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posed of; but no bill shall lose its place upon the file by expiration of the time or by adjournment of the Senate while it is under consideration. Bills Passed ON FILE PLACED AT Foot OF

FILE. 40. When bills have been passed on file for the second time they must be placed at the foot of the file in their regular order, unless otherwise ordered by the senate.

ENGROSSED BILLS HAVE PREFERENCE. 41. All bills, after the second reading (if the same be not committed, then upon being reported), shall be placed upon a general file, and shall be taken up for consideration and passage in the order of their being placed on file.

ORDER OF QUESTIONS ON Motion to Refer.

42. When a resolution shall be offered, or a motion made to refer any subject, and a different committee shall be proposed, the question shall be taken in the following order:

1. The Committee of the Whole Senate.
2. A Standing Committee.
3. A Select Committee.

ORDER OF QUESTIONS UNDER DEBATE. 43. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received but the following privileged questions, which shall have precedence in the following order :

1. To adjourn.
2. For a call of the Senate.
3. To lay on the table.
4. To postpone to a day certain.
5. To commit.
6. To amend.

7. To postpone indefinitely. Motion Not To Be DEBATED UNTIL Seconded

AND ANNOUNCED. 44. No motion shall be debated until the

be seconded and distinctly announced

same

by the President; and it shall be reduced to writing if desired by the President, or any Senator, and read by the Secretary, before the same shall be debated.

READING OF A PAPER, IF OBJECTED TO, DETER

MINED WITHOUT DEBATE.

45. When the reading of a paper is called for (except petitions), and the same is objected to by any Senator, it shall be determined by a vote of the Senate.

AMENDMENTS AND SUBSTITUTES—WHEN IN

ORDER.

46. Substitutes may be offered at any time when a bill or resolution is open to amendment, previous to engrossment; and when adopted shall take the place of the original bill or resolution, and shall be open to amendment.

AMENDMENTS AND SUBSTITUTES—WHEN IN

ORDER.

47. No motion or proposition on a subject different from that under consideration shall be admitted under color of amendment or substitute.

LEAST SUM AND SHORTEST TIME IN FILLING

BLANKS.

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48. In filling up blanks, the least sum or number and the shortest time shall be put first.

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SHORT OF FINAL QUESTION, Two-THIRDS VOTE

Nor REQUISITE ON PROPOSITION TO AMEND

CONSTITUTION. 49. When an amendment to the Constitution, or any bill requiring the concurrence of two thirds of the Senators, is under consideration, the concurrence of two thirds shall not be required to decide any question for amendment, or extending to the merits, being short of the final question.

NOTICE OF RECONSIDERATION.

50. On the day succeeding that on which a final vote on any bill, concurrent or joint resolution, or constitutional amendment has been taken, said vote may be reconsidered on the motion of any Senator; provided, notice of intention to move such reconsideration shall have been given on the day on which such final vote was taken by a Senator voting with the prevailing side; and it shall not be in order to reconsider on the day on which such final vote was taken. Said motion of reconsideration shall have precedence over every other motion, except a motion to ad. journ; and it shall require twenty-one votes to carry any motion to reconsider the vote by which any bill, concurrent or joint resolution has been passed defeated, and twenty-seven votes to

carry any motion to reconsider the vote by which any constitutional amendment has been passed or de. feated. No notice of reconsideration shall be in order on the day preceding the last day of the session. There shall be but one reconsideration, even though the action of the Senate after reconsideration is the opposite of the action of the Senate before reconsideration.

or

RECONSIDERATION OF Bills SENT TO AssEMBLY.

51. When a bill, resolution, amendment, order, or message upon which a vote has been taken, shall have gone out of the possession of the Senate and been communicated to the Assembly, a motion to reconsider shall be preceded by a motion to request the Assembly to return the same, which last-named motion shall be acted upon immediately and without debate, and if determined in the negative, shall be a final disposition of the motion to reconsider.

Secretary, UPON NOTICE OF RECONSIDERATION,

Not To REPORT BILL TO ASSEMBLY.

If a Senator gives notice that he ir tends to move a reconsideration, the Secr

52.

tary shall not report the bill, concurrent or joint resolution, or constitutional amendment to the Assembly till the reconsideration is disposed of, or the time for moving the same has expired, unless the bill or resolution has been transmitted to the Assembly.

MOTION TO RECONSIDER MAY BE DEBATED.

53. A Senator, after a notice to reconsider is given, as provided in Rule 50, may, at the reconsideration thereof, present the main question in his argument thereon, and the same may be debated by the Senate, provided that the subject-matter is debatable.

AMENDMENT TO ORIGINAL QUESTION. 54. 1. An amendment may be laid on the table without prejudice to the bill. When an amendment proposed to any pending measure shall be laid on the table, it shall not carry with it or prejudice such measure.

2. If the question in debate contains several propositions, any Senator may have the same divided; except a motion to strike out and insert shall not be divided. But the rejection of a motion to strike out and insert one proposition shall not prevent a motion to strike out and insert a different proposition, nor shall it prevent a motion to simply strike out, nor shall the rejection of a motion to strike out prevent a motion to strike out and insert; but pending a motion to strike out and insert, the part to be stricken out and the part to be inserted shall each be regarded, for the purpose of amendment, as a question. And motions to amend the part to be stricken out shall have precedence.

FINAL QUESTION ON SECOND READING OF Bill

No AMENDMENT ON THIRD READING, But

MAY COMMIT. 55. The final question on the second reading of every bill originating in the Senate, and requiring three readings previous to being -assed, shall

be: "Shall the bill be en

grossed?" And no amendment shall be received for discussion at the third reading of any bill; but it shall at all times be in order, before the final passage of such bill, to move its commitment under special instructions to amend.

SPECIAL ORDERS. 56. Any subject may, by vote of two thirds of the Senators present, be made a special order, and when the time fixed for its consideration arrives the presiding officer shall lay it before the Senate. Form of Previous QUESTION—CALL OF SENATE.

57. The previous question shall be put in the following form: “Shall the question be now put?” It shall only be admitted when demanded by a majority of the Senators present upon division; and its effect shall be to put an end to all debate except that the author of the bill or the amendment shall have the right to close, and the subject under discussion shall thereupon be immediately put to a vote. On a motion for the previous ques. tion prior to a vote being taken by the Senate a call of the Senate shall be in order. AYES AND Noes: MEMBERS MUST ANSWER-No

Vote After ANNOUNCEMENT OF Vote. 58. When the ayes and noes shall be called for by three members present, every member within the bar of the Senate at the time the question was put shall declare openly, and without debate, assent or dissent to the question. In taking the ayes and noes, and upon the call of the Senate, the names of the Senators shall be taken alphabetically. When the ayes and noes shall be taken upon any question in pursuance of this rule, no Senator shall be permitted, under any circumstances whatever, to vote after the announcement of the vote by the presiding officer. RULES IN SENATE AND COMMITTEE OF THE

WHOLE. 59. The rules of the Senate shall be observed in Committee of the Whole, so far as

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