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The ASSEMBLY JOURNAL
The journal is the document that records the activity of floor sessions. Unlike the history this is not a cumulative listing of actions but the official record of each floor proceeding—the “minutes” of the floor session.
A journal is issued for each day a floor session is held. The journal is numbered with the legislative day (consecutive days 1-120 of the 120-day session), so there will be breaks in the sequence of the days from journal to journal, i.e., if a floor session was held on Friday, the eleventh legislative day, and the next floor session was held on the following Monday, the journal would show Monday as the fourteenth legislative day (Saturday and Sunday being the twelfth and thirteenth days).
Though not as condensed as the history, the journal can be instrumental in tracking a bill’s progress through the legislative process. The journal will show:
1. Which legislator brought forward an action on a bill, such as placing it on the Chief Clerk’s desk;
2. The details of a final vote—the yeas, nays, not voting, excused, etc.;
3. Which legislator(s) made comments on a bill; and
4. Other actions taken during the floor session.
The journal also records special activities and presentations to the legislators, i.e., the full text of the Governor’s State of the State and speeches by Nevada’s congressional officers are included in the Journal.
The ASSEMBLY HISTORY
The history is a document published which details the cumulative floor actions taken on a bill or resolution. Two types of history documents are printed; the Daily History and the History Volume.
A History Volume is produced every two weeks detailing all activity for all Assembly bills and resolutions introduced. The volume will list all action on all bills and resolutions from their introduction to the most recent action at the time the volume was published. The Assembly volume is published on alternate weeks from the Senate’s volume. To maintain a tracking record the volume should be retained until the subsequent volume is published.
A Daily History is produced each day (except Saturday and Sunday unless there is a floor session). The Daily History will list only the most recent activity since the volume was published. To ease bill tracking, a previous Daily History should be discarded when a new daily history is received. This will eliminate the possibility of using outdated information. The information in the daily history accumulates only until the next volume is printed.
The daily history should be used in tandem with the volume since it reflects activity taken during the two-week period between each volume’s printings.
Also included in the daily history are the most recent hearing agendas available when the history was published and the daily file which shows the scheduled activity for the next general floor session.
The INDEX and TABLES (Published by the Legislative Counsel Bureau)
The Index and Tables is a document that compiles the topics of the bills and resolutions introduced in the Assembly and the Senate. This document is instrumental in tracking and researching bills and resolutions. There are two sections to the Index and Tables:
Specific subject matter set out in alphabetical order.
This section has two parts:
The first part lists NRS by section to which a change is proposed by amending the language or by repeal (‘A’ or ‘R’).
The second part lists NRS by chapter to which a change is proposed by adding new section(s).
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