Sessions

The Speaker of the House schedules “sessions” when all members meet to vote on bills that have had hearings in the committees.  The dates and times are announced in the House Calendar.

The Calendar lists the bills that will be considered, along with the committee recommendations.

Votes are taken on the committee recommendation, not on the content of the bill.

For example, a committee might vote “inexpedient to legislate,” (meaning it should not pass), on a bill to give every citizen of NH a new car, because they believe this is a bad idea.  Thus,  a “yea” vote means one agrees with the committee’s view that the bill should not pass, and new cars will not be given to every citizen of NH.  (So “yea” means “no” to new cars for everyone.)

A parliamentary inquiry is a request for information from the presiding officer with respect to procedure on a matter before the House.  It is framed as a question.

 A parliamentary inquiry at the end of a debate is correctly stated as follows:

Madam Speaker, if I know (or  believe) that______________, and if I know (or believe) that ______, would I now vote yes to support the committee report of Ought to Pass by pushing the GREEN button?

Bills that have near unanimous agreement by committee members are placed on the Consent Calendar.  These are listed in the Calendar in a group .  They are voted on in a block, unless a member requests that a particular bill be removed from the Consent Calendar.

When votes are taken by roll call, rather than by voice, each member’s vote is recorded.

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