“I am just a bill”
Surely you can recall some of the lyrics of the School House Rock song that served as civics lesson to many of us.
Bill: I'm just a bill
Yes, I'm only a bill
And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill
That song celebrates 40 years this year. Written by Dave Frishberg and sung by Jack Sheldon, it has a way of getting stuck in our heads- a good hook? If you want to experience a flashback to your youth, click here for the You tube video of the song!
Committees & More Committees
Well this week at the Capitol was all about Committees for me! Yes, learning more about Bill and his journey. House Bill 86, our bill to reposition Division of Aging Services, was assigned to the House Human Relations and Aging Committee. It went to a House committee because it was introduced in the House. If a bill is introduced in the Senate it must go to a Senate committee.
There are committees for all kinds of topics from Code Revision to Game, Fish & Parks to Science and Technology! You can see the list of House Committees here and the Senate Committees here if you are curious. Or just look up your legislator and you will find out which committees they serve on.
This is important information to know if you are advocating for the passing of a bill. You may want to talk directly to each committee member to find out if they need more information on the bill or see where they stand before the bill goes before the committee.
Live or Die in Committee
On the day of the committee meeting when the bill would be heard, I had to attend a different committee meeting (just 30 min prior to our own) in order to encourage the four Representatives who were on both committees to please make their way down one floor to the Human Relations and Aging Committee. We needed to be sure there was a quorum present. They all came.
The bill was presented by its sponsor, also the chairman of the committee. Testimony was heard from several supporting agencies and motion to “Do Pass” was made and then to second. HB 86 passed unanimously! Our Bill has made it through committee and has now made it to the House Rules committee (where all bills must go). We hope our bill will be a law someday (as the song goes).
Bill: Yeah, die in committee. Oh, but it looks like I’m going to live! Now I go to the House of Representatives, and they vote on me.