In 2016, the Legislature would meet on the second Tuesday in January, according to a scaled back version of a bill (SB 72) passing a Senate committee on Tuesday.
Initially, the bill originally sought to move the start of the 60-day session from March for every even-numbered year.
The GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee, in a 5-3 vote that fell along party lines, passed an amended version that limited the change to only 2016.
Republican Sen. Anitere Flores, who sponsored SB 72, said changing the start time allows future lawmakers to determine what is “best for them.”
Currently, the Legislature must start the session in March of odd-numbered years, with the option to change start dates in even-numbered years.
The amended Senate bill is different from HB 9, the House plan calling for an early start in all even-numbered years.
The House bill could pass before the full chamber as soon as Wednesday.