Returning House members and newly elected members are now preparing for the upcoming session.
The 2023 Regular Session will begin on Jan. 9 at noon.
The pre-filing period for bills and resolutions began on Nov. 15. So far, 16 bills have been filed in the House and three have been filed in the Senate. You can review all the bills filed at www.arkansashouse.org.
The House Organizational Meeting previously scheduled for Nov. 17 was rescheduled to Monday, Dec. 5 at 9 a.m. in the House Chamber.
During the meeting, newly elected members draw for seniority and all members select their seats for the 94th General Assembly. After seat selection, the committee selection process begins.
The vast majority of legislation considered during a legislative session begins in a standing committee. There are 10 standing committees in the House. Each standing committee consists of 20 members including five members from each of the four House district caucuses.
Selection for the House Budget Committee, Arkansas Legislative Council, and Legislative Joint Auditing takes place after standing committee selection.
The next day, Dec. 6 this year, newly elected members begin orientation.
For the 94th General Assembly, there are 26 members serving their first term in the House.
The legislative institute reviews everything from parliamentary procedures to balancing the state budget so that every member is prepared on day one of the session.
At the beginning of each legislative session, the House and Senate meet separately to organize and adopt temporary rules for the respective bodies. Then on the second day of the session, we meet in a joint session in the House Chamber to hear an address from the newly elected governor.
The House streams every committee meeting and House floor proceeding live on our website. We also stream the organizational meeting. In addition, the recorded meetings are archived and searchable by key terms on our site.
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