I’ll be the first to admit that following all the RS (Routing Slips) and then Bills, is extremely difficult. I often think this is somewhat intentional. First of all, let me explain how this RS to Bill process works. There are a hundred different things at play to get a RS passed by a Committee. The negotiation, editing, and compromises that are at play just to get a RS printed is a lot more complicated than I ever imagined. So let’s say that a Senator writes up a hope to be Bill. They take it before the appropriate Committee to present and discuss their desires of their RS. If you think that these thoughts, ideas, RS haven’t been shared, discuss, edited, and amended prior to this first step, you’d be wrong in most cases. If this Committee votes down the RS it’s never given a bill number and it’s considered dead, done, finished. It will never be printed to be seen by the general public. However, if the RS is passed by the majority of the Committee, it will receive a Bill number and sent to the House or Senate for its first reading. This is just the initial steps for a Bill. It’s a slow tedious process with a whole lot of variables, but nobody ever said the system is fast.
In the link below you will be able to see the Bills, Resolutions, Memorials, and Proclamations at play beginning January 31, 2022. There is a long list of Senate Bills, along with an even longer list of House Bills. You can see where each Bill is in this Legislative process.
The link below will take you to the Legislative Sessions page where you can find links to information like the Bill Center; which allows you to search Legislation by Bill number or Subject/Topic, as well as Weekly Bill Status. You can also find Calendars and Agendas for both the House and Senate, House and Senate Journals that record their daily business, Committee Minutes from the House and Senate Committees, Administrative Rules, a weekly Progress Report and much more.
The Bill Center Link is one of my favorites because it’s the easiest way for me to see in list form what Bills, Resolutions, etc. are on the table. You are able to click on a Bill number and it takes you to that Bill with all of its content and information.
Calendars and Agendas is also very helpful. You can find Bill introductions, Second Readings, Third Readings, and General Orders. In addition to all of this information, you can easily find the Committee Agendas which makes it easier to follow the rat race.