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S.R. 2






Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

             6      Curtis S. Bramble
             7      D. Chris Buttars
             8      Gene DavisDavid L. Gladwell
Parley G. Hellewell
Scott K. JenkinsEd P. Mayne
Michael G. Waddoups              9     
             10      LONG TITLE
             11      General Description:
             12          This resolution amends Senate rules to conform with current practice.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    modifies the role of the Senate Rules Committee and Secretary of the Senate;
             16          .    conforms other rules to current legislative practice; and
             17          .    provides a motion to govern reading of bills.
             18      Special Clauses:
             19          This resolution provides an immediate effective date.
             20      Legislative Rules Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          SR-23.03
             23          SR-23.14
             24          SR-24.01
             25          SR-24.12
             26          SR-24.13
             27          SR-24.19

             28          SR-25.02
             29          SR-25.05
             30          SR-25.11
             31          SR-25.12
             32          SR-27.16
             33          SR-35.01
             35      Be it resolved by the Senate of the state of Utah:
             36          Section 1. SR-23.03 is amended to read:
             37           SR-23.03. Daily Order of Business.
             38          The daily order of business is:
             39          (1) call to order by President;
             40          (2) the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance;
             41          [(2)] (3) roll call;
             42          [(3)] (4) report of excused absences and if quorum is present;
             43          [(4) prayer and Pledge of Allegiance;]
             44          (5) report of journal committee;
             45          (6) communications from the Governor;
             46          (7) communications from the House:
             47          (a) bills for signature of the President;
             48          (b) bills for consideration; and
             49          (c) bills for reconsideration of House amendments;
             50          (8) reference of bills from the President:
             51          (a) bills assigned to standing committees; and
             52          (b) bills placed on second reading calendar;
             53          (9) reports of Secretary of the Senate from standing committees:
             54          (a) bills placed on second reading calendar;
             55          (b) bills placed on consent calendar; and
             56          (c) bills sent back to the Secretary of the Senate;
             57          (10) reports of special committees, including conference committees;
             58          (11) introduction of bills and presentation of resolutions to be given to the Secretary of

             59      the Senate at least one hour before the beginning of the session for inclusion in that day's
             60      agenda:
             61          (a) bills [assigned to Secretary of the Senate for referral] referred by the Senate Rules
             62      Committee for assignment by the President; and
             63          (b) bills placed on second reading calendar;
             64          (12) unfinished business;
             65          (13) consideration of bills on consent calendar;
             66          (14) special orders of business;
             67          (15) consideration of bills on third reading calendar;
             68          (16) consideration of bills on second reading calendar; and
             69          (17) miscellaneous business.
             70          Section 2. SR-23.14 is amended to read:
             71           SR-23.14. Passing Bills with Negative Fiscal Impact.
             72          (1) Except for the supplemental appropriations act that funds the bills passed during
             73      that session, all bills which have a negative fiscal impact on the state shall be acted upon by 12
             74      noon on the last day of the annual general session.
             75          (2) Any bill with a negative fiscal impact which has not been passed by the Senate by
             76      the time established in Subsection (1) shall be [sent to the Senate President] returned to the
             77      Senate Rules Committee for filing.
             78          Section 3. SR-24.01 is amended to read:
             79           SR-24.01. Senate Rules Committee; Duties.
             80          (1) All legislation introduced shall be submitted to the Senate Rules Committee.
             81          (2) The Senate Rules Committee shall:
             82          (a) prepare the Senate Rules and Joint Rules and report them to the Senate for
             83      approval, amendment, or disapproval before adjournment on the second day of each annual
             84      general session;
             85          (b) examine each bill for proper form and order the bills printed;
             86          (c) refer each bill to the Senate with a recommendation that:
             87          (i) the legislation be referred to a standing committee for consideration;
             88          (ii) the legislation be placed directly onto the second reading calendar;
             89          (iii) the legislation be read the second time and placed onto the consent calendar; or

             90          [(d)] (iv) during the last week of the legislative session, the legislation be read the
             91      second time and placed onto the third reading calendar.
             92          (3) Before sending a bill to a standing committee, the Senate Rules Committee, in
             93      carrying out its responsibilities under Subsection (2), may amend or substitute a bill only if the
             94      committee has the written consent of the sponsor.
             95          Section 4. SR-24.12 is amended to read:
             96           SR-24.12. Committee Responsibilities.
             97          (1) Each committee shall send a report to the Senate on each bill referred to it. With a
             98      majority vote, the committee may transmit bills with a favorable recommendation. Bills may
             99      be amended, held, tabled, returned to the [Secretary of the Senate] Senate Rules Committee, or
             100      substituted in committee. Any bill tabled in committee shall be held until a motion is made to
             101      remove it from the table. Any tabled bill not lifted at its second committee meeting after
             102      tabling shall be sent to the Secretary of the Senate for filing. A tabled bill can be lifted from
             103      the Secretary of the Senate or its assigned standing committee by a two-thirds vote of those
             104      Senators present on the floor of the Senate, or the President of the Senate can reassign the bill
             105      to a standing committee.
             106          (2) The committee may prepare a bill addressing the same subject matter to be
             107      introduced under committee sponsorship. The chief sponsor or sponsors of a bill may request
             108      in writing that committee members sponsor the measure. Upon agreement by the committee,
             109      the chief sponsor may relinquish individual sponsorship of the bill. A majority vote of the
             110      committee is required to amend, substitute, table, recommend, return a bill to the Secretary of
             111      the Senate, hold, or substitute sponsorship of a bill.
             112          (3) A secretary shall record attendance and take minutes of committee action. The
             113      records shall be filed for three years in the office of the Secretary of the Senate.
             114          (4) If the chair allows public comment or testimony on a bill or other matter before the
             115      committee, the chair may, or a majority of the committee may, require that any or all person's
             116      testimony be taken under oath.
             117          Section 5. SR-24.13 is amended to read:
             118           SR-24.13. Reprinting a Bill.
             119          A committee chairman may order any bill that has been considerably amended in
             120      committee to be [retyped and] reprinted. This substitute bill shall be adopted by the committee

             121      prior to being reported out of committee.
             122          If a bill has been referred to a standing committee, no substitute of that bill may be
             123      ordered officially printed until the bill is substituted by the standing committee. However, the
             124      sponsor of the substitute may have copies of the substitute bill made for limited distribution.
             125          Section 6. SR-24.19 is amended to read:
             126           SR-24.19. Committee Reports.
             127          All business referred to a committee shall be considered within a reasonable length of
             128      time. When a bill is acted upon by a committee, a committee report detailing committee action,
             129      and the bill, shall be returned immediately to the Senate. If a bill is tabled, the Senate shall be
             130      notified. This notification requires no Senate action, as the bill shall be automatically sent to
             131      the [Secretary of the] Senate Rules Committee.
             132          Section 7. SR-25.02 is amended to read:
             133           SR-25.02. Bills Placed on Calendar.
             134          All bills reported to the Senate by committees shall be placed at the bottom of the
             135      second reading calendar or on the consent calendar in the order received.
             136          Section 8. SR-25.05 is amended to read:
             137           SR-25.05. Second Reading Calendar.
             138          (1) After consideration of all bills on third reading calendar, bills on second reading
             139      calendar shall be considered. Each bill listed shall be read by title, unless the Senate suspends
             140      this requirement by a two-thirds vote. (cf. SR-27.16)
             141          (2) The Secretary of the Senate or the secretary's designee shall read the committee
             142      report. A motion to adopt a "favorable" committee report places the bill before the Senate with
             143      all committee amendments. If a motion to adopt a "favorable" committee report does not
             144      receive a majority vote, the bill will be returned to the Secretary of the Senate.
             145          (3) If a bill has not received a Senate standing committee or interim committee review
             146      and approval, the reading clerk shall note that.
             147          (4) The final question on second reading calendar is: "Shall the bill (resolution) be read
             148      a third time?" The question shall be decided on a roll call vote. A constitutional majority vote
             149      is required to pass the bill on the second reading calendar.
             150          Section 9. SR-25.11 is amended to read:
             151           SR-25.11. Re-referring Bills to Committee.

             152          A bill that has been referred to a standing committee may be re-referred as follows:
             153          (1) by the presiding officer;
             154          (2) upon motion from the floor; and
             155          (3) if a bill has been reported back by the committee to which it was assigned with the
             156      recommendation that it be re-referred to the [Secretary of the] Senate Rules Committee.
             157          Section 10. SR-25.12 is amended to read:
             158           SR-25.12. Action on House Bills.
             159          When a House bill is received by the Senate with a transmittal letter informing the
             160      Senate that it has passed the House, the bill shall be read the first time and referred by the
             161      President to the [Secretary of the] Senate Rules Committee. Action on House bills is the same
             162      as for Senate bills.
             163          If a House bill is identical to a Senate bill, the President of the Senate shall identify the
             164      bills and direct that the bill which was first requested from the Office of Legislative Research
             165      and General Counsel shall be adopted and take its place on the second reading calendar, unless
             166      otherwise directed by the majority of the body on the floor. The substitution shall be noted in
             167      the journal.
             168          Section 11. SR-27.16 is amended to read:
             169           SR-27.16. Constitutional Motion.
             170          (1) At the beginning of each session of the Senate, before the reading of any bill or
             171      resolution, the Senate Rules Committee chair shall make the following motion:
             172          "Mr. (Madam) President, as [provided] allowed by the Utah Constitution and the Joint
             173      Rules of the Legislature, I move that [we suspend the reading of the titles of all bills and
             174      resolutions on the Senate calendar as they are read for the first time and introduced, and
             175      considered on second reading, third reading, and consent calendars. I further move that this
             176      suspension apply to all bills and resolutions introduced during this legislative session, except
             177      that any Senator may request the reading of the long title, short title, or both of any House or
             178      Senate bill or resolution] the Senate continue its practice of reading only the short title of bills
             179      and resolutions as they are introduced or considered on a Senate calendar and not read the long
             180      title of the bills and resolutions unless a majority of the Senate directs the reading of the long
             181      title, short title, or both of any House or Senate bill or resolution."
             182          (2) At the beginning of each daily journal, the Journal Clerk shall record the page on

             183      which the motion to suspend reading of titles of bills and resolutions is made.
             184          Section 12. SR-35.01 is amended to read:
             185           SR-35.01. Executive Sessions; Process.
             186          When a motion for executive session is adopted, the Senate chamber doors shall be
             187      closed. The President may require all persons, except the Senators, Secretary, Reading Clerk,
             188      Docket Clerk, and Sergeant-at-Arms to leave. During the discussion, everyone present shall
             189      remain within the chamber. Everyone present shall keep all matters discussed in executive
             190      session confidential.
             191          Section 13. Effective date.
             192          This resolution takes effect upon approval by a constitutional majority vote of all
             193      members of the Senate.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-12-04 3:39 PM

A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

Interim Committee Note
    as of 01-14-04 8:46 AM

The Senate Rules Committee recommended this bill.

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