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transmission, if Assembly bills, to the Governor, or, if Senate bills, their return to the Senate.



46. When a question shall be under consideration, Precedence. no motion shall be received except as herein specified; which motions shall have precedence in the order stated, viz. :

1. For an adjournment of the House.

2. A call of the House.

3. For the previous question.

4. To lay on the table.

5. To postpone indefinitely.

6. To postpone to a day certain.

7. To commit to the Committee of the Whole.

8. To commit to a standing committee.

9. To commit to a select committee.

10. To amend.

47. The motion to adjourn and to lay on the table Non-deshall be decided without amendment or debate. The batable. several motions to postpone or commit shall preclude all debate of the main question.

48. Every motion shall be first stated by the Speaker, To be stated. or read by the Clerk, before debate and immediately before putting the question. And every motion, except those specified in the forty-fourth rule, shall be reduced to writing, if the Speaker or any member desire it.

49. After a motion shall be stated by the Speaker, it When may shall be deemed in the possession of the House, but be withmay be withdrawn at any time before it shall be deci- drawn. ded or amended.

50. When different sums are moved in filling blanks, Filling the question shall first be put on the largest sum and blanks. the longest time.

51. The motion to adjourn shall be always in order. Adjourn


To reconsider.

Lie over one day.

First to be referred.


ture, resolutions to be referred.

Previous question.

52. No motion for reconsideration of any vote shall be in order unless on the same day or the following legislative day to that on which the decision proposed to be reconsidered took place, nor unless one of the majority shall move such reconsideration. A motion for reconsideration being put and lost shall not be renewed; nor shall any subject or vote be a second time reconsidered, without unanimous consent.



53. The following classes of resolutions shall lie over one day for consideration, after which they may be called up, of course, under their appropriate order of business:

1. All concurrent resolutions.

2. Resolutions containing calls for information on the Executive Department.

3. Resolutions giving rise to debate; except such as relate to the disposition of matters immediately before the House, such as relate to the business of the day on which they are offered, and such as relate to adjournment.

54. All resolutions for the printing of an extra number of any document, paper or bill shall be referred, as of course, to the Standing Committee on Public Printing to consider and report thereon.

55. All other resolutions calling for or leading to expenditure, for the uses of the Legislature, shall be referred to and reported on by the Committee on the Expenditures of the House, unless the House shall designate some other committee.



56. The "previous question" shall be as follows: "Shall the main question be now put?" and until it is decided shall preclude all amendments or debate.

When, on taking the previous question, the House shall decide that the main question shall not now be put, the main question shall be considered as still remaining under debate. The "main question" shall Main quesbe on the passage of the bill, resolution or other mat- tion. ter under consideration; but when amendments are pending, the question shall first be taken upon such amendments in their order; and when amendments have been adopted in Committee of the Whole, and not acted on in the House, the question shall be taken upon such amendments in like order, and without further debate or amendment.



57. The use of the Assembly Chamber may be Who may granted to the State Agricultural Society, the State use. Medical Society, and such other societies as are required by law to report to the Legislature. No application for the use of the Chamber for any other purpose, shall be entertained without the unanimous consent of the House.

58. The following classes of persons, and no others, Who may be may be admitted to the floor of the House during the admitted. sessions thereof, viz.:

1. The Governor and Lieutenant-Governor.

2. The members of the Senate.

3. The State Officers.

4. The Regents of the University.

5. Persons in the exercise of an official duty.

6. The Reporters for the press.



59. In all cases of the absence of a quorum during Absence of the sessions of the House, the members present may quorum. take such measures as they shall deem necessary to

secure the presence of a quorum, and may inflict such

Tie vote.

Questions, when to be divided.

The journal.

Yeas and nays.

Journal to be printed.

No rule to

ed except on notice.

censure or pecuniary penalty as they may deem just on those who, on being called on for that purpose, shall render no sufficient excuse for their absence.

60. When the House shall be equally divided on any question, including the Speaker's vote, the question shall be deemed to be lost.

61. If any question contain several distinct propositions, it shall be divided by the Chair at the request of any member: but a motion to strike out and insert shall be indivisible.

62. In all cases where a bill, order, motion or resolution shall be entered on the journal, the name of the member introducing or moving the same shall also be entered on the journal.

63. The yeas and nays may be taken on any question, whenever so required by any ten members (unless a division by yeas and nays be already pending), and when so taken shall be entered on the journal.

64. The journal of each day's proceedings of the House shall be printed, so that it shall be laid on the tables of members within four days after its approval, and the Sergeant-at-Arms shall cause the printed journals to be kept on files in the same manner as other printed documents.

65. No standing rule or order of the House may be be suspend- suspended, changed or rescinded, except, upon one day's notice being given of the motion therefor, by the vote of a majority of all the members elected. Such notice and motion shall in all cases state specifically the object of the suspension, and every case of suspension of a rule under such notice and motion shall be held to apply only to the object specified therein. Nor shall the forty-second rule, so far as it applies to two-thirds bills, be altered, rescinded or suspended, unless two-thirds of all the members elected to the House agree to such alteration, rescinding or suspension.





1. Each House shall transmit to the other all papers Papers to be on which any bill or resolution shall be founded. transmitted. 2. When a bill or resolution which shall have passed Bils rejected in one House shall be rejected in the other, notice thereof shall be given to the House in which the same may have passed.

3. Messages from one House to the other shall be Messages decommunicated by their Clerks respectively, unless the livered by House transmitting the message shall specially direct


the Clerks.

4. It shall be in the power of either House to amend Amendany amendment made by the other to any bill or reso- ments.



5. In every case of difference between the two In case of Houses, upon any subject of legislation, either House difference, may request a conference, and appoint a committee to be apfor that purpose, and the other shall also appoint a pointed. committee to confer. The committee shall meet at such hour and place as shall be appointed by the chairman of the committee on the part of the House requesting such conference. The conferees shall state to each other verbally, or in writing, as either shall choose, the reasons of their respective Houses, and confer freely thereon. The committee shall report in writing, and shall be authorized to report such modifications or amendments as they think advisable.


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