H.R. 841 - CONTINUITY IN REPRESENTATION ACT OF 2005

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday, March 1, 2005.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY VOICE VOTE on Thursday, March 3, 2005
MANAGERS: COLE/HASTINGS(FL)
109th Congress
1st Session

 

H. RES. 125
[Report No. 109-10]

 

H.R. 841 – CONTINUITY IN REPRESENTATION Act of 2005

1. Structured rule.

2. Provides 60 minutes of general debate with 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on House Administration and 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary

3. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on House Administration now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment, which shall be considered as read.

4. Waives all points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.

5. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.

6. Provides that the amendments made in order may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.

7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.

8. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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RESOLUTION

Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 841) to require States to hold special elections to fill vacancies in the House of Representatives not later than 45 days after the vacancy is announced by the Speaker of the House of Representatives in extraordinary circumstances, and for other purposes. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed 60 minutes, with 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on House Administration and 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five minute rule. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on House Administration now printed in the bill. The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. All points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. No amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. All points of order against such amendments are waived. At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted. Any Member may demand a separate vote in the House on any amendment adopted in the Committee of the Whole to the bill or to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER

1. Millender-McDonald #2
Replaces the bill's 45 day overall time limit for conducting expedited special elections with a 60 day overall time limit. (30 minutes)

2. Jackson-Lee #1
Affects the time in which a person may file a lawsuit arising out of the Speaker's announcement of vacancies in excess of 100 by expanding the ability of an aggrieved party to file suit for either declaratory or injunctive relief from two days to five days. Also extends the right to appeal initial decisions on the 45 day special election and expands who can intervene in the lawsuits from the executive authority of the state to any citizen or group of citizens. (10 minutes)

(Summaries derived from information provided by the amendment sponsor.)

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENTS(.pdf)

1. Millender-McDonald #2