HJ5006: General Assembly; limiting legislation to be considered & conduct of business for 2020 Sp I.


Offered January 13, 2021
Prefiled August 18, 2020
Limiting legislation to be considered by the 2020 Special Session I of the General Assembly and establishing a schedule for the conduct of business coming before such Special Session.
Patron-- Herring

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, That during the 2020 Special Session I of the General Assembly, summoned by proclamation of the Governor on July 17, 2020, to begin August 18, 2020, except with the unanimous consent of the house in which the legislation is offered, no bill, joint resolution, or resolution shall be offered in either house during the Special Session other than those relating to (i) police reform and criminal and social justice reforms; (ii) impacts on health, education, state and local government operations, business, and the Commonwealth’s economy from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19); (iii) Budget Bills; (iv) single-house commending or memorial resolutions; (v) the rules of procedure or schedule of business of the General Assembly, either of its houses, or any of its committees; or (vi) appointments subject to the confirmation of the General Assembly or either house;

RESOLVED FURTHER, after adoption of this resolution, no member may introduce more than three bills. The following shall not count against such limit:  (i) legislation relating to the rules of procedure or schedule of business of the General Assembly, either of its houses, or any of its committees, (ii) any bill introduced with unanimous consent of the house in which the bill is offered to exceed such introduction limit, and (iii) bills or joint resolutions requested in writing by the Governor;

RESOLVED FURTHER, That after the Special Session is convened for the first time, each body may recess from time-to-time until reconvened with at least 48 hours’ notice by the respective call of the Speaker of the House of Delegates or the Chair of the Senate Committee on Rules;

RESOLVED FURTHER, That any conference committee on the Budget Bill shall complete its deliberations and make the report of such conference available to the General Assembly as soon as practicable. Neither house shall consider such conference report earlier than 48 hours after receipt, unless both houses respectively determine to proceed earlier by a vote of two-thirds of the members voting in each house. No engrossment of the Budget Bill shall be required in either house, and any conference on the Budget Bill shall consider, as the basis of its deliberations, the Budget Bill as recommended by the Governor and introduced in the House and the amendments thereto proposed by each house. A report shall be issued concurrently with the report of the conference committee that identifies the following by item number, narrative description, and dollar amount: (i) any nonstate agency appropriation, (ii) any item in the conference report that was not included in a general appropriation bill as passed by either the House or the Senate, and (iii) any item that represents legislation that failed in either house during the 2020 Regular Session or the Special Session described hereunder; and, be it

RESOLVED FINALLY, That for purposes of this resolution:

“Budget Bill” means a general appropriation bill introduced in each house that proposes amendments to Chapter 1289 of the Acts of Assembly of 2020, the general appropriation act in effect for the period July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2022.