To provide the maker of a motion to bundle and refer new business items one minute to explain the rationale for bundling.

Rule 3.  Order of Business and Debate

M. Motion to Refer

The vote on a motion to refer shall be in order only after the maker of the original motion has been given the opportunity to speak to the referral.

When a motion is made to combine or bundle new business items for referral to committees, the chair shall give the maker one (1) minute to explain the rationale to bundle.  The chair will then ask the makers of each NBI if they support referral. The maker of each NBI shall be given one minute to explain whether they support or oppose referral.

Impact Statement

Standing Rule 3(M) states that a vote on a motion to refer any item of business before the body is in order only after the maker of the original motion has been given the opportunity to speak to the referral.  Standing Rule 3(N) allows that any Standing Rule may be suspended without notice by a two-thirds vote of those present and voting. 

The Representative Assembly currently may vote to suspend the rules to group multiple new business items together for the purpose of referral to an appropriate committee.  In 2016, the Representative Assembly adopted an amendment to Standing Rule 3(M) allotting the maker of each NBI proposed for grouped referral one minute to speak in favor or against the referral. 

The proposed amendment would provide the maker of a motion to bundle and refer a group of NBIs one minute to explain the rationale for bundling.  If the amendment were adopted, the chair would give the maker of a motion to bundle one minute to explain his or her rationale before calling on the makers of the items proposed for bundling to speak in favor or against referral.

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Sonia Galaviz, ID

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