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Care and Preservation of Bills.

Rule 17. The Secretary shall be responsible to the Senate for the care and preservation of every bill introduced in the Senate, and for each bill received from the House up to the time of its return to that body, which responsibility shall only be relieved by a receipt from a proper person when the bill is necessarily in the hands of a committee for consideration.

Enrollment of Bills and Presentation to Governoi.

Rule 18. When a Senate bill has been finally passed by the two Houses the Secretary shall attend to the enrollment printing of the same, in accordance with the statute relating thereto, and present the same to the Governor, taking a receipt therefor, showing the day and hour at which each bill was deposited in the Executive Office. He shall also deposit with the Secretary of State the original of the enrolled bill and take his receipt therefor.

Bill History.

Rule 19. The Secretary shall keep a record of all Senate bills and of all House bills received by the Senate, in which record he shall enter the title, number of the bill and the name of the Senator or member introducing each such bill and the committee to whom the same is referred. He shall also make an entry therein of every disposition made of each bill and the date thereof. He shall also make an index of all bills introduced in the Senate, and of all bills received from the House, referring to the same by their numbers. Employes at Extra Sessions.

Rule 20. Whenever the legislature shall be called to meet in extraordinary session, the Secretary of the Senate shall notify to be present at the opening of the session such of the clerks and employes of the Senate as the President of the Senate shall designate.

Powers and Duties of Sergeant-at-Arms.

Rule 21. The Sergeant-at-Arms shall be the chief police officer of the Senate. He shall have charge of and direct the work of the assistant sergeants-at-arms, the keepers of the cloak and committee rooms, janitors, messengers and pages, and shall have control of all police regulations. He shall attend to the heating, lighting and ventilation of the Senate chamber, committee rooms and connecting corridors. He shall serve all subpoenas and warrants issued by the Senate or any duly authorized officer or committee. In case of sickness the President of the Senate shall name one of the Assistant Sergeants-at-Arms to perform the duties of Sergeant.

Senators not to be Absent without leave.

Rule 22. No Senator shall absent himself from the Senate without leave first obtained.

Times Senators May Speak.

Rule 23. When a Senator arises to speak he shall address the chair, standing at his desk. No Senator shall speak more than twice in any one debate on the same day, without leave of the Senate, except chairmen of committee on matters reported by them.

Order of Business.
Rule 24. The order of business of the Senate shall be as follows:
1. Presentation of Petitions.
2. Announcement by Secretary of Printing and Enrollment of Bills.
3. Messages from the Governor.
4. Communications from State Officers.
5. Messages from the House.
6. Reports of Standing Committees.
7. Reports of Select Committees.
8. Notices.
9. Introduction of Bills.
10. Third Reading of Bills.

11. Motions and Resolutions.
12. Unfinished Business.
13. Special Orders of the Day.
14. General Orders of the Day.


Standing Committees.

Rule 25. The following standing committees shall be appointed at the commencement of a regular session, the first named Senator to be the Chairman,

1. Agriculture, five Senators.
2. Apportionment, nine Senators,
3. Banks and Corporations, seven Senators.
4. Cities and Villages, five Senators.
5. College of Mines, three Senators.
6. Conservation, seven Senators.
7. Counties and Townships, three Senators.
8. Drainage, five Senators.
9. Education, five Senators.
10. Elections, five Senators.
11. Executive Business, five Senators.
12. Finance and Appropriations, seven Senators.
13. Highways, seven Senators.
14. Industrial Schools, three Senators.
15. Institutions for the Blind and Deaf, three Senators.
16. Insurance, seven Senators.
17. Judiciary, seven Senators,
18. Labor, five Senators.
19. Michigan Agricultural College, three Senators.
20. Military Affairs, five Senators.
21. Normal Schools, three Senators.
22. Penal Institutions, three Senators.

Printing, three Senators.
24. Prohibition, five Senators.
25. Public Health, five Senators.
26. Railroads, five Senators.
27. Rules, three Senators.
28. State Affairs, seven Senators.
29. State Hospitals, five Senators.
30. State Homes, three Senators.
31. Supplies and Expenses, three Senators.
32. Taxation, seven Senators.
33. University, three 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 exp nse, 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 certified 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 Two-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 aforesaid 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, ex cept 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. 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.

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