Bill Text: TX SJR32 | 2021-2022 | 87th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Proposing a constitutional amendment repealing the order of business for regular legislative session.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-03-11 - Referred to Administration [SJR32 Detail]

Download: Texas-2021-SJR32-Introduced.html
 
 
  By: Zaffirini S.J.R. No. 32
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
A JOINT RESOLUTION
  proposing a constitutional amendment repealing the order of
  business for regular legislative session.
         BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 5, Article III, Texas Constitution, is
  amended by amending Subsection to read as follows:
         Sec. 5.  MEETINGS; ORDER OF BUSINESS. (a) The Legislature
  shall meet every two years at such time as may be provided by law and
  at other times when convened by the Governor.
         (b)  When convened in regular Session, [the first thirty days
  thereof] the Legislature shall [be devoted to the] introduce[tion
  of] bills and resolutions, which the various committees of each
  House shall hold hearings to consider prior to acting upon;
  act[ing] upon emergency appropriations;[,] and pass[ing] upon the
  confirmation of the recess appointees of the Governor. [and such]At
  any time during regular session the Legislature shall act upon
  emergency matters as may be submitted by the Governor in special
  messages to the Legislature. [During the succeeding thirty days of
  the regular session of the Legislature the various committees of
  each House shall hold hearings to consider all bills and
  resolutions and other matters then pending; and such emergency
  matters as may be submitted by the Governor. During the remainder of
  the session the Legislature shall act upon such bills and
  resolutions as may be then pending and upon such emergency matters
  as may be submitted by the Governor in special messages to the
  Legislature.]
         (c)  Notwithstanding Subsection (b), either House may
  determine its order of business by an affirmative vote of
  four-fifths of its membership.
         SECTION 2.  This proposed constitutional amendment shall be
  submitted to the voters at an election to be held November 2, 2021.
  The ballot shall be printed to permit voting for or against the
  proposition: "The constitutional amendment repealing the order of
  business for regular legislative session to permit the various
  legislative committees of each House to consider bills and
  resolutions and the Legislature to act upon such bills and
  resolutions at any time during regular session."
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