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Committee Hearing and Notice of Bills, Topics, and Public Hearings

From Chapter III of the 2011 Legislative Manual:
 
     

Committee Hearing

The rules of the Senate require committees to acquaint themselves with the interests of the State specifically represented by the committee. Committees may also initiate legislation within their jurisdiction. In the Senate, any bill or other matter referred to a committee may be withdrawn from it by a two-thirds vote of the Senate. The Senate rules require that at least one day’s notice of a withdrawal motion be given to a committee and specify that no motion for withdrawal is in order on the last two days of the session.

At a committee hearing, the proponents and opponents of a measure are given an opportunity to present their cases. Testimony may be taken from lobbyists, academicians, public officials, special interest groups, and private citizens. To avoid additional expense and duplication of effort for both witnesses and committee members, joint hearings by committees in both houses may be held.

In the Assembly, when a measure is referred concurrently to two committees, the rules specify that it goes to the first committee named. If the first committee votes to amend the bill or resolution, the measure is reprinted with amendments and then returned to the first committee or sent to the second committee depending upon the motion. If no amendment is proposed by the first committee or if the first committee acts upon the bill or resolution after amendment, the measure must be sent to the floor with a committee recommendation to the Chief Clerk for transmittal to the second committee.

Witnesses summoned to appear before the Senate or Assembly or any of their committees are compensated at the same rate as witnesses required to attend a court of law in Nevada. However, witnesses appearing of their own volition do so at their own expense.

As discussed under the heading "Standing Committees," committees may or may not report bills out to the floor of the houses for further action, and they may report them out with a variety of recommendations. When a referral committee reports a bill and recommends a certain disposition of it, the bill is then placed on the second reading file for the next legislative day.

Notice of Bills, Topics, and Public Hearings

Both Senate and Assembly rules require that adequate notice be provided on bills, resolutions, and public hearings. Notices must include the date, time, place, and agenda to be covered and must be: (1) posted conspicuously in the Legislative Building; (2) published in the daily history; and (3) made available to the news media. Both houses permit suspension of this requirement for an emergency.

     


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