The 2007-08 House permanent rules, House Resolution 423, will address the following issues:
· No special provisions will be added to the budget bill unless they pertain to appropriations or the raising or reducing of revenue. The House abided by this rule during last year's session, but it will now be a permanent part of the House rules.
· No same day consideration of legislation without the approval of the House, which will allow ample time for the study of legislation before a vote.
· No "floaters" or members who serve on all committees. The position of a "floater" was first included in the House rules in 1995.
· Required consultation with the Minority Leader regarding committee assignments. Speaker Hackney collected and considered the committee preferences of all House members and consulted with Minority Leader Stam during the opening weeks of session prior to announcing committee assignments.
· March 30th deadline for adding new members to permanent committees and subcommittees, except in cases of vacancies.
· No "blank bills." All legislation introduced in the House must contain substantive provisions. The Senate rules allow each Senator to introduce three so-called blank bills per session.
The permanent rules package was considered by the House Rules Committee on Thursday afternoon and the full House is expected to vote on the bill early next week. To view the entire bill, go to:http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2007&BillID=h423.