The appropriate instrument for expressing commendation, condolences, appreciation or congratulations to an individual or a group, or to recognize a particular event or occasion, is a "Legislative Citation" approved by both houses. The contents of the citation expressing the sentiment of the legislature will be typed on a special presentation form suitable for framing and bear the signature of the presiding officers.

A member or members may introduce a citation by submitting it to the Rules Committee on a form prescribed in the legislative drafting manual. Unless handled as provided in (c) of this section, the name of the person, group or occasion being noted along with the names of the sponsors will be listed under special business on the daily calendar of the subsequent day and be voted upon by the house. Approval will be noted in the journal. When action in the second house is completed the citation will be enrolled in final form, signed by the presiding officers, and sent to the appropriate person.

How to Search

Any of the words or All of the words search

Enter a list of words or phrases to find.  Use quotation marks around phrases, put + in front of any word or phrase that is required, and - in front of a word or phrase to exclude it.  Examples:
    travel dinner "session law"
  "session law" -tax +"travel expense"

Boolean search

Use connectors such as and and or to indicate the relationship between words or phrases in your search request.  Examples:

lobbyist and tax

Both words must be present

legislator or session

Either word can be present

sales w/5 tax

Sales must occur within 5 words of tax

travel not w/5 expense

travel must not occur within 5 words of expense

aide and not spouse

Only aide must be present

name contains smith

The field name must contain smith

Phonic Searching

Phonic searching looks for a word that sounds like the word you are searching for and begins with the same letter. For example, a phonic search for Smith will also find Smithe and Smythe.

To ask dtSearch to search for a word phonically, put a # in front of the word in your search request. Examples: #smith, #johnson

You can also check the Phonic searching box in the search form to enable phonic searching for all words in your search request. Phonic searching is somewhat slower than other types of searching and tends to make searches over-inclusive, so it is usually better to use the # symbol to do phonic searches selectively.


Stemming extends a search to cover grammatical variations on a word. For example, a search for fish would also find fishing. A search for applied would also find applying, applies, and apply. There are two ways to add stemming to your searches:

    1. Check the Stemming box in the search form to enable stemming for all of the words in your search request. Stemming does not slow searches noticeably and is almost always helpful in making sure you find what you want.
    2. If you want to add stemming selectively, add a ~ at the end of words that you want stemmed in a search. Example: apply~

Fuzzy Searching

Fuzzy searching will find a word even if it is misspelled. For example, a fuzzy search for apple will find appple. Fuzzy searching can be useful when you are searching text that may contain typographical errors, or for text that has been scanned using optical character recognition (OCR). There are two ways to add fuzziness to searches:

  1. Check the "Fuzzy searching" box to enable fuzziness for all of the words in your search request. You can adjust the level of fuzziness from 1 to 10.
  2. You can also add fuzziness selectively using the % character. The number of % characters you add determines the number of differences dtSearch will ignore when searching for a word. The position of the % characters determines how many letters at the start of the word have to match exactly. Examples:

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