Senate First Reading
Senate Second Reading
Senate Third Reading
Send to House
Received From Senate
House Second Reading
House Third Reading
- Amendment (A1, A2, A3, A4, etc.): any change, or proposal of change, to a bill or clause
If an amendment is passed by the second chamber, then the bill must
be sent back to the originating chamber for approval.
- Bill: a draft of a proposed law
- Chaptered Law: a bill that is approved by the legislature and signed by the Governor
- Committee: a group of appointed members who consider and make recommendations for bills, resolutions, etc. A bill usually goes to committee after the first reading.
- Concurring on Changes: one chamber agrees to a proposal or action that the other chamber has already approved
- Conference Committee: a committee composed of members from both houses that settles any differences between the House and Senate versions of a bill
A conference committee is formed when
one of the chambers fails to concur on changes.
- Conference Report: the final version of a bill that is given to each chamber for consideration If both chambers adopt the report, the bill is ratified.
- Failed to Concur on Changes: one chamber does not agree to concur on a change the other chamber has approved. A conference committee will be formed to settle the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
- Joint Resolution: resolution passed by both chambers and does not need to be signed by the governor
- Ratification: approval of a bill by both chambers
- Readings: presentation to either chamber where bill, bill title, or bill number is read. There is a vote after the second and third readings.
- Resolution: a document that states the intent of, governs the business of, or expresses recognition by the legislature or chamber Resolutions remain within a single chamber and
only require two readings. They do not have to be signed by the governor
- Veto: the governor’s power to disapprove a bill If the governor vetoes a bill, the general assembly can overturn the veto with a two-thirds vote.