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Senate President Steve Sweeney. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Senate has no voting sessions planned before election, Sweeney says

By Nikita Biryukov, June 30 2021 3:15 pm

Senate President Steve Sweeney said his chamber won’t return for a voting session before November absent any emergencies Wednesday, confirming what was expected to be a light legislative schedule in a year that’ll see all 120 seats of the legislature and the governorship come up for election.

“No, there’s not one planned, but god forbid something happened again, you know what I mean? But there’s not a plan before November,” Sweeney said during a press gaggle following Wednesday’s voting session.

The news is unsurprising. No legislative activity was expected this summer — lawmakers typically take July and August off — and senior staff in both chambers have privately told the New Jersey Globe the legislature likely would not hold proceedings in the fall.

That means any bills that could be controversial, including the Reproductive Freedom Act and additional aid sought by the state’s undocumented immigrants, won’t see a vote until the lame duck session, if then.

The chamber on Wednesday held its final voting session of the season. The Assembly finished its work last Thursday, when lawmakers approved a $46.4 billion budget bill and a slew of other measures.

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