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Procedures (Parliamentary)

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1. What is First Reading? How many readings does a bill get before the body can vote on it? Why?

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2. Must every bill receive a committee hearing?

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3. What is the Committee of the Whole?

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4. What happens if a bill is defeated in the Committee of the Whole?

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5. What are the House Rules and Senate Rules? Why does each body have them?

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6. How are executive appointments confirmed?

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7. What is Rule 26? What are Special Orders?

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8. Are there any legislative calendar deadlines?