Draft amendments for 2019-2020 session of the PA House

Fair Districts 1:

Rule 21 (A). Priority Bills

Upon a bill receiving the co-sponsorship of a majority of the members elected to the House, the Chief Clerk shall notify the Speaker, the Majority Leader, the Minority Leader, and the majority and minority chairmen of the committee to which the bill is assigned of the bill’s designation as a priority bill.

A priority bill shall, if in committee, be immediately discharged from the committee to the Floor without being amended in committee and without further committee action on the bill. A bill so discharged shall be discharged under the original print number of the bill.

A priority bill in possession of the House shall receive first consideration upon receipt from committee and members shall be notified that the priority bill shall be considered on second consideration on the earliest permitted legislative day pursuant to Rule 21. Upon second consideration, members shall be notified that the priority bill will be considered on third consideration and final passage at the earliest date permitted pursuant to the Rules.


Fair Districts 2:

Rule 21 (A). Priority Bills

Upon a bill receiving the co-sponsorship of 20 members of the majority party and 20 members of the minority party, one co-sponsor from the majority party and one co-sponsor from the minority party may request in writing to the chief clerk that a bill be designated as a priority bill. Upon receipt of such request, the chief clerk shall designate the bill as a priority bill and shall notify the Speaker, the Majority Leader, the Minority Leader, and the majority and minority chairmen of the committee to which the bill is assigned of the bill’s designation as a priority bill.

A priority bill shall, if in committee, receive a committee vote on the motion to report the bill to the Floor, without a recommendation to refer the bill to another committee, within three legislative days of the bill being designated as a priority bill. The majority chairman of the committee may delay the vote on the motion to report the bill for up to three additional legislative days for the purpose of conducting a public hearing on the bill.

A priority bill in possession of the House shall receive first consideration upon receipt from committee and members shall be notified that the priority bill shall be considered on second consideration on the earliest permitted legislative day pursuant to Rule 21. Upon second consideration, members shall be notified that the priority bill will be considered on third consideration and final passage at the earliest date permitted pursuant to the Rules.


Fair Districts 3:

RULE 53 DISCHARGE OF COMMITTEES

A member may present to the Chief Clerk a resolution in writing to discharge a committee from the consideration of a bill or resolution which has been referred to it 15 legislative days prior thereto (but only one motion may be presented for each bill or resolution). The discharge resolution shall be placed in the custody of the Chief Clerk, who shall arrange some convenient place for the signature of the members. A signature may be withdrawn by a member in writing at any time before the discharge resolution is entered in the Journal. When 25 members of the House shall have signed the resolution, it shall be entered in the Journal and the title of the bill or resolution and the name of the committee to be discharged shall be printed on the calendar. Once the discharge resolution has been placed on the calendar, the committee in possession of the underlying bill may take no action on the bill or resolution except to report the bill or resolution to the House under its current print number and without a recommendation to re-refer to another committee, until such time as the discharge resolution is acted upon by the House.

Any member who has signed a discharge resolution which has been on the calendar at least one legislative day prior thereto and seeks recognition, shall be recognized for the purpose of calling up the discharge resolution and the House shall proceed to its consideration without intervening motion except one motion to adjourn; however, no discharge resolution shall be considered during the last six legislative days of any session of the House. A majority vote of all the members elected to the House shall be required to agree to a resolution to discharge a committee. When any perfected discharge resolution has been acted upon by the House and defeated it shall not be in order to entertain during the same session of the House any other discharge resolution from that committee of said measure, or from any other committee of any other bill or resolution substantially the same, relating in substance to or dealing with the same subject matter.

Fair Districts 4:

Rule 21 (A). Priority Bills

Every member shall be entitled to designate one bill, in writing to the chief clerk, as a priority bill. Upon receipt of such designation, the chief clerk shall notify the Speaker, the Majority Leader, the Minority Leader, and the majority and minority chairmen of the committee to which the bill is assigned of the bill’s designation as a priority bill.

A priority bill shall, if in committee, receive a committee vote on the motion to report the bill to the Floor, without a recommendation to refer the bill to another committee, within five legislative days of the chief clerk being notified that the bill has been designated as a priority bill. The majority chairman of the committee may delay the vote on the motion to report the bill for up to four additional legislative days for the purpose of conducting a public hearing on the bill.

Fair Districts 4.1:

Proposal 4.1:

Rule 21 (A). Priority Bills

Upon a bill receiving the co-sponsorship of 20 members of the majority party and 20 members of the minority party, the prime sponsor of the bill may request in writing to the chief clerk that a bill be designated as a priority bill. Upon receipt of such request, the chief clerk shall designate the bill as a priority bill and shall notify the Speaker, the Majority Leader, the Minority Leader, and the majority and minority chairmen of the committee to which the bill is assigned of the bill’s designation as a priority bill.

A priority bill shall, if in committee, receive a committee vote on the motion to report the bill to the Floor, without a recommendation to refer the bill to another committee, within five legislative days of the chief clerk being notified that the bill has been designated as a priority bill. The majority chairman of the committee may delay the vote on the motion to report the bill for up to four additional legislative days for the purpose of conducting a public hearing on the bill.

Fair Districts 5:

Rule 43 STANDING COMMITTEES AND SUBCOMMITTEES

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All standing committees shall consist of [16 members of the majority party and 11 members of the minority party, except the Committee on Appropriations which shall consist of 22 members of the majority party and 15 members of the minority party] a number of members as determined by the Committee on Committees of the majority party and the minority party apportioned as nearly as possible to reflect the percentage of the membership of the majority and minority parties in the House . The quorum for each of the standing committees and subcommittees shall be no less than the majority of said committees. The following are the standing committees and subcommittees thereof:

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RULE 45 POWERS AND DUTIES OF STANDING COMMITTEES AND SUBCOMMITTEES

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No committee report[, except a report of the Appropriations Committee,] shall be recognized by the House, unless the same has been acted upon by a majority vote of the members of a standing committee present at a committee session actually assembled and meeting as a committee, provided such majority vote numbers at least [12 members] one vote more than the number of minority members on the committee, and provided further a quorum is present. [No committee report of the Appropriations Committee shall be recognized by the House, unless the same has been acted upon by a majority vote of the members of such committee present at a committee session actually assembled and meeting as a committee, provided such majority vote numbers at least 17 members, and provided further a quorum is present.]

Fair Districts 7:

RULE 77 SUSPENDING AND CHANGING RULES

Unless otherwise specified in another rule, any rule of the House, which is not required by the Constitution, may be temporarily suspended at any time for a specific purpose only by a vote of two-thirds of the members elected to the House by a roll call vote. If a rule requires a greater majority than a two-thirds vote of the members elected to the House to take an action, then that majority greater than a two-thirds vote of the members elected to the House specified in the rule shall be required to suspend that rule.

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Fair Districts 8:

Rule 21:

(f) A bill amended in committee after second consideration, except for a bill on concurrence amended by the Committee on Rules, shall revert back to second consideration upon its return to the House.

Fair Districts 9:

RULE 27 AMENDMENTS

No bill shall be amended so as to change its original purpose. (Constitution, Article III, Section 1).

No motion or proposition on a subject different from that under consideration shall be admitted under color of amendment.

Any member may move to amend a bill or resolution, provided the proposed amendment is germane to the subject. To determine whether an amendment is germane, the question to be answered is whether the amendment is relevant, appropriate, and in a natural and logical sequence to the subject matter of the original proposal. To be germane, the amendment is required only to relate to the same subject. It may entirely change the effect of or be in conflict with the spirit of the original motion or measure and still be germane to the subject. An entirely new proposal may be substituted by amendment as long as it is germane to the main purpose of the original proposal. Questions involving whether an amendment is germane to the subject shall be decided by the House.

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Fair Districts 10:

RULE 21 CONSIDERATION OF BILLS

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(e) A bill may not receive action on concurrence until at least [six] 24 hours have elapsed from the time the bill and its amendatory language was available to the public, unless the amendment was a technical amendment as described under the first paragraph of Rule 24 or an affirmative vote of 2/3 of the members elected to the House indicates they have had sufficient time to review the language and thereby approve proceeding with the bill.