SENATE RESOLUTION amending Rules VI and VII of the Senate rules, in relation to committees RESOLVED, That section 6 of Rule VI of the Senate rules is amended to read as follows: º 6. Budget bills. When a bill is submitted or proposed by the Gover- nor by authority of Article VII of the Constitution, it shall become, for all legislative purposes, a legislative bill, and upon receipt ther- eof by the Senate it shall be endorsed "Budget Bill" and be given a number by the Secretary and shall be referred to the Finance Committee and be printed. BUDGET BILLS MAY BE REPORTED FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE DIRECT TO THE THIRD READING CALENDAR. RESOLVED, That section 1 of Rule VII of the Senate rules is amended to read as follows: Section 1. There shall be the following standing committees which shall serve and shall continue throughout the year: To consist of [thirty-three] THIRTY-FIVE Senators: Finance To consist of [twenty-four] TWENTY-FIVE Senators: Rules To consist of twenty-three Senators: Judiciary To consist of nineteen Senators: Banks Transportation To consist of eighteen Senators: Education Higher Education Insurance To consist of seventeen Senators: Health To consist of sixteen Senators: Codes Labor To consist of fourteen Senators: Crime Victims, Crime and Correction Environmental Conservation Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs To consist of twelve Senators: Aging Civil Service and Pensions Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Energy and Telecommunications To consist of ten Senators: Agriculture Consumer Protection Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Racing, Gaming and Wagering To consist of eight Senators: Elections Housing, Construction and Community Development Investigations and Government Operations Local Government To consist of six Senators: Children and Families Cities Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Ethics Social Services Alcoholism and Drug Abuse a. The Temporary President, the Vice President Pro Tempore, the Deputy Majority Leader for Legislative Operations and the Minority Leader and Deputy Minority Leader shall be nonvoting ex-officio members of all standing committees of the Senate of which they are not actual members. As far as practicable, Senators shall be appointed to no more than seven standing committees. b. Term limits for chairs and ranking members. No chair or ranking member of a committee shall serve in such capacity longer than eight consecutive years. c. Conference membership of committees. The membership of all commit- tees, unless otherwise provided by the act or resolution creating them, shall be composed, as nearly as may be, of majority and minority party members in the same proportion as the number of majority and minority party members in the Senate bears to the total membership of the Senate. For purposes of committee composition, in the event that the proportion of majority members would result in a fractional amount, the number of majority members shall be rounded up to the next whole number. THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE AND THE RULES COMMITTEE SHALL BE THE PROPORTION OF MAJORITY MEMBERS IN THE SENATE PLUS AN ADDITIONAL FIVE PERCENT. FURTHER, IN THE CASE OF AN EXCUSED ABSENCE OF ANY COMMITTEE MEMBER ON EITHER THE FINANCE OR THE RULES COMMITTEE, THE TEMPORARY PRES- IDENT OF THE SENATE OR THE MINORITY LEADER MAY DESIGNATE AN ALTERNATE MEMBER OF THE CONFERENCE FOR MEETINGS OF STANDING COMMITTEES PROVIDED WRITTEN NOTICE IS PROVIDED AND ACCEPTED BY THE COUNSEL TO THE MAJORITY CONFERENCE AT LEAST ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE COMMENCEMENT OF SUCH COMMITTEE MEETING.