Definition of second reading in US English:

second reading


  • A second presentation of a bill to a legislative assembly, in the US to debate committee reports and in the UK to approve the bill's general principles.

    • ‘I have much pleasure in participating in this debate on the second reading of this bill.’
    • ‘The most important of these are the second reading, the Committee stage, and the report stage.’
    • ‘The Government Bill which proposes this legislation will have its second reading in Parliament in January.’
    • ‘If the bill is controversial, the second reading debate is likely to occupy a full parliamentary sitting.’
    • ‘If this does not occur, the next step is for the Parliament to have its second reading of the budget.’


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