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Co-opted Bills

#Co-opted Bills

Ah the amendment process. Not only used to add riders and other unrelated things to legislation, but in this case, the amendment process has been used to completely co-opt a bill as the "legislative vehicle" for a totaly unrelated bill. "A [Committee Markup] is a meeting of the committee to debate and consider amendments to a measure under consideration. The markup determines whether the measure pending before a committee will be recommended to the full Senate, and whether it should be amended in any substantive way...In [some] cases, the markup vehicle may be placed before the committee as an "amendment in the nature of a substitute" for the measure or text initially referred to it." http://www.senate.gov/legislative/common/briefing/Senate_legislative_process.htm
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