of the Chief Clerk:
The Chief Clerk is elected by a majority vote of the Members of the Assembly for each two year session. The current Chief Clerk, E. Dotson Wilson, was first elected January 6, 1992, and has been unanimously reelected for each subsequent legislative session. He serves as the Parliamentarian of the House, and also supervises a 30 member staff of legislative clerks.
The Chief Clerk and his staff engage in a wide variety of tasks, from publishing the Assembly's official documents to amending and engrossing all legislation considered by the House.
base of operations for the Chief Clerk and his staff is the Assembly
Chamber. A long desk spans the width of the Chamber and serves as
the permanent workstation for a dozen clerks, who process the thousands
of bills and publish thousands of pages of information for the public
record. Information compiled by this staff is made available to
potentially millions of computer users via the Internet system.
"Office of the Chief Clerk" is a suite located on the third floor
of the Capitol Annex, adjacent to the Assembly Chamber. Several
assistants work in this office as well, including the Floor Analysis
Unit, the Amending Clerks, the Resolution Clerk and others, all
of whom play important roles in the processing of legislative information.
Engrossing and Enrolling
Office is stationed in the basement of the Capitol, and
is the processing center for all Assembly bills introduced in the
Assembly and amended in both Houses. A team of eight proofreaders
and two administrative staffers proofread every word and punctuation
mark to ensure that they match the official language adopted by
the House, as well as conforming to specific grammar and style guidelines.
When legislation has passed both Houses, the Engrossing and Enrolling
Office prepares and delivers the bills to the Governor for consideration.
Resolutions are filed directly with the Secretary of State.
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