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.