2021 - 2022 LEGISLATURE
September 24, 2021 - Introduced by Senators Carpenter, L. Taylor, Ringhand,
Agard, Bewley, Johnson, Larson, Smith and Wirch. Referred to Committee
on Senate Organization.
senate rule 22 (1); relating to: advice and consent of senate.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Current senate rules provide that whenever a nomination for an executive
branch appointment is submitted to the senate for confirmation, the president must
refer the nomination to the standing committee that the president considers the most
appropriate committee to pass upon the qualifications of the candidate. The
committee must report its findings and recommendations to the senate in writing.
There are no deadlines for committee action on the nomination or for the full senate
to act on the nomination.
This resolution amends the senate rules to provide that the president must
refer a nomination to committee within 10 days after the appointment is submitted
to the senate and the committee must report its findings and recommendations to the
senate within 50 days after referral. The rules are further amended to require that
the senate must consider a nomination within 40 days after a committee has reported
its findings and recommendations on the nomination to the senate.
rule 22 (1) is amended to read:
22 (1) Whenever a nomination for an appointment is submitted 5
to the senate, as required by law, the president shall refer the nomination to the 6
standing committee that the president deems to be the most appropriate committee
to pass upon the qualifications of the candidate within 10 days after the appointment
2is submitted to the senate
. The committee shall report its findings and 3
recommendations to the senate in writing within 50 days after the nomination is
4referred to the committee
. Nominations may be considered The senate shall consider
5a nomination within 40 days after a committee has reported its findings and
6recommendations on the nomination to the senate
, and the persons so nominated 7
may with the advice and consent of the senate be appointed during any session of the 8