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

Examples of second reading in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Council is expected to have its second reading of the overlay proposal on Nov. 15. cleveland, 12 Nov. 2021 The City Council must still hold a second reading of the development agreement. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Dec. 2021 Council approval is still needed after a second reading of the legislation. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 16 Nov. 2021 Before going into effect, the ordinance must receive approval from the California Energy Commission before coming back to the Solana Beach City Council for a second reading on Dec. 8. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2021 Meany said council felt comfortable moving forward on this ordinance, so it was passed on second reading. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 18 Oct. 2021 The ordinance will now have a second reading at the next council meeting on Oct. 25 before the council votes. Erin Glynn, The Enquirer, 12 Oct. 2021 Because their effort will likely be ignored in committee, officials said the Dems will bring up the amendments again when the Senate meets at 1:30 p.m. Thursday for second reading. Michelle L. Quinn,, 24 Sep. 2021 Council can vote again on whether to pass the ordinance as an emergency at the second reading. Erin Glynn, The Enquirer, 12 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of second reading

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of second reading was in 1647

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12 Jan 2022

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“Second reading.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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