All bills begin in one of four committees, separated by the topic areas of the bills, aligning with those outlined in the Governing Document. The goal of committee sessions are to choose which bills ultimately get debated by the full chambers. Delegates are also able to present their bill and debate in a smaller, more intimate setting before moving on to the much larger chamber sessions.
In committee, bills are organized into “buckets,” groups of about four bills. The bill authors present their bills and committee members debate them. Delegates may also propose amendments to strengthen. Following debate, committee members rank each bill, scored on merit of feasibility, debatability, importance to state, and research/quality. bills during bucketing. The top scoring bills will then proceed to chamber session. The procedure of committee sessions (for each bucket) is as follows:
- Opening Statements
- For each bill in the bucket, the author will deliver a 2 minute opening statement, followed by Non-debatable Technical Questions.
- The chair will call on delegates who can speak freely on their views on which bills should proceed to chamber. Each remark will be at most 2 minutes. Amendments are in order.
- Each author will deliver a 2 minute closing statement.
More detailed procedural information can be found in the parliamentary procedure manual.