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SENATE - COMMITTEE HEARINGS - Stating findings of the Senate and proposing
an amendment to Rule 20 of the Rules of the Senate to require that bills
which propose to amend the statutes of the state of Idaho shall not be sent
to the Senate floor without a public hearing if a hearing is requested by
any committee member.
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session - 2004
IN THE SENATE
SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 107
1 A SENATE RESOLUTION
2 PROVIDING FOR AN AMENDMENT TO RULE 20 OF THE RULES OF THE SENATE.
3 Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Idaho:
4 WHEREAS, the Senate deems it necessary and desirable that an amendment to
5 the Senate Rule 20 be adopted.
6 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Senate, assembled in
7 the Second Regular Session of the Fifty-seventh Idaho Legislature, that Senate
8 Rule 20, be, and the same is hereby amended to read as follows:
9 RULE 20
10 Committees -- Quorum. -- (A) Committees shall not proceed to the transac-
11 tion of business except upon a quorum being present when the committee con-
12 venes, nor thereafter if any member objects to a lack of a quorum. A quorum
13 shall consist of a majority of the committee membership.
14 Committee Meetings. -- (B) No committee shall meet during the session of
15 the Senate, nor at any time occupy the Senate Chamber, without leave of the
17 Committees -- Rules and Procedure. -- (C) Unless otherwise specified,
18 general rules of procedure governing the Senate shall govern procedure in all
19 committees and subcommittees, except there may be no call of any committee or
20 of the Senate while in the Committee of the Whole. A motion to adjourn shall
21 not be in order in the Committee of the Whole.
22 Committee Hearings. -- (D) All proceedings of the Senate and the Commit-
23 tee of the Whole shall be open. Hearings held by any standing, select, or spe-
24 cial committee shall be open to the public at all times, and any person may
25 attend any hearing of such committee, but may participate in the committee
26 only with the approval of the committee itself. The committee chairman, or the
27 acting chairman, shall announce the subject of the matter under inquiry and
28 proceed with hearing testimony or examining witnesses. Each person testifying
29 before the committee shall state his name, address, business, or occupation,
30 and special interest in the matter being heard.
31 Committee Meetings Attendance. -- (E) All persons may attend any meeting
32 of any standing, select, or special committee, but may participate in deliber-
33 ations or discussions only with the approval of the committee. Nothing con-
34 tained in this rule shall be construed to prevent, upon a two-thirds vote
35 recorded in the minutes of the meeting of the committee, the committee from
36 holding an executive session during any meeting after the chairman has identi-
37 fied the authorization under the provisions of Section 67-2345, Idaho Code,
38 for holding the executive session. An executive session may be held as pro-
39 vided in Section 67-2345, Idaho Code.
40 Hearings Required. -- (F) No bill shall be sent to the Senate floor by
41 any committee of the Senate without a public hearing on the bill for testimony
42 to be presented, if such bill is proposing to amend the statutes of the state
43 of Idaho and if a hearing is requested by any committee member.
1 Objection to Testimony. -- ( FG) If any member of the committee shall
2 object to the testimony, or any part thereof, of any witness, the chair of the
3 committee may overrule the objection, require the witness to refrain from the
4 objectionable testimony or may disallow further testimony and otherwise main-
5 tain order. The chair of the committee shall decide all questions of order
6 subject to appeal.
7 Buck Slips. -- ( GH) Buck slips may be used for committee action on the
8 introduction of or recommendations on bills, but only in instances where com-
9 mittee meetings are impractical. The objection to the use of a buck slip by
10 one committee member shall preclude its use in that instance. All committee
11 members, who are not absent and excused from attendance in the Senate on that
12 day, shall be required to sign their names indicating their aye or nay vote on
13 the matter being considered.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of this legislation is to amend Senate Rule 20 to
provide that if any committee sends a bill to the floor for
consideration, and if that bill amends any state statute, a
public hearing at which testimony is allowed to be presented
shall have been held on the bill if one or more committee
member(s) so request.
Name: Senator Gary Schroeder
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE SR 107