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6 LONG TITLE
7 General Description:
8 This resolution modifies House rules.
9 Highlighted Provisions:
10 This resolution:
11 . modifies provisions governing who presides at the beginning of a general session;
12 . modifies provisions governing the election and responsibilities of the Speaker-elect;
13 . requires the House to elect a Speaker within a certain time frame if there is a
15 . clarifies the responsibilities of the Sergeant-at-Arms;
16 . clarifies and modifies the House rules concerning executive sessions;
17 . clarifies and repeals provisions governing the time certain calendar;
18 . establishes a postage allowance for House members;
19 . modifies access provisions to areas controlled by the House;
20 . requires permission to hold a press conference in the House Chamber;
21 . changes provisions governing committee reports;
22 . removes provisions allowing filing of a minority report;
23 . adds provisions related to signing of committee reports;
24 . changes the maximum speaking time during debate; and
25 . makes technical changes.
26 Special Clauses:
28 Legislative Rules Affected:
47 Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the state of Utah:
48 Section 1. HR1-2-101 is amended to read:
49 HR1-2-101. Calling the House to Order.
51 session of the Legislature during odd-numbered years, [
56 until the Representatives have taken the oath of office and elected a Speaker.
57 Section 2. HR1-3-101 is amended to read:
58 HR1-3-101. Election of Speaker.
59 (1) The House of Representatives shall elect a Speaker from among its members to
60 perform the duties established by this chapter.
61 (2) (a) Following a general election and before January 1 of odd-numbered years, the
62 majority caucus shall elect a Speaker-elect.
63 (b) Beginning January 1 of odd-numbered years, the Representative elected by the
64 majority caucus shall serve as Speaker-elect and perform the duties of the Speaker until the
65 House elects a Speaker as required by Subsection (1).
66 Section 3. HR1-3-103 is amended to read:
67 HR1-3-103. Temporary Presiding Officer in Speaker's Absence.
68 (1) (a) The Speaker shall name a Representative to act as Speaker Pro Tempore during
69 the absence of the Speaker.
70 (b) (i) If an interim vacancy in the office of Speaker occurs because of the death,
71 resignation, or disability of the Speaker, the Speaker Pro Tempore shall conduct the necessary
72 business of the House only until an election is held by the House to fill the vacancy.
73 (ii) If a vacancy occurs as described in Subsection (1)(b)(i), the House shall hold an
74 election to fill a vacancy in the office of Speaker no later than:
75 (A) five legislative days after the vacancy occurs if the vacancy occurs during the
76 general session; or
77 (B) 30 calendar days after the vacancy occurs if the vacancy occurs during the interim.
78 (2) Notwithstanding Subsection (1), the Speaker may name any other Representative to
79 perform the duties of presiding officer for a period not to exceed one legislative day.
80 (3) If the Speaker and the Speaker Pro Tempore are absent at the time the session is
81 scheduled to convene, and the Speaker has not designated another Representative to perform
82 the duties of presiding officer, the Representative of the majority party who is senior in House
83 service shall call the House to order and preside until one of them returns.
84 (4) The Speaker Pro Tempore, and each Representative authorized to preside by the
85 Speaker or this rule, has all the powers and responsibilities of the Speaker while presiding.
86 Section 4. HR1-4-202 is amended to read:
87 HR1-4-202. Duties of the Sergeant-at-Arms.
88 The Sergeant-at-Arms and the employees under the Sergeant's direction shall:
89 (1) maintain security in areas controlled by the House;
90 (2) enforce the House Rules at the direction of the presiding officer of the House;
91 (3) enforce the provision of Utah Code Title 26, Chapter 38, Utah Indoor Clean Air
92 Act, in areas controlled by the House; and
93 (4) provide other service as requested by the Chief Clerk or the Speaker.
94 Section 5. HR1-5-202 is amended to read:
95 HR1-5-202. Executive Session.
96 (1) The House of Representatives shall comply with the requirements of Title 52,
97 Chapter 4, Open and Public Meetings Act, when holding an executive session.
99 session, the Sergeant-at-Arms shall close the House chamber doors.
101 Chief Clerk, Journal Clerk, and Sergeant-at-Arms leave the chamber, halls, gallery, and lounge.
106 (6) During the executive session, those within the chamber may not communicate with
107 anyone outside the chamber by verbal, written, electronic, or any other means.
108 Section 6. HR1-5-301 is amended to read:
109 HR1-5-301. Special Order of Business -- Time Certain.
110 (1) (a) [
111 or the House Rules committee may recommend, that a piece of legislation become a special
112 order of business on the time certain calendar.
113 (b) If the motion is approved by a majority of the members present, the Chief Clerk
114 shall place the legislation on the time certain calendar.
115 (2) A motion to place a piece of legislation as a special order of business on the time
116 certain calendar may not be made if the legislation has not yet been placed on the third reading
119 place the legislation before the House.
120 Section 7. HR1-8-101 is enacted to read:
122 HR1-8-101. House Postage Allowance.
123 (1) Each Representative may deposit:
124 (a) up to 300 letters into the House mail system during the annual general session; and
125 (b) up to 10 letters per month into the House mail system during the remainder of the
127 (2) Upon request from an individual Representative, the Speaker may grant an
128 additional postage allowance.
129 Section 8. HR2-4-105 is amended to read:
130 HR2-4-105. News Media.
131 (1) (a) News media with House press credentials shall be admitted to the House
132 chamber, halls, [
133 (b) While the House is convened in House chambers, news media [
134 shall remain in the area designated for the news media and may not enter the floor of the
135 House, the circle, lounge, or the Speaker's dais.
136 (2) With permission of the Speaker or the Speaker's designee, the news media may
137 conduct and record interviews in the House lounge, halls, available committee rooms, or in the
138 House chamber or gallery.
139 (3) A Representative may not hold a press conference in the house chamber without the
140 permission of the Speaker of the House.
142 HR2-4-102 and HR2-4-103 .
144 requirements of this rule.
145 Section 9. HR3-2-102 is amended to read:
146 HR3-2-102. Standing Committee Review Required -- Exceptions.
147 (1) The House of Representatives may not pass a bill, joint resolution, or concurrent
148 resolution during the annual general session that has not been reviewed by a House standing
150 (2) This rule does not apply to:
151 (a) a resolution regarding legislative rules or legislative personnel;
152 (b) legislation that has been approved by an interim committee;
153 (c) the revisor's statute; or
154 (d) if the legislation was reviewed and approved by the Executive Appropriations
155 Committee, legislation that:
156 (i) exclusively appropriates monies;
157 (ii) amends Utah Code Title 53A, Chapter 17a, Minimum School Program Act;
158 (iii) amends Utah Code Title 67, Chapter 22, State Officer Compensation; [
159 (iv) authorizes the issuance of general obligation or revenue bonds.
160 Section 10. HR3-2-402 is amended to read:
161 HR3-2-402. Voting -- Chair to Verbally Announce the Vote -- Dissenting
162 Members to Be Reported -- Division of the Question.
163 (1) A committee member present shall vote on every question.
164 (2) (a) If requested by a committee member or at the discretion of the chair, the
165 standing committee chair may direct a roll call vote.
166 (b) During a vote, the standing committee chair may not take any motions or conduct
167 any other business.
168 (3) (a) If a question contains several points, a committee member may, except as
169 provided in Subsection (3)(d), request to have the question divided for purposes of voting.
170 (b) The committee member requesting division of the question shall clearly state how
171 the question is to be divided.
172 (c) (i) The standing committee chair shall determine how many divisions may be made
173 to any question.
174 (ii) The committee may seek to overrule the standing committee chair's decision only
176 (d) A committee member may not request, and the standing committee chair may not
177 grant, division of the question when the motion directs that language be stricken and new
178 language be inserted.
179 (4) After the committee votes on a question, the standing committee chair shall:
180 (a) determine whether the motion passed or failed;
181 (b) verbally announce that the motion passed or that the motion failed;
182 (c) verbally identify by name either the committee members who voted "yes" or the
183 committee members who voted "no"; and
184 (d) ensure that the vote is recorded in the minutes.
185 (5) Members dissenting from a committee report may [
186 listed on the committee report as dissenting.
187 Section 11. HR3-2-601 is amended to read:
188 HR3-2-601. Committee Reports.
189 (1) (a) When a piece of legislation is acted upon by a committee, the standing
190 committee chair shall, no later than the next legislative day, submit to the Chief Clerk of the
194 committee chair.
195 (b) If the standing committee chair is unavailable or unwilling to sign the committee
196 report, and the legislation and committee report are not submitted to the Chief Clerk of the
197 House by the next legislative day as required by this Subsection (1), the Chief Clerk of the
198 House shall ensure that the official version of the legislation and a committee report detailing
199 the committee's action are submitted to the Chief Clerk of the House no later than the second
200 legislative day after a piece of legislation is acted upon by a committee.
201 (2) (a) If a piece of legislation is tabled by a committee and is not lifted from the table
202 at the next standing committee, the standing committee chair shall, no later than the next
203 legislative day, submit a committee report to the Chief Clerk of the House informing the House
204 that the legislation was tabled.
205 (b) After reading the committee report on the tabled legislation, the Chief Clerk shall
206 send the legislation to the House Rules Committee.
207 Section 12. HR4-6-105 is amended to read:
208 HR4-6-105. Representatives Not to Speak More Than Twice -- Maximum
209 Speaking Time.
210 (1) (a) Without permission from the House, a Representative may not speak more than
211 twice on the same piece of legislation, substitute legislation, or amendment in any one debate
212 on the same day and on the same reading of the legislation.
213 (b) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b)(ii), the presiding officer may not grant a
214 Representative who has spoken once permission to speak again on the same piece of legislation
215 or substitute if any Representative who has not spoken wishes to speak.
216 (ii) The presiding officer may grant a Representative who has spoken once permission
217 to respond to a question if the Representative consents to a request that the Representative yield
218 to a question under HR4-6-104.
219 (2) A Representative may not speak longer than [
220 another Representative yields that Representative's time to the Representative who has the
222 (3) Unless extended by a majority vote:
223 (a) during the first 38 days of an annual general session, the presiding officer may not
224 allow the House to debate a piece of legislation for more than eight hours; and
225 (b) during the last seven days of an annual general session, the presiding officer may
226 not allow the House to debate a piece of legislation for more than two hours.
227 Section 13. HR4-9-102 is amended to read:
228 HR4-9-102. Motion to Reconsider -- Procedures.
229 When a Representative [
230 motion to reconsider, the Chief Clerk or the Chief Clerk's designee shall:
231 (1) ensure that the [
232 (2) retain the legislation in the possession of the House until the time for
233 reconsideration has expired or until the legislation has been reconsidered.
234 Section 14. Repealer.
235 This resolution repeals:
236 HR3-2-303, Legislation Scheduled for Time Certain Has Priority in Committee.
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