February 17, 2017
Volume XVI, Edition 6
A long week of contentious debate wound up on Thursday with both the Senate and House using a “time certain” motion to cut off debate. Time certain basically cuts off all debate on any remaining amendments. At a specific time, all amendments are voted on, one-by-one, with no debate. Once all amendments are disposed of, a vote is made on final passage. In my 21 year career at the Capitol, I recall having only seen this done on one other bill – the House’s consideration of the prevailing wage bill during the 2009 legislative session. Only difference was that time certain was granted by unanimous consent, whereas, the one this week was a party-line vote.