The following action was taken on April 12 in the House on House bill HB27 ("vocational opportunity act"): "Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee."
The Rules Committees is a powerful standing committee in the House controlled by the majority. All legislation is assigned to the Rules Committee as a kind of legislative filter that sorts the more-than-6,000 bills introduced each year. The committee considers the legislation and often assigns it to other committees in order to be heard by other lawmakers. Sometimes, legislation dies in the Rules Committee if the committee decides it does not merit further consideration.
In the event that a committee fails to report to the House on a bill by applicable deadlines, it is automatically re-referred to the Rules Committee according to House rule 19(a). This is what happened with this bill.
The bill, as it was introduced in the House by Rep. André Thapedi (D-32) on Nov. 30, 2018, "creates the Vocational Academy Opportunity Act," according to the General Assembly website.
The following house representatives also co-sponsored the bill: Kambium Buckner (D-26), La Shawn K. Ford (D-8), Jehan Gordon-Booth (D-92), Camille Y. Lilly (D-78), Theresa Mah (D-2), Joe Sosnowski (R-69), Curtis J. Tarver, II (D-25), Maurice A. West, II (D-67) and Linda Chapa LaVia (D-83).
The table below shows a history of actions for this bill through April 12.
Rule 19(a) / Re-referred to Rules Committee
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Fiscal Note Filed as Amended
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Referred to Rules Committee
House Floor Amendment No. 2 Filed with Clerk by Rep. Joe Sosnowski
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Fiscal Note Filed as Amended
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Fiscal Note Requested as Amended by Rep. Tom Demmer
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Referred to Rules Committee
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Rep. André Thapedi
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Maurice A. West, II
Placed on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
Second Reading - Short Debate
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Curtis J. Tarver, II
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Kambium Buckner
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia
Removed Co-Sponsor Rep. Dan Caulkins
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Dan Caulkins
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Theresa Mah
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Joe Sosnowski
Placed on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Camille Y. Lilly
Do Pass / Short Debate Executive Committee
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. La Shawn K. Ford
Assigned to Executive Committee
Added Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth
Referred to Rules Committee
Prefiled with Clerk by Rep. André Thapedi