© 2017 by Kevin Stewart

Budget day points of order

April 7, 2017

     Yesterday the House discussed the budget. Aside from the fight over whether to defund of the City of Bedford, things were relatively civil. But parliamentary tactics were on display like never before. Points of order were flying in every direction.

     If you read my book, you would know that I am no stranger to shameless plugs. You would also know how to use the most common point of order on budget day in the House: Rule 8, Section 4, the amendment would change general law. The graph above shows the the frequency with which that rule has been used on each budget day. The dashed line is how many were called; the solid line is how many were successful (including those that caused the amendment to be withdrawn). 

     If you are a subscriber, you will receive a list of each point of order used in this graph, the journal page, and the holding for later reference. If you aren't, feel free to subscribe and email me, and I'll send it you.

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