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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On the economic data front, the second reading of second-quarter US GDP is due at 8:30 am ET. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Stocks get ready to rally on trade hopes," 29 Aug. 2019 The city's legislative council was due to hold the second reading of the bill on Wednesday morning local time. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "China extradition bill debate postponed as protesters swarm Hong Kong streets," 12 June 2019 That will require a zoning map amendment that received first reading last week, with a public hearing set for June 24, along with second reading. Thomas Jewell,, "Shaker Heights Country Club seeks rezoning for 2 new homes near Duck Pond," 4 June 2019 The proposal received a second reading from City Council following the June 24 public hearing. Thomas Jewell,, "Public hearing held on rezoning for Shaker Heights Country Club housing proposal," 25 June 2019 By contrast, a suspension, as is currently the case with the extradition law, means that the bill can resume a second reading at anytime between now and July 2020. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam’s “sincere” apology wasn’t sincere enough," 18 June 2019 Lawmakers will hold a second reading of the bill Wednesday, and a final vote on the measure is expected by June 20. Washington Post, "Protesters storm Hong Kong’s streets, block roadways as legislature prepares to debate China extradition bill," 12 June 2019 The new rules won’t become official until the council holds a second reading of the ordinance, likely in September, when the council will consider a flavored tobacco products ban again. Joseph Geha, The Mercury News, "Fremont City Council balks at flavored tobacco ban," 18 July 2019 On Saturday, Lam, the chief executive, said passage of the bill would be suspended and a second reading due to take place this month canceled. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong extradition bill: Organizers claim 2 million march as protesters demand leader's resignation," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of second reading

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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