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Executive business.

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 who voted for or against a question shall be entered alphabetically on the minutes, if any Senator requires it, except upon motions to excuse a Senator from voting, which shall be decided by count; 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.


44. On motion made and seconded to close the doors of the Senate, on the discussion of any business which may, in the opinion of any Senator, require secrecy, and during the consideration of all business in executive session, the President shall direct all persons, except the Senators and Clerk of the Senate, to withdraw, and during the discussion of said motion the doors shall remain shut; and every Senator and officer of the Senate shall keep secret all such matters, proceedings and things which shall transpire while the doors remain closed.

45. The proceedings of the Senate upon executive business shall be kept in a journal separate from its proceedings upon legislative business.

Nominations 46. The Senate shall go into the consideration of executive business on such days as may from time to time be deemed necessary. All nominations for the appointment of any officer shall be referred to the Senator from the senatorial district within which the nominee resides, unless otherwise ordered, and all nominations of officers residing in New York shall be referred to the Senators from that city, and all nominations of officers residing in Kings county shall be referred to the Senators from that county, unless other wise ordered; and a future day for the consideration of all nominations shall be assigned, and the consent of the Senate to the appointment of any officer shall not be transmitted in less than one week thereafter, without the unanimous consent of the Senate; and

while any nomination remains with the Senate, it shall be in order to reconsider any vote taken thereon.


47. No person, other than Officers of State, Mem- Admission bers and Officers of the Senate, and Members of the within the Assembly, unless on invitation of the President or by vote of the Senate, shall be admitted within the bar.


48. None but the President, Senators and Clerks shall Books. be allowed to take any books belonging to the Senate from the Senate chamber; and on taking books, each of the persons above mentioned shall furnish to the Librarian a list of those taken, and his name, and shall be responsible for them; and it shall be the duty of the Librarian to have a book in which he shall enter the delivery of books so taken, and their return; and it shall be his duty to see that the books in the library are kept in order, and in their place, at the opening of each morning session.

49. It shall be the duty of the Sergeant-at-Arms and Sergeant-athis Assistant to have the documents and bills promptly Arms to placed upon the files of the President and Senators, in place documents, &c., the order of their numbers, and it shall be the duty of on files of the Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms to see that the mails are Senators. punctually delivered; and for this purpose the messengers shall be subject to his directions.

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50. No rule of the Senate shall be altered, suspended Rules of or rescinded, without a vote of a majority of all the Senate, Senators elected; and no motion to suspend, alter or ed, suspendrescind any such rule, or any joint rule of the two ed or reHouses, shall be in order without the unanimous con- scinded. sent of the Senate, unless one day's previous notice thereof shall have been given; and no motion to suspend shall embrace more than one rule, or relate to any other subject than the one specified in said motion.

51. Whenever a claim is presented to the Senate and Presenta referred to a committee, and the committee report that tion of claims the claim ought not to be allowed, and the report be adopted by the Senate, it shall not be in order to move


to take the papers from the files for the purpose of referring them at a subsequent session, unless the claimants shall present a memorial for that purpose, stating in what manner the committee have erred in their report, or that new evidence has been discovered since the report, and setting forth the new evidence in the memorial.

52. In case a less number than a quorum of the Senate shall convene, they are hereby authorized to send the Sergeant-at-Arms, or any other person, for any or all absent members, as the majority of such members shall agree.


1. The Presentation of Petitions.
2. Reports of Standing Committees.

3. Reports of Select Committees.

4. Messages from the Governor.

5. Communications from the State Officers.

6. Messages from the Senate.

7. Notices.

8. Third Reading of Bills.

9. Introduction of Bills.

10. Motions and Resolutions.

11. Unfinished Business of the General Orders.

12. Special Orders of the Day.

13. General Orders of the Day; but Messages from the Gov

ernor, Communications from State Officers, Messages from the Senate, and Reports from the Committee on Engrossed Bills may be received under any order of business.

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Hon. DE WITT C. LITTLEJOHN, Speaker, Oswego; boards at Congress Hall.

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