Updated: Oct 25, 2020
As we approach the end of this most peculiar and exciting Council Period 23, I’d like to remind you of a few matters regarding the effect of the end of a Council Period, fall requirements, and Congressional transmittals.
Effect of the End of a Council Period
Council Rule 418 provides, in part:
1. Any permanent bill that has not received final reading by the December 15th Legislative Meeting will lapse (or die) at the end of the Council Period and may be re-introduced later.
2. Any temporary bill that has received first reading by December 15th will roll over to 2021 and be considered for final reading in CP 24.
3. A measure transmitted by the Mayor or an independent agency with an associated ‘count’ that is pending at the end of a Council period shall be in the same status in the next Council period and assigned a new number. If notice required by these Rules has been given in the prior Council period, no additional notice shall be required before action on the matter.
4. Records of measures that died at the end of a Council Period may be incorporated by reference in the records of substantially similar measures considered in a later Council Period, including the record of any hearing or roundtable that was held in a prior Council Period.
CP 23 Committee Activity Reports
Rule 227 provides that each committee shall file an activity report before the end of each Council Period that details its oversight and legislative activities. These reports must be approved (i.e. marked-up) by each committee prior to the end of CP 23 and must be filed within 20 business days after the mark-up. You may review CP 22 activity reports on LIMS here (CR22-0003 through 00013).
If looking for suggestions and/or guidance for writing these reports, you may detail your top three legislative/oversight accomplishments for the Council Period, as well as the top three laws enacted (or passed by the last legislative meeting) by your Committee. Other points of discussion include any challenges that the Committee may have faced this Council Period as well as any issues identified that the Committee was not able to adequately tackle during this period.
Wrap up reports provide a great summary document for the public and may also serve as a roadmap document to a successor committee.
Committee Proceedings and Reports
All committee proceedings (i.e. hearings, roundtables and mark-ups) must be scheduled with OSEC according to the guidelines found here. Given the parameters of teleconferencing platforms and virtual events, strict adherence to these guidelines will be maintained.
All committee mark-ups must maintain a quorum and committee reports must be accompanied by Fiscal Impact Statement and Legal Sufficiency Memos at time of mark-up. All committee reports must be complete and timely filed by noon on the third day before a legislative meeting.
Congressional Transmittals and Review
According to the published Congressional calendar there are not enough Congressional days-in-session to clear a 30-day Congressional review period in this Congressional session year. However, we are still transmitting legislation because both chambers have unexpectedly been in session over the last few weeks. We continue to monitor and will continue to transmit.
All measures that do not become law prior to Congress’ adjournment sine die will be re-transmitted in January. At that time, we will update LIMS with the re-transmitted date and the projected law date count on each measure will start anew.