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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 13, 2017 09:58 AM
From: Representative Greg Vitali
To: All House members
Subject: Restoring 24 Hour Wait Rule on Concurrence Votes
 
In the near future, I will be introducing a resolution to undo the changes made to House Rule 21 on January 3rd.

For the last decade, the House has been required to wait 24 hours before voting on a bill coming back from the Senate on concurrence. This 24 hour wait rule was a recommendation of the bipartisan reform commission established in the wake of the midnight pay raise vote controversy of 2005.

On Jan 3rd, we changed Rule 21 to reduce this wait period from 24 hours to just six hours. Six hours is sometimes an insufficient period of time for members to fully comprehend and the public to give input on important legislation. This is particularly true around budget time, when controversial provisions are tucked in large bills such as the fiscal code at the last minute.

My resolution would restore this 24 hour waiting period.

Please join me in cosponsoring this resolution.



Introduced as HR47