Definition of third reading in English:

third reading


  • A third presentation of a bill to a legislative assembly, in the UK to debate committee reports and in the US to consider it for the last time.

    • ‘She spoke very strongly at the committee and made her point just now in the debate on the third reading.’
    • ‘We still have the second reading, the Committee stage, and the third reading to come.’
    • ‘The Fireworks Bill was given its third reading in the Lords without debate.’
    • ‘He made the comments on 18 December 2001, the day on which both the second and third readings of that bill took place.’
    • ‘It is with great pleasure that we support the third reading of this bill.’
    • ‘We are at the stage of the parliamentary process known as the third reading of this bill.’
    • ‘I am very pleased to speak in favour of the third reading of this bill.’
    • ‘Considering the cuts far too insignificant, leaders of opposition caucuses planned to make further cuts during the forthcoming second and third readings of the budget bill.’
    • ‘The Bill will now go to the report stage and a third reading before it becomes law.’
    • ‘I commend the bills' third readings to the House, and in so doing I will make three or four quick observations.’
    • ‘I know that she agrees with me on that; she is not going to vote for this bill at the third reading.’
    • ‘If the proposal passes its second and third readings in the legislature and becomes law, it would be the first tax hike in nearly five decades.’
    • ‘Then it has to come back to the House for its second reading, its Committee stage, and its third reading.’
    • ‘It is also not certain, even at this point, that the Civil Union Bill will pass the third reading.’
    • ‘I am absolutely delighted to take part in this debate on the third reading of the transport bills.’
    • ‘This bill will go through its third reading after the Committee is finished with it.’
    • ‘I rise with some reluctance to speak on the third reading of this bill.’
    • ‘Labour must have known this legislation was bad, and that is why the first, second, and third readings of this bill have all taken place as the very last item of business in the House.’
    • ‘We will discuss it in caucus in the final analysis and decide whether we will support the bill in the third reading.’
    • ‘Defeat on a vote on the Budget, on the second or third readings of government bills, or on the address in reply to the Queen's Speech have usually been regarded as votes of no confidence, because they are central to a government's programme.’


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