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Duhrel's Who is Bill

TermDefinition
Bill A proposed law presented to a legislative body for consideration
Joint Resolution A proposal for action that has the force of law when passed; usually deals with special circumstances 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 taht it will "ride" though the legislative process
Discharge petition A procedure enabling members to force a bill that has been pigeonholed in 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 a 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 cunduct business; majorty
Engrossed To print a bill in its final form
Tabled Present formally for discussion or consideration at a meeting
Fillibuster Various tactics(usually long speeches) aimed at defeating a bill in a legislative body by preventing a final vote; associated with the US Senate
Cloture Procedure that may be used to limit or end floor debate in a legislative body
Veto chief executive's power to reject a bill passed by a legislature
Pocket Veto Type of veto a chief executive may use after a legislature has ajourned; when the chief executive does not sign or reject a bill within the time allowed to do so
Created by: Duhrel