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INDIANAPOLIS — Several key deadlines are looming over Hoosier lawmakers this week and next as they approach the halfway point of the 2018 Indiana General Assembly.

In the Republican-controlled House, legislation must win committee approval by Tuesday to advance to the full chamber for votes on whether to forward the measures to the Senate.

The final day for all representatives to vote on House proposals is Feb. 5.

In the Republican-controlled Senate, the last chance for committee approval is Thursday, and Senate bills must clear the full chamber by Feb. 6.

Legislation that does not advance out of committee, or fails to receive a chamber vote, generally is considered dead for the year, though sometimes can be resurrected by attaching the language onto a similar proposal that's still under consideration.

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Measures that have passed the House will go to the Senate, and vice versa, starting the week of Feb. 12.

Lawmakers then will have just three weeks to get their legislation through the committee process in the opposite chamber.

Proposals that pass both the House and Senate with identical language go directly to Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb for his signature or veto.

Those that pass each chamber with different components must be reconciled over a few days in early March, and the compromise version re-approved by the House and Senate, to advance to the governor.

State law requires the General Assembly adjourn for the year on or before March 14.

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Dan has reported on Indiana state government for The Times since 2009. He also covers casinos, campaigns and corruption.