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INSTRUCTING A COMMITTEE; COMMITTEE POWERS
Formerly HP 444
The bill favorably reported by the Judiciary Committee authorized any physician to
possess and supply marijuana as a treatment for certain conditions. A motion was made to refer
the bill to the Public Health Committee. A member moved to amend the motion to require the
Public Health Committee to send the bill back to the floor.
The speaker ruled the motion to amend the motion to refer in order and open for
A member inquired whether it was necessary to suspend the rules to instruct the Public
Health Committee to report the bill out, since the rules allow committees the alternative of taking
no action on bills referred from the floor.
The speaker stated that a motion to refer may be amended (
addition, it would not contravene the rules for the full House to require a committee to
report out a bill referred to it from the floor (
615(3); 620(1), (2), (4)).
There was debate on the motion to amend the motion to refer.
During the debate and in response to an inquiry, the speaker said that when a bill is
referred to a committee from the floor without special instructions, that committee must
meet within two regular session days and may return the bill with a favorable report, return
it with an unfavorable report, take no action, or box the bill.
On voice votes, the motion to amend the motion to refer the bill to Public Health carried,
and then the amended motion to refer carried.
Abate, April 30, 1981.
RECONSIDERATION, TWICE (
Formerly HP 346
A member moved to adopt the favorable report of the Energy and Public Utilities
Committee and pass the bill. Another member raised a point of order that the bill was improperly
before the House because it had been twice reconsidered, in substantially the same form, in
committee and reconsideration of the same question twice was not proper (
The speaker ruled the point not well taken on the following grounds: (1) The rules
prohibiting reconsideration of the same question twice refer to the actions of the body as
whole, not to committees (
457(2)). (2) In this case, the bill was substantively changed
after the first reconsideration and was thus not reconsidered in the same form twice (
457(2)). (3) All questions relating to order, hearings, and other proceedings raised in
committee must be decided by the majority vote of members present. (4) There can be no
appeal to the presiding officer of the body from decisions on points of order made by the
committee chairman (
The ruling was appealed and, on a voice vote, sustained.
Abate, November 16, 1979.