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15. Labor, five Senators.
Clerk of Judiciary Committee.
Rule 26. The Clerk of the Judiciary Committee of the Senate shall be the law clerk of the Senate and shall be at the service of the Senators and the President and Secretary of the Senate for legal advice and assistance when not engaged with the work of the Judiciary Committee.
Duties of Committees.
Rule 27. No committee shall sit during the session of the Senate, unless with leave granted; nor employ clerks, nor incur any public expense, unless authorized by resolution of the Senate. The committees shall report upon all matters referred to them, without unnecessary delay; and shall return all petitions and other papers referred to them to the Secretary of the Senate.
Committee on Executive Business.
Rule 28. All nominations to office submitted by the Governor, and all other executive business, shall be referred to the Committee on Executive Business and shall be reported upon by such committee with all convenient speed.
Committee on Supplies and Expenses.
Rule 29. The Committee on Supplies and Expenses of the Senate shall examine all bills for supplies and expenses of Senators and Committees for stationery, clerk hire and other purposes not provided for by existing laws, and certify to the correctness of the same, and no such bill shall be audited or paid by any officer of the Senate, or by any board or officers of the State, unless so certfied by the chairman or other member of the committee. No motion or resolution calling for an appropriation or expenditure of money shall be acted upon by the Senate without first having been referred to some appropriate committee for its consideration and recommendation.
Reference of Bills.
Rule. 30. All bills shall, on introduction, be referred to the proper committee by the President, and when favorably reported back to the Senate shall be referred to the committee of the whole, except bills appropriating money, which shall be referred to the Committee on Finance and Appropriations, and be reported on by that committee, before being referred to the committee of the whole. Adverse Reports and Reports Without Recommendation.
Rule 31. All bills reported adversely or without recommendation by any committee, unless otherwise ordered by the Senate, shall lie on the table.
Bills Constituting General Orders.
Rule 32.' Bills referred to the committee of the whole, and not made a special order, shall constitute the general orders, and be considered in committee of the whole in the order of their reference, unless the Senate or committee of the whole shall otherwise determine.
Printing of Bills.
Rule 33. Any bill shall be printed on the recommendation of the committee having the same in charge or on the request of the Senator introducing the same.
Bills Printed on Reference to Committee of the Whole.
Rule 34. All bills not previously printed shall be printed on being referred to the committee of the whole.
General Orders to be considered in Committee of the Whole.
Rule 35. When the Senate shall have arrived at order of "General Orders of the Day,” it shall resolve itself into committee of the whole upon such orders, or a particular order designated by the Senate, and no other business shall be in order unless the whole are considered or passed, or the committee rise.
Chairman of Committee of the Whole.
Rule 36. When the Senate shall resolve itself into a committee of the whole Senate, the President, unless otherwise ordered by the Senate, shall designate a Senator who shall be Chairman of said committee.
Printing of Amendments in Journal.
Rule 37. No bill which shall have been reported with amendment by any special or standing committee shall be considered in committee of the whole until such amendment or amendments shall have been printed in full in the Journal; nor shall any bill amended in committee of the whole be considered on third reading until all amendments made in committee of the whole shall have been printed at length in the Journal; nor shall any bill amended on third reading be put upon its final passage until the amendment or amendments made thereto shall have been printed at length in the Journal.
Rules in Committee of the Whole.
Rule 38. The rules of the Senate shall be observed in committee of the whole, so far as they may be applicable, except limiting debate, ordering the previous question, and taking the yeas and nays. A motion that the committee rise shall always be in order and shall be decided without debate. Motions recommending action by the Senate shall take precedence in the same order as analogous motions in the Senate. A Motion to reconsider shall be in order in committee of the whole.
Bills Introduced in Triplicate.
Rule 39. Each bill introduced shall be accompanied by two true copies, and in each bill amending existing law changes or new matter shall be printed in italics, and matter which has been omitted shall be indicated by three asterisks. At least one day's notice shall be given of the introduction of any bill amending an Act of Incorporation.
Reference to Compiler's Number.
Rule 40. In all bills to amend any part of the last compilation of the laws, the section or sections amended shall be referred to in the title of the bill, by the compiler's numbers, and the object of the bill shall be expressed in its title. The title of any bill amending any act, not compiled shall refer to the section or sections amended, state the number of the act, and specify the date of its approval.
Five Days' Possession of Bills.
Rule 41. Every bill shall have been printed and in the possession of the Senate at least five days before the vote on the final passage of the same is taken.
Bills Ordered to Third Reading.
Rule 42. All bills recommended for passage by the committee of the whole shall be placed on the order of third reading of bills.
Bills on Third Reading.
Rule 43. All bills shall be put upon their final passage in the order in which they are ordered to a third reading unless the Senate shall otherwise direct.
Three Separate Readings of Bills.
Rule 44. Every bill shall receive three readings previous to its being passed, and the President shall give notice of each reading whether it be the first, second or third.
Two Readings Before Amendment or Commitment.
Rule 45. No bill shall be amended or committed until it shall have been twice read. The first and second readings may be by title only, but the third reading shall be in full unless otherwise ordered by the Senate, and on a day subsequent to that on which it receives its second reading or is passed by the committee of the whole Senate.
Amendments on Third Reading.
Rule 46. No amendment shall be received for discussion at the third reading of any bill or joint resolution recommended for passage by the committee of the whole, unless seconded by a majority of the Senators present and voting thereon; and it shall require the vote of a majority of the Senators-elect to adopt any such amendment.
Commitment in Order Before Final Passage.
Rule 47. It shall be in order at any time before the final passage of any bill or joint resolution, or the adoption of any resolution, to move its commitment or recommitment.
Vote on Bills or Joint Resolutions Requiring Tuo-Thirds.
Rule 48. The question on the final passage of any bill, or joint resolutions, to pass which the constitution requires the assent of two-thirds of the Senatorselect, shall be taken by yeas and nays, which shall be entered on the Journal. Whenever any such bill or joint resolution shall receive the 'assent of two-thirds as foresaid the fact thereof shall be certified upon said bill or joint resolution by the Secretary.
Bills Requiring Two-Thirds Vote.
Rule 49. When any bill or joint resolution, to pass which the Constitution requires the concurrence of two-thirds of the Senators-elect, is under consideration, the concurrence of such two-thirds shall not be requisite to decide any question for amendment, or relating to the merits, being short of the final question, except on the question of concurring in House amendments to any such bill or joint resolution returned from the House of Representatives to the Senate for final action.
Motions and Resolutions.
May be Required to be in Writing.
Rule 50. No motion or resolution shall be debated until stated by the chair, and any motion or resolution shall be reduced to writing if required by the President or any Senator, and shall be delivered in at the desk and read before the same shall be debated. All resolutions, when offered, shall be referred to the committee on rules and resolutions unless otherwise directed by the Senate. Any motion or resolution may be withdrawn at any time before decision or amendment. Precedence of Motions.
Rule 51. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received but1. To adjourn; 2. To take a recess; 3. To lay on the table; 4. For the previous question; 5. To postpone to day certain; 6. To commit; 7. To amend; 8. To postpone indefinitely;
Which several motions shall take precedence in the order in which they stand arranged.
Motion to Adjourn.
Rule 52. A Motion to adjourn shall always be in order; that and the motion to lay on the table shall be decided without debate.
Rule 53. A Motion for recess, pending the consideration of other business, shall not be debatable. When a recess is taken during the pendency of any question, the consideration of such question shall be resumed upon the reassembling of the Senate.
Division of Question.
Rule 54. Any Senator may call for a division of any pending question, which shall be divided if it comprehend propositions in substance so distinct that, one being taken away, a substantive proposition shall remain.
Motion to Strike Out and Insert.
Rule 55. When the Motion is made to amend by striking out and inserting other words, the same shall be deemed indivisible, but either the words proposed to be struck out or to be inserted may be amended.
Motion to Lay on Table.
Rule 56. A decision to lay upon the table shall carry with it all questions to which it is attached, except in the case of laying an appeal on the table.
Rule 57. When a question has been once decided, it shall be in order for any Senator to move the reconsideration thereof; but no motion for the reconsideration of any vote shall be in order unless the bill, resolution, message, report, amendment, or motion upon which the vote was taken be in the possession of the Senate; nor shall any motion for reconsideration be in order unless made on the same day the vote was taken, or within the next two days of the actual session of the Senate thereafter; nor shall any question be reconsidered more than once. A Motion to reconsider the vote by which any bill shall have passed the Senate shall require the votes of a majority of the Senators-elect to carry it.
Suspension of Rules.
Rule 58. Rule 57 may be suspended by a vote of two-thirds of all the Senatorselect. Any other rule may be suspended by a vote of two-thirds of the Senators actually present.
Concurrent Resolutions to Lie Over One Day.
Rule 59. Every Senate concurrent resolution, when offered, and every House concurrent resolution, when received, from the House of Reprsentatives, shall be read to the Senate and, unless referred to a committee, shall be placed on the order of Motions and Resolutions for consideration by the Senate when the Senate shall first take up such order of business on any susbsequent day.
Yeas and Nays May Be Demanded by 'Any Senator.
Rule 60. On demand of any Senator the vote on any pending question shall be taken by yeas and nays.
Other Business Cannot Interrupt Roll Call.
Rule 61. When the yeas and nays are ordered upon any question, and after the question is stated from the chair, the Secretary is directed to call the roll, and the first vote is given, no Senator shall be entitled to speak on the question, nor shall any motion be in order until such roll call is finished and the result declared.
Rule 62. A motion to postpone indefinitely the further consideration of any bill, resolution, or any other matter, shall require the votes of a majority of the Senators-elect to carry it, and the vote upon such a motion shall not be reconsidered. A motion to lay on the table a motion to reconsider the vote by which any bill or resolution shall have failed to pass the Senate, if agreed to, shall have the effect to postpone indefinitely the consideration of the bill or resolution, and shall require the votes of a majority of the Senators-elect to carry it.
Call of the Senate
Rule 63. A call of the Senate may be ordered by a majority of the Senators present, whether a quorum or not, and in pursuance thereof the Sergeant-atArms, or any other person or persons duly empowered by a majority of the Senators present and voting, may be dispatched for and may arrest any or all Senators absent without leave, as said majority shall agree, at the expense of such absent Senators respectively, unless such excuse shall be made for nonattendance as the Senate, when a quorum is convened, shall judge sufficient, in which case the same shall be paid as incidental expenses of the Senate. And any such Senator or Senators absent without sufficient excuse shall not be entitled to per diem allowance during the time of absence in case the Senate shall so determine.
Effect of Tabling Motion to Reconsider.
Rule 64. It shall not be in order to take from the table a motion to reconsider, nor shall the vote whereby any motion to reconsider was laid on the table be reconsidered.
Rule 65. The mode of ordering the previous question shall be as follows: Any Senator may move the previous question. This being seconded by at least one