SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 8405
AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE
Passed Legislture - 1989 Reg.
State of Washington 51st Legislature 1989 Regular Session
By Senators Hayner, Sellar and Newhouse
Read first time 1/30/89.
OF THE SENATE AND THE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
!ix@56JOINT RULE NO.
!l @56Rule!sc ,0021 !sc ,4!il*Conflict of interest.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,0022 !sc ,4!il*Employee restrictions.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,0023 !sc ,4!il*Joint session.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,0024 !sc ,4!il*Motions for joint session.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,0025 !sc ,4!il*Business limited.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,0026 !sc ,4!il*Conference committee.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,0027 !sc ,4!il*Conference committee appointees.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,0028 !sc ,4!il*Free conference request.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,0029 !sc ,4!il*Free conference committee.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00110 !sc ,4!il*Report of conference and free conference committee, how made out; whom returned to.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00111 !sc ,4!il*Adoption of reports.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00112 !sc ,4!il*Messages between the two houses.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00113 !sc ,4!il*Final action on bills, how communicated.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00114 !sc ,4!il*Enrolled bills--Presiding officer to sign.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00115 !sc ,4!il*Disposition of enrolled bills.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00116 !sc ,4!il*Transmission of documents.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00117 !sc ,4!il*Joint and concurrent resolutions: memorials.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00118 !sc ,4!il*Amendatory Bills.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00119 !sc ,4!il*Amendatory bills, how drawn.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00120 !sc ,4!il*Amendments to state constitution: action by legislature.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00121 !sc ,4!il*Publicity of proposed amendments to state constitution.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00122 !sc ,4!il*Initiative petition before the legislature.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00123 !sc ,4!il*Adjournment.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00124 !sc ,4!il*Adjournment sine die.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00125 !sc ,4!il* Operation of committees during interim.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00126 !sc ,4!il*Joint legislative committees.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00127 !sc ,4!il*Joint committee hearings.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00128 !sc ,4!il*Each house judge of its own membership.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00129 !sc ,4!il*Sessions of the legislature.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00130 !sc ,4!il*Amendments to joint rules.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00131 !sc ,4!il*Joint rules to apply for biennium.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00132 !sc ,4!il*Open standing committee meeting.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00133 !sc ,4!il*Standing committees--duties.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00134 !sc ,4!il*Standing committees--expenses--subpoena power.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00135 !sc ,4!il*Committee procedures.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00136 !sc ,4!il*Legislative polling.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00137 !sc ,4!il*Bills to be engrossed.
!ix@56Rule!sc ,00138 !sc ,4!il*Convening special legislative sessions.
!np!ag1 !dseeRule 1 !ed!dsffConflict of Interest!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 A legislator has a personal interest which is in conflict with the proper discharge of legislative duties if the legislator has reason to believe or expect that a direct monetary gain or a direct monetary loss will be derived by reason of the legislator's official activity.
However, a legislator does not have a personal interest which is in conflict with the proper discharge of legislative duties if no benefit or detriment accrues to the legislator as a member of a business, profession, occupation, or group, to a greater extent than to any other member of such business, profession, occupation, or group.
@bcCode of Ethics@ec
In order to maintain legislative integrity and secure the public interest the following Code of Ethics is adopted for legislators:
(a) Actions which destroy independence of judgment as a legislator:
(1) A legislator shall not vote on or influence legislation in committee or on the floor of either house, where the legislator has a personal interest which is in conflict with the proper discharge of legislative duties.
(2) A legislator shall not accept any gratuity or compensation for services rendered in connection with legislative employment other than legislative salary.
(3) A legislator shall not ask, receive, or agree to receive anything of value upon any understanding that the legislator's vote, opinion, judgment, or action will be influenced thereby.
(4) A legislator shall not solicit, receive, or accept a gift, favor or service under circumstances where it could be reasonably inferred that such action would influence the legislator in the discharge of legislative duties, or was a reward.
(5) A legislator shall not accept any remuneration other than legislative compensation for legislative advice or assistance.
(6) A legislator shall not appear before any department of state government for compensation that is contingent upon action by that department of state government unless the fee is set or approved by that department.
(b) Actions which involve undue influence upon any state agency, court, or governmental subdivision:
(1) A legislator shall not represent clients for compensation in proceedings or hearings before state agencies, boards or commissions involving claims of state employees.
(2) A legislator, singularly or through others, shall not use or attempt to use improper means to influence a state agency, board or commission.
(3) A legislator may use an official title or stationery in connection with a matter or proceeding before a state agency, board or commission, only if done without compensation, in connection with legislative duties.
(4) A legislator shall not represent any claimant for compensation in any claim placed before the legislature.
(5) A legislator shall not receive compensation for an appearance before a state agency as an expert witness.
(c) Actions which constitute an abuse of official position or a violation of public trust:
(1) A legislator shall not accept employment, or engage in any business, or be involved in any activity which one might reasonably expect would require the disclosure of privileged information gained by virtue of holding legislative office.
(2) A legislator shall not enter into any contract with a state agency involving services or property, unless the contract is made after public notice and competitive bidding; except in cases where public notice and competitive bidding are not required, the contract or agreement shall be filed with the Board of Ethics.
!dseeRule 2 !ed!dsffEmployee Restrictions!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Section 1. A legislative employee shall not accept any gratuity or compensation for services rendered in connection with legislative employment other than legislative salary. A legislative employee shall not accept any employment, in addition to legislative employment, which would impair the employee's independence of judgment. Except within the scope of employment, a legislative employee shall not provide any service to a lobbyist or any other person.
Section 2. A legislative employee shall not use or attempt to use the employee's official position to (1) personally obtain any privilege, exemption, special treatment or any other thing of value, or (2) obtain any such benefit for others except as required to perform duties within the scope of employment.
Section 3. A legislative employee shall not accept or solicit anything of value for personal benefit or for the benefit of others under circumstances in which it can be reasonably inferred that the legislative employee's independence of judgment is impaired or is intended as a reward for any official action.
Section 4. A legislative employee shall not disclose confidential information acquired by reason of the employee's official position to any person or group not entitled to receive such information, nor shall the employee use such information for personal gain or benefit or for the benefit of others.
Section 5. A legislative employee shall not enter into any contract with a state agency involving services or property, unless the contract is made after public notice and competitive bidding; except in cases where public notice and competitive bidding are not required, the contract or agreement shall be filed with the appropriate board of ethics.
Section 6. A legislative employee shall not solicit or accept contributions for any candidate or political committee during working hours. At no time shall a legislative employee directly or indirectly coerce another employee into making a contribution to a candidate or a political committee. No legislative employee, as a condition of becoming or remaining employed, may directly or indirectly be required to make any contribution to a political candidate, committee, or party.
!dseeRule 3 !ed!dsffJoint Session!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Whenever there shall be a joint session of the two houses, the proceedings shall be entered at length upon the journal of each house. The lieutenant governor or president of the senate shall preside over such joint session, and the clerk of the house shall act as the clerk thereof, except in the case of the joint session held for the purpose of canvassing the votes of constitutional elective state officers, when the speaker shall preside over such joint sessions. The lieutenant governor shall not act in said joint session except as the presiding officer, and in no case shall have the right to give the deciding vote.
!dseeRule 4 !ed!dsffMotions for Joint Session!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 All motions for a joint session shall be made by concurrent resolution to be introduced by the house in which such joint session is to be held; and when an agreement has once been made, it shall not be altered or annulled, except by concurrent resolution.
!dseeRule 5 !ed!dsffBusiness Limited!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 No business shall be considered in joint session other than that which may be agreed upon before the joint session is called.
!ix@l3!c 4@56CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, REPORTS, ETC.
!dseeRule 6 !ed!dsffConference Committee!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 In every case of difference between the two
houses, upon any subject of legislation, ((
the)) either house (( refusing
to recede shall)) may request a conference and appoint a committee
of three for that purpose, and the other house (( shall)) may
grant the request for a conference and appoint a like committee to confer. The
committees, at the earliest possible hour, shall confer upon the differences
between the two houses indicated by the amendment or amendments adopted in one
house and rejected in the other. Except as provided in Rule 8, no conference
committee shall consider or report on any matter except that directly at issue
between the two houses. The papers shall be left with the conferees of the
house (( requesting such conference)) if a senate bill, and with the
conferees of the senate, if a house bill, and the(( y)) holders
of the papers shall first present the report of the committee to their
house. Every report of a conference committee must have the signatures of a
majority of the conference committee members of each house. Conference
committee reports must be signed at a meeting duly convened by the chief clerk
of the house for senate bills or the secretary of the senate for house bills.
!dseeRule 7 !ed!dsffConference Committee Appointees!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 The presiding officer of each house shall appoint on each conference committee three members, selecting them so as to represent, in each case, the majority and minority positions as relates to the subject matter, and to the extent possible the majority and minority political parties.
!dseeRule 8 !ed!dsffFree Conference Request!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 In case of failure of the conferees to agree on matters directly at issue between the two houses, the committee may in addition consider new proposed items within the scope and object of the bill in conference for the purpose of requesting the powers of free conference. A report requesting the powers of free conference shall be made in the same manner as other reports of conference committees and shall set forth the proposed report of a free conference committee, including all amendments to the bill or resolution to be agreed upon by the free conference committee. The proposed report may be in the form of a new bill or resolution and such report must have the signatures of a majority of the members of the committee appointed from each house.
!dseeRule 9 !ed!dsffFree Conference Committee!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Upon request for free conference the power of free conference may be granted by the two houses to the same committee, to whom only the proposed free conference report may be committed, or the committee may be discharged and a new committee appointed with the power of conference, as defined in Joint Rule 6. The report of the committee of free conference shall be acted upon in the same manner as provided for reports of conference committees. The report of a free conference committee must have the signatures of a majority of the members of the committee appointed from each house. Free conference committee reports must be signed at a meeting duly convened by the chief clerk of the house for senate bills or the secretary of the senate for house bills.
!dseeRule 10 !ed!dsffReport of Conference and Free Conference Committee, How Made Out; Whom Returned To!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 The conference or free conference committee shall
submit the bill as amended together with three signed copies of its report to
the house ((
which asked for the conference)) if a senate bill, and to
the senate, if a house bill. A copy of the report shall be placed upon the
desk of each member of the legislature at the time the report is received by
this house. If this house acts to approve the report and pass the bill as
amended, it shall then transmit its action, the bill, and two copies of the
report to the other house.
!dseeRule 11 !ed!dsffAdoption of Reports*!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 The report of a conference or free conference committee may be adopted by acclamation, but concurrence in the bill as amended shall be by roll call and the ayes and nays entered on the journals of the respective houses. The report must be voted upon in its entirety and cannot be amended.
The report shall be read in full in each house before a vote is taken on the report. The senate and house, within their own bodies, can suspend the reading of a report in full. Each house shall have twenty-four hours from the time of proper receipt, by the chief clerk of the house and the secretary of the senate, to consider reports from a free conference committee. Neither house may vote thereon until the twenty-four hour period shall have elapsed. The clerk and the secretary shall place the reports on the desks of the members as soon as possible. The foregoing provisions relating to twenty-four hour intervals may be suspended by the senate or the house of representatives by a two-thirds vote of the members present, and such suspension shall apply only to the house voting to suspend these provisions.
No floor vote may be taken on any free conference committee report without a summary of additions, changes, and deletions made by the free conference committee with a reference in each instance to the page and line number or numbers in the report containing said additions, changes, or deletions.
*Requires a constitutional majority. Requires two-thirds on constitutional amendment.
!dseeRule 12 !ed!dsffMessages Between the Two Houses!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Messages from the senate to the house of representatives shall be delivered by the secretary or assistant secretary, and messages from the house of representatives to the senate shall be delivered by the chief clerk or assistant.
!dseeRule 13 !ed!dsffFinal Action on Bills, How Communicated!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Each house shall communicate its final action on any bill or resolution, or matter in which the other may be interested, in writing, signed by the secretary or clerk of the house from which such notice is sent.
!dseeRule 14 !ed!dsffEnrolled Bills--Presiding Officer to Sign!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 After a bill shall have passed both houses and all amendments have been carefully engrossed therein, it shall be signed by the presiding officer of each house in open session, first in the house in which it originated. The secretary of the senate or the chief clerk of the house shall present the original bill to the governor for signature, who, after taking action thereon, shall transmit it to the office of the secretary of state.
!dseeRule 15 !ed!dsffDisposition of Enrolled Bills!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Whenever any bill shall have passed both houses, the house transmitting the bill in its final form to the governor shall also file with the secretary of state a copy of the bill together with the history of such bill up to the time of transmission to the governor.
!dseeRule 16 !ed!dsffTransmission of Documents!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Each house shall transmit to the other all documents on which any bill or resolution may be founded.
!dseeRule 17 !ed!dsffJoint and Concurrent Resolutions: Memorials!ed!ix
,2 All memorials and resolutions from the legislature addressed to the
President of the United States, to the Congress or either house thereof, ((
to the heads of)) to any other branch of the Federal government,
to any other branch of state government, or to any unit of local government
shall be in the form of joint memorials. Proposed amendments to the state
constitution shall be in the form of joint resolutions. Business between the
two houses such as joint sessions, adopting or amending joint rules, creating
or empowering joint committees, opening and closing business of the
legislature and all such related matters shall be in the form of concurrent
resolutions. Joint memorials, joint resolutions, and concurrent resolutions,
up to and including the signing thereof by the presiding officer of each house,
shall be subject to the rules governing the course of bills.
Concurrent resolutions may be adopted without a roll call. Concurrent resolutions authorizing investigations or authorizing the expenditure or allocation of any money or relating to any joint committee must be adopted by roll call, and the yeas and nays recorded in the journal.
!dseeRule 18 !ed!dsffAmendatory Bills!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 All amendatory bills shall refer to the section or sections of the official codes and statutes of Washington, and supplements thereto and to the respective Session Laws, to be amended.
!dseeRule 19 !ed!dsffAmendatory Bills, How Drawn!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Bills introduced in either house intended to amend existing statutes shall have the words which are amendatory to such existing statutes underlined. Any matter to be deleted from the existing statutes shall be indicated by lining out such matter with a broken line and enclosing the lined out material within double parentheses, and no bill shall be printed or acted upon until the provisions of this rule shall have been complied with.
New sections need not be underlined but shall be designated "NEW SECTION." in upper case type and such designation shall be underlined.
No bill shall be introduced by title only, and, in the event a bill is not complete, at least section 1 shall be set forth in full before the bill may be accepted for introduction.
Amendments to bills will be acted upon in the manner provided in the Rules of the Senate and in the Rules of the House. No amendment to a bill shall be considered which strikes the entire subject matter of a bill, and substitutes in lieu thereof entirely new subject matter not germane to the original or engrossed bill.
!dseeRule 20 !ed!dsffAmendments to State Constitution: Action by Legislature!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Amendments to the state constitution may be proposed in either branch of the legislature by joint resolution; and if the same shall be agreed to by two-thirds of the members elected to each of the two houses, such proposed amendment or amendments shall be entered on their respective journals with the ayes and nays thereon. (Const., art. 23, sec. 1.)
!dseeRule 21 !ed!dsffPublicity of Proposed Amendments to State Constitution!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 The legislature shall provide methods of publicity of all laws or parts of laws, and amendments to the constitution referred to the people with arguments for and against the laws and amendments so referred, so that each voter of the state shall receive the publication as soon as possible before the election at which they are to be voted upon. (Const., art. 2, sec. 1e.)
!dseeRule 22 !ed!dsffInitiative Petition Before the Legislature!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Initiative petitions filed with the secretary of state not less than ten days before any regular session of the legislature shall take precedence over all other measures in the legislature except appropriation bills and shall be either enacted or rejected without change or amendment by the legislature before the end of such regular session.
Upon certification from the secretary of state that an initiative to the legislature has received sufficient valid signatures, the secretary of state shall submit certified copies of the said initiative to the state senate and the house of representatives. Upon receipt of said initiative, each body of the legislature through its presiding officers shall refer the certified copies of the initiative to a proper committee.
Upon receipt of a committee report on an initiative to the legislature, each house shall treat the measure in the same manner as bills, memorials and resolutions, except that initiatives cannot be placed on the calendar for amendment.
After the action of each body has been recorded on the final passage or any other action by resolution or otherwise which may refer the initiative to the people has been recorded, the president and secretary of the senate and the speaker and chief clerk of the house will certify, each for its own body, to the secretary of state the action taken. (Const., art. 2, sec. 1a.)
!dseeRule 23 !ed!dsffAdjournment!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Neither house shall adjourn for more than three days, nor to any place other than that in which they may be sitting, without the consent of the other. (Const., art. 2, sec. 11.)
!dseeRule 24 !ed!dsffAdjournment Sine Die!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Adjournment sine die shall be made only by concurrent resolution.
!dseeRule 25 !ed!dsff Operation of Committees During Interim!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 During the interim between legislative sessions the membership and structure of each standing committee of each house of the legislature shall be continued for the purpose of studying and making recommendations to any subsequent session.
Each standing committee shall have the following powers and duties:
(1) To perform either through the standing committee as a whole or through subcommittees thereof or select committees thereof all duties and functions customarily delegated to legislative committees acting within the scope of the duties exercised by such committee concerning the subject matter with which the legislative standing committee is generally entrusted during a regular or special legislative session;
(2) To examine and study the administrative organization and procedures of the state government, its officers, boards, committees, commissions, institutions, and other state agencies and to make recommendations where found advisable directed to the elimination of unnecessary overlapping or duplication of functions, procedures, and expenditures and to the promotion of economy and efficiency in state government and as particularly related to the scope of the activities related to the standing legislative committee while the legislature is in session;
(3) To make such other studies and examinations of the state government and its agencies as it may find advisable and to hear complaints, hold hearings, gather information, and make findings of fact with respect thereto within the scope of the activities related to the standing legislative committee while the legislature is in session;
(4) To make reports from time to time to the members of the legislature and to the public with respect to any of its findings and recommendations.
For the purposes above mentioned the Facilities and Operations Committee established in the Senate and a corresponding similar committee in the House of Representatives shall be authorized to select such clerical, legal, accounting, research, and other assistants as may be deemed desirable to work for the standing committees established hereby, and the compensation and salary of such employees shall be fixed by such committees in each respective house subject to such legislative appropriations as shall be or have been made for such purposes by the legislature for the Senate and the House of Representatives respectively.
With reference to the studies and investigations to be undertaken, each standing committee may only study subjects, areas and problems assigned to such committee by the respective house or by the rules committees of the respective house.
During the interim between sessions, proposed committee bills which may be developed as a result of the studies and investigations made by such standing committees may be proposed and filed by such committees, and such proposed committee bills shall bear the signature of a majority of the members of such standing committee. Proposed Senate bills shall be filed with the secretary of the Senate. Proposed House bills shall be filed with the chief clerk of the House.
During the interim between legislative sessions such committee bill proposals shall be printed and referred to the committee on rules.
!dseeRule 26 !ed!dsffJoint Legislative Committees!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Joint legislative committees may be created by concurrent resolution originating in either house and passed by a majority vote of both houses. These committees shall be subject to the rules and procedures of the House and Senate. The resolution shall set forth all administrative matters including staffing, facilities, travel, budgets and grant applications, receipts and expenditures from non-legislative sources. All personnel matters and all expenditures from any fund source shall be subject to approval by the Senate Facilities and Operations Committee and the House Executive Rules Committee. The procedure for selecting joint committee chairs and vice-chairs and their terms of office shall also be provided by the resolution. Staffing for joint legislative committees shall as much as possible be done through existing legislative staff. When existing staff are assigned to joint legislative committees they shall continue to be paid and reimbursed by the house from which they were assigned.
Joint legislative committees shall have a quorum present to take executive action.
Joint legislative committees may have the powers of subpoena, the power to administer oaths, and the power to issue commissions for the examination of witnesses in accordance with the provisions of chapter 44.16 RCW. Before a joint legislative committee may issue any process, the committee chairperson shall file with the committee on rules of both houses, a statement of purpose setting forth the name or names of those subject to process. The respective rules committee shall consider every proposed issuance of process at a meeting of the rules committee immediately following the filing of the statement with the committee. The process shall not be issued prior to approval by a majority of the membership of each rules committee. The process shall be limited to the named individuals.
!dseeRule 27 !ed!dsffJoint Committee Hearings!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Whenever any standing, select, or special committee of either house shall desire to arrange for a public hearing upon any subject of legislative study pending before such committee, it shall be the duty of the chairperson of such committee to consult with the chairperson of the corresponding committee of the other house and endeavor to arrange a hearing by the committees of the two houses.
All joint public hearings held by the committees shall be scheduled at least five days in advance, shall be open to the public, and shall be given publicity. The notice and scheduling provision shall not apply to joint hearings held after the tenth day preceding adjournment sine die of any regular session or during any special session.
!dseeRule 28 !ed!dsffEach House Judge of Its Own Membership!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Each house of the legislature is the judge of the qualifications and election of its members, and shall try all contested elections of its members in such manner as it may direct. (Const., art. 2, sec. 8.)
!dseeRule 29 !ed!dsffSessions of the Legislature!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 The sessions of the legislature shall be held annually, convening at 12:00 o'clock noon on the second Monday of January each year, as provided by RCW 44.04.010 in accordance with art. 2, section 12 of the state Constitution.
!dseeRule 30 !ed!dsffAmendments to Joint Rules!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 These joint rules may be amended by concurrent resolution agreed to by a majority of the members of each house, provided one day's notice be given of the motion thereof.
!dseeRule 31 !ed!dsffJoint Rules to Apply for Biennium!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 The permanent joint rules adopted by the legislature shall govern any session called during the same legislative biennium.
!dseeRule 32 !ed!dsffOpen Standing Committee Meeting!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 During its consideration of or vote on any bill, resolution or memorial, the deliberations of any standing committee of the legislature shall be open to the public in accordance with the rules of each house.
!dseeRule 33 !ed!dsffStanding Committees--Duties!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 (1) All standing, select, and special committees of both houses may take executive action on bills in Olympia only. Committee hearings of either house may be held while the legislature is convened and hearings of standing committees may be held during a recessed or interim period.
(2) The rules committee of either house may provide for schedules, locations, or additional meetings of any standing committee of the same house as may be determined necessary.
(3) Subject to the approval of the rules committee of the appropriate house, standing committees, interim subcommittees, and interim select committees may conduct hearings and scheduling without a quorum being present.
!dseeRule 34 !ed!dsffStanding Committees--Expenses--Subpoena Power!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Regardless of whether the legislature is in session, and subject to the provisions of Rule 33 to the extent that it is applicable, members of the legislature and the president of the senate may receive from moneys appropriated for the legislature, reimbursement for necessary travel expenses and payments in lieu of subsistence and lodging for conducting official business of the legislature.
The legislative committees of the senate and of the house of representatives, may have the powers of subpoena, the power to administer oaths, and the power to issue commissions for the examination of witnesses in accordance with the provisions of chapter 44.16 RCW if and when specifically authorized by the committee on rules of the respective house for specific purposes and for specific subjects in accordance with the authorization of the committee on rules or pursuant to rules established by the respective house.
!dseeRule 35 !ed!dsffCommittee Procedures!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Any person whose reputation may be unfairly injured by testimony at a committee hearing shall be given a reasonable opportunity to rebut that testimony. Each committee chairperson shall conduct hearings so as to afford reasonable protection of that right. In addition, any person who believes their reputation may have been unfairly injured by such testimony shall be entitled, upon submitting a timely request, to (1) an accurate record of the pertinent testimony; (2) an opportunity to voluntarily appear before the committee and testify; and (3) an opportunity to file a sworn written statement of facts or other documents for incorporation into the hearing record.
!dseeRule 36 !ed!dsffLegislative Polling!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 The use of public funds by a legislator or legislative employee for legislative polling, including mailed questionnaires, is authorized only when the following criteria are met:
(1) Polling must be authorized by a legislator, and confined to soliciting opinions or facts relative to legislative issues or studies;
(2) The identity of the legislator, legislative committee, or party caucus conducting the poll must be disclosed to the person being polled;
(3) In any year in which a legislator is a candidate for public office, no poll may be conducted by or on behalf of such legislator during the period between June 1st and the general election day of that year or, in the event of a special election, no poll may be conducted by or on behalf of such legislator during the period between either sixty days prior to the election or the date of the filing of the legislator for the office subject to special election, whichever occurs last, and the special election. Such polling is not prohibited during any special legislative session or during the thirty days preceding such session. A legislative committee may authorize or conduct a poll at any time if the poll conforms to subsections (1), (2), and (4) of this rule; and
(4) The polling complies with all other pertinent laws and rules.
!dseeRule 37 !ed!dsffBills to be Engrossed!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 Any bill amended in the house of its origin shall be engrossed before being transmitted to the other house. The secretary or clerk of the receiving house, as the case may be, may waive the right to receive an engrossed bill.
!dseeRule 38 !ed!dsffConvening Special Legislative Sessions!ed!ix
!gsee.!sc ,2 The legislature may convene a special legislative session as follows:
(1) A resolution calling for convening a special legislative session shall set forth the date and time for convening the session, the duration of the session which shall not exceed 30 days, together with the purpose or purposes for which such session is called. Members of the house or senate may present a proposed resolution for the convening of a special legislative session to the committee on rules of their respective houses.
(2) The authority to place a resolution convening a special legislative session before the legislature is vested in the committee on rules of the house of representatives and the committee on rules of the senate.
(3) Upon a majority vote of both the committee on rules of the house and the committee on rules of the senate in favor of a resolution convening a special legislative session, a vote of the house and senate shall be taken on such resolution.
(4) The chief clerk of the house and the secretary of the senate shall conduct the vote on the resolution by written ballot of the members of their respective houses under such procedures as may be ordered by the committee on rules of their house. The results of such vote shall be transmitted to the members of the legislature and shall be a public record and shall be entered upon the journal of the house and senate at the convening of the next legislative session.
(5) If two-thirds of the members elected or appointed to each house vote in favor of the resolution, then a special legislative session shall be convened in accordance with the resolution. (Const., art. 2, sec. 12.)