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17. The committee on engrossed bills shall examine Engrossed all bills, amendments and resolutions before they go

bills. out of possession of the Senate, and make report when they find them correctly engrossed, before they are read the third time.

18. Every report of a committee upon a bill which Report of shall not be considered at the time of making the same, committees. or laid on the table by a vote of the Senate, shall stand

ner orders with the bill, and subject to the provisions of the tenth rule.

OF GENERAL AND SPECIAL ORDERS. 19. The matters referred to the committee of the General whole Senate shall constitute the general orders, and

orders. the business of the general orders shall be taken up as follows, viz: The Clerk shall announce the title of each bill, with the printed number, or other matter as it shall be reached in its order; when it may be taken up on the motion of any member without the putting of any question therefor; but if not so moved, it shall lose its preference for the day. And whenever three bills have been moved consecutively, the Senate shall go into committee of the whole upon them without further order.

20. Whenever any bill or other matter is made the Special special order for a particular day, and it shall not be orders. completed on that day, it shall retain its place in the general orders, unless it shall be made the special order for another day; and when a special order is under consideration it shall take precedence of any special order for a subsequent hour of the same day; but such subsequent special order may be taken up immediately after the previous special order has been disposed of.

OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. 21. The rules of the Senate shall be observed in the Rules in

committee committee of the whole, as far as may be applicable,

of the except limiting the number of times of speaking, and whole. except that the ayes and noes shall not be taken. Such committee may strike out the enacting clause of a bill, and report that fact to the Senate; and if the report be

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agreed to by the Senate it shall be deemed a rejection

of the bill. Rules in 22. Bills committed to a committee of the whole Sencommittee

ate shall in committee of the whole be read by sections. whole. All amendments shall be noted and reported to the

Senate by the Chairman. After the report, the bill shall still be subject to debate and amendment before the question to engross is put; but such amendments only shall be in order as were offered and decided in the committee of the whole Senate, except by unani

mous consent. Motion in

23. A motion that the committee rise and report order.

progress on any bill shall always be in order and shall be decided without debate.

OF BILLS. Introduc

24. Every bill shall be introduced by motion for tion of bills.

leave, or on the report of a committee, or by message from the Assembly; and when so introduced its title shall be read by the Senator in his place; and one day's notice, at least, shall be given of an intended motion for leave to bring in a bill, unless the Senat unanimously order otherwise. Such notice shall state gene

rally the subject matter of such bill. Report of

25. When a bill shall be reported by a committee of committee

the whole, and not otherwise disposed of, the question whole. shall be “shall the report be agreed to ?" And when

the report of such committee, if favorable, shall be agreed to, and the bill not otherwise disposed of, the bill shall be ordered engrossed for a third reading. Upon such a question the merits of the bill may be debated, and a motion to commit or re-commit, or lay on the table, or to postpone to a future day, shall be in order. If such question be decided in the negative, such bill shall be deemed lost; but if it be decided in the affirmative, such bill shall, at the pleasure of the Senate, be read a third time, and the final question shall be taken thereon, immediately after such third reading, and without debate.

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26. Every bill shall receive three readings previous Bills to have to its being passed, and the President shall give notice three readat each whether it be the first, second or third. No ings. bill shall be amended or committed until it shall have been twice read, and no bill shall be read a third time out of its regular order, nor on the same day on which it is ordered to a third reading, unless on a vote of twothirds of all the Senators present and voting; and all resolutions which propose any amendment to the Constitution shall be treated in the form of proceedings on them, in a similar manner with bills, except that it shall not be necessary to commit such resolutions to a committee of the whole; and no bill shall be ordered to a third reading without having been acted upon in committee of the whole.

27. After a bill or resolution to amend the Constitu- Amendtion shall be ordered to a third reading, no motion to ments to

Constituamend the same shall be in order without unanimous

tion. consent; but any such bill or resolution may be recommitted prior to the completion of the final reading thereof.

28. When any bill requiring the concurrence of two- Amend. thirds of the Senators is under consideration, the con- ments and

two-third currence of two-thirds shall not be requisite to decide

bills. any question for amendments, or extending to the merits, being short of the final question. 29. The question on the final passage of every bill Final

pasi, shall be taken by ayes and noes, which shall be entered sage of bills. on the journal; and unless the bill receives the number of votes required by the Constitution to pass it, it shall be declared lost, except in cases provided for by the 32d rule.

30. All bills shall be printed in the order in which Bills to be they are reported by the committees, unless otherwise printed. ordered by the Senate.

31. The vote on the final passage of any bill appro- Certain bills priating the public moneys or property, or creating, rules concontinuing, altering or renewing any body politic or cerning. corporate, shall not be reconsidered whenever such bill shall be lost, nor shall any bill be referred to

a select committee with power to report complete, unless such bill has previously been considered in com

mittee of the whole, and read through by sections. Certain 32. If on taking the final question on a bill, it shall bills, rules concerning.

appear that a constitutional quorum is not present, or if the bill require a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to pass it, and it appears that such number is not present, the bill shall be laid on the table, and shall be again read, and the fin question taken thereon, as provided in the 32d rule, at such time as

the Senate shall order. Order of 33. When a question is before the Senate, no motion motion.

shall be received, except as herein specified; which motions shall have precedence in the order stated, viz: For an adjournment; to lay on the table; to postpone indefinitely; to postpone to a day certain; to a committee of the whole; to commit to a standing committee; to commit to a select committee; to amend.

The motion to adjourn and to lay on the table shall be decided without debate; and the motion to adjourn

shall always be in order. Ib.

34. All motions shall be reduced to writing, if desired by the President or any member, delivered in at the table, and read by the President or Clerk, before the same shall be debated; but any such motion may be withdrawn at any time before decision or amend

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35. If the question in debate contains several points, divided. any member may have the same divided, provided the

division called for embodies a distinct principle or

statement of fact. Amend.

36. A motion for commitment or reference, until it is decided, shall preclude all amendment of the main proposition.

37. When a blank is to be filled, and different sums or time shall be proposed, the question shall be first

taken on the highest sum and the longest time. Motions to 38. When a question has been once put and decided, reconsider. it shall be in order for any Senator to move for the



reconsideration thereof; but no motion for the recon- When no resideration of any vote shall be in order after the bill,


tion. resolution, message, report, amendment or motion, upon which the vote was taken, shall have gone out of the possession of the Senate, and no bill or resolution shall, before the first day of April, be sent from the Senate on the day of its passage; nor shall any motion for reconsideration be in order, unless made on the same day on which the vote was taken, or within the three next days of the actual session of the Senate thereafter; nor shall any question be reconsidered more than once.

39. All concurrent resolutions shall lie on the table Concurrent at least one day.

resolutions. OF QUESTIONS OF ORDER. 40. All questions relating to the priority of business Priority of

business. shall be decided without debate.

41. When the reading of a paper is called for, except Reading of petitions, and the same is objected to by any member, papers. it shall be determined by a vote of the Senate, without debate. 42. When a Senator shall be called to order he shall Called to

order. take his seat until the President shall have determined whether he was in order or not; and every question of order shall be decided by the President, subject to an appeal to the Senate by any member; and if a Senator be called to order for words spoken, the exceptionable words shall be immediately taken down in writing, that the President or Senate may be better enabled to judge of the matter.

43. Upon a division in the Senate, the names of those Divisions. who voted for or against a question shall be entered alphabetically on the minutes, if any Senator requires it; and each member called upon, unless for special reasons he be excused by the Senate, shall declare openly, and without debate, his assent or dissent to the question.

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