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All resolutions to grant money out of the contingent sund, or any other fund, or requiring the approval and signature of the Governor, shall be introduced and disposed of in a similar manner to bills.

THREE READINGS. 21. Every bill shall receive three several readings, previious to being passed, and the President shall give notice at each reading, whether it be the first, second or third reading, which reading


be on three- .several days, unless the Senate' otherwise directs by twothirds vote. The President may direct that a bill be read by title only when on the first and second readings unless otherwise ordered by the Senate.



22. After the third reading of a bill or resolution no amenciment shall be in order, except to fill blanks, without the unanimous consent of the Senate, provided always, that any bill or resolution may be recommitted at any time previous to passage and if any amendment be reported upon such commitment the bill or resolution shall be again considered by the Senate in Committee of the Whole and read the second time as before, after which the question for its engrossment and third reading shall be put to vote.

JOURNAL ENTRIES. 23. The title of bills and only such parts thereof as shall be affected by the proposed amendments shall be inserted in the Journal

AMENDMENTS. 24. No bill shall be amended until after it has been reported upon by a standing or select committee, or the Committee of the Whole.

MAY CALL FOR READING OF PAPERS. 25. When a reading of a paper is called for, it shall be read, unless the same is objected to by some member, in which case the question shall be determined by a vote of the Senate. and without debate or amendment.

ENGROSSMENT. 26. When any bill or joint resolution shall be ordered to be engrossed, the same shall be considered as having been referred to the Committee on Engrossment, who shall at once, without further order take charge of the bill or joint resolution and cause the same to be correctly engrossed.

PRIVILEGED REPORTS. 27. The committees on engrossment, enrollment and joint printing shall have leave to report at any time when the Senate is in session.

Business---How Conducted.

ADDRESSING THE PRESIDENT. 28. When any member is about to speak, or deliver any matter to the Senate, he shall rise from his seat and respectfully address himself to "Mr. President," and shall confine himself to the question under consideration and avoid personalities, and when he has finished he shall take his seat.


29. When two or more niembers shall arise at the same time tlre President'sliall name the person who is to speak first.


30. When a member is called to order while speaking, he shall forth with take his seat, until it shall be determined whether or not he is in order, except he be permitted to explain; and if a member be called to order for words spoken in debate, the exceptionable words shall be taken down in writing by the chief clerk, so that the President and Senate may be better able to judge of the matter.

31. A member rising to a point of order may be allowed five ninutes in which to state his grounds.


32. No member shall speak more than twice to the same question on the same day without leave of the Senate.

INTERRUPTION OF BUSINESS. 33. No motion shall be deemed in order to admit any person or persons whomsoever upon the floor of the Senate to present any petition, memorial or address, or to hear any such read.

34. No member shall speak to another or otherwise interrupt the business of the Senate, or read any newspaper while the journal or public papers are being read before the Senate, or when any member is speaking in any debate.

35. Smoking shall not be allowed in the Senate while the Senate is in session.


36. The proceedings of the Senate, when not acting as a committee of the whole, shall be entered on the journal as concisely as possible, care being taken to detail a true and accurate account of its proceedings; but every vote of the Senate shall be entered on thie journal and a brief reference to the contents of each petition, memorial or paper presentd in the Senate shall also be inserted in the journal.



No motion shall be debated until the same shall have been seconded, and stated by the chair. SHALL BE REDUCED TO WRITING IF DESIRED. 38.

All motions (except to adjourn, postpone or commit) shall be reduced to writing, if desired by the chair or any mem


WITHDRAWAL OF MOTION. 39. If no member objects, any motion under consideration may be withdrawn by the mover at any time before à decision, amendment or ordering of the yeas and nays, except a motion to reconsider, which shall not be' withdrawn without leave of the Senate.

WHEN QUESTION IS UNDER DEBATE. 40. When a question is being debated, no motion shall be receịved, except:

1. To adiourn.
2. To lay on the table.
3. For the previous question.
4. To postpone to a certain date.
5. To commit.
6. To amend.

7. To postpone indefinitely. And these several motions shall have precedence in the order in which they herein stand arranged.

MOTIONS TO COMMIT. 41. If it be proposed to refer the same subject to a committee of tl • whole, to a standing committee and to a select Committee, they shall be voted on in the order here given.

MOTIONS TO RECONSIDER. 42. When a question has been once determined, either in the attirmative or negative, it shall be in order for any member who voted on the prevailing side to give notice for a reconsideration thereof; but no motion for the reconsideration of any vote shall be in order after a bill, resolution, report, amendment or motion upon which the vote was taken shall have gone out of the possession of the Senate; nor shall any motion for reconsidesation be in order unless made on the same day on which the vote was taken or within the next succeeding day of actual session of the Senate thereafter And no such bill, resolution, message, report, amendment or motion shall be taken out of the possession of the Senate after such notice is given, until disposed of, but there shall be no reconsideration of a vote to indefinitely postpone.

CANNOT BE DEBATED. 43. A motion to adjourn shall always be in order; that, and a motion to lay on the table and for the previous question, shall be decided without debate.

THE PREVIOUS QUESTION. 44. Any member may move the previous question, and if it be seconded by three other members, the previous question shall be put in this form: “Shall the main question be now put?" The object of this motion is to bring the Senate to a vote on the pending question without further discussion, and if the motion fails, the discussion may proceed the same as if the motion had not been made; if carried, all debate shall cease, and the President shall immediately put the main question to votefirst on proposed amendments in their order, and then on the main question, without debate or further amendment; provided, that a motion to adjourn and a call of the Senate shall each be in order after the "previous question” has been sustained, and before the main question is put, but no other motion or call shall be in order, except to receive the report of the sergeant-at-arms, or to dispense with the proceedings under the call; and all motions and proceedings authorized by this rule shall be decided without debate, whether on appeal or otherwise.

Committee of the Whole.


45. The rules of the Senate shall be observed in the committee of the whole, so far as they may be applicable, except that the yeas and nays shall not be taken, nor the previous question allowed, and there shall be no limit to the number of speeches.


46. A motion that the committee rise shall always be in order, and shall be decided without debate.

MEMORIALS TO CONGRESS. 47. Memorials to Congress or to the President of the United States must be considered in committee of the whole before being adopted.

FILLING BLANKS. 48. In filling up blanks the largest sum and the longest time shall be put first.

DIVISION OF QUESTION. 49. Any member may call for a division of the question, which shall be divided if it comprehend propositions in sub stance so distinct that, one being taken away, a substantive proposition shall remain for the decision of the Senate. A motion to strike out and insert shall be deemed indivisible; but a motion to strike out being lost shall preclude neither amendment nor a motion to strike out and insert.

CALL FOR THE AYES AND NOES. 50. When a question is being taken, or about to be taken, it shall be competent for any two members to call for the ayes and noes, which shall be entered on the journal, and the names of the members shall be called in alphabetical order as printed on the slips for the use of the chief clerk.

SHALL VOTE UNLESS EXCUSED. 51. Every member shall vote who may be within the bar of the Senate, when the question is put, unless for special reasons he be exceused; but any member present within the bar of the Senate who refuses to vote on any question shall be placed on record as having voted in the affirmative. A motion to excuse a member from voting shall be made before the call of the ayes and noes is commenced, and any member wishing to be excused from voting may briefly and pertinently explain his reason therefor, but when the ayes and noes are being taken the call shall not be interrupted for any purpose whatever.


52. It shall be in order for any member or members to protest against the action of the Senate and have such protest entered briefly in the journal.

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