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the chair shall be conclusive; but if the member appeal to the House from the decision of the chair, the House shall decide on the case without debate.

14. Every member who shall be present when a question is stated from the chair, shall vote thereon, unless excused by the House, or unless he be directly interested in the question, in which cases he shall not vote. No member shall be permitted to vote upon any question, unless present when, upon a division, his name is called in its regular order.

15. Petitions, memorials, and other papers addressed to the House, shall be presented by the Speaker, or by a member in his place.

16. Every member, previous to presenting a petition or memorial, shall endorse on the same the substance thereof, and add his name: the clerk shall then read the endorsement; after which, the Speaker shall put the question on the reference of said petition or memorial

17. No motion shall be debated or put, unless it be seconded: When a motion is seconded, it shall be stated by the Speaker before debate; and every such motion shall be reduced to writing, if the Speaker or any member desire it.

18. After a motion is stated by the Speaker, it shall be deemed to be in the possession of the House, but may be withdrawn at any time before a decision or amendment.

19. If the question in debate contain several distinct propositions, any member may have the same divided.

20. When a blank is to be filled, and different sums or times are

a proposed, the question shall be first put upon the largest sum and the longest time.

21. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received, unless for the previous question; to postpone it indefinitely; to adjourn it to a day certain; to lay it on the table; to commit it; to amend it; or to adjourn the House.

22. A motion for “the previous question,” to lay the question on the table, or to commit it, until it is decided, shall preclude all amendment and debate of the main question; and a motion to postpone a question indefinitely, to adjourn it to a day certain, shall, until it is decided, preclude all amendment of the main question.

23. “ The previous question” shall be as follows:-" Shall the main question be now put ?"

24. A motion to adjourn the House shall be always in order, and shall be decided without debate.

25. Every order, resolution and vote, to which the concurrence of the Senate shall be necessary, shall be read to the House, and laid upon the table, on a day preceding that in which the same shall be moved, unless the House shall unanimously otherwise consent.

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

27. If any ten members require it, the ayes and noes upon any question shall be taken and entered upon the journal.

28. All committees shall be appointed by the Speaker, unless otherwise specially directed by the House, in which case they shall be appointed by ballot; and if upon such ballot, the number required shall not be elected by a majority of the votes given, the House shall proceed to a second ballot, in which a plurality of votes shall prevail; and in case a greater number than is required to compose or complete a committee, shall have an equal number of votes, the House shall proceed to a further ballot or ballots, as may be necessary.

29. Select committees to whom references are made, shall in all cases report a state of facts, with their opinions thereon.


30. Every bill originating in this House shall be introduced by motion for leave, or by an order of the House on the report of a committee. One day's notice, at least, shall be given of a motion for leave to bring in a bill, unless the House unanimously otherwise allow. Such notice shall specify the subject matter of such bill; and all resolutions of reference and instruction to committees, shall state the subject to be referred.

31. All bills brought into this House by any member or committee, shall be endorsed with the name of the member or committee bringing in the same.

32. No private bill shall be brought into this House, but upon a memorial or petition presented to the House, and signed by the party or parties praying for such bill, except by the unanimous consent of the House.

33. No bill shall be committed or amended, until it has been twice read.

34. Every message from the Senate, communicating any bill for the concurrence of this House, shall, with the accompanying documents, if any, be referred to a standing or select committee to consider and report thereon.

35. All amendments by the Senate to bills which have passed this House, shall be referred to a select committee to examine and report thereon, unless the House shall otherwise expressly order

or allow.

36. In forming a committee of the whole house, the Speaker shall leave the chair, and a chairman shall be appointed to preside.

37. The rules of the House shall be observed in the committee of the whole house, except the rules respecting a call for the ayes and noes, and limiting the times of speaking.

38. Bills committed to a committee of the whole house, shall, in committee of the whole thereon, be first read through by the Clerk, unless otherwise expressly ordered by the committee; and then read and debated by clauses, leaving the title to be last considered. All amendments shall be noted on a separate piece of paper, and reported to the House by the chairman of the committee of the whole; after the report, the bill shall be still subject to debate and amendment before the question to engross is put.

39. A similar mode of proceeding shall be observed with bills which have originated in the Senate, as with bills originating in this House.

40. If, at any time when in committee of the whole house, there be not present a quorum to do business, the chairman shall immediately report that fact to the Speaker.

41. On a motion in committee of the whole house to rise and report, the question shall be decided without debate.

42. Every bill shall receive three several readings previous to its being passed; and the second and third readings shall be on different days; and the third reading shall be on a day subsequent to that on which the bill passed in committee of the whole house, unless the House unanimously direct otherwise.

43. A standing committee of five members shall be appointed, to be called “the committee on engrossed bills;" whose duty it shall be carefully to examine all bills passed by this House, and see that the same are correctly engrossed, and report the same to the House before they are signed by the Speaker.

44. Reports from the committee on engrossed bills shall at all times be in order, and have preference to any other business.

45. When a bill passes the House, the Speaker shall certify the same, with the date thereof, at the foot of the bill.

46. No motion for reconsideration shall be in order, unless on the same day, or day following 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 be a second time reconsidered, without unanimous consent.

47. A standing committee of five members shall be appointed on bills coming within the ninth section of the seventh article of the amended Constitution of this State; and when any bill shall have passed in committee of the whole house, on which the Speaker may entertain doubts whether it comes within the provisions of the said ninth section, it shall be referred to the said committee to examine and report thereon, before the question on its final passage shall be taken.

48. On the final passage of all bills requiring two-thirds, the ayes and noes shall be taken and entered on the journal; and the Speaker shall certify upon every such bill, when passed, that twothirds of all the members elected to this House voted in favor of the same.


49. A motion to reconsider the vote on the final passage any bill requiring the assent of two-thirds of all the members elected to this House, shall be made by a member who voted in favor of the decision of the House on the question of the final passage of the bill; and two-thirds of the members elected to the House shall be required to reconsider the same; and such vote shall not be a second time reconsidered. But the vote on the final passage of any bill, creating, continuing, altering, or renewing any monied incorporation, shall not be reconsidered whenever such bill shall be lost.

50. No standing rule or order of this House shall be suspended, changed or rescinded, without one day's previous notice being given of the motion therefor; nor shall the forty-ninth rule be altered, changed, rescinded or suspended, unless two-thirds of all the members elected to this House agree to such alteration, change, rescinding or suspension.

51. A committee of nine members shall be appointed in the seventh week of each session, whose duty it shall be to examine all bills committed to a committee of the whole house, and from time to time report such bills as in their unanimous opinion may with propriety be referred to select committees to report complete; but no bill shall be recommended to be thus referred, against the passage of which there is a remonstrance, or any bill appropriating the public money or property, or relating to a monied corporation. All bills thus recommended, shall be referred to select committees, unless objected to by ten members.



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