Lawmakers who want to make laws this year face their first deadline on Friday.
Internal rules at the Legislature say that bills must pass at least one committee by midnight.
The deadline has led to long hours of committee hearings this week.
Bills that don't meet the deadline can still be revived as amendments to other bills, but it's harder to get them through the process.
A second deadline arrives next Friday, when bills must pass a committee in the other legislative chamber to stay alive.
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