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Presentation by:                       Tom SeymourSenator Tom Seymour                       State SenatorMinot, North Dako...
Dr. Tom Seymour        Professor        Minot State University        Minot, North Dakota        701-858-3307        tom@m...
Bill Preparation        Bills are usually prepared by          Legislative Council for introduction          by a legislat...
After the preliminary business of          opening a session the presiding          officer (the Lieutenant Governor in   ...
The bill clerk assigns a number to the         bill and the Chief Clerk of the House         or the Secretary of the Senat...
The presiding officer refers the bill to         the proper committee. In         committee, the bill is explained and    ...
Public hearings are held on every bill.        Vote No on HB 1001        Vote Yes on HB 1001legislator@nd.gov             ...
The full committee may:        • Report the bill unfavorably with or          without amendment        • Report the bill f...
Each Committee reports to the House         or Senate on the bills that have         been referred to the committee       ...
All bills regardless of type of           committee report will be placed on           the calendar for final passage.    ...
When a bill comes up on the calendar         the bill is read again. This is known         as the second reading and is th...
After debate, the bill is passed or          defeated. If passed, the bill is          delivered (messaged) to the other  ...
If the second house passes the bill in           the same form, the bill is enrolled           signed by the presiding off...
The conference committee makes         recommendations to both houses         and both houses must approve the         bil...
The bill then is enrolled (signed by the         presiding officers), and sent to the         Governor. If signed by the  ...
Resolutions, such as ones to change         the Constitution do not require the         signature of the Governor.legislat...
If vetoed, the bill can still become law           by a 2/3 vote in both houses.legislator@nd.gov                701-328-2...
A bill, once passed, may be          repealed, whole or in part, through a          vote of the electorate – a          re...
A law also may be proposed and          acted upon by the electorate by          means of an initiated measure.legislator@...
To serve in the ND Legislative          Assembly a person must be:        • At least 18 years of age as of the          el...
The first female legislators (Minnie         Craig and Nellie Dougherty) were         elected in 1922.        Brynhild Hau...
ND is named after the Dakota Sioux         Tribe. Dakota is the Sioux word for         “friends”.        North Dakota beca...
Record high temperature is 121F         (Recorded in Steele July 6, 1936)        North Dakota is the 19th largest state   ...
State Capitol        600 East Boulevard Avenue        Bismarck, ND 58505        701.328.2916        www.legis.nd.govlegisl...
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  1. 1. Presentation by: Tom SeymourSenator Tom Seymour State SenatorMinot, North Dakota 5th District tom@minot.com www.legis.nd.gov
  2. 2. Dr. Tom Seymour Professor Minot State University Minot, North Dakota 701-858-3307 tom@minot.comlegislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  3. 3. Bill Preparation Bills are usually prepared by Legislative Council for introduction by a legislator. If a bill is not prepared by the Legislative Council, the bill must be reviewed by the Legislative Council for proper form and style.legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  4. 4. After the preliminary business of opening a session the presiding officer (the Lieutenant Governor in the Senate and Speaker in the House) calls for an introduction of bills. Any legislator may hand the bill to the bill clerk.legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  5. 5. The bill clerk assigns a number to the bill and the Chief Clerk of the House or the Secretary of the Senate reads the bill by title only (first reading of the bill – 9th Order of Business)legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  6. 6. The presiding officer refers the bill to the proper committee. In committee, the bill is explained and discussed. The presiding officer assigns bills to committee with the approval of the majority leaderlegislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  7. 7. Public hearings are held on every bill. Vote No on HB 1001 Vote Yes on HB 1001legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  8. 8. The full committee may: • Report the bill unfavorably with or without amendment • Report the bill favorably with or without amendment • Report the bill without any recommendation and with or without amendment • Request the bill’s re-referral to another committee with or without any amendmentlegislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  9. 9. Each Committee reports to the House or Senate on the bills that have been referred to the committee With Amendment Without Recommendation Favorable Unfavorablelegislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  10. 10. All bills regardless of type of committee report will be placed on the calendar for final passage. If the committee recommends an amendment, the amendment is placed on the calendar and adopted or rejected before the bill is placed on the calendar.legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  11. 11. When a bill comes up on the calendar the bill is read again. This is known as the second reading and is the time when the bill can be finally passed or defeated. Then the bill is debated on the floor of the House or Senate.legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  12. 12. After debate, the bill is passed or defeated. If passed, the bill is delivered (messaged) to the other house.legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  13. 13. If the second house passes the bill in the same form, the bill is enrolled signed by the presiding officer, and sent to the Governor. If the second house amends and then passes the bill it is sent back to the first house for concurrence. If the first house does not concur the presiding officers of both houses appoint a conference committee.legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  14. 14. The conference committee makes recommendations to both houses and both houses must approve the bill in the same form.legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  15. 15. The bill then is enrolled (signed by the presiding officers), and sent to the Governor. If signed by the Governor or if forwarded to the Secretary of State without being signed the bill becomes law (usually August 1 or July 1 for appropriations and revenue measures).legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  16. 16. Resolutions, such as ones to change the Constitution do not require the signature of the Governor.legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  17. 17. If vetoed, the bill can still become law by a 2/3 vote in both houses.legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  18. 18. A bill, once passed, may be repealed, whole or in part, through a vote of the electorate – a referendum. This bill may be referred to a Public vote if citizens gather sufficient signatures to put it on the ballot.legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  19. 19. A law also may be proposed and acted upon by the electorate by means of an initiated measure.legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  20. 20. To serve in the ND Legislative Assembly a person must be: • At least 18 years of age as of the election date. • A qualified elector of the legislative district * A resident of North Dakota for one year before the election.legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  21. 21. The first female legislators (Minnie Craig and Nellie Dougherty) were elected in 1922. Brynhild Haugland was the longest serving legislator in North Dakota. She served for 52 years. There are 47 districts each represented by 2 representatives and 1 senator.legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  22. 22. ND is named after the Dakota Sioux Tribe. Dakota is the Sioux word for “friends”. North Dakota became the 39th state in the US when it was admitted into the Union on November 2, 1889. There are 86,842 miles of roadway. There are 54,313 miles of rivers. Record low temperature is -60F - (Recorded in Parshall February 15, 1936)legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  23. 23. Record high temperature is 121F (Recorded in Steele July 6, 1936) North Dakota is the 19th largest state by area in the United States (70,762 square miles). The town of Rugby is considered to be the geographic center of the North American continent.legislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
  24. 24. State Capitol 600 East Boulevard Avenue Bismarck, ND 58505 701.328.2916 www.legis.nd.govlegislator@nd.gov 701-328-2916 www.legis.nd.gov
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