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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

 4:28 PM 

Senate debating rules and precedent of Senate

Despite the fact that the body seemed on track to approve the remaining Assembly bills on the calendar, the Senate has gotten wrapped up in a discussion about whether those bills should have gotten a Senate committee vote before coming to the floor.

Democrats first raised the issue on a bill regarding the dwelling code. Democrats argued that the bill should have come before a Senate committee for a vote on the bill and a Democratic amendment. After voting on a referral back to committee and a Dem amendment, the bill passed the floor.

The same issue came up again two more times, which prompted Democrats to claim it was established precedent that the Senate should vote on the bills in committee before they're moved to the floor. Both Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Senate President Mike Ellis said it was not a part of Senate rules and disputed the idea that it was an established precedent, saying the Democrats had pulled the some move during their control of the house.


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