Bill Summary for H 481 (2015-2016)

Summary date: 

Apr 2 2015

Bill Information:

View NCGA Bill Details2015-2016 Session
House Bill 481 (Public) Filed Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Intro. by Lewis.

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Bill summary

Adopts the permanent rules of the House of Representatives. The permanent rules differ from the temporary rules as follows.

Removes references to subcomittees throughout.

Amend Rule 5, Order of Business of the Day, by adding the reading of statements of personal privilege at the end of the order of business. 

Adds new Rule 8.1 setting out processes related to a question of personal privilege.

Amends Rule 12, concerning General Decorum, to prohibit using mobile devices or cell phones for making or receiving a pone call in the House chamber.

Amends Rule 20, Use of Electronic Voting System, to clarify that second reading on resolutions does not need to be by electronic vote.

Amends Rule 26 as follows. Allows the Speaker to name one or more vice-chairs for any standing committee. Specifies that the Chairs of the Appropriations Committee are entitled to vote in all other Appropriations Committees.

Amends Rule 28 concerning committee meetings, to provide that any member may call for the ayes and notes before a question is put; if the call is sustained by one-fifth of the members present and standing (was, members present), the question must be decided by the ayes and noes upon a roll call vote.

Amends Rule 31 to add that members should use a "Representative Statement of Personal Privilege" as provided in Rule 8.1, as the preferred alternative to House simple resolutions that memorialize, celebrate, commend, and commemorate, other than for those relating to deceased members of the General Assembly.

Amends Rule 31.1 to change the date by which House public bills must be submitted to bill drafting to April 2, 2015 (was, March 26, 2015), and changes the date by which those bills must be introduced to April 14, 2015 (was, April 8). Changes the date by which appropriations and finance bills must be introduced in the House to April 16, 2015 (was, April 15). Changes the cross-over deadline from May 7, 2015, to April 30, 2015. Increases the limit on public bill introductions from 10 to 15.

Amends Rules 43 to add that when offering an amendment, the member must deliver the signed original amendment to the Principal Clerk and a copy to the Chair of the Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House.

Amends Rule 54 to also allow absences for pregnancy and military service.

Amends Rule 59 to add the procedure by which a member can remove their sponsorship of a bill that is substantially changed by a Senate amendment or a Senate committee substitute.

Amends Rule 61, concerning the assignment of seats, to provide that when there is a vacancy, the Speaker or the Chair of the Standing Committee on Rules, Calendar, and Operations of the House may assign such permanent seats as are necessary to maintain seating.

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