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XVI. Every motion shall be reduced to writing, if the Speaker shall so direct.

XVII. Any Member may call for the division of a question when the sense will admit of it. A motion to strike out and insert shall be deemed indivisible : but a motion to strike out being lost, shall neither preclude amendment, nor a motion to strike out and insert.

XVIII. Motions and Reports may be committed, or recommitted, at the pleasure of the House.

XIX. No motion or proposition, of a subject different from that under consideration, shall be admitted under color of amendment.

XX. The unfinished business, in which the House was engaged at the time of the last adjournment, shall have the preference in the orders of the day.

XXI. No rule or order of the House shall be dispensed with, altered, or repealed, unless two thirds of the Members present shall consent thereto.

XXII. When a vote is doubted, the Members for or against the question, when called on by the Speaker, shall rise and stand uncovered till they are counted.

XXIII. All questions, relating to the priority of business to be acted upon, shall be decided without debate.


Of the Duties of Monitors.

Ch. III.

XXIV. Every question of order shall be noted by the Clerk, with the decision thereon, and inscribed at large on the Journal.

XXV. When a motion is made to refer any subject, and different Committees shall be proposed, the question shall be taken in the following order : Standing Committee of the House-a Select Committee of the House-a Joint Standing Committee-a Joint Select Committee.

XXVI. It shall be the duty of each Member of the House, who moves that any Standing Committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of amending an existing law or laws, to point out the amendment, which he deems expedient, in writing, to accompany his motion, or to furnish a written statement thereof to such Committee, if by them required.

XXVII. No stranger shall be admitted to the seats of Members, or upon the floor of the House, without leave of the Speaker.


Of the Duties of Monitors.

I. Two Monitors shall be appointed for each division of the llouse, whose duty it shall be to see the due observance of the orders of the House, and, on demand of the Speaker, to return the number of votes and Members in their respective divisions.

II. If any Member shall transgress any of the rules or orders of the House, and persist therein after being notified thereof by any Monitor, it shall be the duty of such Monitor to give information thereofto the llouse.

III. In case the Speaker shall be absent at the hour to which the House was adjourned, one of the Monitors shall call the House to order, and the Clerk shall preside.

Of Petitions, Memorials, fc.

I. All papers addressed to the House, except petitions, memorials and remonstrances, shall be presented by the Speaker, or by a Member in his place, and shall be read by the Speaker, Clerk, or such other person as the Speaker may request, and shall be taken up in the order in which they were presented, unless where the House shall otherwise direct.

II. Every Member, presenting to the House a petition, memorial, or remonstrance, shall endorse his name thereon, with a brief statement of the nature, and object of the instrument, and the reading of the same from the Chair, shall in all instances be dispensed with, unless specially ordered by the House.

III. All reports, petitions, memorials, remonstrances, and papers of a like nature, shall be presented during the first hour of each session of the House, and at no other time, except by special leave of the


Bills, Resolves and Grants.

Ch. V.

House : and the Speaker shall call on the several
Divisions, in regular succession, for such papers.

If any member of the House, shall so request,
any order, which shall be proposed for adoption,
shall be passed over for that day without question ;
and the same shall be considered and disposed of,
on the succeeding day, in the same manner as it
would have been, on the day on which it was offer.
ed, if no objection had been made.


All applications for the use of the Representatives' Chamber shall be made to, and decided upon, by the Committee on Public Buildings; subject, however, to the control and order of the House.

If no op

Of Bills, Resolves and Grants.

The first reading of a bill shall be for informa-
tion, and if opposition be made to it, the question
shall be, “ Shall this bill be rejected ?"
position be made, or if the question to reject be
negatived, the bill shall go to its second reading
without a question.

II. No bill or resolve shall pass to be engrossed without being read on three several days.

III. All bills and resolves shall be written in a fair round hand, without interlineations, on not less than one sheet of paper, with suitable margins, and spaces between the several sections or resolves.


Ch, V.

Of Bills, Resolves and Grants.


IV. No bill or resolve shall be introduced to the House without special leave, unless reported by a Committee; and when thus introduced, such bill or resolve shall be committed, before it is ordered to a second reading. When any bill, resolve, petition, memorial or remonstrance, shall have been finally rejected, no other, substantially the same, shall be introduced by any Committee or Member during the same session.

V. No engrossed bill or resolve shall be sent to the Senate, without notice thereof being given by the Speaker.

VI. No private act or resolve, affecting the character or property of any individual, shall pass the House, unless such individual be first notified thereof.

VII. All bills and resolves in their third reading, shall be committed to the Standing Committee on bills in the third reading, to be by them examined, corrected, and so reported to the House.

VIII. All engrossed bills and resolves shall be committed to the Standing Committee on engrossed bills, to be strictly examined ; and if found by them to be truly and rightly engrossed, they shall so report to the House, and the same shall be passed to be enacted, without any further reading, unless, on motion of any Member, a majority of the House shall be in favor of reading the same as engrossed.

IX. No engrossed bill or resolve shall be amended.

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