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The said sub-committee of the whole shall take no action upon any bill except at a regular meeting of the committee, a majority of the members thereof being present and necessary to constitute a quorum.
The yeas and nays shall be taken in said committee upon every proposition to report any bill to the house, and an affirmative vote of a majority of the committee shall be necessary for that purpose.
A journal shall be kept of the proceedings of the committee by the clerk thereof, including a record of the vote upon every proposition to report any bill, and shall be submitted to the house with every report that shall be made by such committee, and such report shall lie on the table one day and be printed.
The question of agreeing to said report shall not be taken until such report shall have been printed and placed upon the files of the members of the house.
The question of agreeing to such report shall be taken separately upon each bill so reported by such committee.
All amendments made to the bill by said committee shall be read to the house by the clerk previous to taking the vote upon such question of agreement.
Any bill so reported favorably by said committee may again be referred to the committee of the whole for consideration, upon the demand of forty-five members of the house, made at any time before the third reading of such bill is completed.
The clerk of the house shall act as the clerk of such committee.
RULE 41. All bills shall be engrossed in the order in which they have been directed by the house to be engrossed.
RULE 42. No bill originating in the assembly shall be put upon its third reading until it shall have been reported by the committee on engrossed bills as correctly engrossed.
Nor shall any bill be read the last time, unless it shall have been once printed, without the consent of two-thirds of the members present.
RULE 43. The third reading of bills shall take place in the order in which they have been ordered to a third reading, unless the house, by a vote of two-thirds of the members present, direct otherwise, or the bill to be read be laid on the table. And the question on the final passage of every bill shall be taken immediately after such third reading, and without debate.
RULE 44. The same vote that would be required to pass any bill shall be requisite to carry a reconsideration thereof. But the final vote upon the passage of any bill creating, continuing, or renewing any incorporation otherwise than municipal, shall not be reconsidered whenever such bill shall be rejected on its last reading.
RULE 45. A register shall be kept, by the clerk, of all bills introduced in the house, or transmitted for concurrence from the senate, in which shall be recorded, under appropriate heads, the progress of all such bills, from the date of their introduction to the time of their transmission, if assembly bills, to the governor, or, if senate bills, their return to the
On Motions and their Precedence.
RULE 46. When a question shall be under consideration, no motion shall be received except as herein specified, which motions shall have precedence in the order stated, viz. :
1. For an adjournment of the house.
2. A call of the house.
3. For the previous question.
4. To lay on the table.
5. To postpone indefinitely.
6. To postpone to a certain day.
7. To go into committee of the whole on the pending subject immediately.
8. To commit to a committee of the whole.
9. To commit to a standing committee.
10. To commit to a select committee.
11. To amend.
RULE 47. The motion to adjourn for the day and to lay on the table shall be decided without amendment or debate. The several motions to postpone or commit shall preclude all debate of the main question.
RULE 48. Every motion or resolution shall be first stated by the speaker, or read by the clerk, before debate and immediately before putting the question. And every motion, except those specified in subdivisions one to ten inclusive, of the forty-sixth rule, shall be reduced to writing, if the speaker or any member desire it.
RULE 49. After a motion shall be stated by the speaker, it shall be deemed in the possession of the house, but may be withdrawn at any time before it shall be decided or amended.
RULE 50. The motion to adjourn and to take a recess for the day shall always be in order.
RULE 51. No motion for reconsideration of any vote shall be in order unless on the same day or the following legislative day to that on which the decision proposed to be reconsidered took place, except bills returned by the governor for correction; nor unless one of the majority present and voting thereon shall move such reconsideration. A motion for reconsideration being put and lost shall not be renewed; nor shall any subject or vote be a second time reconsidered without unanimous consent.
RULE 52. The following classes of resolutions shall lie over
one day for consideration, after which they may be called up as of course, under their appropriate order of business:
1. All concurrent resolutions.
2. Resolutions containing calls for information on the
3. Resolutions giving rise to debate, except such as relate to the disposition of matters immediately before the house, such as relate to the business of the day on which they are offered, and such as relate to adjournments or taking a recess for the day.
RULE 53. The clerk of the house shall furnish the comptroller with a copy of every resolution not rejected by the house, as hereinafter provided, for the printing of an extra number of copies of any bill, document, book, or paper covered by his contract for the public printing, or of any matter not included therein. And such resolution shall lie on the table until the comptroller shall report the cost of the work proposed to be printed; and the resolution, with the statement of the cost, shall then be referred to the printing committee to consider and report thereon, to which report of said committee shall be appended the said communication of the comptroller. And upon the presentation of any resolution for extra printing the question shall be: 'Shall this resolution go to the comptroller?" and a vote of the house in the negative shall be considered as rejecting the resolution in question.
RULE 54. All other resolutions calling for or leading to expenditures for the uses of the legislature, shall be referred to and reported on by the committee on the expenditures of the house, unless the house shall designate some other committee.
Of the Previous Question.
RULE 55. The "previous question " shall. be as follows: "Shall the main question be now put?" and until it is decided
shall preclude all amendments or debate. When, on taking the previous question, the house shall decide that the main question shall not now be put, the main question shall be considered as still remaining under debate. The "main question" shall be on the passage of the bill, resolution, or other matter under consideration; but when amendments are pending, the question shall first be taken upon such amendments in their order; and when amendments have been adopted in committee of the whole, and not acted on in the house, the question shall be taken upon such amendments in like order; and, if the previous question has been ordered, without further debate or amendment.
Of the Assembly Chamber and the Privileges of Admission to the Floor thereof.
RULE 56. The use of the assembly chamber may be granted to the state agricultural society, the state medical society, and such other societies as are required by law to report to the legislature. No application for the use of the chamber for any other purpose shall be entertained without the unanimous consent of the house.
RULE 57. The following classes of persons, and no others, may be admitted to the floor of the house during the session thereof, viz. :
1. The governor and lieutenant-governor.
2. The members of the senate.
3. The state officers.
4. The regents of the university.
5. Persons in the exercise of an official duty.
6. The reporters for the press. (See subdivision 7 of rule 2). 7. Ex-speakers of the assembly.
RULE 58. In all cases of the absence of a quorum during