus bills that were carried over from last session by January 31st. To do so, they must make their final committee votes by January 24th. This requirement will result in a very busy January, as committees process this carried over legislation before turning to newly introduced bills.