Floor action for bills with favorable reports
But the calendar is not like the line at the deli or amusement park! Bills on the calendar can skip ahead of others, even to the front of the list - while other bills get totally ignored.
  1. When the clerk calls the bill, the chamber has a few choices:

    • The bill can be passed over for the day, retaining its place on the calendar.
    • The bill can be made the order of the day at a specific date and hour in the future.
    • The bill can be placed at the foot of the calendar - but this requires a majority vote to that effect.
    • The bill can be included on the consent calendar. (This is reserved for bills which leaders of both parties have deemed noncontoversial.) Members can request that a bill be taken off the consent calendar which requires a vote. In addition, consent calendar bills are adopted by a single voice vote without debate.
    • The bill can be the subject of general debate or vote.
    • The bill can be referred by the Chamber to another committee for further consideration.
    • The bill can be recommitted to the committee of origin.

  1. When the bill is to be acted upon, the clerk reads the number, file number and title. The committee chairperson, or chair-designated committee member, says, "I move for acceptance of the committee's favorable report and passage of the bill." No second is required.
  1. The presiding officer (Speaker or President) will respond, "Will you remark further?" The mover will then explain the bill, give reasons for approving it and will often end with something like, "itís a good bill and should be passed." Then the general debate begins!
Floor action for bills with unfavorable reports