The Georgia General Assembly needs a good way to track the votes of its members for better public access. The Assembly has two chambers: The House of Representatives and the Senate.
Each member has a district number that uniquely identifies him or her. Members belong to both a political party and a caucus within their chamber. The political party is identified by the name, and has a chairperson, address, phone number and email associated with it. The caucus is also identified by the name of a party and has a leader, whip, phone number, and email address. Each member has an office number, telephone number, and email address.
Each year, the Assembly meets on 40 days to vote on legislation. There are two types of legislation – Bills and Resolutions. Each piece of legislation is identified by the first initial of the chamber and the second initial of the type of legislation and a number. (For example, a House Bill would be labeled HB while a Senate Resolution would be labeled SR). Each bill is also assigned a category relating to the topic the bill covers.
Due to the nature of the legislation, a bill can have multiple votes. Members may vote to pass a bill, table a bill, or reconsider a bill. For example, HB 1 may have a vote to table the bill and a second vote to pass a bill. Each vote is assigned a unique vote number from the Clerk of the chamber it has been voted in. Additionally, each chamber may vote on the same legislation.
Each Chamber has committees, which are comprised of multiple members. A member can serve in a leadership position on a committee. A member can serve on multiple committees. Each committee is identified by a name and a chamber.