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SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 104 – Senate Rules, committee attendance


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SR104................................................by JUDICIARY AND RULES
SENATE RULES - Stating findings of the Senate and amending Senate Rule 20
to revise provisions relating to committee meeting attendance.
01/31    Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/01    Rpt prt - rec d/p - to 10th Ord
02/03    10th Ord - ADOPTED - 26-9-0
      AYES -- Andreason, Brandt, Broadsword, Bunderson, Burtenshaw,
      Cameron, Coiner, Compton, Corder, Darrington, Davis, Gannon, Geddes,
      Goedde, Hill, Jorgenson, Little, Lodge, McGee, McKenzie, Noble,
      Pearce, Richardson, Stegner, Sweet, Williams(Williams)
      NAYS -- Burkett, Kelly, Keough, Langhorst, Malepeai, Marley,
      Schroeder, Stennett, Werk
      Absent and excused -- None
    Floor Sponsor - Davis
    Title apvd - Filed in Office of the Secretary of Senate

Bill Text

  ]]]]              LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO             ]]]]
 Fifty-eighth Legislature                   First Regular Session - 2005
                                       IN THE SENATE
                                 SENATE RESOLUTION NO. 104
                              BY JUDICIARY AND RULES COMMITTEE
  1                                 A SENATE RESOLUTION
  3    Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Idaho:
  4        WHEREAS, the Senate deems it necessary and desirable to amend Rule  20  of
  5    the Rules of the Senate.
  6        NOW,  THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Senate, assembled in
  7    the First Regular Session of the Fifty-eighth Idaho Legislature, that Rule  20
  8    of the Rules of the Senate shall be amended to read as follows:
  9                                       RULE 20
 10        Committees--Quorum.--(A)  Committees  shall not proceed to the transaction
 11    of business except upon a quorum being present when  the  committee  convenes,
 12    nor  thereafter  if  any  member objects to a lack of a quorum. A quorum shall
 13    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
 16    Senate.
 17        Committees--Rules and Procedure.--(C)  Unless otherwise specified, general
 18    rules of procedure governing the Senate shall govern procedure in all  commit-
 19    tees and subcommittees, except there may be no call of any committee or of the
 20    Senate  while in the Committee of the Whole.  A motion to adjourn shall not be
 21    in order in the Committee of the Whole.
 22        Committee Hearings.--(D)  All proceedings of the Senate and the  Committee
 23    of  the Whole shall be open. Hearings held by any standing, select, or special
 24    committee shall be open to the public at all times, and any person may  attend
 25    any  hearing of such committee, but may participate in the committee only with
 26    the approval of the committee itself. The committee chairman,  or  the  acting
 27    chairman,  shall  announce the subject of the matter under inquiry and proceed
 28    with hearing testimony or examining witnesses. Each person  testifying  before
 29    the committee shall state his name, address, business, or occupation, and spe-
 30    cial interest in the matter being heard.
 31        Committee Meetings Attendance.--(E)  All persons may attend any meeting of
 32    any  standing,  select, or special committee, but may participate in delibera-
 33    tions 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 iden-
 37    tified 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-
  1    vided in Section 67-2345, Idaho Code at which time persons who are not members
  2    of the legislature may be excluded, provided however, that during such  execu-
  3    tive session, no votes or official action may be taken.
  4        Objection  to Testimony.--(F)  If any member of the committee shall object
  5    to the testimony, or any part thereof, of any witness, the chair of  the  com-
  6    mittee  may  overrule  the  objection, require the witness to refrain from the
  7    objectionable testimony or may disallow further testimony and otherwise  main-
  8    tain  order.  The  chair  of the committee shall decide all questions of order
  9    subject to appeal.
 10        Buck Slips.--(G)  Buck slips may be  used  for  committee  action  on  the
 11    introduction  of or recommendations on bills, but only in instances where com-
 12    mittee meetings are impractical.  The objection to the use of a buck  slip  by
 13    one  committee  member shall preclude its use in that instance.  All committee
 14    members, who are not absent and excused from attendance in the Senate on  that
 15    day, shall be required to sign their names indicating their aye or nay vote on
 16    the matter being considered.

Statement of Purpose / Fiscal Impact

                       STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
                             RS 14617

The purpose of this resolution is to amend Senate Rule 20.  The
effect of the amendment is that the House and Senate Rule on
Executive Session are consistent.  It deletes a reference to an
Idaho Code Section and establishes by rule what is believed the
better method of addressing Senate Rules.

                           FISCAL NOTE


Name:  Senator Bart M. Davis 
Phone: (208) 334-1305