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Joint Rules Of The Alabama Legislature

Rules Relating to Committees

Rule 20. Each standing committee, except committees on local legislation, is designated as an interim committee when the Legislature is not in regular or special session.

An interim committee, or a subcommittee of the interim committee, may meet to consider pre-filed bills assigned to it or other subject matters assigned by the presiding officer of the House or pursuant to the rules of the Senate, or both. An interim committee or subcommittee shall not travel outside Montgomery unless the travel is approved in advance by the presiding officer of the House or the Lieutenant Governor for out-of-state travel or the presiding officer for in-state travel for the Senate.

Each member of an interim committee shall be entitled to a daily rate of per diem equal to that rate paid to state employees for overnight per diem plus mileage at the mileage rate provided to state employees when he or she attends a meeting of an interim committee or a subcommittee of the interim committee. This payment, irrespective of duration of travel, shall be for not less than one complete daily per diem nor more than the amount allowed to state employees for overnight travel. These payments shall be paid out of any funds appropriated to the use of the Legislature, upon warrants drawn on the State Comptroller upon requisitions signed by the chair of the interim committee. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no member shall receive additional legislative compensation, per diem, or mileage if the member is being paid any other payments on the same dates for attendance on other state business. The combined maximum number of meeting days of an interim committee and any subcommittee of the interim committee for which legislative compensation, per diem, and mileage may be paid to an individual committee member in any calendar year is 30.

Rule 21. A Committee on Conference to reconcile the difference on pending legislation between the two houses of the Alabama Legislature shall consist of six members, three members of the House and three members of the Senate. Appointments to Committees on Conference shall be made as provided in the rules of each respective house.

Notice of meetings of Committees on Conference shall be posted at least one hour prior to the meeting in the same manner as the posting of notice of standing committee meetings.

Provided, however, that on the 12th legislative day of any special session or on the 30th day of any regular session the notice requirements of this rule shall be satisfied if the meeting time and place of a Conference Committee is announced publicly by the presiding officer of the House and the presiding officer of the Senate or the designee of the presiding officer.

A Committee on Conference on an appropriation bill shall only address differences in monetary amounts or language differences between the House-passed and Senate-passed versions of the pending legislation. The Committee on Conference shall not introduce a new appropriation item, earmark funds for any item that did not appear in either the House-passed or Senate-passed version, or propose new language that did not appear in either the House-passed or Senate-passed version. The conference committee shall not increase the appropriation to any entity above the higher amount passed by either the House or Senate. The provisions contained in this paragraph may be suspended as to particular items of appropriation or language by a majority recorded vote of the House membership and by a majority recorded vote of the Senate membership.

A Committee on Conference shall not report unless there be an affirmative vote of at least four members which shall consist of at least two votes by the conferees from each house. The report of the Committee on Conference shall be attached to the pending legislation and returned to the house of origin for such action as that house may deem appropriate. The house of origin may take one of the following courses of action:

a. It may concur in the Committee on Conference report and, in the event of this action, the bill and the Conference Committee report shall be sent to the other house for action.

b. It may reject the Conference Committee report, in which case the pending legislation is automatically void.

c. It may reject the report of the Committee on Conference and request that a new committee be appointed by the presiding officer of the House and, for Senate members, pursuant to Senate rules. In the event the house of origin adopts the Committee on Conference report, the pending legislation together with the report of the Committee on Conference, shall be submitted to the other house for action in the same manner as in the house of origin.

In the event the minority wishes to submit a report, the house of origin shall first consider the majority report.

In the event of a majority report rejection, the minority report may be considered and, if concurred in by the house of origin, the same shall be presented to the other house for action by that house.

The Committee of Conferees shall report substantially as follows:

We, the Committee of Conferees appointed to reconcile the difference between the two houses concerning House Bill/Senate Bill ___, have met, considered the matter, and agreed to the following:

(Example: Substitute for HB/SB_____ is attached).
(Example: Amend HB/SB_____ as follows:)
______________________________
Name
______________________________
Name
______________________________
Name
CONFEREES OF THE HOUSE
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Name
______________________________
Name
______________________________
Name
CONFEREES OF THE SENATE

Rule 22. The Legislative Fiscal Office shall prepare and provide to all members of the Legislature a report of all changes (word and number) in a Conference Committee report on any appropriation bill from the bill as passed in the respective house of the Legislature.

Rule 23. All amendments or revisions to redistricting plans, following introduction as a bill, shall be drafted by the Reapportionment Office.

Rule 24. Drafts of all redistricting plans which are for introduction at any session of the Legislature, and which are not prepared by the Reapportionment Office, shall be presented to the Reapportionment Office for review of proper form and for entry into the Legislative Data Bank at least ten (10) days prior to introduction.

Rule 25.

(a) The title of a general bill the purpose or effect of which is to impose a requirement for a new or increased expenditure of funds held or disbursed by the governing body of a municipality or county, or an instrumentality thereof, shall include a statement to that effect.

(b) If the requirement contained in a general bill subject to subdivision (a) is one which is excluded from the requirements of Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, the bill shall contain a section so stating and the basis for the exclusion.

(c) After introduction of a general bill the title of which contains the statement required by subsection (a), and does not contain a section stating the bill is excluded from the requirements of Amendment 621 and the basis for the exclusion, the Legislative Fiscal Office shall determine whether the bill has an aggregate fiscal impact of less than $50,000. If the Legislative Fiscal Office determines that the aggregate fiscal impact is less than $50,000 annually, it shall notify the sponsor so that the bill may be amended to comply with subsection (b).

(d) A general bill subject to subdivision (a) that does not contain a section stating it is excluded from the requirements of Amendment 621 of the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, shall not be transmitted to the other house unless it is passed by a two-thirds vote of the members of the house voting on the bill.

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