I just want to double check myself on a Bill
If a Senate bill comes over to the House, it is voted on by the House then. If the House recommends amendments it goes to committee but if not it is either dead or ready for the Governor.
Am I correct on that?
Here's a good example of a bill from last year that went round and round and round.
Not sure we can describe it in plain language, but you can at least follow all the steps it went through:
This was the parking lot bill.
Referred to committee and sub-committee
Passed out of both
Full House vote (twice)
Amended on floor
Full House vote third time.
Referred to committee
Reported with substitute
Full Senate rejected committee substitute
Floor substitute - agreed to
Passed full Senate
Full House rejected Senate substitute
Full Senate insisted on substitute
Senate requests conference committee
House agrees to conference committee
Senate/House: both appoint members to committee
From here it's confusing, looks like Senate agreed, House substituted?
Bill passed House and Senate as HB375ER
Signed by both leaders.
Governor returns with recommendation
House and Senate both concur on Governor's recommendation
Signed again by both leaders, and finally Governor.
I've never seen one that was not referred to committee but I think it has to actually be referred there, not automatically go in.
The only hope for this is to keep it out of committee in the House or at least the Warehouse of death, and that means pressure on the Speaker I think.
Just trying to figure where to swat that Elephant with a stick.
Last edited by peter nap; 01-22-2013 at 04:43 PM.
I don't know how it is in Virginia, but in Wyoming the leadership of the chamber (Speaker of the House or President of the Senate) assigns bills to the committee of his choosing after the bill comes into the chamber.
They have the authority, for example, to assign a gun bill to the education committee if they wish. Choosing a particular committee assignment can make a huge difference in what happens to a bill.
I think what peter nap is having difficulty with is that in Robert's Rules of Order there must be a motion made to refer something to a committee. Legislatures' "rules of order" don't usually bear any resemblance to Robert's Rules of Order.
Here is a link that will lead you to the House and Senate rules of the General Assembly in Virginia
And a link to a summary of the process of a bill becoming law.