6 LONG TITLE
7 General Description:
8 This rules resolution modifies House rules.
9 Highlighted Provisions:
10 This resolution:
11 ▸ simplifies language in the constitutional resolution related to the beginning of
12 House sessions;
13 ▸ modifies duties of the chief clerk of the House;
14 ▸ removes a restriction on a representative's leaving the chamber during a vote;
15 ▸ consolidates and modifies definitions for clarity;
16 ▸ clarifies provisions that prohibit lobbying on the House floor;
17 ▸ permits the House Rules Committee to review any type of legislation as a standing
18 or interim committee;
19 ▸ requires, with certain exceptions, legislation to have a favorable recommendation
20 from a committee before the House Rules Committee may place the legislation
21 directly on the third reading calendar;
22 ▸ modifies rules on verbal amendments;
23 ▸ modifies rules on the release of held legislation;
24 ▸ modifies provisions relating to notifications relating to the consent calendar;
25 ▸ prohibits certain actions during voting;
26 ▸ prohibits reference to committee actions during floor debate, with exceptions; and
27 ▸ modifies procedures relating to approved activities.
28 Special Clauses:
30 Legislative Rules Affected:
53 Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the state of Utah:
54 Section 1. HR1-1-102 is amended to read:
55 HR1-1-102. Constitutional motion.
56 At the beginning of each session of the House, before the reading of any piece of
57 legislation, the House Rules Committee chair shall make the following motion:
58 "Mr. (Madam) Speaker, as allowed by the Utah Constitution [
60 bills and resolutions as they are introduced or considered [
62 reading of the long title, short title, or both [
63 Section 2. HR1-4-102 is amended to read:
64 HR1-4-102. Duties of the chief clerk.
65 The general duties of the chief clerk are to:
66 (1) act as chief administrative officer of the House, subject to direction by the speaker
67 of the House;
68 (2) certify and transmit legislation to the Senate and inform the Senate of all House
70 (3) assist in the preparation of the House Journal and certify it as an accurate reflection
71 of House action;
72 (4) make the following technical corrections to legislation either before or following
73 final passage:
74 (a) correct the spelling of words;
75 (b) correct the erroneous division and hyphenation of words;
76 (c) correct mistakes in numbering sections and their references;
77 (d) capitalize words or change capitalized words to lower case;
78 (e) change numbers from words to figures or from figures to words; and
79 (f) underscore or remove underscoring in legislation without a motion to amend;
80 (5) modify the long title of a piece of legislation to ensure that the long title accurately
81 reflects any changes to the legislation made by amendment or substitute;
82 (6) supervise all House of Representatives' non-partisan personnel during a session and
83 assign them duties and responsibilities;
84 (7) keep a record of the attendance of each in-session employee and ensure that each
85 in-session employee is paid only for hours worked;
86 (8) be the custodian of all official documents;
87 (9) receive all numbered legislation from the Office of Legislative Research and
88 General Counsel;
89 (10) record the number, title, sponsor, each action, and final disposition of each piece
90 of legislation on the legislation;
91 (11) prepare and distribute the daily order of business each day;
92 (12) advise the speaker on parliamentary procedure, constitutional requirements, and
93 Joint and House Rules;
94 (13) assist with amendments to legislation;
95 (14) record votes and, if requested, present the results to the speaker;
96 (15) transmit all enrolled House bills and House concurrent resolutions to the
98 (16) approve material for placement on the representatives' desks if a representative has
99 authorized that distribution;
100 (17) maintain all calendars for the House floor; and
101 (18) record the votes of any member who is present in the House chamber who
102 requests assistance of the chief clerk.
103 Section 3. HR2-2-105 is amended to read:
104 HR2-2-105. Movement within the House chamber.
108 representative and the speaker or presiding officer.
109 Section 4. HR2-4-101 is amended to read:
110 HR2-4-101. Definitions.
111 As used in this chapter:
112 (1) "Former legislator" means a person who is not a current member of the Legislature,
113 but who served in the Utah House or Utah Senate at one time.
114 (2) "Governor's staff" means:
115 (a) a person employed directly by the Office of the Governor or the Office of the
116 Lieutenant Governor; and
117 (b) the director of the Office of Planning and Budget.
118 (3) (a) "Guest" means an individual who[
119 under a provision of this chapter[
120 or a special guest as described under HR2-4-101.2(5).
121 (b) [
122 House or Senate staff, a member of professional legislative staff, a House intern, a lobbyist, the
123 governor, the lieutenant governor, the state attorney general, the state treasurer, or the state
125 (4) "House conference rooms" means one of the conference rooms adjacent to the
126 House lounge, speaker's office, or the majority caucus room.
127 (5) "House halls" means the passageways that allow access to:
128 (a) the House chamber;
129 (b) the House lounge;
130 (c) the House offices; or
131 (d) any other nonpublic areas adjoining the House chamber.
132 (6) "House intern" means an individual who is:
133 (a) an official participant in the student intern program sponsored by the Utah
134 Legislature and administered by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel; and
135 (b) is assigned to a representative.
136 (7) "House offices" means:
137 (a) Representatives' offices adjacent to the House chamber;
138 (b) Representatives' offices on the third and fourth floors of the capitol building;
139 (c) Representatives' offices in the House building; and
140 (d) kitchens, restrooms, elevators, and any auxiliary rooms in the nonpublic areas
141 connected with the offices listed above.
142 (8) "House or Senate staff" means an individual who is employed directly by the House
143 or Senate.
145 House halls, and House conference rooms.
146 (b) "House space" does not mean the common public space outside the House
149 grandchild, great-grandparent, great-grandchild, sibling, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew of a
150 member of the House, provided that the individual is not a lobbyist.
153 (11) "Lobbying" means communicating with a legislator for the purpose of influencing
154 the passage, defeat, amendment, or postponement of legislative action.
156 a lobbyist by Utah Code Section 36-11-103[
162 Legislature's profession-based staff offices, namely the Office of Legislative Research and
163 General Counsel, the Office of the Legislative [
164 Legislative Auditor General, or the Office of Legislative Printing.
165 Section 5. HR2-4-101.2 is amended to read:
166 HR2-4-101.2. Admittance to House floor -- Prohibition against lobbying -- Rules
167 for lobbyists on House floor.
168 (1) While the House is convened in annual general session or special session, the
169 following individuals are permitted on the House floor:
170 (a) a legislator;
172 (b) a member of House or Senate staff;
173 (c) a member of professional legislative staff;
174 (d) a House intern;
175 (e) a former legislator who is not a lobbyist; and
176 (f) the governor, lieutenant governor, state attorney general, state treasurer, and state
178 (2) (a) While the House is convened in annual general session or special session, a
179 representative may invite one of the following individuals as a guest to accompany the
180 representative on the House floor:
181 (i) a member of the representative's immediate family;
182 (ii) an administrative assistant other than a House intern; or
183 (iii) a constituent who resides in the member's district.
184 (b) A representative may have no more than one guest on the House floor at any one
186 (c) A representative who invites a guest onto the House floor shall:
187 (i) if the guest is not seated next to the representative as permitted under HR2-4-102,
188 ensure that the guest sits on a bench on the House floor, provided that seating is available; and
189 (ii) ensure that the guest stays only for a short visit not to exceed one hour.
190 (3) A lobbyist, a guest, or an individual described in Subsection (1)(e), Subsection
191 (1)(f), or Subsection (2) is prohibited from lobbying on the House floor.
193 on the [
194 (b) A representative sponsoring a piece of legislation being debated by the House may
195 invite one lobbyist with expertise on the legislation being considered to be present on the
196 House floor during the presentation and debate on the legislation, if:
197 (i) the representative informs the sergeant-at-arms that the lobbyist is present on the
198 House floor;
199 (ii) the representative ensures that the lobbyist is seated on a bench on the House floor
200 during the presentation and debate on the legislation;
201 (iii) the representative ensures that the lobbyist does not [
202 the House floor; and
203 (iv) the lobbyist leaves the House floor when the House moves to another item of
205 (c) If the representative sponsoring the legislation needs the assistance of the lobbyist
206 during the course of debate on the legislation, the representative may request permission of the
207 speaker to have the lobbyist approach the representative sponsoring the legislation to provide
208 the needed information to the representative.
210 present in the House chamber or on the House floor.
212 sergeant-at-arms for the guests to be seated in the House gallery.
213 Section 6. HR2-4-101.3 is amended to read:
214 HR2-4-101.3. Admittance to the House lounge.
215 (1) While the House is convened in annual general session or special session only the
216 following individuals are permitted in the House lounge:
217 (a) a legislator;
219 (b) a member of House or Senate staff;
220 (c) a member of professional legislative staff;
221 (d) a member of the representative's immediate family;
222 (e) a House intern;
223 (f) a former legislator who is not a lobbyist;
224 (g) the governor, the lieutenant governor, the state attorney general, the state treasurer,
225 and the state auditor;
226 (h) the governor's staff, or a staff member for the attorney general, the state treasurer,
227 or the state auditor; and
228 (i) a lobbyist or guest as provided in Subsection (2).
229 (2) (a) A representative may invite a small number of lobbyists or guests to meet with
230 the representative in the House lounge for the purpose of educating the lobbyists or guests
231 about the legislative process or to discuss specific legislative issues.
232 (b) The representative shall ensure that the lobbyists and guests leave the House space
233 when the meeting is over.
234 Section 7. HR2-4-101.4 is amended to read:
235 HR2-4-101.4. Admittance to the House offices, conference rooms, and halls.
236 (1) While the House is convened in annual general session or special session only the
237 following individuals are permitted in the House offices:
238 (a) a legislator;
240 (b) a member of House or Senate staff;
241 (c) a member of professional legislative staff;
242 (d) a House intern;
243 (e) a member of the representative's immediate family;
244 (f) a former legislator who is not a lobbyist; and
245 (g) a lobbyist or guest, as provided in Subsection (3).
246 (2) An administrative assistant who is not a House intern is permitted in:
247 (a) the office of the representative who is employing the administrative assistant;
248 (b) the common areas of the House offices;
249 (c) a conference room in the House space, when meeting to discuss legislative business
250 with a representative; and
251 (d) the office of another representative with the consent of that representative.
252 (3) (a) A representative may invite a small number of lobbyists or guests to meet with
253 the representative in the representative's House office or a House conference room to discuss
254 specific legislative issues.
255 (b) The representative shall ensure that the lobbyists and guests leave the House space
256 when the meeting is over.
257 (4) (a) While the House is convened as a body on the House floor, and except as
258 provided in Subsection (4)(b), only the following individuals are allowed in the House halls:
259 (i) a legislator;
261 (ii) a member of House or Senate staff;
262 (iii) a member of professional legislative staff;
263 (iv) a House intern;
264 (v) an administrative assistant who is not a House intern;
265 (vi) a former legislator who is not a lobbyist; and
266 (vii) the governor, lieutenant governor, state attorney general, state treasurer, and state
268 (b) Immediate family of a representative, a lobbyist, a guest, an administrative assistant
269 who is not a House intern, or any other authorized individual who is in transit to the House
270 chamber, House lounge, or House offices may pass through the House halls when traveling to
271 and from an authorized destination.
272 (5) An administrative assistant to a representative who is a not a House intern is not
273 permitted to use or be issued an access badge that grants access to the House floor, House
274 lounge, House offices, House conference rooms, or House hallways.
275 Section 8. HR2-4-102 is amended to read:
276 HR2-4-102. Representatives' chairs and seating on the House floor.
277 (1) When the House is convened in session, no one other than the speaker or a
278 representative may occupy the chair or use the desk of the speaker or any representative.
279 (2) A representative may invite one individual to sit next to the representative on the
280 House floor, if the representative complies with the requirements of HR2-4-101.2 and the
281 invited individual is:
282 (a) another legislator;
284 (b) a member of House or Senate staff;
285 (c) a member of professional legislative staff;
286 (d) a House intern;
287 (e) a member of the representative's immediate family;
288 (f) a constituent who resides in the representative's district; or
289 (g) a special guest who is authorized to access the House floor under
291 Section 9. HR3-1-101 is amended to read:
292 HR3-1-101. House Rules Committee -- Appointment -- General responsibilities.
293 (1) The speaker shall appoint members of the House of Representatives to serve on the
294 House Rules Committee.
295 (2) The House Rules Committee shall perform the following functions as further
296 elaborated in this part:
297 (a) receive introduced legislation from the House and recommend that the legislation
298 be assigned to a House standing committee or to the House third reading calendar;
299 (b) receive legislation from the House that has been sent back to the House Rules
300 Committee from the third reading calendar, and recommend to the House which legislation
301 should be assigned to the third reading calendar and the order in which it should be heard; and
302 (c) function as a standing committee or interim committee when reviewing Joint Rules,
303 Interim Rules, [
304 Section 10. HR3-1-102 is amended to read:
305 HR3-1-102. House Rules Committee -- Assignment duties.
306 (1) The presiding officer shall submit all legislation introduced in the House of
307 Representatives to the House Rules Committee.
308 (2) For all legislation not specified in HR3-1-103 that is referred to the House Rules
309 Committee, the committee shall:
310 (a) examine the legislation for proper form, including fiscal note and interim
311 committee note, if any; and
312 (b) either:
313 (i) refer legislation to the House with a recommendation:
314 (A) that the legislation be referred to a standing committee for consideration; or
315 (B) that the legislation be read the second time and placed on the third reading
317 (I) a House standing committee, except for those bills exempted from standing
318 committee review requirements under HR3-2-401; or
319 (II) the House Rules Committee meeting as a standing committee as permitted under
320 HR3-1-101; or
321 (ii) hold the legislation.
322 (c) If the chair of the House Rules Committee receives a summary report from the
323 Occupational and Professional Licensure Review Committee related to newly regulating an
324 occupation or profession within the two calendar years immediately preceding the session in
325 which a piece of legislation is introduced related to the regulation by the Division of
326 Occupational and Professional Licensing of that occupation or profession:
327 (i) the chair of the House Rules Committee shall ensure that the House Rules
328 Committee is informed of the summary report before the House Rules Committee takes action
329 on the legislation; and
330 (ii) if the House Rules Committee refers the legislation to the House as provided for in
331 Subsection (2)(b)(i):
332 (A) the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall make the summary
333 report reasonably available to the public and to legislators; and
334 (B) if the legislation is referred to a standing committee, the House Rules Committee
335 shall forward the summary report to the standing committee.
336 (3) In carrying out its functions and responsibilities under this rule, the House Rules
337 Committee may not:
338 (a) table legislation without the written consent of the sponsor;
339 (b) report out any legislation that has been tabled by a standing committee;
340 (c) amend legislation without the written consent of the sponsor; or
341 (d) substitute legislation without the written consent of the sponsor.
342 (4) The House Rules Committee may recommend a time certain for floor consideration
343 of any legislation when it is reported out of the House Rules Committee, or at any other time.
344 (5) When the committee is carrying out its functions and responsibilities under this
345 rule, the committee shall:
346 (a) during a legislative session, give notice of its meetings by either:
347 (i) providing oral notice from the House floor of the time and place of its next meeting;
349 (ii) when oral notice is impractical, post written notice of its next meeting;
350 (b) when the Legislature is not in session, post a notice of meeting at least 24 hours
351 before the meeting convenes;
352 (c) have as its agenda all legislation in its possession for assignment to committee or to
353 the House calendars; and
354 (d) prepare minutes that include a record, by individual representative, of votes taken.
355 (6) Anyone may attend a meeting of the rules committee, but comments and discussion
356 are limited to members of the committee and the committee's staff.
357 Section 11. HR3-1-103 is amended to read:
358 HR3-1-103. House Rules Committee -- Standing and interim committee duties.
359 (1) The House Rules Committee has all the powers, functions, and duties of a standing
360 committee or interim committee when it[
363 Joint Rules resolutions, or other legislation.
364 (2) Any rules resolutions or legislation reviewed and approved by the House Rules
365 Committee may be reported directly to the House for its approval, amendment, or disapproval.
366 (3) When meeting as a standing committee or interim committee under this rule,
367 persons other than committee members may address the committee at the discretion of the
369 (4) When meeting as a standing committee or interim committee under this rule, the
370 House Rules Committee shall comply with the provisions of Utah Code Title 52, Chapter 4,
371 Open and Public Meetings Act.
372 Section 12. HR3-2-406 is amended to read:
373 HR3-2-406. Amending legislation -- Verbal amendments -- Amendments must be
375 (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2), and if recognized by the chair during the
376 committee action phase, a committee member may make a motion to amend the legislation that
377 is under consideration.
378 (b) (i) A committee member may propose a verbal amendment to the legislation under
379 consideration if the amendment contains [
380 (ii) Before proposing a motion to amend, a committee member shall ensure that a
381 proposed amendment that contains more than [
382 committee staff and to all committee members present.
383 (iii) Each word inserted shall count as one of the 15 words permitted under a verbal
384 amendment, except that:
385 (A) numbering shall not be counted as a word;
386 (B) instructions to delete a word or words shall not count as a word; and
387 (C) a word or an exact phrase that is inserted in multiple locations shall only be
388 counted for the first insertion.
389 (2) (a) A committee member may only make a motion to amend that is germane to the
390 subject of the legislation under consideration.
391 (b) A committee member who believes that an amendment is not germane to the
392 subject of the legislation may make a point of order or appeal as described in HR3-2-506.
393 Section 13. HR4-3-301 is amended to read:
394 HR4-3-301. Amendments in order on third reading -- 15 word rule -- Passage of
395 amendments by a majority vote.
396 (1) A motion to amend a piece of legislation is in order on third reading.
397 (2) (a) A representative may verbally propose an amendment to legislation if the
398 amendment contains 15 words or less.
399 (b) A representative shall ensure that a proposed amendment containing more than 15
400 words is printed on pink paper and available to the chief clerk and each representative present
401 before the motion to amend is made.
402 (c) Each word inserted shall count as one of the 15 words permitted under a verbal
403 amendment, except that:
404 (i) numbering shall not be counted as a word;
405 (ii) instructions to delete a word or words shall not count as a word; and
406 (iii) a word or an exact phrase that is inserted in multiple locations shall only be
407 counted for the first insertion.
408 (3) A constitutional amendment, resolution, or bill requiring a constitutional two-thirds
409 vote for final passage, may be amended by a majority vote.
410 (4) When legislation is amended by the House, the chief clerk shall:
411 (a) for each page of the legislation modified by a House amendment, cause a new page
412 to be printed that clearly identifies each House amendment to that page; and
413 (b) print that new page on lilac-colored paper.
414 Section 14. HR4-4-202 is amended to read:
415 HR4-4-202. Disposition of legislation voted on third reading.
416 (1) Except as provided in Subsection (2), the chief clerk or the chief clerk's designee
418 (a) for a piece of House legislation passed by the House on third reading but not yet
419 acted upon by the Senate, transmit the House legislation to the Senate for its further action;
420 (b) for a piece of House legislation that fails to pass the House on third reading, file the
422 (c) for a piece of House legislation that has passed both houses, follow the procedures
423 and requirements of JR4-6-101(1)(b);
424 (d) for a piece of Senate legislation passed by the House on third reading and not
425 amended or substituted in the House, transmit the Senate legislation to the presiding officer of
426 the House for the presiding officer's signature and return the legislation to the Senate for the
427 signature of the president of the Senate;
428 (e) for a piece of Senate legislation passed by the House on third reading that was
429 amended or substituted in the House, transmit the legislation to the Senate with the
430 amendments or substitute for further action by the Senate; and
431 (f) for a piece of Senate legislation that fails to pass the House on third reading,
432 transmit the legislation to the Senate with notice of the House's action.
433 (2) (a) The chief clerk shall ensure that the House retains possession of a piece of
434 legislation for no more than one legislative day when:
435 (i) a representative gives notice of intention to move for reconsideration to the chief
437 (ii) a representative requests that the chief clerk hold the legislation; or
438 (iii) the House passes a motion to retain possession of the legislation.
439 (b) When a representative moves for reconsideration or requests a hold under
440 Subsection (2)(a)(i) or (2)(a)(ii), the chief clerk shall give notice of the action to the speaker
441 and to the sponsor of the legislation.
442 (c) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (2)(a), a piece of legislation may
443 be released earlier than 24 hours if the [
444 is released.
445 Section 15. HR2-4-103 is amended to read:
446 HR2-4-103. Prohibitions on lobbying and fundraising.
447 (1) As used in this section[
450 collection of funds by means of a monetary contribution.
452 (2) Lobbying is [
453 provided under HR2-4-101.2.
454 (3) (a) Distribution of literature or any other information that announces or promotes
455 fundraising is [
456 (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (3)(a), a verbal announcement that involves or relates
457 to fundraising is permitted on the House floor if the announcement is:
458 (i) publicly made to all members on the House floor; and
459 (ii) an official announcement from the third house or authorized by the speaker of the
461 Section 16. HR4-4-301 is amended to read:
462 HR4-4-301. Consent calendar.
463 (1) If a standing committee report recommends that a piece of legislation be placed on
464 the consent calendar and the standing committee report is adopted by the House, the chief clerk
465 or the chief clerk's designee shall place the legislation on the consent calendar.
472 or more representatives, the chief clerk shall:
475 calendar; and
477 (3) [
478 legislation is removed from the consent calendar, the presiding officer shall inform the House
479 of its removal.
480 (4) (a) If, after two calendar days, no more than five members have registered written
481 objections to the legislation with the chief clerk:
482 (i) the legislation shall be read the third time;
483 (ii) the presiding officer shall grant the sponsor of the legislation two minutes to
484 introduce and explain the legislation; and
485 (iii) the presiding officer shall pose the question and take the final vote on the
487 (b) The presiding officer may not allow debate on legislation on the consent calendar.
488 (5) (a) If the representative sponsoring the legislation on the consent calendar is absent
489 from the floor when the legislation is ready to be read for the third time and considered for
490 passage, a representative may make a motion to circle the legislation.
491 (b) If the motion to circle is successful and the representative sponsoring the legislation
492 has not moved to uncircle the legislation before floor time is recessed or adjourned, the bill
493 shall be placed on the bottom of the third reading calendar.
494 Section 17. HR4-6-105.5 is enacted to read:
495 HR4-6-105.5. Reference to committee action or debate prohibited.
496 During debate on the House floor, a representative may not allude to or discuss what
497 was done or said in committee in relation to the legislation under debate, except that a
498 representative may allude to or discuss information contained on a House or Senate committee
500 Section 18. HR4-7-103 is amended to read:
501 HR4-7-103. Voting -- Representatives required to vote -- Representatives must be
502 present to vote.
503 (1) (a) A representative present within the House chamber when a vote is being taken
504 shall vote.
505 (b) (i) The chief clerk may record the vote of any representative who is present in the
506 House Chamber who requests assistance of the chief clerk.
507 (ii) The representative shall ensure that the electronic vote is recorded accurately.
508 (c) Each representative shall vote within the time limit fixed by the presiding officer.
509 (d) Immediately before an electronic vote or a roll call vote, a representative may, upon
510 recognition by the presiding officer, make a brief statement explaining any conflict of interest.
511 (2) (a) A representative may not vote on a piece of legislation or motion unless the
512 representative is present in the House chamber.
513 (b) No representative, or any other person, may vote on behalf of another
514 representative. A representative is the only person authorized to use that representative's
515 assigned voting device.
517 chamber after the question is posed, and before the presiding officer closes the vote or
518 announces the result, may have the question stated and vote.
519 Section 19. HR5-4-101 is amended to read:
520 HR5-4-101. Approved activities.
521 (1) This rule governs the [
522 as authorized by Utah Code Title 36, Chapter 11, Lobbyist Disclosure and Regulation Act[
526 (2) [
532 (a) to which a representative is invited; and
533 (b) at which the representative's attendance is approved by the speaker of the House.