House Resolution 4
(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Thompson)
[January 14, 2009]
"Authorizing the Committee on Rules to arrange a Special Calendar and providing for making
public the vote on certain questions in connection with the preparation thereof."
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That beginning on Thursday, March 12, 2009, and for the remainder of this regular session
of the Legislature, the Committee on Rules is hereby authorized to arrange a Special Calendar as
provided by House Rule 70. Daily after the eighth order of business shall have been passed, the
Special Calendar shall be called, and until this calendar is disposed of each day, no item of business
on the regular House Calendar shall be considered or take precedence over any item of business on
the Special Calendar, except by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting.
No bill or resolution shall be placed upon the Special Calendar except by the Committee on
Rules. In making up the Calendar, the Committee on Rules may hear any Delegate or other person
in behalf of any resolution or bill he may desire placed upon such calendar and the committee shall
give due consideration to the merits of bills and resolutions pending in the House of Delegates, and
take cognizance of measures which affect the public interest generally; and, be it
, That the committee shall cause to be kept a record of all roll call votes on
all questions pertaining to preparation of the Special Calendar and removing the same therefrom.
This record of votes shall show those voting in the affirmative or those voting in the negative, whichever shall be the smaller number, and those absent and not voting. These vote records shall
be prepared and following the adjournment of each meeting made available to House members and
to the public.