third reading


Definition of third reading

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

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Council passed the measure on second reading and could have waited until the third reading, which would have taken place at its next meeting on Aug. 5. Ed Wittenberg,, "Solon voters to see Liberty Ford mixed-use rezoning issue on November ballot," 16 July 2019 The bill was supposed to get its second and third readings before a vote to send it to the House this week, but a walkout by Senate Republicans opposed to a cap-and-trade bill puts it, along with several other pieces of legislation, in peril., "Beaverton to address $12 million accounting error, GOP walkout puts sexual misconduct bill in limbo: The week in education," 22 June 2019 It had been expected council would suspend the third reading and then cast a final vote, but council members let the legislation stand without comment. Beth Mlady,, "City Council waits to vote on Middleburg law department reorganization," 16 Apr. 2018 The move followed divisions that had emerged between senior ministers and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the wording of the legislation proposal, which will be presented to the Knesset plenum from its second and third readings. Ariel Kahana, Jewish Journal, "Lawmakers back tougher version of terrorist wages bill," 27 June 2018 Discussions will continue at a possible City Council work session or during the second and third readings of the legislation. Beth Mlady,, "Tenant conduct is key to proposed rental property ordinance in Berea," 23 Apr. 2018 Following the vote, the resolution was automatically moved to its second and third readings before council. Brian Lisik/special To,, "Brunswick City Council passes long list of new smoke shop and tattoo parlor rules," 13 Feb. 2018 The bill flew through its second and third reading and passed the Senate three days after it was resurrected. Jessica Wetzler, USA TODAY, "Va. Senate bill allowing drunken driving on private property passes," 9 Feb. 2018 The council will hold a public hearing prior to its Feb. 21 meeting before a third reading of the ordinance and a final vote are taken. Jeff Piorkowski/special To,, "Pepper Pike to hold chicken-keeping public hearing Feb. 21; looks to alleviate flooding," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of third reading

circa 1571, in the meaning defined above

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