Assembly leaders announced a deal today designed to avoid all-nighters
that includes meeting prior to session days to agree on time limits for
debate and limiting the number of contentious bills brought to the floor each day.
Robin Vos and Minority Leader Peter Barca said two rules resolutions
will be brought to the floor today. One includes provisions both sides
agreed upon in their negotiations. A second includes proposed rules for
the galleries that includes a three strikes policy that could lead to some members of the public being banned for the remainder of the session.
A third resolution will not be debated. Barca called it the
"nuclear option" because it includes stricter time limits for speeches
than what the two sides agreed upon. Vos said Republicans reserve the right to bring that resolution up later if the deal does not accomplish the goal of avoiding all-night sessions. The deal leaders reached calls for
things such as the Rules Committee setting a limit on debate per bill.
For example, today's debate on the rules will be limited to five hours.
It also calls for enforcing rules that limit tabling motions to 10
minutes of debate total with up to 2 minutes per speaker as well as
agreeing to a hard start time for debate each session day. There is also
a new dress code for members. If they violate it, they would not be
allowed to speak on the floor that day.