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Bill Terms

TermDefinition
Bill A proposed law presented to a legislative body for consideration
Joint resolution A proposal for action that has the force law when passed; usually deals with special cicumstances or temporary matters
Concurrent resolution A statement of position on an issue used by the House and Senate acting jointly;does not have the force of law and does not require the President's signature
Resolution A measure relating to the business of either house,or expressing an opinion; does not have the force of law and does not require the President's signature
Rider Unpopular provision added to an important bill certain to pass so that it will "ride" through the legislative process
Discharge petition A procedure enabling members to force a bill that has been pigeonholed in a committee onto the floor for consideration
Subcommittee Division of existing committee that is formed to address specific issues
Committee of the Whole A committee that consists of an entire legislative body; used for a procedure in which a legislative body expedites its business by resolving itself into a committee of itself
Quorum Least number of members who must be present for a legislative body to conduct business;majority
Engrossed When a bill is printed in its final form
Tabled Present formally for discussion or consideration at a meeting
Filibuster Various tactics(usually long speeches) aimed at defeating a bill in the legislative body by preventing a final vote; associated with the U.S. Senate
Cloture Procedure that may be used to limit or end floor debate in a legislative body
Veto cheif executive's power to reject a bill passed by a legislature;literally(Latin)"I forbid"
Pocket Veto The type of veto a cheif executive may use after a legislature has adjourned; when the cheif executive does not sign or reject a bill within the time allowed to do so
Created by: HWalker0269