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Application of House Rules.
Rule 39. The rules of the house shall be observed in committee of the
Printing in Journal.
Rule 41. No memorial, remonstrance or petition shall be printed in
Rule 42. When a motion is made and, when necessary under the rules,
Reducing to Writing.
Rule 43. Every motion shall be reduced to writing if the speaker or
When in Possession; Withdrawal.
Rule 44. After a motion has been stated by the speaker, or read by the clerk, it shall be deemed to be in the possession of the house, but may be withdrawn at any time before decision or amendment.
Precedence of Motions.
Rule 45. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received but1. To adjourn. 2. To take a recess. 3. To reconsider. 4. To lay on the table. 5. For the previous question. 6. To postpone to a day certain. 7. To commit. 8. To amend. 9. To postpone indefinitely.
Such motions shall take precedence in the order in which they stand arranged. When a recess is taken during the pendency of any question, the consideration of such question shall be resumed upon reassembling unless otherwise determined. No motion to postpone to a day certain, to commit or to postpone indefinitely, being decided, shall be again allowed on the same day and at the same stage of the question.
Always in Order, not Debatable.
Rule 46. A motion to adjourn shall always be in order; that and the motion to lay on the table, and all matters relating to questions of order, shall be decided without debate. A motion for a recess, pending the consideration of other business, shall not be debatable.
Order of Putting Questions.
Rule 47. All questions shall be put in the order they were moved, except in the case of privileged questions.
Amendments to be Germane.
Rule 48. No motion or proposition on a subject different from that under consideration shall be admitted under color of an amendment.
Division of Question.
Rule 4! Any member may call for a division of the question, which shall be divided if it comprehend propositions in substance so distinct that one being taken away a substantive proposition shall remain for the decision of the house. A motion to strike cut and insert shall be deemed indivisible.
Rule 50. Every order or resolution to which the concurrence of the senate shall be necessary shall be read to the house and shall lie upon the table one day preceding its adoption. Such order or resolution shall be taken up the next day after it is offered under the order of “motions and resolutions.” In case such order or resolution is not reached under that order of business at the next succeeding session it shall be considered thereafter under the order of “unfinished business."
Motions for the Previous Question.
Method of Ordering.
Rule 51. The method of ordering the previous question shall be as follows: Any member may move the previous question. This being seconded by at least ten members, the chair shall put the question. “Shall the main question now be put?” This shall be ordered only by a majority of the members present and voting. After the seconding of the previous question and prior to ordering the same, a call of the house may be moved and ordered, but after ordering the previous question nothing shall be in order prior to the decision of the pending questions, except demands for the yeas and nays, points of order and appeals from the decision of the chair, which shall be decided without debate. The effect of the previous question shall be to put an end to all debate and bring the house to a direct vote upon all pending questions in their order down to and including the main question. When a motion to reconsider is taken under the previous question and is decided in the affirmative, the previous question shall have no operation upon the question to be reconsidered. If the house shall refuse to order the main question, the consideration of the subject shall be resumed as though no motion for the previous question bad been made.
Motions to Reconsider.
Motion for Reconsideration.
Rule 52. Any member may move for a reconsideration of any question on the same or next succeeding day; and such motion shall take precedence of all other questions, except a motion to adjourn and a motion to take a recess, but shall not be renewed on the same day. A motion to reconsider any question if laid on the table may be taken therefrom and disposed of at any time within the period allowed by this rule for moving a reconsideration. The motion to postpone indefinitely shall require the votes of a majority of the members-elect, and shall not be reconsidered.
Notice of Reconsideration.
Rule 53. A notice of intention to move for a reconsideration of any bill may be given by any member, and the bill shall be retained by the clerk of the house until after the time expires during which, under rule 52, the motion can be made, unless such notice is given within three days of the time when the house will cease to transact business.
Rule 54. Any proposition which requires for its adoption a twothirds vote may, upon failure of adoption, be reconsidered by a majority
Motions for Calls of the House.
Ordering Calls of the House.
Rule 55. Calls of the house may be ordered upon motion by a majority of the members present, but such majority shall not be less than fifteen in number. A motion for a call of the house shall not be eutertained after the previous question is ordered.
Rule 56. After a call of the house is ordered the members shall not be permitted to go without the bar of the house without leave of the house. The roll of the house shall be called by the clerk and the absenteees noted. The doors shall then be closed and the sergeant-atarms may, upon motion, be dispatched after the absentees. In such case a list of the absentees shall be furnished by the clerk to the sergeant-at-arms, who shall report such absentees at the bar of the house with all possible speed. In case the sergeant-at-arms shall require assistance in addition to the regularly appointed assistant sergeants-at-arms of the house, the speaker may, upon motion, deputize any person properly qualified as a special assistant sergeant-at-arms.
Rule 57. A bill may be introduced in order at any time, without notice, unless it has for its purpose the changing of the charter of a corporation, in which case at least one day's notice shall be given, which notice shall be in writing and shall contain the title of the bill. All bills shall be introduced in duplicate and shall be in typewritten or printed form.
ORDER OF CONSIDERATION.
Rule 58. The regular order to be taken by bills introduced in the house shall be as follows:
1. Notice of introduction (if a bill proposing an amendment to an act of incorporation).
2. Introduction, first and second readings of title and reference to a committee by the speaker.
3. Report by the committee and placing on the general orders (if an appropriation bill, or one involving the expenditure of money from the general fund of the State treasury, reference to the Committee on Ways and Means, report by that committee and then placing on general orders.)
4. Consideration in the committee of the whole in order of reference.
5. Report by the committee of the whole and placing on order of third reading of bills.
6. Third reading at length and vote on passage. 7. Transmission to senate (if passed).
8. Return by the senate, and, if not amended by senate, reference to the clerk for enrollment printing; if amended by the senate, laying over one day, and consideration the following day under the same order of business (Messages from the Senate); and (if amendments are concurred in) reference to the clerk for enrollment printing.
9. Report by clerk of enrollment printing and presentation to the governor.
Senate bills shall, as far as possible, take the same course as house bills.
All resolutions proposing amendments to the constitution shall take the same course as bills.
Nothing in this rule contained shall be construed to prevent a majority of the members-elect of the house from discharging a committee from the further consideration of any measure. A notice of at least one day shall be given of a motion to discharge any such committee, said notice to be in writing and entered in the journal. In case a committee of the house is discharged from the further consideration of a bill, the bill shall be printed, referred to the committee of the whole and placed on the general orders.
The notice above mentioned may, if the motion made thereunder does not prevail, be offered again on succeeding days of the same legislative session, but not upon the same day.
Rule 59. Every bill shall receive three several readings previous to its passage. The first and second readings may be by its title only, but the third reading shall be in full unless otherwise ordered by the house, and on a day subsequent to that on which it receives its second reading or passed the committee of the whole house. No bill shall be passed until it has been printed and in the possession of the house for at least five days. A request by a member that a bill be printed out of regular order must be in writing and shall be referred to the committee on printing for determination.
Commitment and Amendment.
Rule 60. No bill shall be committed or amended until it has passed its first and second readings. No bill shall be altered or amended on its passage through the house so as to change its original purpose.
Rule 61. Bills which have been considered in committee of the whole may be amended by the house by a majority vote of all the members-elect. When any bill considered in committee of the whole shall have been recommitted, any amendments made thereto by the committee may be concurred in by a majority vote of the members present and voting thereon.
Rule 62. Bills placed on the order of third reading, or their final passage, without having been considered in committee of the whole, may be amended prior to their passage by a majority vote of the members present and voting thereon.
Majority Vote on Bills.
Rule 63. On the final passage of every bill the vote shall be taken by yeas and nays and entered on the journal. No bill shall be declared