HOUSE ADOPTS RULES, INCLUDING A CHANGE TO CUT DOWN ON PREVALENCE OF POINTS OF ORDER …

By John Reynolds, January 14, 2013, Harvey Kronberg, www.quorumreport.com

Phil_King-4Otherwise, the debate was for the most part pro forma with the biggest change effected coming from Rep. Phil King who successfully made changes to the standards for sustaining a point of order.

In recent sessions, King and others have complained that it has become too easy to kill bills on procedural grounds, with frustration highest when lawmakers have waited until several hours into debate to introduce a point of order.

King’s language returns the standard for overturning a point of order back to where it was under Speaker Pete Laney where a committee report was in substantial compliance despite the introduction of an error as long as it wasn’t misleading.

King said that his purpose was to avoid taking bills down on the House floor because of a typo. But the change in the rule also means that it will be more difficult to use that parliamentary procedure to impede a bill. In essence, it takes away from the ability of Democrats to block legislation they find distasteful. And it also makes it more difficult for the lobby to scuttle bills hostile to their interests.

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