Selected Bills Introduced 2009-2010

For re-elected members, the number and the abbreviated title or subject matter of five bills introduced by the legislator during the 2009–2010 session appear in this section.  Bills listed are usually public bills (statewide rather than local) for which the legislator was the principal sponsor.  In selecting a legislator’s five bills, the Center showed a preference for ratified bills and those dealing with subjects which related to committees on which the legislator served or which he or she chaired.  If the legislator introduced fewer than five public bills, local bills may also be listed.

The “Action” indicated is the final disposition of the bill as of the end of the 2009–2010 session. All bills and resolutions not ratified automatically expire at the conclusion of each biennial term of the General Assembly.  The following abbreviations are used in the Action” column:

R  Ratified
RPAB  Ratified as Part of Another Bill
FH  Failed by vote of the House of Representatives
FS  Failed by vote of the Senate
PPS  Postponed indefinitely by the Senate
PPH  Postponed indefinitely by the House
RCS  Referred to Committee in the Senate
RCH  Referred to Committee in the House
RUS  Reported Unfavorably to the Senate
RUH  Reported Unfavorably to the House
AD  Adopted — Used for Procedural or Honorary Resolutions
CCA  Conference Committee Appointed
CCNA  Conference Committee Not Appointed
CALH  Reported Favorably to the House and Placed on the Calendar (but not voted on)
VETO

Vetoed by the Governor

The final action taken on each bill is compiled and published by the General Assembly, and that is the information used by the Center to compile this section.  Previously, the Assembly included a notation (RPAB) when a bill was ratified as part of another bill, which occurred most frequently when small appropriations bills were ratified as part of the larger state budget bill.  Since that information is no longer being recorded by the legislature, it is available here only when a legislator notifies the Center.  Also, it is not unusual for identical bills to be introduced in both chambers.  In such situations, only one of these bills can be ratified.  If one of them is ratified, the companion identical bill is not reported as ratified.  These factors may artificially lower the number of bills on which a legislator was actually successful.