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Best Practices to Monitor Message Lists through Sine Die
It's the final days of session, and bills are bouncing from chamber to chamber "in messages." We recommend taking the following steps to prepare.
|Generate the list of bills "In Messages" & "In Returning Messages"|
1. By visiting the "Bills/PCBs"
search page, and selecting from the "Current Bill Action" menu the
option "In Messages" you can view the list of bills in messages between
the House and Senate. We recommend also selecting the "Show Last
Action" button as well. The results generated will contain the list of
bills both In Messages and In returning messages. Change the chamber
designation to see only House or Senate bills.
2. By accessing Senate Message Reports: Alternatively, you can view the two Senate Message Reports on our 2014 Session Bill Statistics page.
These reports reflect all bills
currenty "In Messages" and "In Returning Messages" and are updated
several times per day from the Senate.
|Subscribe to the Research Desk email alert to receive official Message Lists when released|
LobbyTools can also email you when an
official Message List is released by either chamber if you're signed
up for the Research Desk alert (the first alert listed on the Email Alerts page) and "Amendment Packets" included.
|Follow the Research Desk Alert on the front page of LobbyTools|
Each day we create a new Research
Desk called alert called "Amendment Packets & Floor Materials" that
includes all amendment packets, official message lists, and other
materials or announcement from the floor of each chamber.
|Check the Session Event on the LobbyTools Calendar|
As official message lists are released, the bills are added to the House and Senate session events on the LobbyTools calendar. Click on the event for the separate sections for each event, which includes Messages, Third Reading, Special Order, and second reading.
* A "Senate Message List" comes from House Documents and contains bills that are In House returning messages from the Senate. Conversely, a "House Message List" comes from Senate Documents and contains bills that are In Senate returning messages from the House.
* Day 59 Rule - House Rule 10.19: "After the 58th day (Wednesday, April 30) of regular session, the House may consider only: Returning Messages, Conference Reports, and Concurrent Resolutions."