senate Bill S1473
(D, WF) 28th Senate District
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
Provides for the appointment of a standing committee on conference to resolve differences between similar, but not identical bills and resolutions; also provides that such committee may refer bills and resolutions to sub-committees for disposition; further provides for appointment of a non-partisan counsel to make referrals to such standing committee on similar bills and resolutions.
- See Assembly Version of this Bill:
- Legislative Cycle:
- Current Committee:
- Senate Investigations And Government Operations
- Law Section:
- Legislative Law
- Laws Affected:
- Add §54-c, Leg L
- Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S381A, A8637
TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the legislative law, in relation to providing for a standing
committee on conference to resolve differences between similar, but
not identical bills and resolutions
passing the senate and assembly
To create a standing committee on conference consisting of Senators
and Members of the Assembly to produce a single bill and explanatory
report when each house has passed a separate bill accomplishing the
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The Legislative Law is amended to require that a Standing Committee on
Conference be created to reconcile similar versions of legislation
passed by the Senate and Assembly. The Committee shall consist of ten
members. Five members shall be appointed by each the Temporary
President of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly. In addition,
the Committee shall invite the prime sponsors of the respective bills
to participate as non-voting members.
Whenever a bill or resolution has passed the Senate or the Assembly
and contains substantially the same provisions of law or accomplishes
essentially the same purpose as a bill or resolution that has passed
the other house, it may be considered by the standing committee on
conference. To have legislation considered by the Committee joint
requests must be made by the Speaker of the Assembly and the
Temporary President of the Senate or, by the prime sponsors in both
houses or, by the committee chairs which deliberated on the similar
In addition, each bill or resolution passed by each house shall, at
the written request of any member of the legislature, be examined by
a nonpartisan counsel appointed by the Commissioners of the
Legislative Bill Drafting Commission to determine if the bill should
be sent to the Standing Committee on Conference.
When measures are referred to the Committee, the Committee shall meet
within ten days to negotiate any changes necessary and issue a report
on the bills within fifteen days after the referral. Subsequently, a
report shall be filed with the Secretary of the Senate and Clerk of
the Assembly which shall contain a conference bill with the agreed
upon text. The bills will then be placed on respective third reading
calendars for consideration.
Currently, Conference Committees are rarely utilized to deal with
similar legislation which passes in each house. As a result, the
responsibility for resolving such issues falls informally to the
sponsors, the Leaders or their staffs or some combination thereof.
Under this system a multitude of reasons can often needlessly delay
or prevent passage of needed legislation. Even when compromise
solutions are reached under the current practice, it is often done
totally removed from the scrutiny of the public and even the
membership, with the amended bills being reported directly to the
floor of the Senate and Assembly without committee review.
The Congress of the United States and 45 of the 49 bicameral state
legislatures have long employed Conference Committees as an efficient
and democratic means of dealing with differences over legislation
between the two Houses. This proposal is adapted from Rule XXVIII of
the Standing Rules of the United States Senate and is similar to the
rules governing Conference Committees in most state legislatures.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
This act shall take effect immediately.
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