HRULE 6.8     

Rule 6.8. Recommittal: Constitutional amendments; special elections; propositions; study resolutions; Capital Outlay Bill; minimum foundation resolution; legislative instruments creating special funds; legislative instruments with a fiscal impact; public records exceptions; interstate compacts

            A.(1) A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Louisiana Constitution or a bill which calls a special election or which proposes to submit a proposition or question to the voters, having been referred to a standing committee, other than the Committee on Civil Law and Procedure, under the provisions of Rule 6.5, if reported, shall be reported to the Clerk of the House in accordance with the requirements of Rule 6.11(A). However, after such report, any such House instrument ordered engrossed, immediately following the engrossment order, and any such Senate instrument reported favorably or with amendments, immediately following the reading of such report and action on any amendments reported, shall be recommitted by the speaker to the Committee on Civil Law and Procedure.

            (2)(a) Said committee shall study all legislative instruments recommitted to it pursuant to this Paragraph, shall ensure that the ballot language is comprised of simple, unbiased, concise, and easily understood language which conforms to all applicable laws, and shall review the proposed election date at which the proposition or question is to be submitted to the voters to ensure maximum voter turnout, to the extent practicable.

            (b) Said committee shall also study all legislative instruments recommitted to it pursuant to this Paragraph and shall report such measures to the full House "with amendments" or "without amendments".

            (c) Said committee shall study all joint resolutions recommitted to it, taking into account other joint resolutions introduced in either the House or the Senate, and include with the report a statement indicating whether the measures referred to it can be accomplished statutorily without the necessity of the constitutional amendment and whether such measures conflict with one another, and indicating the number of joint resolutions introduced and the number reported by other standing committees.

            B.(1) A resolution or a concurrent resolution which proposes that a committee or committees of the House or a joint committee of the House and Senate perform a study of any subject matter during the interim, or a resolution or a concurrent resolution proposing any such study which either designates any legislator to serve thereon or provides that a legislator shall be an appointing official, shall be referred to a standing committee under the provisions of Rule 6.5 and, if reported by such committee, shall be reported to the Clerk of the House in accordance with the provisions of Rule 6.11(A). However, after such report, any such resolution reported favorably, with amendments, or by substitute shall be immediately recommitted by the Speaker to the Committee on House and Governmental Affairs.

            (2) The Committee on House and Governmental Affairs shall study all such instruments referred to it pursuant to this Rule, taking into account other study resolutions introduced in either the House or the Senate, and shall report such instruments to the full House either favorably or with amendments. Periodically, the committee shall file a report with the House indicating whether such instrument may be duplicative or in conflict with another, and indicating the total number of study resolutions introduced and the number reported by each standing committee.

            C. The capital outlay bill, being any bill being designated as the "comprehensive state capital budget" pursuant to the mandate of Paragraph B of Section 11 and Paragraph A of Section 6 of Article VII of the Constitution shall be referred by the presiding officer to the Committee on Ways and Means. The committee's authority and duties with respect to such instrument shall be as is generally provided by these Rules of Order, except that the committee shall have no authority to propose amendments to said instrument other than to those provisions affecting bonds or other evidences of indebtedness, including without limitation the appropriation of the avails of bonds or other evidences of indebtedness, the priority of issuance or expenditure thereof and the manner(s) of changing the priority of issuance or expenditure. The bill shall be reported in accordance with the provisions of Rule 6.11(A). After such report, if the measure is ordered engrossed by the House, immediately following such order, it shall be recommitted by the presiding officer to the Committee on Appropriations. The committee's authority and duties with respect to such instrument shall be as is generally provided by these Rules of Order, except that the committee shall have no authority to propose amendments to said instrument except those provisions providing for appropriation of funds other than the avails of bonds or other evidences of indebtedness.

            D. Any concurrent resolution providing for the adoption of the formula for the allocation of minimum foundation funds to parish and city school systems shall be referred by the presiding officer to the Committee on Education. After the resolution is reported, if the resolution is ordered engrossed by the House, immediately following such order it shall be recommitted by the presiding officer to the Committee on Appropriations.

            E. Any legislative instrument creating a special fund in the state treasury to which proceeds from taxes, fees, or other charges are dedicated and any legislative instrument amending provisions of law relative to such a special fund shall be referred to a standing committee under the provisions of Rule 6.5 and, if reported, shall be reported to the clerk of the House in accordance with the requirements of Rule 6.11(A). However, after such report, any such House instrument ordered engrossed, immediately following the engrossment order, and any such Senate instrument reported favorably or with amendments, immediately following the reading of such report and action on any amendments reported, shall be recommitted by the Speaker to the Committee on Appropriations.

            F.(1) Any legislative instrument with an estimated fiscal cost of one hundred thousand dollars or more of state general funds annually in any one of the three ensuing fiscal years as reflected in the fiscal note prepared in accordance with Joint Rule No. 4, or with a fiscal cost that, although not specified in the fiscal note, is indicated in the fiscal note as likely to equal or exceed one hundred thousand dollars of state general funds annually in any of the three ensuing fiscal years, shall be referred to a standing committee under the provisions of Rule 6.5 and, if reported, shall be reported to the Clerk of the House in accordance with the requirements of Rule 6.11(A). However, after such report, any such House instrument ordered engrossed, immediately following the engrossment order, and any such Senate instrument reported favorably or with amendments, immediately following the reading of such report and action on any amendments reported, shall be recommitted by the Speaker to the Committee on Appropriations.

            G. Any legislative instrument which originates in the Senate which produces a net decrease in fees or increases fees or taxes or which authorizes an increase in fees or taxes of five hundred thousand dollars or more annually in any one of three ensuing fiscal years as reflected in the fiscal note prepared in accordance with Joint Rule No. 4 or which provides for or authorizes an increase in fees or taxes which, although not specified in the fiscal note, is indicated in the fiscal note to likely exceed five hundred thousand dollars annually in any of the three ensuing fiscal years shall be referred to a standing committee under the provisions of Rule 6.5 and, if reported, shall be reported to the Clerk of the House in accordance with the requirements of Rule 6.11(A). However, after such report, any such Senate instrument reported favorably or with amendments, immediately following the reading of such report and action on any amendments reported, shall be recommitted by the Speaker to the Committee on Ways and Means.

            H. Any legislative instrument which contains a provision or provisions the effect of which exempts or excepts certain information from the laws relative to public records, having been referred to a standing committee other than the Committee on House and Governmental Affairs under the provisions of Rule 6.5, if reported, shall be reported in accordance with the requirements of Rule 6.11(A). However, after such report, any such House instrument ordered engrossed, immediately following the engrossment order, and any such Senate instrument reported favorably or with amendments, immediately following the reading of such report and action on any amendments reported, shall be recommitted by the speaker to the Committee on House and Governmental Affairs.

            I. Any legislative instrument which contains a provision or provisions the effect of which provides that the state join an interstate compact, having been referred to a standing committee other than the Committee on House and Governmental Affairs under the provisions of Rule 6.5, if reported, shall be reported in accordance with the requirements of Rule 6.11(A). However, after such report, any such House instrument ordered engrossed, immediately following the engrossment order, and any such Senate instrument reported favorably or with amendments, immediately following the reading of such report and action on any amendments reported, shall be recommitted by the Speaker to the Committee on House and Governmental Affairs.

            Mason's Manual: Sec. 620

            HR 3, 1975; HR 6, 1977; HR 12, 1977; HR 13, 1977; HR 4, 1978; HR 18, 1979; HR 6, 1981; HR 23, 1981; HR 7, 1984; HR 18, 1985; HR 10, 1st Ex. Sess., 1986; HR 2, 1998; HR 25, 2001; HR 73, 2003; HR 36, 2007, eff. June 22, 2007; HR 42, 2010, eff. April 26, 2010, until Jan. 9, 2012; HR 37, 2011, eff. June 8, 2011; HR 59, 2012; HR 6, 2013, eff. May 30, 2013; HR 31, 2013, eff. June 6, 2013 and Jan. 11, 2016.