Welcome to the Karleskint Comments legislative newsletter! First, some housekeeping for how my legislative updates will look over the next few months. Recognizing the value of your time and the depth of your inbox, each email will include information directly relevant to your daily lives, highlighted in the following sections:
Around the District: Even though the next few months will be full-time work in Topeka, real-life (and representing you) continues at home as well. I will include the various events I’ve attended as your Representative, constituents with whom I’ve met, and opportunities to meet more of you.
In the News: News of the day isn’t always happening in my committees or on the floor of the House. In this section, I’ll cover the big issues percolating in the state, or those I expect to become active.
On the Floor: Dozens of bills are discussed on General Orders and Final Action, but not all are interesting or of broad impact, so I’ll give an overview of those that are – and some that are even funny.
- Jargon Alert: General Orders & Final Action. There are two votes on every bill:
- General Orders: First, a bill passes out of a committee, and legislators meet as a “Committee of the Whole” to hold a hearing similar to a committee hearing, but only legislators testify in support or opposition. The “Committee of the Whole” votes on whether the bill should get a final vote by the House.
- Final Action: The next day, the legislators convene as the “House of Representatives” and vote on the bills passed the previous day. If it passes with 63 votes on Final Action, the bill moves to a Senate committee and starts the process over.