Retained Bill Subcommittee (1st year of the Session)
A bill may be retained to committee in the first year of the session [House Rule 44].
The committee chairman traditionally appoints a retained study subcommittee from among the committee membership [House Rule 65]. In certain circumstances, the committee may study a retained bill as committee of the whole.
The first named member of the retained bill subcommittee is chair. The chair is responsible for organizing, scheduling and conducting the subcommittee meetings. This is the same procedure as other subcommittees during the session.
The retained bill subcommittee recommendation deadline is set by the standing committee chair (usually mid – late October).
At that point, the retained bill subcommittee will recommend “Ought to Pass” (OTP), “Ought to Pass as Amended” (OTP/A), “Inexpedient to Legislate” (ITL), or interim study.
The full committee subsequently meets to take formal action on all subcommittee recommendations.
The bill process is the same as during the session. The committee reports (blurbs) will be published in a November House Calendar and the full house will take action on the bill reports in January.