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SR-86 (2019-2020)

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Enrolled  March 17, 2020
Passed  IN  Senate  March 16, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Resolution
No. 86


Introduced by Senator Atkins

March 16, 2020


Relative to the Standing Rules of the Senate for the 2019–20 Regular Session.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SR 86, Atkins.

Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Standing Rules of the Senate for the 2019–20 Regular Session are amended as follows:
That Rule 56 is added, to read:

Remote Participation in Meetings During Emergencies

56. (a) This rule applies only during an emergency. For purposes of this rule, “emergency” means a state of emergency or a local emergency, as those terms are defined in Section 8558 of the Government Code, or an imminent threat of a state of emergency or local emergency.
(b) The President pro Tempore or the President pro Tempore’s designee may assign, remove, and replace any member of a standing committee during an emergency. The President pro Tempore may also establish, define the jurisdiction of, and appoint members and staff to any special committee that the President pro Tempore deems necessary.
(c) (1) During an emergency, the President pro Tempore or the President pro Tempore’s designee may authorize a standing committee or special committee to conduct a meeting in which one or more members of the committee participate remotely by telephone, teleconference, or other electronic means. The public may also participate remotely in the meeting by any means made available by the committee.
(2) A Senator participating remotely shall be considered present and in attendance at the committee meeting, including for purposes of determining if a quorum is present. With a quorum present, either in person or remotely as verified by the chair of the committee, a vote of a majority of the members of a committee shall be required to report a bill, constitutional amendment, or resolution out of the committee.
(d) (1) During an emergency, the President pro Tempore or the President pro Tempore’s designee may authorize a meeting of the Senate to be conducted at which one or more Senators participate in the meeting remotely by telephone, teleconference, or other electronic means.
(2) A Senator participating remotely shall be considered present and in attendance at the meeting of the Senate, including for purposes of determining if a quorum is present.
(3) When a Senator participating remotely desires to address the Senate, the Senator shall notify the Presiding Officer through the electronic means used by the Senator to participate remotely. When recognized, the Presiding Officer shall announce the Senator and the Senator may speak through the same electronic means.
(e) To the extent practicable, a Senator participating remotely under this rule shall participate from the Senator’s district office.
(f) A Senator participating remotely by electronic means may vote during a rollcall vote. The Senator shall certify each vote in writing.