third reading


: the final stage of the consideration of a legislative bill before a vote on its final disposition

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web House members voted 64-45 to approve House Bill 347 on third reading, confirming a second-reading vote on Tuesday. By Victor Skinner | The Center Square Contributor, Washington Examiner, 2 Apr. 2023 Status: Passed out of the House on third reading on Feb. 6 by a 71-26 vote. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Feb. 2023 The Jordan McNair Safe and Fair Play Act, named after the former University of Maryland offensive lineman who died in 2018 after suffering from heatstroke at a team workout, has passed on third reading in both the House of Delegates and the state Senate. Ralph D. Russo,, 17 Mar. 2021 The senator’s remarks came during a third reading for a bill by Sen. Heather Gustafson (D) that would use state funds to provide free school meals to all Minnesota students. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2023 Council then voted unanimously to approve the master plan on third reading. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 18 Jan. 2023 The council members didn’t come to a consensus yet, so the resolution will move to a second and, perhaps, even a third reading before it is approved. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 27 Sep. 2022 Both ordinances were passed on third reading by 7-0 votes and are effective Jan. 1. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 20 Dec. 2022 Council, by a 6-0 vote (Ward 3 Councilman George Williams was not present), and on its third reading, approved the parking ban. cleveland, 16 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1571, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of third reading was circa 1571

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“Third reading.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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