I’ve been reviewing the actions of bills and would like to see these Action Types added. These are all based on my review of CA bills, but they seem applicable to more states.
Concurrence committee is a special committee with members from both houses who meet to resolve differences in the bill as passed by each house.
- concurrence:failed – The bill failed in concurrence
- concurrence:passed – The bill was amended in concurrence
- concurrence:passed – The bill passed concurrence
- concurrence:referred – The bill has been referred to concurrence
These actions indicate when a bill will be voted on (as opposed to actions like bill:reading:3 which is an after-the-fact action):
- bill:reading:2:ordered – Bill is ordered to a second floor reading
- bill:reading:3:ordered – Bill is ordered to a third floor reading
- consent:ordered – Bill is ordered to the consent calendar
These are are similar to the existing bill:withdrawn, but more descriptive:
- committee:withdrawn – The bill has been withdrawn from a committee
- governor:withdrawn – The bill has been withdrawn from the governor’s consideration
In CA when the governor uses a line-item veto, the bill is signed into law except for the items that were vetoed. The current action is governor:vetoed:line-item. To be more descriptive, it really should be “signed”, like this:
- governor:signed:line-item – The bill has issued a line-item (partial) veto