shell bills

The House Rules committee on Tuesday passed HR1001, rules for the Arkansas House of Representatives. That resolution included removed the bill filing deadline. Rep. Deanne Vaught presented the resolution in committee along with House Parliamentarian Buddy Johnson. The change was made in order to avoid a rush of “shell bills” that are filed on the bill filing deadline.

“Shell Bills” are bills that are generally given just a title that are then amended later towards the end of session. Previously bills had to be filed by the 55th day of the legislative session. In previous sessions, on or right before the 55th day a flurry of “shell bills” are filed to adhere to the deadline. However, broad amendments that “fill in” the bill are presented in committee or on the floor.

The appropriation bill deadline (50th day of session) remains in place.


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