Bicameral - A legislature having two houses; in Florida, these two houses are the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Biennium - A two-year period. This term is often used to describe the two-year term of the Florida Legislature that begins in November of an even-numbered year and ends in November of the next even-numbered year. See Legislature, the Florida.
Bill - A proposed act filed in either house of the legislature. Types and versions of bills include:
A conforming bill is a bill that amends the Florida Statutes to provide for specific changes in the general appropriations bill.
Bill draft - A proposal that has been drafted, at the request of a legislator or a legislative committee, by the bill drafting office of the Senate or House of Representatives.
Bill Drafting - The unit of each respective house primarily responsible for drafting bills and amendments and performing related legal research.
Bill history - A chronological listing of all actions that occur on a bill from its filing to its final disposition. This information is available electronically.
Bill number - The identifying number given each bill filed for introduction. Since 1990, Senate bills have received even numbers and House bills have received odd numbers. Bill numbers do not carry over from session to session or from a regular session to a special session.
Body - One house of a bicameral legislature. The term is often used in floor debate to refer to the house where debate is occurring.
Budget - The totality of appropriations measures passed by the legislature. The detailed spending plan submitted by the Governor to the legislature which recommends monetary allocations for each of the departments of the state for the next fiscal year is also known as a “budget.” Using recommendations from the Governor and individual departments, each house prepares its own version of the budget. See Appropriations and Implementing bills.
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