House of Representatives

House Information

Introduce Legislation
Legislation Templates

House Rules & Procedure

 

Speaker of the House

Jack Pelose
Georgetown University
jack@campusymca.org

 

Representatives

All delegates serving as Members of Congress will be assigned to the House of Representatives unless they are designated as Senators by their chapters or committee chairmanships. There are no limits on the number of Representatives a chapter can send to the Assembly.

 

Legislation

Members of Congress can introduce or co-sponsor as many bills as they desire. For members who are assigned to the House, their legislation will be referred to the committee of jurisdiction by the Speaker or the House.

This does not mean that each bill introduced will make the committee calendar. Only a limited number of bills will be placed on calendars by the respective chairs.

When authoring and introducing your legislation, follow the process below:

  • Legislation Type  – Before you begin, determine what type of legislation you are sponsoring. There are 4 types of legislation you can sponsor:

Bills
Resolutions
Joint Resolutions
Concurrent Resolutions

The Legislation Templates (Click Here) folder has a complete description of each type, as well as the MS Word Templates you’ll need to submit your legislation.

  • Introduce Legislation – Once you have written your legislation, it must be introduced online (in the actual House of Representatives, it would be placed in a wooden box on the Clerk’s desk called the Hopper):

Introduce Legislation (Click Here)

  • Email Text of Legislation – After introducing your legislation, email the text in the correct template so the formatting of your legislation appears correctly when published:

Email MS Word version of legislation to legislation@campusymca.org

For examples of past legislation, visit the Billbooks page of the Archives.

 

Committee Hearings, Mark-ups & Reports

After Committee Chairs have published their calendars, bills assigned to the calendar will be given a Committee Hearing. During the Hearing, the committee will call witnesses to testify on the bill and answer questions posed by committee members. Witnesses will include the bill sponsors and members of the Cabinet with jurisdiction over the subject matter.

Following the hearing, the bill will be brought up for amendments and final consideration during the Committee Mark-up. Committee members will be given time to voice their opinions on the bill, propose amendments or committee substitutes, and either report the original/amended bill favorably  to the floor or reject it.

 

House Rules and Procedures

The Office of the House Parliamentarian is responsible for providing guidance on the rules and procedures governing the House of Representatives. These include scripts for committee hearings, mark-ups, confirmation hearings, and floor debate procedure.

A collection of all rules and procedures used by the House of Representatives during our session can be found in PDF format at the link below:

House Rules & Procedures (Click Here)

 

Floor Managers

After voting during a mark-up, if a bill is reported favorably out of committee, the committee must assign Floor Managers to lead debate in support and opposition of the bill when/if it is called up for debate on the floor:

If the Committee Chair voted to report the bill favorably, the chair will serve as Floor Manager in support of the bill. Committee members in the minority will select a Ranking Member to serve as the Floor Manger for the opposition. If no member of the committee opposes reporting the bill, the Speaker will appoint a Floor Manager for the opposition prior to the start of debate.

If the Committee Chair voted in opposition of the bill, the chair will serve as the Floor Manager for the opposition. Members of the majority will select a Ranking Member to serve as the Floor Manager in support of the bill.