Legislative Record

February 23, 2017 - Volume 37 Issue 4

Legislative Record

The less people know about how sausage and laws are made, the better they'll sleep at night” – Attributed to Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898), Prussian prime minister.

 

✓ Opening Day - January 11, 2017: Assemble to organize by election of officers and open and publish election returns. (WV Const. Art. VI, §18)

✓ First Day - February 8, 2017: First day of session. (WV Const. Art. VI, §18)

Twentieth Day - February 27, 2017: Submission of Legislative Rule-Making Review bills due. (WV Code §29A-3-12)

Forty-first Day - March 20, 2017: Last day to introduce bills in the Senate. Senate Rule 14does not apply to originating or supplementary appropriation bills, and does not apply to Senate or House resolutions or concurrent resolutions.

Forty-second Day - March 21, 2017: Last day to introduce bills in the House. House Rule 91adoes not apply to originating or supplementary appropriation bills, and does not apply to Senate or House resolutions or concurrent resolutions.

Forty-seventh Day - March 26, 2017: Bills due out of committees in house of origin to ensure three full days for readings.

Fiftieth Day - March 29, 2017: Last day to consider bill on third reading in house of origin. Does not include budget or supplementary appropriation bills. (Joint Rule 5, paragraph b)

Sixtieth Day - April 8, 2017: Adjournment at Midnight. (WV Const. Art. VI, §22)

Source: West Virginia Legislature - http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bulletin_Board/calendar_2017.cfm

For ease in securing copies of bills and legislative resolutions introduced, please use this link provided by the West Virginia Legislature - http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Bill_Status/bill_status.cfm Bills and Resolutions can be searched in terms of the following search fields:

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Prepared by the West Virginia Legislature, Information Packet is a comprehensive reference tool, including Capitol room numbers for all legislators; seating charts for the Senate and House Chambers; Senate, House and Congressional district maps; photographs and contact information for all members of the Legislature; and, phone numbers and addresses for Congressional representatives. Also included are toll-free telephone numbers and Web site addresses for state agencies, colleges and universities. This packet can be downloaded online: http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Educational/INFOPACKET_2017.pdf

 

Some of the Terms Used in the Language of Legislation

Chambers:  the two areas set aside for meetings of the entire membership of the House and Senate (also referred to as “the floor”).  “The bill is on the floor” means that it is out of committee and before the entire body of the House or Senate

Christmas Tree:  a bill that has had several amendments added to it. “We had to kill the bill because it got Christmas treed.”  (Also called “loving a bill to death”).

Committee Substitute:  an amended version of an introduced bill as recommended by a committee, generally offered when there are numerous amendments or substantial rewriting of an introduced bill (often referred to as a “com sub”).

Concur:  the action of one body in agreeing to or approving a proposal or action of the other body (as in “the Senate concurs with the House amendments”).

Double Referenced:  a bills gets assigned to two committees instead of just one

Enrolled Bill:  the final version of a bill, as passed by both bodies

House of Origin:  the body in which a bill or resolution is introduced

Journal:  the formal, written record of floor proceedings printed daily by the clerk of each body (can be picked up outside Journal Room on ground floor at the rotunda area; also available on the legislative web site).  The Journal also contains that day’s agenda for the floor session.

Motion to Lie Over:  consider the bill at the next or a subsequent meeting

Motion to Postpone Indefinitely:  delay action, usually forever.  “PPI’d” usually indicates a dead bill

Readings:  the three stages a bill must go through on the floor of a chamber; 1st reading is informational; 2nd reading is amendment stage; and 3rd reading is passage stage

Title:  a concise statement of the contents of a bill; it is a constitutional requirement in WV that the title accurately and completely reflect the content of the bill

Well:  the round area at the center of the Capitol between the chambers; often used as a meeting place, as in “Meet me at the well.” 

SB or HB – Senate Bill or House Bill

SR or HR – Senate or House Resolution

SCR or HCR – Senate or House Concurrent Resolution

SJR or HJR – Senate or House Joint Resolution (Proposed Constitutional Amendments)

Com Sub – Committee Substitute

Source: West Virginia Association of Counties (WVACO). Published by permission of Patti Hamilton, WVACO Executive Director. The listing was published in the January 2017 edition of The County Line, WVACO’s monthly newsletter.