DEFINITION
Tap-Tap Hearing

On occasion, leadership in one or both houses will instruct committee chairs to discontinue hearings on new bills after a certain date. A "tap-tap hearing" refers to a hearing in which a committee chair schedules a large number of bills to be heard in one meeting prior to the cut-off date. In rapid succession, the chair opens (with a gavel drop) and closes (with a gavel drop) public hearings on the bills: hence the "tap tap" moniker.

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