Appropriations Committee Rules

Subject to the Joint Rules of the Senate and the Assembly, the Rules of the Assembly shall govern the conduct of all committee meetings. Committees may adopt additional rules not in conflict with the Assembly Rules or the Joint Rules.

BILL SETTING

Upon receipt of a bill by the committee secretary, it will be set for hearing. It is not necessary to call the committee to set bills. No bills will be set "pending referral."

Bills set for hearing will appear in the Daily File. Notice will be sent to authors. The deadline for setting bills is 2:30 p.m., seven days prior to the hearing.

Please notify committee staff as soon as possible if a bill is to be taken off calendar. Bills taken off calendar will be reset for the next hearing unless arrangements are made by the author and approved by the Chair. A bill may be set for hearing in Appropriations only three times in accordance with Joint Rule 62(a).

AMENDMENTS

Author’s Amendments

To assure that bills are in print and analyzed the deadline for accepting author’s amendments is 2:30 p.m., seven days prior to the hearing. They must be in Legislative Counsel form. Twelve copies of amendments, including the signed original, are required by the committee secretary.

Extensive and substantive amendments may require that a bill be put over to the following meeting. If major policy amendments are offered, the bill may be re-referred by the Chair to a policy committee.

Committee Amendments

Appropriations Committee staff is responsible for preparing amendments adopted in committee.

PILOT PROJECTS

Bills establishing pilot projects will not be heard unless they specify measurable goals, objectives and time frames.

SUSPENSE FILE

All bills with a fiscal impact in any fiscal year of $150,000 or more will, by a majority of members present and voting, a quorum being present, move to the Suspense File. "Fiscal impact" includes all fund sources.

Authors should present all witnesses and testimony at the time of the bill’s first hearing, even if the bill’s provisions indicate a likely referral to Suspense. Authors may waive their right to presentation.

Suspense bills will be heard at a hearing that normally follows passage of the budget bill. When the bills are placed on the committee’s agenda as "From Suspense File – For Vote Only," no testimony will be taken and the authors need not be present.

In addition, any bill in which the primary purpose is to create a task force, commission, work group, a report or a study, will move to the Suspense File. 

CONSENT CALENDAR

The Chair will, with concurrence from the Vice Chair, prepare a proposed consent calendar for each hearing for noncontroversial bills with no significant costs that received no dissenting votes in the Assembly.

The consent calendar will be available at the hearing. Any committee member may remove a bill from consent or register a "No" vote with the secretary. If a bill is removed from the consent calendar during the hearing, the author will be notified by the Sergeants to present the bill.

COMMITTEE ANALYSES

Authors will receive a copy of their bill analyses the day before the hearing, or no later than the morning of the hearing.

In accordance with Assembly rules, a limited number of committee bill analyses will be available to the public in the hearing room immediately prior to the meeting.

AUTHOR ORDER

Authors are taken in sign-up order. Sign in with the Sergeants (Members only). An author may take up all of his or her bills at the same time.

TESTIMONY

Please limit presentations to fiscal implications.

ROLL CALL VOTES

Bills may be passed by substituting the consent calendar vote or a previous roll call. Additions or changes to the roll will only be permitted immediately prior to, or just after, adjournment of the committee and only provided the outcome of the vote is not changed.

When the roll on a bill is called, members who are silent will be recorded as not voting.

Members will not be included on the roll as voting unless they have been in attendance at the committee at some point during its deliberations.

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