Legislative Committees

Rules

Missouri House Committee

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(a) Duties Generally. The Committee on Rules shall formulate and present for consideration the rules of the House; shall consider and report upon all propositions to amend or change the rules, which propositions shall stand referred without reading or consideration and without discussion, explanation, or debate to the Committee on Rules, and upon any bill which merits special consideration.

(b)Duties related to printing and proofing bills. The Committee shall supervise the printing of all bills ordered perfected and printed, assuring that procedures are followed in which all amendments to every such bill are incorporated therein before the bill is printed and that the printed copies of the bill on the desks of the members are true and accurate copies of the bill as ordered perfected and printed. The Committee shall also supervise the printing of all bills which are truly agreed and finally passed, assuring that procedures are followed in which every bill is a true copy of the bill as passed with clerical errors corrected.

(c)Duties relating to the issuance of courtesy resolutions. A courtesy resolution is a non-controversial resolution in the nature of congratulations on the birth of a child, celebration of a wedding anniversary, congratulations of an outstanding citizen achievement or a similar event which is in the practice and procedure of the House to consider as a courtesy resolution. While the House is in session, the resolutions that have been issued under the supervision of the Committee shall be printed in the House Journal by number. Any resolution that is not a courtesy resolution shall require action by the House as provided for by the House Rules.

(d)Petition to remove from perfection calendar. Upon petition of two-thirds (2/3) of the regular [or special] standing committee chairmen recommending a House Bill or Joint Resolution be removed from the regular perfection calendar and placed on the Rules Committee Calendar to be perfected and printed, the Committee on Rules shall have authority to consider and remove any House Bill or Joint Resolution from the regular perfection calendar and place it upon the Rules Committee Calendar, House Bills or Joint Resolutions to be perfected and printed. And any bill so placed upon said calendar shall, after being perfected and printed, be placed upon the Rules Committee Calendar, House Bills or Joint Resolutions to be agreed to and placed upon third reading and final passage.

(e)Upon petition of two-thirds (2/3) of the regular [or special] standing committee chairmen, the Committee on Rules shall have the authority to consider and remove any Senate Bill or Joint Resolution from the regular third reading calendar and place it upon the Rules Committee Calendar, Senate Bills or Joint Resolutions to be agreed to and placed upon third reading and final passage. The Committee has the privilege of reporting at any time and the consideration of its report shall have precedence over all other business. Any bill placed upon the Rules Committee Calendar, House Bills or Joint Resolutions to be perfected and printed, by the Committee on Rules may be recommitted to the same committee by a Constitutional majority of the elected members, and if this occurs the bill shall be returned to its place on the Perfection Calendar from which it had been removed.

(f)Review of Bills Reported from Regular or Special Standing Committees.
1. Whenever a committee reports a bill with a recommendation that it "Do Pass" or "Without Recommendation", the bill shall stand automatically referred to the Committee on Rules. The Committee on Rules is hereby authorized to: a. Report the bill "Do Pass" to the House without a limitation on time of debate on the bill or amendments. b. Report the bill "Do Pass" to the House with a limitation on the time of debate. c. Send the bill back to the originating committee in the form as originally referred by the Speaker. When the Committee on Rules sends the bill back to the originating committee, that committee may amend the bill and report the bill again without the need to reconsider the initial vote by which the committee voted the bill "Do Pass".

2. When a bill is automatically referred to the Committee on Rules with a recommendation that it "Do Pass - Consent", the Rules Committee shall review the bill for the purpose of determining whether or not it should have "consent" status. The Committee on Rules may decide, by a majority of those present, whether or not to place the bill on the appropriate "Consent" calendar. When the Committee on Rules declines to place the bill on the appropriate "Consent" calendar, it may consider whether or not to report the bill to the House with a "Do Pass" recommendation, without "consent" status. The authority of the Committee on Rules with respect to limiting debate shall apply to bills reported by it as "Do Pass - Consent".

3. When a bill is automatically referred to the Committee on Rules with a recommendation that it "Do Pass - Federal Mandate", the Committee on Rules shall review the bill for the purpose of determining whether or not it should have "federal mandate" status. The Committee on Rules may decide, by a majority of those present, whether or not to place the bill on the appropriate "Federal Mandate" calendar. When the Committee on Rules declines to place the bill on the appropriate "Federal Mandate" calendar, it may consider whether or not to report the bill to the House with a "Do Pass" recommendation, without "federal mandate" status. The authority of the Committee on Rules with respect to limiting debate shall apply to bills reported by it as "Do Pass - Federal Mandate".

4. When the Rules Committee shall place a limitation on the time of floor debate on a bill, or on amendments, such time shall be divided equally between, and controlled by, the floor handler of the bill and the floor leader of the political party other than that of the floor handler, or their respective designee(s). The floor handler shall always have the right to have the final one minute of designated time. If time has been allocated and unused by either side and no member from that side is seeking recognition, the Speaker may declare additional time waived and recognize the members of the other side to complete use of their time. Nothing in this rule shall entitle any member to speak longer than the House Rules otherwise allow.

5. In reviewing bills automatically referred to it from another committee, the Committee on Rules may, but is not required to, take such testimony as it deems appropriate to make its decisions. The committee shall not amend any bill that was not initially referred to the Committee on Rules.

(g) When a committee has reported a bill "Do Pass" with committee amendment(s), the Committee on Rules shall take such action as it deems proper on the entire package of the bill with committee amendment(s) as though the committee amendment(s) were already incorporated into the bill.

(h) If the Committee on Rules is the original committee to which a bill is referred, when the Committee reports such bill "Do Pass" or "Without Recommendation", such bill shall not be subject to the automatic referral referenced in Rule 25(32)(f) 1. above. However, in reporting such bill, the Committee on Rules may take any action on such bill as though the bill were referred to it after a "Do Pass" or "Without Recommendation" report from another committee.