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Bill Status

Bill Status is used to record and track the historical status of bill as it moves through the legislative process.   To facilitate the entry of status, parameters are used to allow for variable inputs, such as a member or committee name.   When the Clerk adds a status, he/she is guided from one parameter to the next and is prompted at each step to enter a value or to select from a list, as would be the case when picking a committee.  A status can have any number of parameters.  The use of parameters can significantly reduce the number of base statuses a legislature needs.  Status can be built in advance of a legislative day by entering it into the "Q".   Status will remain in the "Q" until it is released.  For a bill, status is listed in chronological order and an individual status can be simply moved up or down in the list to satisfy any reordering requirements.   Status can be automatically created from the Calendar, Journal, or Message modules.   Likewise, status can be used to create Journal entries.   This option promotes standardization while decreasing the overall work effort.  In addition, if the indexes in the bound Journal are based upon status, we can significantly facilitate the automatic creation of those indexes.   This can relate to an enormous time savings in year end processing.

 

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