HOUSE RESOLUTION 44
(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Thompson, and Delegate Armstead )
[Originating in the Committee in Rules]
[March 9, 2012]
Amending Rule 84 of the Rules of the House of Delegates relating to Committee Hearings.
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That Rule 84 of the Rules of the House of Delegates be amended to read as follows:
84. On written request of the introducer of a bill or any interested person or organization, timely made to the chairman Chair or clerk of a committee, a public hearing shall be held on any measure on the official agenda of the committee. A request for a public hearing shall only be proper in any committee to which the measure has been referred before the bill is explained. If the request for a public hearing be made after the committee agenda has been published, the Chair of the Committee may either remove such measure from the agenda and schedule the hearing to be held no sooner than the second calendar day following publication of the notice of public hearing, or may proceed with consideration of such measure in committee, in which case a public hearing shall be held by a subsequent committee to which the measure has been referred, if any, no sooner than the second calendar day following publication of the notice of the public hearing. If such measure on which a public hearing is requested as aforesaid be reported to the floor, and no public hearing has been held by a committee prior to such measure being reported to the floor, the Chair of the Committee shall schedule a public hearing no sooner than the second calendar day following publication of notice of the public hearing, but prior to the measure being considered for passage.
For purpose of this Rule 84, publication of notice of public hearing shall be deemed to have been effective when the public hearing has been announced on the floor of the House. The subject, time and location of any public hearing shall also be placed on the legislative website.
The chairman Chair of the Committee 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: Provided, That a public hearing request made after the 43rd day on House bills or after the 53rd day on Senate bills shall not be in order unless such bill is originated in committee, in which case the request for a public hearing shall be granted and the public hearing shall be scheduled in accordance with this Rule: Provided further, That after the 43rd day, in order to conduct the business of the House in a timely and efficient manner, the House may, by a vote of a majority of the members present, limit the number and length of public hearings, if there are public hearing requests pending for more than five bills in any committee.