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S.J.R. 13






Sponsor: Michael G. Waddoups

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies joint interim rules.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This resolution:
             12          .    expands the minimum number of subcommittee members from four to five;
             13          .    requires a legislator to obtain approval from the Legislative Expenses Oversight
             14      Committee for the legislator's chamber before qualifying for per diem for attending
             15      a committee or subcommittee meeting of which the legislator is not a member;
             16          .    modifies requirements governing the treatment of disorderly visitors;
             17          .    clarifies and modifies quorum requirements;
             18          .    modifies requirements governing sources of legislative procedure;
             19          .    clarifies requirements governing division of motions;
             20          .    clarifies requirements governing substitute motions;
             21          .    clarifies which motions may be amended;
             22          .    repeals the requirement governing suspension of the rules; and
             23          .    repeals the rule governing motions to hold.
             24      Special Clauses:
             25          None
             26      Legislative Rules Affected:
             27      AMENDS:

             28          IR1-1-202
             29          IR3-1-102
             30          IR3-1-103
             31          IR3-2-101
             32          IR3-4-201
             33          IR3-4-204
             34      ENACTS:
             35          IR3-4-205
             36      REPEALS:
             37          IR2-1-102
             38          IR3-4-101
             39          IR3-4-102
             40          IR3-4-302
             42      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             43          Section 1. IR1-1-202 is amended to read:
             44           IR1-1-202. Interim Committees -- Creation and Organization of Subcommittees.
             45          (1) An interim committee may establish one or more subcommittees if:
             46          (a) a majority of the interim committee votes to create the subcommittee;
             47          (b) the per diem and expenses of the subcommittee members can be adequately
             48      covered within the budget of the interim committee; and
             49          (c) the interim committee solicits and receives approval from the Legislative
             50      Management Committee to create the subcommittee.
             51          (2) The interim committee shall establish the powers and duties of the subcommittee.
             52          (3) The cochairs of the interim committee shall:
             53          (a) appoint at least four legislators to serve on the subcommittee from the membership
             54      of the interim committee that created the subcommittee; and
             55          (b) appoint at least one additional legislator who is a member of the interim committee
             56      that created the subcommittee as chair of the subcommittee.
             57          Section 2. IR3-1-102 is amended to read:
             58           IR3-1-102. Rights of Members to Attend Meetings -- Nonmembers of the

             59      Committee or Subcommittee May Not Vote.
             60          (1) Any member of the Legislature may:
             61          (a) attend any meeting of an interim committee or any of its subcommittees; and
             62          (b) if recognized by the chair, present the member's views on any subject under
             63      consideration by the committee or subcommittee.
             64          (2) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), a legislator must be a member of the committee or
             65      subcommittee in order to:
             66          (a) vote on any decision of the committee or subcommittee; or
             67          (b) receive per diem for attending the meeting unless approval for receiving per diem is
             68      obtained from the Legislative Expenses Oversight Committee of the chamber in which the
             69      legislator is a member.
             70          Section 3. IR3-1-103 is amended to read:
             71           IR3-1-103. Order and Decorum -- Points of Order.
             72          (1) (a) The chair shall preserve order and decorum in committee meetings and
             73      hearings.
             74          (b) The chair may order the committee room cleared of [visitors if visitors engage in
             75      disorderly conduct] any disorderly visitor.
             76          (2) (a) The chair shall decide points of order, subject to an appeal to the committee by
             77      any member of the committee.
             78          (b) A committee member wishing to appeal a decision of the chair shall make a motion
             79      appealing the decision of the chair.
             80          (c) The committee shall decide the point of order by a majority vote of the committee
             81      members present.
             82          Section 4. IR3-2-101 is amended to read:
             83           IR3-2-101. Quorum Requirements.
             84          (1) For the purpose of determining a committee or subcommittee quorum, a majority is
             85      at least 50% in one house and more than 50% in the other.
             86          (2) If a member of the committee or subcommittee fails to attend two consecutive
             87      meetings of a committee or subcommittee in any calendar year, that legislator's membership in
             88      the committee or subcommittee is not counted for that calendar year in determining a quorum,
             89      except for meetings that the legislator actually attends.

             90          (3) Except for meetings that the legislator actually attends, legislators who are
             91      members of the Legislative Management Committee are not counted in determining a quorum.
             92          Section 5. IR3-4-201 is amended to read:
             93           IR3-4-201. Motions to be Stated Before Debate -- Dividing a motion --
             94      Withdrawing a Motion.
             95          (1) When a motion is made, it shall be stated by the chair before debate.
             96          (2) When a motion is stated by the chair, it is in the possession of the committee.
             97          (3) (a) If a motion contains several points, a committee member may request that the
             98      motion be divided and that each part be voted upon separately.
             99          (b) To be in order, the request to divide must clearly state how the question is to be
             100      divided.
             101          (c) Except as provided in Subsections (3)(d) and (e), if the request is in order, the chair
             102      must divide the motion and take a separate vote on each part of the divided motion.
             103          (d) (i) Except as provided in Subsections (3)(d)(ii) and (iii), a motion to strike out and
             104      insert, or to delete and insert, is not subject to division.
             105          (ii) If the committee rejects a motion to strike out and insert one proposition, a motion
             106      to strike out and insert a different proposition is in order.
             107          (iii) If the committee rejects a motion to delete and insert one proposition, a motion to
             108      delete and insert a different proposition is in order.
             109          (e) (i) The presiding officer shall determine how many divisions may be made to any
             110      question.
             111          (ii) The committee may seek to overrule this decision only once.
             112          [(3)] (4) (a) A motion may be withdrawn at any time by the sponsor before it is divided
             113      or amended.
             114          (b) After a motion has been divided or amended, it may be withdrawn by the sponsor
             115      only if the withdrawal of the motion is approved by a majority of the committee members
             116      present.
             117          Section 6. IR3-4-204 is amended to read:
             118           IR3-4-204. Substitute Motions.
             119          (1) A substitute motion, or any part of the substitute motion, if adopted by a majority of
             120      the committee members present, disposes of the original motion.

             121          (2) The chair may not accept a substitute motion to a substitute motion.
             122          Section 7. IR3-4-205 is enacted to read:
             123          IR3-4-205. Which Motions May Be Amended (Masons Sec. 396).
             124          Each original main motion may be amended, and all other motions may be amended,
             125      except the following motions:
             126          (1) to adjourn;
             127          (2) to appeal the decision of the chair;
             128          (3) to raise a point of order;
             129          (4) to divide another motion;
             130          (5) to table;
             131          (6) to remove from the table;
             132          (7) to call the previous question;
             133          (8) to amend an amendment;
             134          (9) to move to the next item on the agenda;
             135          (10) to call for division; or
             136          (11) to reconsider.
             137          Section 8. Repealer.
             138          This resolution repeals:
             139           IR2-1-102, Interim Committees -- Initiating its Own Studies -- Process.
             140           IR3-4-101, Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure.
             141           IR3-4-102, Suspension of Rules.
             142           IR3-4-302, Motion to Hold.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-31-05 8:58 AM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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