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the first presentation of a bill in a legislature

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Rapporteurs aiming to get an agreement in first reading with the Council are also racing against time.
The thumbnail logic of the lectionary is that a reading from one of the four Gospels is chosen first, then a first reading (usually from the Old Testament) is chosen on the basis of its thematic connection to the gospel reading.
To remedy this, a 1992 revision of the RCL gives another option for first readings, beginning a book on one Sunday and then assigning its major passages on succeeding Sundays.
Next, the first reading is chosen, usually from one of the books of the Old Testament, or from the Acts of the Apostles in Eastertime.
The Bill gained an unopposed formal first readings.
The Cardiff Central MP's Legalisation of Cannabis Bill received its first reading in the House of Commons.
Contrary to what might have been expected and due to the lengthening of first readings it has not particularly sped up the legislative process.