Secretary of the Senate - The officer specified in section 2 of Article III of the State Constitution and designated by the Senate to serve at its pleasure who is responsible for assisting the officers, members, and staff of the Senate in the detailed processes by which laws are enacted.
Senate Handbook, The Florida - Published biennially, this book provides information on senators and officers and outlines and describes the Senate, its operations, and its relationship with the House and the other branches of government. It is distributed free of charge to Capitol visitors and other interested Floridians to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Florida’s government and, particularly, the Florida Senate.
Sergeant at Arms - The person charged with enforcing the directions of the President of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Sergeant’s office is responsible for the security of the respective legislative body and maintenance of property of that house.
Session - The term is used to refer to the entire period for which the legislature has been convened. Types of sessions include:
Sine die - Latin for without day. The motion to "adjourn sine die" is the last action of a session of the legislature. Each house may adjourn on its own motion.
Slip law - See Pamphlet law.
Speaker of the House of Representatives - The presiding officer of the House of Representatives who is designated by the majority party in caucus and then elected by the body for a term of two years at the organization session.
Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives - A member of the House of Representatives who is designated by the majority party in caucus and then elected by the body. The Speaker pro tempore presides over the House of Representatives at the request of the Speaker or in the absence of the Speaker.
Sponsor - A term used interchangeably with introducer. In the Senate, a legislator who files an amendment to a bill is referred to as the amendment sponsor.
Summary - Bill summaries are created by committee staff and give brief explanations of legislation that passed in both the House and Senate during a particular session.
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