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Ends.png = This state's regular session is adjourned for 2011.
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(*) - This state has full-time legislators (A full-time state legislature is defined as a legislature that meets throughout the year.)

State Dates of session Session length limit[1]
Ends.png Alabama March 1 through June 9 30 legislative days in 105 calendar days
Inrecess.pngEnds.png Alaska January 18- April 17. Mid-term recess April 18 - January 16, 2012.[2] Special sessions April 18-May 14, June 27-28. 90 calendar days
Ends.png Arizona January 10 through April 20. Special sessions, January 19-20, February 14-16, June 10-13.[3] Saturday of the last week in which the 100th calendar day falls
Ends.png Arkansas January 10-April 27 60 calendar days
Inrecess.pngEnds.png California* January 3-September 9. Extraordinary session convened January 20, 2011. Spring recess April 14-April 25, Summer recess July 15 - August 15. Special session mid-term recess September 9 through January 4, 2012.[4] Regular session adjourned September 9, 2011.[5] September 12
Ends.png Colorado January 12-May 11 120 calendar days
Ends.png Connecticut January 5-June 8. Special sessions, June 30, October 26. June 8
Inrecess.pngEnds.png Delaware January 11-June 30. Recess July 1, 2011 - January 10, 2012.[6] June 30
Ends.png Florida* March 8-May 6 60 calendar days
Inrecess.pngEnds.pngGeorgia January 10 through April 14. Mid-term recess April 15, 2011 - January 8, 2012.[7]Special session August 15-August 31.[8] 40 legislative days
Inrecess.pngEnds.png Hawaii January 19 through May 5. Mid-term recess May 6 - January 17, 2012.[9] 60 legislative days
Ends.png Idaho January 10 through April 7 None
Ends.png Specialsession.pngIllinois* January 12-June 1. Special session June 22 (single day). Recess June 23 - October 24, 2011. Special veto session October 25[10] Special session December 12.[11] None
Ends.png Indiana January 5-April 29.[12] April 29
Inrecess.pngEnds.png Iowa January 10 - July 1. (per diem ended April 30, budgeted year ends June 30) Mid-term recess June 30 - January 8, 2012.[13] 110 calendar days
Inrecess.pngEnds.png Kansas January 10-June 1. Mid-term recess June 2 - January 8, 2012.[14] None
Ends.png Kentucky January 4-March 9. Special session March 14-April 6 30 legislative days or March 30
Ends.png Louisiana Regular session: April 25-June 23. Special session March 20- April 13. 45 legislative days in 60 calendar days
Inrecess.pngEnds.png Maine December 1, 2010-June 16 (statutory adjournment was June 15) Special veto session June 28-29. Redistricting session September 27. Mid-term recess June 30 - January 3, 2012.[15] June 15
Ends.png Maryland January 12 through April 11. Special redistricting session October 17-20.[16] 90 calendar days
Inrecess.pngEnds.pngMassachusetts* January 5-November 16[17][18] Formal sessions, November 16; informal, no limit
Begins.png Michigan* January 12-mid December[19] None
Inrecess.pngEnds.png Minnesota January 4-May 23. Mid-term recess May 24 - January 23, 2012. Special session July 19-20.[20] 120 legislative days in 2 years, or the 1st Monday after the 3rd Saturday in May each year
Ends.png Mississippi January 4 through April 7. Special session September 2.[21] 90 calendar days
Ends.pngMissouri January 5-May 30. May 30
Ends.png Montana January 3 through April 28 Biennial session; 90 legislative days
Inrecess.pngEnds.png Nebraska January 5 through April 12. Mid-term recess May 27 - January 3, 2012.[22] Special session begin November 1[23] 90 legislative days
Ends.png Nevada February 7-June 6 Biennial session; 120 calendar days
Inrecess.png New Hampshire January 5-September 30. 45 legislative days or July 1
Inrecess.pngEnds.png New Jersey* January 12, 2011-January 10, 2012. In recess until November 17, 2011.[24] None
Ends.png New Mexico January 18-March 19. Special redistricting session scheduled September 6-October 6.[25] 60 calendar days
Inrecess.pngEnds.png New York State* January 5-June 24. Mid-term recess June 25 - January 3, 2012.[26] None
Inrecess.pngEnds.png North Carolina January 26-June 18. Special redistricting session July 13-July 29.[27] Special session September 12-15.[28] Recessed until November 6. Special Session began November 7.[29] None
Ends.png North Dakota January 4 through April 28. Special session November 7-21.[30] Biennial session; 80 legislative days
Begins.png Ohio* January 3-December 2012[31] None
Inrecess.pngEnds.png Oklahoma February 7-May 27. Mid-term recess May 28 - February 5, 2012.[32] May 27
Ends.png Oregon February 1-June 30 160 calendar days
Inrecess.pngBegins.png Pennsylvania* January 4, 2011-November 30, 2012. None
Inrecess.pngEnds.pngRhode Island January 4-October 30. Special session October 18. None
Inrecess.pngEnds.png South Carolina January 11-June 2. House Special session June 14-July 1.[33] Special session July 26.[34] Mid-term recess until January 9, 2012.[35] June 2
Inrecess.pngEnds.pngSouth Dakota January 11 through March 28. Special session October 24- October 31.[36] 40 legislative days
Inrecess.pngEnds.png Tennessee January 11 through May 22. Mid-term recess May 22 - January 9, 2012.[37] 90 legislative days
Ends.png Texas January 11-May 30. Special session May 31-June 29 Biennial session; 140 calendar days. Special session May 31- June 29.
Ends.png Utah January 24-March 10. Special sessions March 25, July 27. Special redistricting session October 3-17.[38] 45 calendar days
Inrecess.pngEnds.png Vermont January 5-May 6. Mid-term recess May 7 - January 3, 2012.[39] None
Ends.png Virginia January 12-February 27. Special session June 9-July 29.[40] 30 calendar days
Specialsession.pngEnds.png Washington January 10-April 24. Mid-term recess April 23 - January 8, 2012. Special sessions April 26-May 25, November 28-December 12.[41] 105 calendar days
Ends.png Specialsession.png West Virginia January 12 through March 18. Special redistricting session August 1-5. Second redistricting session August 18-21. Special session December 11-16.[42] 60 calendar days
Begins.png Wisconsin* January 11-2012.[43] The January special session is ongoing. An extraordinary session was called by Legislature from June 13-30. The legislature met in Extraordinary session on July 19-29, and again on September 13, 2011.[43] Fall session began September 13, 2011.[44] Special session September 28-November 4 None
Ends.png Wyoming January 11 through March 3 40 legislative days

See also

External links

References

  1. Legislative Session Lengths, NCSL
  2. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed Sept. 12, 2011
  3. Bloomberg Businessweek, Ariz. Gov won't seek session without bill backing, June 15, 2011
  4. The Sacramento Bee, California Democrats, backed by business, roll out last-minute proposal on regulations, Sept. 2, 2011
  5. StateScape, Session updates, accessed Sept. 12, 2011
  6. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed Sept. 12, 2011
  7. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed Sept. 12, 2011
  8. AJC.com, General Assembly heads home; court date could be next, Aug. 31, 2011
  9. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed Sept. 12, 2011
  10. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed Sept. 12, 2011
  11. Farm Futures, "Illinois General Assembly Special Session Could Determine if CME Stays or Goes," December 12, 2011
  12. Constitutional opening date; may be changed during the organizational session.
  13. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed Sept. 12, 2011
  14. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed Sept. 12, 2011
  15. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed Sept. 12, 2011
  16. Yahoo Finance, Md. special session anticipated in week of Oct. 17, July 6, 2011
  17. The leadership of the Massachusetts legislature determines the end date.
  18. Joint Rules prohibit formal sessions after the 3rd Wednesday of November. Informal sessions are permitted througout the year.
  19. The leadership of the Michigan legislature determines the end date.
  20. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed Sept. 12, 2011
  21. Clarion Ledger.com, Workforce helps Miss. land firms, Sept. 3, 2011
  22. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed October 24, 2011
  23. KVNO News, "Pipeline session kicks off with one proposal," November 1, 2011
  24. State Net session summary for 10/31/2011
  25. The Republic, Gov. Martinez sets Sept. 6 as starting date for special session of NM Legislature, Aug. 15, 2011
  26. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed Sept. 12, 2011
  27. Newsobserver.com, NC lawmakers leave town after new maps, overrides, July 28, 2011
  28. Washington Times, GOP leaders push to have marriage defined in N.C., Aug. 30, 2011
  29. News and Record, "State lawmakers return for brief special session," November 7, 2011
  30. The Bismarck Tribune, "N.D. House leader: Special session starts Nov. 7," September 15, 2011
  31. The leadership of the Ohio legislature determines the end date.
  32. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed October 24, 2011
  33. session can be extended by a 2/3 vote.
  34. The Island Packet, S.C. Senate OKs new congressional district anchored in Beaufort County, June 29, 2011
  35. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed October 24, 2011
  36. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed October 24, 2011
  37. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed Sept. 12, 2011
  38. ABC4.com, Governor calls Redistricting Special Session, Aug. 31, 2011
  39. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed Sept. 12, 2011
  40. Virginia General Assembly, 2011 Special Session I, accessed 6 June 2011
  41. StateScape, Session Schedules, accessed October 24, 2011
  42. Charleston Gazette, "Legislature starts special session on Marcellus rules," December 11, 2011
  43. 43.0 43.1 Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, Wisconsin Legislative Spotlight, accessed July 11, 2011
  44. Post Crescent.com, Republicans say Wisconsin Legislature will focus on jobs, Sept. 12, 2011