Committee Deadlines

When the next General Assembly convenes in January their first order of business will be adoption of the joint rules. The rules remain in effect for the duration of the biennium and can have an enormous impact on the process. The joint rules establish the committees,...

The Veto Process

At the conclusion of every session most people ponder how the Governor will respond to the most controversial proposals. So what exactly can the Governor do and does the General Assembly have any power after the fact? Upon passage of a bill the Chamber may elect to...

The State Budget Process

When the legislature reconvenes in January for the 2019 legislative session, a new General Assembly and a new Gubernatorial Administration will have to craft and implement a new biennial state budget. This overview will explain the legislature’s constitutional...

What does it mean to be “Germane”, and why does it matter?

Often times we will use the term ‘strike-all amendment’, which essentially means the underlining bill would be gutted and replaced with the language contained in the amendment. Clients will often ask us, “how can they do that?” The answer is always that the amendment...