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Brief explanations of legislative terms used throughout
Committees report legislation out to the full chamber recommending or disapproving consideration, or may report an original bill.
A committee or subcommittee may interact with a bill in a variety of ways.
Bills may be referred to or discharged from a committee by the full chamber.
See also Proposed/offered Senate amendment and Submitted Senate amendment.
Also referred to as “amendments between the houses” or, colloquially, “ping-pong.” A method for reconciling differences between the two chambers’ versions of a measure by sending the measure back and forth between them until both have agreed to identical language.