The Secretary of the Senate is the chief administrative officer
of the Senate. Elected by the Senators at the beginning of each Session, the Secretary performs a variety of
tasks necessary to the efficient operation of the Senate.
The Secretary keeps a journal of proceedings; a verbatim record of floor debate;
prepares the Advance Journal and Calendar of the Senate; reads bills, messages and documents; is responsible
for all papers, bills and documents in possession of the Senate; and transmits messages and papers to the
Governor, Clerk of the House and the Secretary of State. Also, the secretary maintains a record of votes and
other actions by the Senate.
Aided by an Assistant Secretary of the Senate and staff, the Secretary performs a
variety of additional duties including selecting, hiring and maintaining personnel files of the office staff,
ordering necessary equipment and supplies, supervising the work flow of the office, providing information for
individual Senators, preparing and distributing a weekly schedule of Joint Standing Committee public hearings,
overseeing the Senate web content and presentation, supervising the printing of all Senate papers. The
Secretary approves vouchers for officers and employees of the Senate.
Suggesting a committee reference for bills is another of the Secretary's
responsibilities in conjunction with the Clerk of the House. In addition, the Secretary processes the various
nominations by the Governor that require Senate confirmation.
The Secretary supervises chamber staff, appointed by the President: a
sergeant-at-arms, a postmaster, pages and daily honorary pages.