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Introduced Version House Resolution 16 History

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HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 16

(By Delegate Armstead, Cowles, Rowan, Pasdon, Sigler, Householder, Andes, Ashley, Miller, C., Sumner, Lane,

Ellem, Romine, Savilla, Howell, Duke, Evans, Hamilton,

Sobonya, Gearheart, Ireland, Ellington, Carmichael,

Anderson, Walters, Canterbury, Azinger, Border and Kump)

 

 

 

Amending the rules of the House of Delegates by rescinding House Rule 84, relating to Committee Hearings, and adding thereto a new rule relating to public hearings on bills introduced.

    Resolved by the House of Delegates:

    That the Rules of the House of Delegates be amended by rescinding House Rule 84, relating to Committee Hearings, and adding thereto a new rule as follows:

Committee Hearings

    84. On written request of the introducer of a bill or any interested person or organization, timely made to the chairman or clerk of a committee, a public hearing shall be held on any measure on the official agenda of the committee.

    The chairman may limit the time of proponents and opponents at such hearing.

    The hearing may be conducted by the entire committee or a subcommittee thereof, as the committee shall direct.

    When a bill is referred to more than one committee, no more than one hearing shall be required when properly and timely requested under the provisions of this rule.

Public Hearings on Bills Introduced

    92b. (a) Public Hearing Request Prior to Placement of Bill on Committee Agenda. Upon the introduction of or at any time subsequent to the introduction of a bill, any member, person or organization may file a written request for a public hearing related to such bill with the Clerk of the House. Upon delivery of such written request to the Clerk, a public hearing shall be held on the bill by the committee to which the bill has been referred. Such public hearing shall be held prior to the placement of the bill on the agenda of such committee.

    (b) Public Hearing Request Subsequent to the Placement of Bill on Committee Agenda. At any time subsequent to the placement of a bill on the agenda of any committee, and the release of such agenda for public view, any member, person or organization may file a written request for a public hearing related to such bill. Upon delivery of such written request to the committee, the committee shall hold a public hearing on such bill and postpone consideration of such bill until a subsequent meeting of the committee: Provided, That in an emergency situation, and upon a vote of two-thirds of the members of the committee, such public hearing may be held after the committee considers the bill but prior to the date on which the bill is read a first time in the House.

    (c) Public Hearings on Bills Regardless of Placement on Committee Agenda. Upon delivery of a written request to the Clerk of the House signed by ten or more members of the House, a public hearing shall be held on any bill, regardless of whether or not such bill is placed on a committee agenda. The public hearing shall be held no later than five legislative days after receipt of said request by the Clerk. Any public hearing held pursuant to the provisions of this subsection shall be chaired by the Speaker of the House, the Majority Leader, the chair of any committee to which the bill has been referred, or such other member as the Speaker of the House may designate. No member may request more than three public hearings pursuant to the provisions of this subsection during any session, but any member may request public hearings pursuant to the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this rule in addition to hearings requested pursuant to the provisions of this subsection.

    (d) Prior Notice of Public Hearings. The House or any committee of the House holding any public hearing provided for in this rule shall afford no less than 48 hours notice of such public hearing: Provided, That in an emergency situation, and upon two-thirds vote of the members elected or appointed to the House or a two-thirds vote of the members of such committee, the 48 hours notice shall be waived. In no case shall the House or any committee of the House provide less than 24 hours notice of any public hearing. Such notice shall include the time and location of the hearing and be made during a session of the House and placed on the legislative website.

    (e) The person designated to preside over any public hearing provided for in this rule may limit the time of proponents and opponents at such hearing: Provided, That comparable time shall be afforded to each person speaking at such hearing.

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