CHAPTER 13. COMMITTEES

PART I. JURISDICTION, POWERS, AND FUNCTIONS

Rule 13.1. Standing committees

A. There shall be seventeen standing committees of the Senate. The duty of each committee shall be to take into consideration all such subjects as properly pertain to the subjects and purposes assigned to each and which may be referred to it by the Senate. Committee members shall be appointed and may be removed by the President. The seventeen standing committees of the Senate shall be listed as below, and the membership of each committee shall be in the number set forth after the name of the committee:

(1) Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development, seven members

(2) Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee, nine members

(3) Education, seven members

(4) Environmental Quality, seven members

(5) Finance, eleven members

(6) Health and Welfare, nine members

(7) Insurance, nine members

(8) Judiciary A, seven members

(9) Judiciary B, seven members

(10) Judiciary C, seven members

(11) Labor and Industrial Relations, seven members

(12) Local and Municipal Affairs, seven members

(13) Natural Resources, seven members

(14) Retirement, seven members

(15) Revenue and Fiscal Affairs, eleven members

(16) Senate and Governmental Affairs, nine members

(17) Transportation, Highways, and Public Works, seven members

B. The President shall appoint the members of the Finance Committee such that a member resides in each congressional district.

C. In addition to the membership of each committee provided in Paragraphs A and B above, the President may appoint senators to any standing committee to serve only during the interim between sessions for which the appointment is made except when serving on a statutory committee by virtue of appointment to interim membership of a standing committee and may remove any member so appointed. Such an appointment may be made for all interim activity of the committee, or for one or more interim studies of the committee, or to a particular subcommittee or subcommittees. A member so appointed shall have all of the powers and duties of other members of the committee or subcommittee. However, a member appointed only for one or more studies shall have such powers and duties only for such meetings and hearings as are related to the study or studies for which the member is appointed. A member appointed as provided in this Paragraph shall be considered for quorum and voting requirement purposes for meetings and motions related to any study for which he is appointed and for meetings of any committee or subcommittee to which he is appointed. A member who serves on any statutory committee by virtue of appointment to interim membership of a standing committee shall be considered for quorum and voting requirement purposes for meetings and motions related to all activity of the statutory committee.

D. The President, the President Pro Tempore, and the Parliamentarian shall be ex officio members of all standing committees. They shall have the powers and authorities of other committee members; however, they shall not vote except when serving on any statutory committee of which they are members by virtue of membership on a standing committee. They shall not be counted in determining the number of members necessary to constitute a quorum, but, if present, shall be counted for purposes of establishing a quorum at any meeting. However, they shall be counted for all quorum and voting requirements of any statutory committee of which they are members by virtue of membership on a standing committee.

E. The chairman of the Finance Committee shall be an ex officio member of the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee. The chairman of the Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee shall be an ex officio member of the Finance Committee. Except as otherwise provided in these rules, such an ex officio member shall have all authority and duties of other members of the committee, but shall have no authority to vote except when serving on a statutory committee of which he is a member by virtue of such ex officio membership on a standing committee.

F. The chairman of the Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee shall be an ex officio member of the Insurance Committee. The chairman of the Insurance Committee shall be an ex officio member of the Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee. Except as otherwise provided in these rules, such an ex officio member shall have all authority and duties of other members of the committee, except such member shall have no authority to vote.

G. The chairman of the Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development Committee shall be an ex officio member of the Environmental Quality Committee. The chairman of the Environmental Quality Committee shall be an ex officio member of the Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture and Rural Development Committee. Except as otherwise provided in these rules, such an ex officio member shall have all authority and duties of other members of the committee, except such member shall have no authority to vote.

H. The chairman of the Natural Resources Committee shall be an ex officio member of the Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee. The chairman of the Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee shall be an ex officio member of the Natural Resources Committee. Except as otherwise provided in these rules, such an ex officio member shall have all authority and duties of other members of the committee, except such member shall have no authority to vote.

SR 53 of 1990 RS; SR 6 of 1992 RS; SR 8 of 1996 1st Ex; SR 13 of 2000 1st Ex; SR 6 of 2002 RS; SR 9 of 2003 RS; SR 3 of 2004, 1st Ex; SR 3 of 2008 1st Ex; SR 6 of 2010 RS; SR 16 of 2013 RS.

Rule 13.2.  Chairman and vice chairman

The President shall appoint one member of each standing committee as chairman and one member as vice chairman. He may remove any member so appointed from such office.

Rule 13.3.  Absences from committee meetings; removal

Each committee chairman shall notify the President of the unexcused absence of any member from three committee meetings during a session and shall notify the President of excessive absences in the interim. Any member who fails to attend three committee meetings during a session without being excused by the chairman may be removed as a member of the committee by the President. The chairman also is authorized to request the President to remove any member for excessive absences in the interim, and the President may remove such members.

Rule 13.4. Referral to standing committees; jurisdiction

Each legislative instrument or other matter to be referred to committee shall be referred, on the basis of the subject matter contained therein, to the committee having jurisdiction thereof as provided in the following enumeration of subject matter jurisdiction for the committees of the Senate:

(1) Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee, all matters relating to:

(a) Agribusiness programs at penal and correctional institutions
(b) Agricultural and industrial chemistry
(c) Agricultural economics and research
(d) Agricultural production, promotion, and marketing
(e) Agricultural services
(f) Agriculture and agribusiness generally
(g) Animal industry and diseases of animals
(h) Aquacultural economics and research
(i) Aquacultural production, promotion, and marketing
(j) Dairy industry
(k) Forestry in general
(l) Human nutrition, plant quarantine, and home living economics
(m) Inspection of livestock and meat products
(n) Plant industry, soils, and agricultural engineering
(o) Rural development
(p) Soil conservation

(2) Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee, all matters relating to:

(a) Banking and the regulation thereof
(b) Commerce and industry generally
(c) Communication by telephone, telegraph, radio, television, or other media
(d) Consumer Protection
(e) Corporations
(f) Credit unions
(g) Interest rates
(h) International Affairs
(i) Merchandising
(j) Navigation
(k) Protection of trade and commerce against unlawful restraints and monopolies
(l) Registration and licensing of vessels and small boats
(m) Regulation, licensing, and standards of professions, businesses, and occupations
(n) Regulation of common carriers by water
(o) Savings and loan and homestead associations
(p) Small loan companies
(q) Tourism

(3) Education Committee, all matters relating to:

(a) Adult education

(b) College or university agricultural extension service

(c) Colleges and universities

(d) Cultural affairs

(e) Education generally

(f) Educational television

(g) Employees of colleges and universities, including pay, except where an appropriation of state funds is required

(h) Employees of vocational-technical education schools, including pay, except where an appropriation of state funds is required

(i) Museums

(j) Preservation of historic landmarks and objects

(k) School employees, administrators, teachers, bus drivers, and others

(l) School employees' and teachers' pay, except where an appropriation of state funds is required

(m) School lunch program

(n) Schools and secondary education

(o) Schools for the blind

(p) Schools for the deaf

(q) State and public libraries

(r) Vocational-technical education

(4) Environmental Quality Committee, all matters related to:

(a) Air quality
(b) Environmental control and regulation generally
(c) Hazardous waste regulation
(d) Land pollution
(e) Radiation regulation and control
(f) Solid waste regulation
(g) Water resources

(5) Finance Committee, all matters relating to:

(a) Appropriation of state funds, including the cash portion of the comprehensive state capital budget

(b) Budgetary requirements and procedures

(c) Central purchasing

(d) Economy and efficiency of government operations

(e) Expenditure of funds

(f) Fiscal controls

(g) General appropriation bill

(h) Revenue sharing

(i) Each legislative instrument with an estimated fiscal cost, as reflected in the fiscal note prepared in accordance with Joint Rule No. 4, of five hundred thousand dollars or more annually in any one of the three ensuing fiscal years or with a fiscal cost which, although unspecified in the fiscal note, is indicated in the fiscal note to likely exceed five hundred thousand dollars annually in any of the three ensuing fiscal years, after initial consideration in committee of subject matter, if different from Finance.

(j) Court costs or fees imposed by courts.

(6) Health and Welfare Committee, all matters relating to:

(a) Alcoholic rehabilitation
(b) Child care facilities
(c) Elderly affairs
(d) Handicapped children's facilities
(e) Health and welfare generally
(f) Health offices and their administration
(g) Hospitals, public or private
(h) Mental health, including institutions and facilities
(i) Mentally retarded institutions and services
(j) Nurses' training program
(k) Nursing homes
(l) Public welfare, including private and local institutions
(m) Public welfare research training and rehabilitation
(n) Veterans affairs
(o) Vocational rehabilitation

(7) Insurance committee, all matters relating to:

(a) Casualty insurance
(b) Health insurance
(c) Insurance generally, except insurance matters placed under the jurisdiction of another committee.
(d) Life insurance
(e) Property insurance
(f) Surplus line insurance

(8) Judiciary A Committee, or

(9) Judiciary B Committee, or

(10) Judiciary C Committee, all matters relating to:

(a) Administration of criminal justice generally

(b) Attorney General, District Attorneys, and prosecutors in general, including compensation, expenses, personnel, facilities, and the like, except retirement matters

(c) Civil Code and Civil Code Ancillaries generally, including, without limitation, matters affecting persons generally, marriage, divorce, and matters of family law, tutorship, and curatorship, things generally, use and usufruct, servitudes, successions, donations, obligations generally, extinction of obligations, delicts and quasi delicts, matrimonial agreements, sales and leases, and prescriptions

(d) Civil defense and disaster protection

(e) Clerks of court and records of the courts

(f) Code of Civil Procedure, and civil procedure generally

(g) Code of Criminal Procedure and criminal procedure generally

(h) Controlled dangerous substance law and procedure

(i) Criminal law

(j) Department of Corrections

(k) Holidays and celebrations

(l) Juvenile Code

(m) Law enforcement generally, including the Department of Public Safety and state police

(n) Miscellaneous matters not covered by other standing committees

(o) Municipal and Parish Courts, Mayor's Courts and Justice of the Peace Courts

(p) National Guard, Code of Military Justice, and the Adjutant General

(q) Notaries public and their records

(r) Penal and correctional institutions, except for agribusiness programs, and juvenile and adult rehabilitation

(s) Proposed amendments to the state constitution not specifically vested, as to subject matter, in another committee

(t) Questions of constitutional rights

(u) Regulations and sale of intoxicating liquors

(v) Rules of civil law evidence

(w) Rules of criminal evidence

(x) Sheriffs generally, except matters affecting sheriffs as ex officio tax collectors

(y) State boundary lines

(z) Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, District Courts, Family Courts, and Juvenile Courts, jurisdiction of said courts, and judges generally, including compensation, expenses, personnel, facilities, and the like, except retirement matters

(aa) Traffic offenses and procedure

(bb) Trust Code

(cc) Weapons and explosives

(11) Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, all matters relating to:

(a) Child labor
(b) Collective bargaining and other labor laws affecting public employees
(c) Employment insurance
(d) Health and safety of laborers
(e) Labor and industrial relations generally
(f) Labor disputes
(g) Labor retirement laws, except those related to public employees
(h) Labor standards
(i) Unemployment compensation
(j) Wages and hours of labor
(k) Women in the labor market
(l) Workmen's compensation

(12) Local and Municipal Affairs Committee, all matters relating to:

(a) Assessors, their offices, salaries, expenses, compensation, etc.

(b) Assistance to municipal and other local governments

(c) City of New Orleans affairs

(d) Department of Urban and Community Affairs

(e) Drainage and sewerage and water districts

(f) Economic development districts

(g) Employees of local governments, except retirement

(h) Expenditures by local governments

(i) Forms of local government

(j) Intergovernmental relations between local governments and state and local governments

(k) Local boundary lines

(l) Local ordinances

(m) Local, parochial, and municipal affairs generally, except matters specifically placed under the jurisdiction of other committees

(n) Municipalities and municipal governing authorities

(o) Parish tax collectors

(p) Parishes and parish governing authorities

(q) Political subdivision industrial inducement

(r) Revenue of and taxation levied by local governments

(s) Technical assistance to local governments

(t) Urban, parochial, and regional planning

(13) Natural Resources Committee, all matters relating to:

(a) Accretion, alluvion, and dereliction of public and private lands

(b) Coastal protection and restoration, including matters relating to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

(c) Conservation

(d) Military parks and battlefields

(e) Mineral lands and matters relating thereto

(f) Mineral resources of public lands

(g) Mines and minerals and mineral code

(h) Natural resources generally

(i) Ownership of minerals and mineral lands

(j) Parks and recreation

(k) Pipelines

(l) Public and geological surveys

(m) Public lands

(n) State boundary lines

(o) Tidelands

(p) Wildlife and fisheries

(14) Retirement Committee, all matters relating to:

(a) College and university retirement

(b) Judges' retirement

(c) Retirement, including retirement systems supported in whole or in part by funds of the state or any of its political subdivisions, but excluding retirement matters concerning labor retirement laws related to nonpublic employees

(d) Retirement of state officials and employees

(e) School employees', teachers', and other education personnel retirement

(15) Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee, all matters relating to:

(a) Bond issuance, payment, and retirement

(b) Bond portion of the comprehensive state capital budget

(c) Bonds and debt

(d) Department of Revenue and Taxation, Tax Commission, and the Board of Tax Appeals

(e) Deposit and investment of public monies

(f) Economy and efficiency of government operations

(g) Revenue collection

(h) Revenue measures generally

(i) Taxes and raising of revenue

(j) Each legislative instrument which produces a net decrease in taxes or fees or produces an increase in taxes or fees, as reflected in the fiscal note prepared in accordance with Joint Rule No. 4, of five hundred thousand dollars or more annually in any one of the three ensuing fiscal years or produces an increase which, although unspecified in the fiscal note, is indicated in the fiscal note to likely exceed five hundred thousand dollars annually in any of the three ensuing fiscal years after initial consideration in the committee of subject matter, if different from Revenue and Fiscal Affairs.

(16) Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee, all matters relating to:

(a) Affairs of the Senate

(b) Appointments which require confirmation by the Senate

(c) Apportionment for public officials and governing authorities

(d) Assignment of space in state buildings, including space for Senate and legislative needs

(e) Capitol building and all other buildings for state government services in the state capital, including capitol parking

(f) Classified and unclassified service for public employees

(g) Creation of all legislative committees and proposals for interim studies by committees

(h) Elections, state political parties and their committees, and officers, procedure, and other matters relating to elections

(i) Employees of the Senate

(j) Expenditures of funds by the Legislature

(k) Governmental ethics

(l) Intergovernmental relations between the state and the United States or other states

(m) Legislative Auditor

(n) Legislative Fiscal Officer

(o) Lobbying and lobbyists

(p) Maintenance and care of capitol complex buildings

(q) Rules and procedures of the Senate and the Legislature

(r) Rules or laws enacted to reorganize the legislative or executive branches of government

(s) Services of or for the Senate and/or its committees and members

(17) Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee, all matters relating to:

(a) Air, bus, and vehicular transportation
(b) Common carriers, except by water
(c) Construction, improvement, and maintenance of waterways, lakes, and streams
(d) Facilities in connection with lakes, waterways, and streams
(e) Flood and drainage projects
(f) Highways, roads, and bridges
(g) Levee districts
(h) Motor vehicle regulation
(i) Public works
(j) Railroads
(k) Rules and regulations for highway, railroad, and air use
(l) Transportation, highways, and public works in general
(m) Water conservation districts

SR 17 of 2001 RS; SR 6 of 2002 RS; SR 9 of 2003

Rule 13.5.  Referral of study resolutions

A legislative instrument which proposes that a committee of the Senate or a joint committee of the Senate and House perform a study of any subject matter during the interim shall be referred to a standing committee in accordance with Rule 13.4 and may be reported favorably, unfavorably, with amendments, without action, or by substitute.

Rule 13.5.1.  Legislative instruments with significant fiscal cost; dual committee referral

Each legislative instrument with an estimated fiscal cost, as reflected in the fiscal note prepared in accordance with Joint Rule No. 4, of one hundred thousand dollars or more annually in any one of the three ensuing fiscal years or with a fiscal cost which, although unspecified in the fiscal note, is indicated in the fiscal note to likely exceed one hundred thousand dollars annually in any of the three ensuing fiscal years shall be referred to a standing committee under the provisions of Rule 13.4, and, if reported, shall be reported in accordance with the requirements of Rule 13.9. However, after such report, any such Senate instrument ordered engrossed, immediately following the engrossment order, and any such House instrument reported favorably or with amendments, immediately following the reading of such report and action on any amendments reported, shall be recommitted by the president to the Committee on Finance.

SR 47 of 1995 RS; SR 13 of 1996 1st EX; SR 30 of 2010 RS.

Rule 13.5.2.  Legislative instruments which produce increases or decreases in taxes or fees; dual committee referral

Each legislative instrument which produces a net decrease in taxes or fees or produces an increase in taxes or fees, as reflected in the fiscal note prepared in accordance with Joint Rule No. 4, of five hundred thousand dollars or more annually in any one of the three ensuing fiscal years or produces an increase which, although unspecified in the fiscal note, is indicated in the fiscal note to likely exceed five hundred thousand dollars annually in any of the three ensuing fiscal years shall be referred to a standing committee under the provisions of Rule 13.4, and, if reported, shall be reported in accordance with the requirements of Rule 13.9. However, after such report, any such Senate instrument ordered engrossed, immediately following the engrossment order, and any such House instrument reported favorably or with amendments, immediately following the reading of such report and action on any amendments reported, shall be recommitted by the president to the Committee on Revenue and Fiscal Affairs.

Rule 13.6.  Meeting while Senate is in session

No committee of the Senate shall meet during the time the Senate is in session, unless the Senate has granted leave for the committee to do so.

Rule 13.7.  Executive sessions

Meetings of committees shall be open to the public; however, any committee may hold closed meetings and meet in executive session whenever it deems necessary or appropriate, except as otherwise provided in Senate Rule 16.4. However, no final vote shall be taken except in open session.

Rule 13.8.  Committee hearing

No legislative instrument shall be reported by a committee unless an open, public hearing on the instrument first has been held by the committee, with due notice given and opportunity provided for interested persons to appear to testify for or against the proposal. A majority of the quorum present must vote to report the measure at a meeting of the committee. No committee shall report a measure to the Senate pursuant to a procedure, referred to as a "round robin," under which a legislative instrument is reported by a committee after a majority of the members of the committee sign a petition to report it to the Senate or pursuant to any similar procedure. The Senate shall not receive a committee report on any measure which is made pursuant to such a procedure.

Rule 13.9.  Committee report

A. Each standing committee shall submit a written report to the Secretary no later than the time at which the Senate next convenes after a committee meeting at which a report was made on any bill or resolution. The report of the standing committee for each meeting shall be in a form which lists in numerical order the number and title of each legislative instrument upon which the committee made a report at the meeting. Below the designation and title of each legislative instrument the report of the committee shall contain the actual report of the committee on that legislative instrument, and the report may be one but only one of the following:

(1) Reported favorably

(2) Reported unfavorably

(3) Reported with amendments

(4) Reported without action

(5) Reported by substitute

B. The chairman of each Senate standing committee shall incorporate into the body of each report of his committee, under the title of each instrument reported with amendments, all amendments proposed by the committee to that instrument.

C. The report of the committee shall be signed by the committee chairman, and he shall be responsible for the accuracy of the report and for the conformity of each such report to the requirements of this rule. Under no circumstances shall words or sentences be interlined on the body of the legislative instrument, nor shall the cover thereof be marked except by the Secretary.

Rule 13.10. Report by substitute

A. A committee may report a substitute for any Senate bill or for a joint resolution originating in the Senate or for several Senate bills on the same subject or for several joint resolutions on the same subject which originated in the Senate. No House instrument may be reported by substitute. The substitute, if adopted by the Senate, shall be numbered and read on three separate days, as in the case of original bills, but need not again be referred to a Senate committee. A committee also may report a substitute for a Senate resolution or for several Senate resolutions on the same subject, or for a Senate concurrent resolution or several Senate concurrent resolutions on the same subject, and the substitute, if adopted by the Senate, shall be numbered and shall be considered in the manner of the Senate resolutions or Senate concurrent resolutions reported by committee. A substitute bill shall be germane to the original bill. Any report by a committee of a Senate bill which would have the effect of striking all material following the enacting clause shall be reported by substitute rather than with amendments.

B. When an instrument is reported by substitute, the substitute shall reflect the same authors in the same order as those of the instrument being reported by substitute, if such author or authors consent thereto. If more than one instrument is reported by the same substitute, the author(s) present and consenting shall be listed as they appear on the instruments, in the order in which the instruments were introduced. Additional co- authors may be added thereafter.

C. Each substitute bill shall recite, after its number, the number of the bill it substitutes, as follows: "(Substitute of Senate Bill No. by Senator )."

Amended by SR 112 of 2004 RS.

Rule 13.11. Directing committee to report

No legislative instrument which has been referred to a committee shall be acted upon or considered by the Senate until the committee has reported it; however, a majority of the elected members of the Senate, by motion or resolution, may direct a committee to hold a public hearing on and report a legislative instrument and may direct the time of such hearing or report, or both. In such case, the committee shall hold the hearing and shall report the instrument as directed. In addition, a majority of the elected members of the Senate, by motion or resolution, may recall a legislative instrument from a committee and discharge the committee from further consideration of the bill, in which case the instrument shall be recommitted to another committee.

Rule 13.12. Standing committees; authority for meeting between sessions; authority for forming joint committees or for meeting jointly with House committees; procedure

A. Each standing committee, with approval of the President, is authorized to:

(1) Study and hold hearings between sessions of the Legislature on matters, subjects, or problems assigned to it by the Senate, or by the two houses if acting as a joint committee, and to report thereon to the Senate or to the legislature.

(2) Study and hold hearings between sessions on matters, subjects, or problems within its subject matter jurisdiction, as provided in Rule 13.4, upon approval of a majority of the members of the committee of such study and hearings, and to report thereon to the Senate.

(3) Hold joint meetings and hearings, or to establish and function as a joint committee with a House committee, for the purpose of study and investigation of matters within the subject matter jurisdiction of the two committees, either upon direction of the two houses by resolution or upon approval of a majority of the members of the two standing committees, and to report thereon to the Legislature.

(4) Study and hold hearings in the interim between sessions on any prefiled legislative instrument referred to it by the President between sessions and, at its discretion, to determine the report it will make on such instrument in accordance with rules of the Senate, but any such report shall be provisional and subject to change. Nothing in this Paragraph shall in any way preclude further or additional hearings or a different report during the session.

(5) Hold joint meetings and hearings, or establish and functions as a joint committee with a house committee of similar subject matter jurisdiction, either during sessions or in the interim between sessions, for the purpose of considering and holding hearings on any prefiled legislative instrument which has been referred to either of the two committees, and to report thereon to the Legislature. However, the report on any legislative instrument to the Senate shall be the report of the Senate standing committee to which such instrument was referred, and such report shall be made pursuant to the rules of the Senate, particularly Senate Rules 13.9 and 13.10. In addition, any report determined prior to a session shall be provisional and shall be subject to change.

(6) Meet and hold hearings during sessions of the Legislature, whether on a legislative day or on a calendar day.

B. the authority of the standing committees of the Senate to meet in the interim between sessions upon approval of a majority of the members thereof shall be contingent upon compliance with the provisions herein set forth and approval of the President. Upon approval of a majority of the members of the standing committee for interim meetings or hearings, either as a Senate committee or as a joint committee, the chairman of the committee to any member thereof shall submit to the President, in writing, the recommendation and request of the committee for such interim meetings. The written recommendation and request shall set forth the scope of the study proposed to be made by the committee, the number of meetings anticipated, and the estimated cost. The President shall determine if funds for such meetings are available. If funds are available, the standing committee, with approval of the President, may proceed with the meetings. If a question is raised as to the subject matter jurisdiction of the committee proposing to make the study, the jurisdictional question shall be resolved by the President in accordance with the provisions of Rule 13.4.

Rule 13.13. Notice of commencement of interim study

A notice shall be sent to all members of the Legislature of the commencement of an interim study by a Senate committee or by a joint committee, pursuant to Paragraphs A(2) and A(3) of Rule 13.12.

Rule 13.14. Subcommittees; establishment; authority

A. Each standing committee established in Rule 13.1 and each joint committee established as provided in Rule 13.12, with the approval of the President, may appoint subcommittees and authorize them to meet and to take action, subject to approval of the full committee.

B. The chairman and vice chairman and the members of each subcommittee shall be appointed by the chairman of the full committee.

C. A subcommittee is authorized to undertake studies on matters within the scope of its jurisdiction only when directed to do so by the full committee.

D. Subcommittee reports shall be submitted to the full committee for approval, rather than to the Senate directly. No report or recommendation of a subcommittee shall be binding on the full committee.

E. A subcommittee shall have no authority to establish subcommittees.

Rule 13.15. Standing committees; subpoena power, punishment for contempt

Each standing committee established by Rule 13.1 and each joint committee established pursuant to the authority granted in Rule 13.12, and any subcommittee of either, is hereby specifically and expressly granted the power and authority, with the written approval of the President, to hold hearings, subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, require the production of books and records, and to do all other things necessary to accomplish the purposes of the study, hearing, or investigation assigned to it by the Senate or by the Legislature or by a majority of the members of the committee. However, if a study or investigation is undertaken during the interim between sessions, a subpoena or a subpoena duces tecum shall issue only upon the approval of a majority of all the members of the standing committee and of the President and upon the rendition of a special order of the Nineteenth Judicial District Court or of any other judicial district court, subject to general rules of venue, authorizing the committee to issue the subpoena or subpoena duces tecum, in which order the court may prescribe such requirements and conditions as it may consider just and reasonable. In the event a subpoena or subpoena duces tecum is not honored, the standing committee or joint committee also shall have the power to punish for contempt and to provide for the prosecution of any individual for refusal to testify, false swearing, or perjury before the committee or subcommittee in accordance with law.

Rule 13.16. Standing committees; compensation; expenses

A. The members of each standing committee of the Senate shall receive the same per diem and travel allowance as are provided for members of the Legislature in session for attendance during the interim between sessions at meetings of the committee or meetings of any subcommittee thereof or of any joint committee established by combining such committee with a house committee of similar subject matter jurisdiction as provided in Subparagraph A(3) of Senate Rule 13.12.

B. The President may authorize the payment of per diem and travel allowance to members for performance of duties related to the work of committees other than attendance at committee meetings.

C. The per diem and travel allowance herein authorized and all other expenses incurred by Senate committees shall be paid for out of the funds available to the President for the expenses of the Legislature and committees. The expenses of joint committees, other than per diem and travel allowances, shall be paid out of funds available to the President and funds available to the Speaker of the House, respectively.

D. When the expenses incurred in the interim between sessions by any standing committee, including in the aggregate the expenses of the committee and subcommittees thereof for per diem, travel, and other incidental expenses, exceed the sum of two thousand five hundred dollars, no further expenses of said standing committee or its subcommittees shall be incurred without the approval of the President.

Rule 13.17. Committees; authority with respect to funds from other than state sources

Each standing committee and each joint committee established pursuant to Rule 13.12 and any subcommittee of any such standing committee or joint committee is authorized, with approval of the President, to contract for, receive, accept, and expend any funds made available from sources outside of state government.

Rule 13.18. Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee; advisor to President

A. The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee shall act as an advisory committee to the President. The President and the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee shall work in concert to implement the policies and decisions of the Senate.

B. The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee shall report from time to time to the members of the Senate on the fiscal affairs of the Senate.

Rule 13.19. Cessation of interim study

If a majority of the members of a committee or the President determines that a need no longer exists for study of a subject then before the committee or a subcommittee thereof, either may direct a letter to the chairman of the committee informing him of the determination and directing that no further consideration be given to the matter. Thereafter, no further meetings shall be held on the subject.

Rule 13.20. Select committees

A. The President may establish select committees for specific studies or purposes. He shall appoint the members thereof and designate the chairman. A select committee shall have the same powers, duties, and authorities and shall be subject to the same rules as standing committees.

B. The President also may from time to time call meetings of all members of the Senate as a select committee for the purposes of discussion or study of any administrative matters or for other business he deems advisable to bring before the members. At meetings of such select committee, rules relating to scheduling of meetings, quorum, reports, and minutes and records shall be inapplicable.

SR 110 of 2004 RS

Rule 13.21. Conference Committees; membership

The Senate membership of each Conference Committee shall be three senators appointed by President.

Rule 13.22. Senate Executive Committee

A. There shall be a special committee to be called the Senate Executive Committee which shall be composed of seven members as follows: ex officio, the President and the President Pro Tempore; the chairs of the Senate Committee on Finance and the Senate Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs; and three members of the Senate appointed by the President.

B. The committee shall have advisory authority to make recommendations to the President, other officers, and the Committee on Senate and Governmental Affairs concerning matters internal to the Senate including, without limitation, matters affecting Senate space and facilities, officers and employees, rules, administration, and budgetary and financial questions.

C.(1) The committee shall have the authority to establish an annual vouchered allotment for members of the Senate to be drawn by each member in monthly payments. This vouchered allotment shall be used exclusively for expenses incurred in the course and scope of duties as a member of the Senate such as rent for office space; electricity; water; gas; telephone; communication services; stationery; supplies; mileage or expense reimbursement for official travel in or out of state; and other expenses related to the holding or conduct of office. The committee may authorize an unexpended allotment amount to be carried forward from one fiscal year into the next fiscal year.

(2) The allotment shall be established no later than May fifteenth of the first calendar year of each term of office to be effective for the succeeding four-year term, until changed by the Executive Committee pursuant to the adoption of a resolution as provided in this Paragraph. This allotment shall be set or changed by the adoption of a resolution of the Executive Committee in an open public hearing.

SR 177 of the 2004 RS; SR 3 of 2008, 2nd EX; SR 43 of 2012 RS.

 

Part II.  Uniform Rules of Committee Procedure

Rule 13.51. Committee rules

A. The standing committees of the Senate, and insofar as is practicable subcommittees and joint committees, shall be governed in the conduct of their meetings by the provisions of this Chapter.

B. These Uniform Rules of Committee Procedure shall be deemed to be supplemental to other specific Rule of Order of the Senate applicable to standing committees, and such specific rules shall apply in all cases. On any question of order or parliamentary practice, where the rules contained in this Chapter are silent or inexplicit, the applicable rules contained in other Chapters of the Rules of Order of the Senate shall govern.

C. In addition to the provisions of Paragraphs A and B above, each standing committee and joint committee may adopt rules to govern its procedure not inconsistent with this Chapter or any other provision of the Rules of Order of the Senate.

Rule 13.52. Committee chairman; duties

The duties of each committee chairman shall be:

(1) To call all meeting of the committee, including those requested by the membership as provided in Rule 13.12.

(2) To preside at all meetings of the committee.

(3) To call each meeting to order at the time and place designated by the meeting notice.

(4) To be responsible for maintaining a record of attendance at each committee meeting.

(5) After ascertaining the presence of a quorum, to cause the committee to proceed with its business in the proper order according to the agenda and to announce the business before the committee as its proceeds with such business.

(6) To preserve order and decorum and to speak on points of order, for which purpose he shall have preference over other members.

(7) To decide all points of order, subject to appeal to the committee.

(8) To explain or clarify any rule or procedure, upon request.

(9) To state or direct the secretary to state each motion as it is made.

(10) To recognize members and afford each an opportunity to be heard during consideration of each matter.

(11) To state and put to a vote all questions requiring a vote after the order of the question on the same and thereafter to announce the vote.

(12) To appoint the membership and the chairman of all subcommittees.

(13) To sign all documents which require his signature.

(14) To arrange for the posting and filing of committee notices, as otherwise provided in the Rules of Order of the Senate, particularly as provided in this Chapter.

(15) To prepare or supervise the preparation of the agenda for each committee meeting, as required by these rules.

(16) To supervise and be responsible for the preparation of committee reports and to submit them to the Senate.

(17) To submit requests to the President for interim studies or meetings, as provided in Rule 13.12.

(18) To have custody of and insure the security, on the day on which scheduled to be heard, of all legislative instruments and other papers or documents referred or submitted to the committee.

(19) To return to the Secretary following each committee meeting all legislative instruments or other documents in his custody.

(20) To discharge all other duties required by law or directed by the Senate, the committee, or the President.

Rule 13.53. Committee chairman; voting; rights; duties as member

A. The chairman shall have the same rights and duties as a member of the committee as all other members.

B. The chairman of a committee may vote on all questions before the committee, but shall be required to cast his vote only when the committee is equally divided. The duty of the chairman to vote to break a tie exists only if he has not voted previously.

Rule 13.54. Vice chairman; duties

In the absence of the committee chairman, the vice chairman shall exercise the powers and carry out the responsibilities of the chairman.

Rule 13.55. Acting chairman

In the absence of the chairman and vice chairman, an acting chairman shall be elected by the favorable vote of a majority of the quorum present.

Rule 13.56. Chairman; vacancy

In the event of a vacancy in the office of chairman, the vice chairman shall assume the powers and duties of the chairman until a new chairman is appointed by the President.

Rule 13.57. Committee members; privileges

The privileges of committee members shall include the right to:

(1) Participate freely in committee discussions and debate, but to speak only when recognized by the chairman.

(2) Offer motions.

(3) Assert points of order and privilege.

(4) Question witnesses, upon recognition by and to the extent permitted by the chairman.

(5) Offer any amendment to any instrument.

Rule 13.58. Amendments; members to offer

Only a member of a committee shall be permitted to offer an amendment for consideration by the committee.

Rule 13.59. Members; duty to attend meetings; attendance record

It shall be the duty of committee members to attend and participate in all committee meetings. If a member is unable to attend a committee meeting for any reason, he shall notify the chairman. The chairman shall be responsible for maintaining a record of the members present and the members absent at each committee meeting.

Rule 13.60. Conflict of interest; recusal of members

A member may recuse himself from all committee proceedings relating to any question when he believes he as a conflict of interest.

Rule 13.61. Calling meetings; committee authority

The committee chairman shall be required to call a meeting of a committee when requested to do so by a majority of the members of the committee and upon approval of the President. All requirements for notice, schedule, and agenda for committee meetings shall be met in calling any such meeting.

Rule 13.62. Introduction of legislation by committees

Upon the favorable vote of a majority of the members of a committee, the chairman or any member(s) thereof may introduce legislative instruments, on behalf of the committee, which concern matters within the subject matter jurisdiction of the committee.

Rule 13.63. Consideration of legislative instruments; mandatory on author's request

A. No standing committee of the Senate shall take up a legislative instrument which originated in the Senate unless the author or one of the co-authors is present, or unless the author or one of the co-authors has given written consent to the committee for the bill to be taken up in his absence, unless the Senate directs the committee to report.

B. On or before the tenth day before the final day of the session, a committee shall hear any legislative instrument originating in the Senate which the author, in writing, requests the committee to hear, if the committee has not previously had a public hearing on such instrument.

Rule 13.64. Misconduct; report of

A committee or committee chairman may report instances of misconduct or indecorum by any committee member or other person to the Senate for its consideration and action.

Rule 13.65. Interim meeting; approval of President

In addition to the requirements of these rules governing the scheduling of committee meetings, no meeting of a standing committee shall be held in the interim except upon approval of the President as provided in Senate Rule 13.12.

Rule 13.66. Organizational meetings; calling; notice; purpose

A. As soon as the chairman of a committee has been appointed and there is business to come before the committee, an organizational meeting of the committee shall be called. such a meeting shall be called by the chairman or, in his absence, by the vice chairman, in accordance with the schedule for committee meetings established in accordance with the rules. The chairman shall cause notice of such meeting to be posted, filed, and/or transmitted as otherwise provided by the Senate rules, including these committee rules, except that no notice of an organizational meeting during a session shall be required to be posted or filed prior to the first day of the session. During a session, notice of such a meeting also shall be given by public announcement in the Senate.

B. At an organizational meeting the committee shall review matters which the committee proposes to study or which have been referred to the committee for study and the legislative instruments which have been referred to it at the time and shall prepare a tentative schedule for proceeding with the work of the committee.

Rule 13.67. Interim studies

If an interim study is being undertaken by a committee on its own initiative, no organizational meeting shall be held until all requirements of Senate Rule 13.12 have been met. Notice of the commencement of the interim studies shall be transmitted to all members of the Legislature, as provided in Senate Rule 13.13.

Rule 13.68. Presession hearings of instruments

Each committee to which prefiled legislative instruments have been referred shall meet to consider such instruments upon call of the chairman or upon request of a majority of the members of the committee, but only after the requirements of Senate Rule 13.12 and Chapter 9 of these rules have been met. Notice shall be transmitted as provided in this Part and in Senate Rule 13174.

Rule 13.69. Committee meeting schedule during sessions

A. The President shall establish and coordinate a schedule of standing committee meetings, which shall be applicable throughout the session. The schedule shall assign or designate the days, hours, and places during each week at which each committee shall meet. In assigning regular meeting places, days, and hours, the President shall take into consideration the requirements of the various committees and the number of bills assigned or expected to be assigned to each.

B. Session and interim committee schedules, to the maximum extent possible, shall be established so as to avoid committee meeting conflicts for senators.

Rule 13.70. Observance of schedule required; exception

Each standing committee shall hold regular meetings on the day, at the hour, and at the place designated for regular meetings during each week of the session. However, no committee shall be required to meet on any day assigned to it if there is no business to come before it or if prior notice of cancellation has been given.

Rule 13.71. Changes in fixed schedules

The chairman, with approval of the President, may make changes in the session committee meeting schedule as provided for in Rule 13.69, when extraordinary circumstances require, subject to all other applicable rules, and in such case, he shall make public announcement of the change.

Rule 13.72. Meeting rooms; assignments

Each standing committee shall be assigned a permanent meeting room by the President. All meetings shall be held in the assigned rooms, unless extraordinary circumstances require designation of a different meeting place for a particular meeting, in which case the notice for the meeting shall clearly identify the change in location.

Rule 13.73. Notice of committee meetings during sessions

A. Prior to each meeting of his committee, the chairman of each standing committee shall post on bulletin boards which shall be maintained on the floor of the Senate and in the Memorial Halls of the Senate and the House, and also at the door to the committee room in which the meeting is to be held, the following information: (1) the name of the committee and its chairman; (2) the names of the members of the committee; (3) the staff for the committee; (4) the time and place of meeting, in conformity with the regular schedule of committee meetings as assigned for the weeks of the session; (5) the proposed agenda, including the bills, by number, which the committee proposes to consider at the meeting, though the committee shall not be bound to consider all bills enumerated and may consider bills other than those enumerated, as it deems fit; (6) the name of the Sergeant at Arms assigned to the standing committee during its hearing, and (7) any other information which the chairman deems pertinent. such notices shall be posted for each meeting as soon as practicable, but not later that 1:00 p.m. of the day preceeding the meeting day.

B. In the event extraordinary circumstances require that the meeting of a standing committee be held at a place, day, or hour other than that regularly scheduled for it, the chairman, with approval of the President, may make changes in the scheduled place, day, and/or hour, but in such case, he shall make public announcement of the change during open session of the Senate prior to the regularly scheduled meeting.

Rule 13.74. Notice of interim meetings

During the interim between sessions, the chairman of each standing committee, of each joint committee, and of each subcommittee created under the authority of Senate Rule 13.14, or his designee, shall file with the Secretary notice of every meeting to be held by his committee, together with the written authorization of the President to hold the meeting. The notice shall include the matters to be considered, including any prefiled legislative instruments, the proposed order of their consideration, the time and place of the meeting, any other information which the committee deems pertinent. The Secretary shall be responsible for making the notice available to the news media, to the public, and to all lobbyists of record who have filed written request for such notice with the Secretary.

Rule 13.75. Meetings; prohibited without notice

No meeting of a committee, regularly scheduled or otherwise, shall be held unless there is full compliance with the requirements of Senate Rule 13.73 and 13.74.

Rule 13.76. Agenda

A. Immediately before each meeting, the chairman shall cause to be prepared a formal agenda, which shall include all business to come before the committee, in the order of its consideration.

B. The agenda shall adhere as closely as possible to the list of matters to be considered contained in the meeting notice, but this list shall not be binding on the committee. Copies of the agenda shall be distributed to each member before the meeting is called to order.

Rule 13.77. Roll call

The roll shall be called at each meeting and, if a quorum is present, the chairman shall proceed in the order established by the agenda for the meeting.

Rule 13.78. Hearings; persons to be heard; authority to compensate

A. When a committee holds a public hearing on an instrument or other matter, opportunity to appear before the committee shall be provided to a representative number of proponents and opponents on each issue which the instrument or matter presents. The author of an instrument on which a hearing is held, or his designee, or, if the hearing is not on an instrument, the member offering the motion under discussion shall be entitled to make opening and closing remarks.

B.(1) Persons desiring to appear before a committee shall notify the committee chairman or the committee secretary no later than the beginning of the meeting. However, to assure that an opportunity is afforded all persons who desire to be heard, the chairman shall inquire at the beginning of the hearing on each matter if there are additional persons who wish to be heard. The chairman shall allot the time available for the hearing in an equitable manner among those persons who are to be heard.

(2) Each person appearing before a committee shall identify himself and the group, organization, or company he represents, if any. Before being allowed to testify before the committee, he shall also be required to file with the committee chairman or the committee secretary a sworn written statement in the form of a signed witness card swearing or affirming that his testimony is true and correct. He shall then be considered to be under oath while providing such testimony before the committee.

C. Whenever a committee or the president finds it necessary or desirable to invite or request the appearance before a committee of any person to present testimony, the president shall have authority to invite or request such appearance and to determine and approve the expenditure of funds available to the Senate to pay reasonable compensation and expenses of such witnesses.

Amended by SR 78 of 2010 RS.

Rule 13.79. Filing of prepared statements

Any interested person or any committee member may file with a committee a prepared written statement concerning a specific instrument or matter under consideration by the committee or concerning any matter within the committee's scope of authority. The committee records shall reflect receipt of such statement and the date and time thereof and shall include a copy thereof.

Rule 13.80. Copies of instruments required prior to consideration

No instrument shall be considered by the committee until each member present has been furnished a copy thereof.

Rule 13.81. Second to motion not required

No second to any motion offered in a committee shall be required for consideration of the motion by the committee.

Rule 13.82. Quorum defined

A quorum of a committee shall consist of a majority of the membership of the committee.

Rule 13.83. Quorum; ex officio members

Except as otherwise provided in Senate Rule 13.1(C), ex officio members shall not be counted as part of the total membership of a committee for purposes of determining the number of members necessary to constitute a quorum, but, if present, they shall be counted as members for purposes of establishing a quorum for the particular meeting.

Rule 13.84. Quorum; members appointed pursuant to Rule 13.1(C)

Members appointed to committees pursuant to Senate Rule 13.1(C) shall be considered in determining the number of members necessary for a quorum and for establishing the presence of a quorum only at meetings related to any study for which they were appointed or meetings of any committee or subcommittee to which they were appointed.

Rule 13.85. Quorum required to transact business

The presence of a quorum shall be required for a committee to transact business, and no official action shall be taken by a committee unless a quorum is present.

Rule 13.86. Absence of quorum; authority of members present

In the absence of a quorum the members present shall have authority only: (1) to adjourn; (2) to debate and discuss matters before the committee; (3) to receive information or opinion from other persons; (4) in the case of a full committee, to constitute themselves as a temporary subcommittee, which may determine recommendations to be made to the full committee.

Rule 13.87. Vote required for committee action; members disqualified or recused

The favorable vote of a majority of the quorum of the members of a standing committee present and voting shall be required for a committee to decide a question or to take official action on any matter; however, a member recused or disqualified from voting on a question for reasons provided in these committee rules or the Rules of Order of the Senate shall not be counted for the purposes of determining the number necessary for a quorum or for establishing a quorum to act on that question.

Rule 13.88. Voting; members appointed pursuant to Rule 13.1(C)

Members appointed to a committee under authority of Senate Rule 13.1(C) are authorized to vote only on questions related to any study for which they were appointed or at meetings of any committee or subcommittee to which they were appointed. Such members shall not vote on any questions concerning prefiled legislative instruments.

Rule 13.89. Proxy voting prohibited

No committee member shall be allowed to vote by proxy under any circumstances, and no member shall be permitted to vote on a matter before a committee if he was not in the committee room before the vote is announced by the chairman.

Rule 13.90. Reporting legislative instruments; vote required

A. The main motion on the consideration of any instrument referred to a standing committee shall be to report the same in one of the manners set forth by Senate Rule 13.9 or to defer or postpone action, or to table consideration of the same.

B. No bill shall be reported unless one of the reports enumerated in Senate Rule 13.9 has been affirmatively adopted by a majority of a quorum present and voting. The failure of the committee to adopt any report for which the motion was made shall not constitute adoption of any other report. When a motion to report a bill in an enumerated manner fails, adoption by the committee of a subsequent specific motion shall be required to report the bill.

Rule 13.91. Roll call; record votes required

Any motion to report an instrument and any motion to adopt or reject a substantive committee amendment to which on objection is offered shall be decided by a roll call vote of the committee members. Any other vote shall be by roll call if demanded by a member. All roll call votes shall be record votes and shall appear in the records of the committee, as otherwise provided in these rules. In the case of record votes, the names of members voting for the motion, the names of members voting against the motion, and the names of absent members shall be recorded. For the purposes of this rule, a substantive amendment shall be deemed to be any amendment which is not strictly technical in nature.

Rule 13.92. Report of interim study required

Each standing committee which meets for the purpose of interim study shall submit a report of its activities and recommendations to the Senate at the next regular session.

Rule 13.93. Minutes of meetings required; contents

Minutes of each meeting shall be kept, and they shall constitute a written report of committee proceedings had at such meetings. In such minutes there shall be entered:

(1) The time and place of the meeting of the committee.

(2) The members present and absent.

(3) The names and addresses of each person appearing before the committee, with the name and address of any person, firm, corporation, association, or organization on whose behalf the appearance is made.

(4) The instruments or other matters considered, by number where appropriate.

(5) The important points made by each witness at a public hearing and by each member of the committee.

(6) Action of the committee, including final action with respect to each instrument on which the committee makes a report to the Senate.

(7) The vote of each member on each instrument, matter, or motion considered by the committee on which a record vote is taken.

Rule 13.94. Minutes; approval

The record or minutes of each meeting shall be read and approved at the next regular meeting of the committee; however, the committee may elect to dispense with the reading of the minutes of any meeting.

Rule 13.95.  Permanent committee records; disposition

A. The permanent records of the committee shall include the audio tapes and minutes of each meeting and a file on each instrument received by the committee. The file on each instrument shall include a copy of the original instrument; a copy of committee amendments proposed by any member, whether or not adopted, and the disposition thereof; a copy of any fiscal note, actuarial note, or notice attached to an instrument at the time of committee consideration; all prepared statements filed with the committee chairman by members or interested parties; the minutes of the public hearing held on the instrument and of the meeting at which the committee report thereon was decided; and a copy of the committee report thereon.

B. The minutes, as approved by the committee, and other permanent records of the committee shall be retained by the Senate staff and shall be public records.

Rule 13.96. Verbatim records

By vote of a majority of its members a committee may cause a verbatim record of all or any portion of any meeting to be made and preserved.

Rule 13.97. Committee secretary; duties

The secretary assigned to each committee shall: (1) take and keep the minutes and records of the work of the committee; (2) prepare the committee reports; and (3) perform such other duties as the committee, the chairman, or the Senate rules direct.

 

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