PRINTER'S NO. 1596
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
318
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY CORMAN AND COSTA, MARCH 18, 2020
INTRODUCED, MARCH 18, 2020
A RESOLUTION
Adopting temporary emergency Rules of the Senate.
WHEREAS, The purpose of these rules is to maintain the
continuity of the legislative operations of the Senate, which in
turn, protects the health, safety and welfare of the residents
of this Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, These rules are predicated upon the declaration of
disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020, the
effect of which makes the convening of some or all of the
members of the Senate as a body in the Senate Chamber of the
Capitol Building or at a single location imprudent, inexpedient
or impossible; and
WHEREAS, The Rules of the Senate for the 203rd and 204th
Regular Session, as adopted in Senate Resolution No. 3,
Printer's No. 3 (2019), on January 1, 2019, remain in full force
and effect; the only changes to those Rules are as provided in
this resolution; and
WHEREAS, Printing of documents may be impaired because of
remote operation of the administrative duties and proceedings of
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the Senate; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That, notwithstanding Rules 6 and 7 of the Senate:
in the absence of the Secretary-Parliamentarian and the
Chief Clerk and subject to the direction of the President Pro
Tempore, the Assistant Secretary shall attest all writs,
warrants and subpoenas issued by order of the Senate and
shall certify as to the passage of Senate bills and the
approval of executive nominations; and
in the absence of both officers and the Assistant
Secretary, the President pro tempore shall designate a
signatory;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That, notwithstanding Rule 9 of the Senate, there
shall be no guest introductions; and be it further
RESOLVED, That, notwithstanding Rule 9 of the Senate, there
shall be no consideration of unanimous consent resolutions; and
be it further
RESOLVED, That, notwithstanding Rule 12(k) of the Senate, a
sponsor may electronically file with the Secretary-
Parliamentarian for introduction a bill imprinted with the stamp
of the Legislative Reference Bureau; and be it further
RESOLVED, That, notwithstanding Rule 14(h) of the Senate,
members may remotely participate in committee meetings as
follows:
remote participation means simultaneous, interactive
participation in a committee meeting by committee members not
physically present at the location of the meeting, through
means of communication technologies designed to accommodate
and facilitate such simultaneous, interactive participation;
committee members participating remotely shall be counted
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for the purpose of determining a quorum;
a quorum shall be established through a roll call; and
technology employed for remote committee meetings must
safeguard the integrity of the legislative process and
maintain the deliberative character of the meeting by
providing for simultaneous, aural and verbal communication
among all participants;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That, notwithstanding Rule 14 of the Senate:
the President pro tempore may appoint a senator to serve
in a temporary capacity as a member of a committee, serving
only for the duration of a single session day for a
particular committee meeting;
the President pro tempore shall transmit this designation
to the Secretary-Parliamentarian for retention during the
two-year legislative session, and this record shall be
available for public inspection upon request; and
the communication shall be read across the desk and
printed in the Senate journal on the next legislative day of
the Senate;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That, in addition to the provisions of Rule 14 of
the Senate:
regulations shall be deposited with the Legislative
Reference Bureau;
the bureau shall transmit the regulations to the
appropriate committee for consideration within 24 hours;
the bureau shall transmit notice of the transmission of
the regulations to the Secretary-Parliamentarian; and
the time for consideration shall begin on the date the
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committee receives the regulations from the bureau;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That, in addition to the provisions of Rule 17 of
the Senate:
members participating remotely may cast votes for all
measures considered and brought to a vote by the committee,
as if the members were physically present at the committee
meeting;
the identity of the voting member must be verified by the
Chair; and
a member may also vote on matters before the committee
pursuant to Rule 16(3);
and be it further
RESOLVED, That, notwithstanding Rule 20 of the Senate,
members may remotely participate in the session of the Senate:
members participating remotely may cast votes for all
measures considered and brought to a vote during session, as
if the members were physically present at the session of the
Senate;
the identity of the voting member must be verified by the
Presiding Officer;
technology employed for remote participation in Senate
session must safeguard the integrity of the legislative
process and maintain the deliberative character of the
session by providing for simultaneous, aural and verbal
communication among all participants; and
a member may also vote as provided in Rule 20(b)(1) and
(2);
and be it further
RESOLVED, Notwithstanding Rule 23 of the Senate, the Chief
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Clerk may provide for remote participation technology that
enables members to participate in committee meetings and Senate
Session; and be it further
RESOLVED, That, notwithstanding Rule 27 of the Senate:
Senators participating remotely in the session of the
Senate shall be counted for the purpose of determining a
quorum; and
a quorum shall be established through a roll call if the
identity of the voting member is identified by the Presiding
Officer;
and be it further
RESOLVED, That this resolution shall expire July 31, 2020, or
10 days following the expiration of the emergency declaration,
whichever is earlier, unless otherwise further extended in
accordance with the Rules of the Senate.
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