the months in which legislators meet to discuss and pass laws for each of the two years
a legislature with two separate chambers, each of which participate in making and adoption of laws
house of representatives
there are 150 people that make up the Vermont house and they each represent about 4,000 citizens
a team of lawyers and administrative staff who work with legislators to write bills and laws
a small group of legislators appointed to meet and discuss bills of particular topic or type
elected by the voters. he or she presided over the senate unless he or she is acting governor
president pro tempore
serves in the lieutenant governors place in his or her absence. elected by members of the senate.
meetings of a committee where the public is invited to comment on proposed legislation, public issues or policy decisions
individuals who are paid or who spend over $500 to influence legislators to pass or prevent passage of particular laws and policies. often work closely with legislators to help shape bills.
passed out favorably
a committee vote to return the bill to the House or Senate with a recommendation that it be approved
passed out favorably with amendment
a committee vote to return the bill to the house or senate with a recommendation that it be approved with changes made by the committee
passed out unfavorably
a committee vote to return the bill to the house or senate with a recommendation that it not be approved
without any recommendations
a bill that is sent back to the house or senate for vote without a committee recomendation.
table the bill
a bill that is kept in committee so that it never goes to a vote by the house or senate. it can be called up again at any time
when the title of a bill is read on the floor of the house or senate for the second time
when a bill is read by title on the floor of the house or senate for the third time, final vote after on the bill
a legislator who is a member of the committee that is bringing the bill to the floor for the vote
published every day by the Legislative Council, lists bills that are going to be debated and voted on the following day.
before a bill is voted on, legislators debate the bill by arguing in favor or against the bill, they also offer amendments
Roll call vote
the house clerk or secretary of the senate reads off each legislator's name, and they answer yea or nay or they can abstain.
house clerk and secretary of the senate
elected by the legislators to help keep track of bills, resolutions, votes and the proceedings of the legislators, and to prepare calendars and journals
made up of three senators and three representatives who are appointed by the leadership of their chambers