Definitions for "Second Reading"
The stage at which amendments to proposals are considered.
At this time the floor of the chamber is opened for discussion and debateon the merits of a Bill. Amendments frequentlyoccur during this time. A favorable vote is needed to send the bill toits Third Reading. (See also First Reading and ThirdReading)
Required reading of a bill or joint resolution to a chamber: in the House, in full before floor consideration in the House or Committee of the Whole (usually dispensed with by unanimous consent or special rule); in the Senate, by title only, before referral to a committee.