Speaker Announces Late Night Schedule for 2014 Session

March 4th, 2014

Beginning the week of March 18th, the Legislature will begin working “late nights.” Tuesday, March 18th, and Thursday, March 20th, will be scheduled late nights. From that point forward, I will be reserving every day, other than the final day of the work week, as a late night. It is my hope that some of these late nights may be cancelled if we are progressing through that day’s agenda.

I have scheduled the following dates for “late nights” for the body to work during the evening hours beyond 6:00 p.m.:

Tuesday, March 18;
Thursday, March 20;
Monday, March 24;
Tuesday, March 25;
Wednesday, March 26;
Monday, March 31;
Tuesday, April 1;
Wednesday, April 2;
Monday, April 7;
Tuesday, April 8; and
Wednesday, April 9.

The adjournment time for a scheduled “late night” will be around 8:30 p.m. or later (potentially as late as 11:59 p.m.).

As Speaker, I reserve the right to cancel a scheduled “late night.”  I will provide the members of the Legislature with as much notice as possible of such a cancellation. If the body makes progress on the day’s agenda prior to mid-afternoon, my intention will be to cancel that day’s scheduled “late night.”

Speaker Announces Priority Bill Debate May Begin Next Week

January 29th, 2014

Speaker Adams announced today that debate of 2014 Priority Bills may begin the middle of next week (February 5) contingent upon bill designation which begins on February 3, 2014.

Speaker Adams Announces Key Session Dates for 2014

January 3rd, 2014

January 8, 9, 10
• Convene at 10:00 a.m. and adjourn by noon or when introduced bills have been processed by the Clerk’s office

January 13
• Convene at 10:00 a.m. and debate motion to adopt permanent rules
• Bill Introduction
• Begin floor debate of general file carryover legislation
• Recess for lunch until 1:30 p.m. and adjourn between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

January 14, 16
• Convene at 9:00 a.m. and continue debate of general file carryover legislation
• Bill Introduction
• Recess for lunch until 1:30 p.m. and adjourn between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

January 15
• Convene at 9:00 a.m.
• Governor’s State of the State Address – 10:00 a.m.
• Bill Introduction
• Floor debate of general file carryover legislation
• Recess for lunch until 1:30 p.m. and adjourn between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

January 17
• Convene at 9:00 a.m.
• Chief Justice Heavican’s State of the Judiciary Address-10:00 a.m.
• Bill Introduction
• Floor debate of general file carryover legislation
• Work through the lunch hour and adjourn early afternoon
• (Tentative) Last day to submit bill requests to Revisor of Statutes/Bill Drafting Office

January 21
• Convene at 10:00 a.m.
• Bill Introduction
• Floor debate of general file carryover legislation
• Adjourn at noon
• Public Hearings begin at 1:30 p.m.

January 22
• Convene at 9:00 a.m.
• Last day of bill introduction
• Floor debate of general file carryover legislation
• Adjourn by noon or when introduced bills have been processed by the Clerk’s office

February 3
• Speaker’s office will begin accepting senator and committee priority designations and requests for speaker priority designations

February 19, Prior to Adjournment
• Deadline to submit a letter to the Speaker requesting designation of a bill as a 2014 speaker priority bill

February 20, Prior to Adjournment
• Deadline for designation of committee and senator priority bills

February 21
• Speaker priority bills announced prior to adjournment

February 28
• Tentative date to complete committee public hearings on introduced bills

March 4
• Tentative date to begin full day debate on the floor

Beginning January 13th, we will begin the first day of the work week at 10:00 a.m., unless otherwise announced. The remaining days of the week we will convene session at 9:00 a.m.

Speaker Duties

August 5th, 2008

The Speaker of the Legislature is elected by the membership every two years. Speaker responsibilities and privileges include:

  • setting the session calendar and daily agenda;
  • serving as the Legislature’s presiding officer in the absence of the Lieutenant Governor;
  • working with fellow legislators to overcome differences as legislation is considered;
  • selecting up to 25 bills or resolutions as his or her priorities. Priority bills are generally considered ahead of other bills. Other senators may select one priority bill per session, while committees may select two; and
  • designating up to five bills or resolutions each session as his or her major proposals with scheduling priority. Major proposals must already be designated as a senator’s priority bill and must be approved by two-thirds of the Executive Board.