Responsibilities of Elected Officials

Duties of the Lieutenant Governor

  • As president of the Senate, he or she presides at all sessions of the Senate.
  • Must know Senate procedure and be skilled in handling parliamentary rules.
  • May appoint necessary committees and their chairmen in the Senate.
  • May be called upon at a later date to speak on the legislative program.

Duties of the Speaker of the House
  • Presides at all sessions of the House; is a full member of the House.
  • Must know House procedure and be skilled in handling parliamentary rules.
  • May appoint necessary committees and their chairmen in the House.
  • Refers all bills, resolutions, and petitions to an appropriate committee.
  • May be called upon at a later date to speak on the legislative program.

Duties of Appointed Officials

Duties of the Secretary of the Senate and the House Clerk

  • Keeps the records of bills, order of bills to be presented, amendments and their order of presentation and transmits all bills to the Nerve Center.
  • Is not a member of the Senate or House.
  • Handles the roll call when needed.
  • Delivers and receives the bills from committees.
  • Counts the votes on all balloting, other than voice vote, and reports the results to the presiding officer.
  • Files all bills which have been rejected at his desk after recording the vote by which they were defeated.
  • Cares for any property of the state legislature loaned to the youth legislature for use during the Youth In Government Program.
  • Announces the arrival of special guests of honor or other officials of the State to which this honor is due.

Duties of the Senate and House Reading Clerks

  • Obtains the official copies of the next bill to be considered.
  • Reads the bill to their house at the time designated by the presiding officer.
  • Gives the bill to the Secretary of the Senate or House Clerk after it has been read in their house.
  • Assists in the tabulation of votes whenever there is a standing vote on any motion.

Duties of the Committee Chairs

  • A committee chair presides over the House, Senate or NIF committees.
  • They must have a good working knowledge of parliamentary procedure.
  • They should be able to fairly and effectively run their committee.

Duties of the Chaplains

Each chaplain (one in the Senate and one in the House) is responsible for the following;

A. Preparing a devotion for designated occasions normally as follows:

  • Opening general assembly
  • Benediction at general assembly
  • Beginning of each Senate and House session
  • Opening governor's banquet
  • Benediction at closing joint session

B. Preparing devotions for various occasions in the legislature, especially at the opening of every meeting, and at the banquet.

Freshman/Sophomore Leadership Program

Purpose of the Freshman/Sophomore Leadership Program

  • Opportunities to speak 
  • Opportunities to lead
  • Develops self-confidence
  • Learn parliamentary procedure
  • Learn skills that enhance good leadership

The Freshman/Sophomore Leadership Program (Blue legislatures) is designed to provide leadership skills on a comfort level that will allow young high school students to feel accomplishments and success. The initial focus of the program is instructional, but it then takes on the same format as the regular legislative program. All bills which are passed by the Blue legislature are sent to the Governor for consideration.

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