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The Reference Committee refers legislation, including bills, joint resolutions and concurrent resolutions, to the appropriate standing committee. After a bill receives a first reading, which is a reading of the title by the Senate Clerk on the Senate floor, it is sent to the Reference Committee for further action. The Committee then determines which standing committee will receive the legislation for additional scrutiny. Bills, resolutions and appointments that have been favorably recommended by the Senate standing committees are reviewed by this Committee. The Committee then selects which bills, resolutions and appointments will be considered by the full Senate. Although rare, bills can be amended in the Reference Committee. Bills also may be sent directly to the floor for immediate consideration by the full Senate.