second reading


Definition of second reading

1 : the stage in the British legislative process following the first reading and usually providing for debate on the principal features of a bill before its submission to a committee for consideration of details
2 : the stage in the U.S. legislative process that occurs when a bill has been reported back from committee and that provides an opportunity for full debate and amendment before a vote is taken on the question of a third reading

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Public hearings and first and second readings on the millage rate are set for July 16 and July 23. David Ibata, ajc, "Alpharetta advances FY 2019 budget," 12 June 2018 Economists expect the second reading of third-quarter U.S. growth to come in at 3.5% Wednesday, in line with preliminary figures from last month. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Investors Confront Growth Fears Ahead of G-20 Summit," 27 Nov. 2018 Jenna gave the second reading at George H.W. Bush's state funeral on Wednesday, reading from Revelation 21:1-4 and 23-25. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meet the 14 People Who Called George H.W. Bush Grandfather," 6 Dec. 2018 The council took up the ordinance on first reading and is to have a second reading and final vote July 23. David Ibata, ajc, "Roswell advances ‘Sunday brunch’ alcohol serving," 13 July 2018 The ordinance was initially approved June 12 and, if OKed after a second reading Tuesday night, would take effect in 30 days. Phil Diehl,, "Carlsbad to allow 'temporary restrictions' on public gatherings," 26 June 2018 If the ordinance is approved on second reading, enforcement would begin Jan. 1, 2019. David Ibata, ajc, "Woodstock advances ‘golf cart’ regulations," 21 June 2018 The second meeting, scheduled for June 20, will be a second reading and a vote on the regulations. Gustavo Solis,, "Imperial Beach to vote on marijuana regulations in June," 31 May 2018 But even if formally approved by the council at its second reading July 9, the ordinance cannot take effect until residents vote to approve it in a November referendum. David Ibata, ajc, "Woodstock anticipates earlier Sunday alcohol sales," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of second reading

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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