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1. The Senate shall meet each day of sitting at 10 o'clock a. m., unless the Senate shall adjourn to some other hour. A majority of all the members of the Senate shall constitute a quorum; but a less number, after waiting one hour for a quorum may adjourn from day to day.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS. 2. The officers of the Senate shall be elected by a majority of all the members of the Senate.
CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL.
3. The President shall take the chair at the hour fixed for the meeting of the Senate and call the members to order. The members shall thereupon take their respective seats, and the clerk shall proceed to call the roll of members, and the names of those present and absent shall be entered upon the journal.
ORDER OF BUSINESS.
The following shall be the order of business:
Reading, correction and approval of the Journal.
Petitions and myömorials.
Bills on second reading.
ABSENT MEMBERS AND OFFICERS.
5. No riember or officer shall absent himself from the service of the Senate excpet in case of sickness, without leave of Ĉ majority vote of the Senate first obtained, and in case a less number than a quorum of the Senate shall convene, the President shall have the power, and he is hereby authorized to send the sergeant-at-arns, or any other person or persons by him audi orzec', for any or all inembers absent without leave.
Duties of Officers.
PRESIDENT. 6. It shall be the general duty of the President: I. To call the members to order as hereinbefore provided.
To announce the business before the Senate in the order in which it is to be taken up.
3. To receive and submit in proper manner all motions and propositions presented by the members and to announce the result.
4. To receive messages and other communications from other branches of the government and announce them to the Senate.
5. To authenticate by his signature, when necessary, all acts, orders and proceedings of the Senate.
6. To name the members of all committees unless otherwise directed by the Senate.
7. He may call any member to the chair, but such substitution shall not extend beyond an adjournment or recess.
8. He shall have the regulation of such parts of the capitol and its passages as are or may be set apart for the use of the Senate and its officers. 9.
He shall refer all matters to be committed to the committee most appropriate to take charge of the same.
10. He shall call a member to fill the chair whenever the Senate shall resolve itself into a committee of the whole.
II. He shall-preserve order and decorum, and may speak to points of order in preference to other members, rising from his seat for that purpose, and shall decide points of order, subject to an appeal to the Senate.
12. When the Senate is in committee of the whole, should there be any disturbance or disorderly conduct in the lobby or any part of the Senate, the President shall immediately resume the chair, and shall have power to order the Senate cleared until order is restored.
13. The Senate shall elect a Vice President, who, in the absence of the President, shall exercise all the powers and authority of the President, and shall perform all his duties.
7. It shall be the duty of the chief clerk:
I. To keep a correct journal of the proceedings of the Senate.
2. To read aloud all papers handed to him for that purpose by any member.
3. To certify to, and transmit to the House, all bills, resolutions and other papers requiring the concurrence of the House, immediately after their passage.
4. To notify the House on the concurrence or disagreement by the Senate in any vote of the House.
5. To permit no papers or records belonging to the Senate to be taken out of its custody, otherwise than in the regular course of business.
6. To perform all other duties pertaining to his office, under the direction of the President.
ENROLLING AND ENGROSSING CLERK.
8. It shall be the duty of the enrolling and engrossing clerk to attend to and superintend the enrolling and engrossing, transcribing and copying of bills, resolutions and other papers turned over to him or to her for that purpose, and to perform all other duties pertaining to that office, under the direction of the President.
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS. 9. The sergeant-at-arms shall execute all orders of the President of the Senate, and perform all duties that may be assigned to him pertaining to the police and good order of the Senate. He shall, under the direction of the President, exercise supervision over the ingress and egress of all persons to and from the Senate, and shall see that messages, etc., are properly executed.
MESSENGER AND WATCHMAN.
The messenger and watchman shall perform their respective duties, under the direction of the President.
The following standing committees shall be appointed by the President, unless otherwise directed by the Senate. All standing committees shall consist of three members each, ex
cept committees Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 7, which shall consist of five (5) members each.
Education and Public Libraries.
Railroads and Transportation.
Internal Improvements and Public Highways.
23. Rules. No change shall be made in any standing committee except by a vote of at least ten members, and said committees shall take charge of and report upon all matters referred to them respectively.
Bills, Resolutions and Memorials.
NOTICE, 12, At least one day's notice shall be given in writing of the intention to introduce a bill.
ALL BILLS AND OTHER PAPERS TO BE ENDORSED.
13. All bills, resolutions and other papers, before being presented to the chief clerk shall be endorsed with their proper titles and the name of the member who introduces the same.
MANNER OF INTRODUCING BILLS. 14. When the "Introduction of Bills” is in order, any member who desires to introduce a bill shall rise from his seat and respectfully address himself to "Mr. President." Upon being recognized by the President, he shall make the following announcement: "I ask leave to introduce a bill.” The bill shall then be sent by the messenger to the chief clerk, who shall immediately proceed tho read the same at length, and the President shall announce “The first reading of the bill," and shall refer the same to some appropriate standing committee, but the Senate may, on motion, direct to what committee any matter shall be referred, in case objection shall be made to the commitment by the President; providde, that after the first reading all bills shall be considered as having been referred to the joint committee on printing for the purpose of being printed only, without any motion to that effect.
PLACED ON GENERAL FILE AND CONSIDERED IN
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.
15. After a bill has been reported back to the Senate by the committee to whom the same was referred, it shall be placed on the general file, and in its regular order and at the proper time it shall be taken up and considered by the Senate in the committee of the whole, and after the committee rise and report the bill shall lay over one day before it shall be read the second time.
ENGROSSED AND READ A THIRD TIME.
16. The final question upon the second reading of every bill, resolution or other paper, originating in the Senate and requiring three readings previous to being passed, shall be: “Shall the bill be engrossed and read a third time?” on every such bill, or paper originating in the House, the question shall be: “Shall the bill be read a third time?" And unless objections be made thereto, the President may so order in cach of 'said cases.
QUESTION ON PASSAGE OF BILLS. 17. Upon a third reading of a bill, the question shall be stated thus: This bill (naming it by number and title) having been read three times, the question is: "Shall the bill
YEAS AND NAYS TO BE TAKEN: · 18. On the passage of all bills, joint resolutions, and memorials the yeas and nays shall be taken.
CANNOT VOTE AFTER DECISION.
19. When the yeas and nays shall be taken on any question, in pursuance of the above rule, no member shall be per