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RULES AND ORDERS

OF THE

ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK.

ADOPTED JANUARY 15, 1868.

CHAPTER I.

Powers and duties of Speaker.

RULE 1. To take the chair, call to order, and, if a quorum be present, proceed to business.

RULE 2. To preserve order, decide questions of order subject to appeal, appoint committees, except where otherwise ordered, suostitute any member to perform duties of chair, certify passage of bills, and designate reporters.

CHAPTER II.

Order of Business.

RULE 3. Reading and correction of journal; order of business not to be departed from, except, &c.; messages from governor or senate, communications from state officers, and reports from certain committees, may be received at any time.

CHAPTER III.

Rights and Duties of Members.

RULE 4. Petitions, memorials, &c., how presented.

RULE 5.

bill.

RULE 6.

Duties of, when presenting petition, resolution, report or

When to vote; what deemed bar of the house. RULE 7. Duty of, when requesting to be excused.

CHAPTER IV.

Order and Decorum.

RULE S. Member to address speaker, and be recognized by him before proceeding in debate, &c.

RULE 9. Private discourse forbidden while member is speaking.

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RULE 10. Member not to speak or leave his place while question is being put.

RULE 11. Members to keep seats until speaker declares house adjourned.

CHAPTER V.

Order in Debate.

RULE 12. No member to speak more than once, &c., without leave. RULE 13. When member may be called to order; to take his seat, except, &c.

RULE 14. Priority of business to be decided without debate.

CHAPTER VI.

Of Committees and their Duties.

RULE 15. Standing committees to consist of five members; list of committees.

RULE 16. To inquire into matters and report.

RULE 17. Ways and means; to examine into departments of gov ernment with a view to retrenchment.

RULE 18. On two-thirds and three-fifths bills; to examine and report before final vote is taken.

RULE 19. On engrossed bills; to examine and report all bills before final vote is taken.

RULE 20. On public printing; to examine and report on all ques tions relating to public printing.

RULE 21. On expenditures of house and executive department; to inquire as to proper application of moneys, vouchers, &c.

RULE 22. On claims; petitions, &c., for canal damages to be refer red to, when not to be considered.

RULE 23. Certain papers on files of house not to be taken therefrom, unless, &c.

CHAPTER VII.

General Orders and Special Orders.

RULE 24. General orders; of what to consist; titles to be recorded in calendar.

RULE 25. General orders; business of, how taken up.

RULE 26. General orders; Tuesdays and Thursdays to be set apart for consideration of.

RULE 27. General orders; members to be furnished daily with printed list of.

RULE 28. Special order, assent of two-thirds necessary; no more

than three bills may be made a, for the same day; may not be postponed or rescinded, except, &c.

CHAPTER VIII.

Of the Committee of the Whole.

RULE 29. Rules to be observed in.

RULE 30.

Motion to rise and report progress always in order; to

be decided without debate.

RULE 31. Bills; how considered in; amendments.

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RULE 36. From senate, with accompanying documents, to be referred.

RULE 37. After second reading to be referred to committee after having been twice read; committee may report without amendment or adversely, proceedings after report, when not to go upon general orders.

RULE 38. When reported by committee of the whole, amendments; when considered as rejected.

RULE 39. To receive three separate readings.

RULE 40. Not to be ordered to a third reading until considered in committee of the whole, except, &c.; sub-committee of the whole, powers and government of; sub-committee of the whole to take no action on any bill except at a regular meeting of the committee.

RULE 41. Order in which to be engrossed.

RULE 42. Not to be put on final reading until correctly engrossed and printed, unless, &c.

RULE 43. Third reading; order of; question on final passage, when to be taken.

RULE 44. Reconsideration; what vote necessary.

RULE 45. Clerk to keep register.

CHAPTER X.

Motions and their Precedence.

RULE 46. When question is under consideration, no motion may be received except, &c.

RULE 47. Motion to adjourn, to be decided without debate.

RULE 48. Motions to be first stated by speaker; when to be reduced to writing.

RULE 49. When motion deemed in possession of the house; when may be withdrawn.

RULE 50. Motion to adjourn or take a recess always in order.

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RULE 52. Certain, to lay over one day.

RULE 53. Referring to printing extra copies, &c., to be referred to committee on public printing.

RULE 54. Calling for or leading to expenditures, to be referred.

CHAPTER XII.

Previous Question.

RULE 55. How put; to preclude amendments or debate; "main question;" amendments.

CHAPTER XIII.

Of the Assembly Chamber, and the privileges of Admission to the Floor

thereof.

RULE 56. Use of, may be granted to state agricultural and other societies; application not to be entertained without unanimous consent.

RULE 57. Who may be admitted to floor of house.

RULE 58.

CHAPTER XIV.

Miscellaneous Provisions.

Proceedings in absence of quorum.
RULE 59. When questions deemed lost.
RULE 60. When questions to be divided.

RULE 61. Where a bill, motion, &c., is entered on journal, name of member also to be entered.

RULE 62. Yeas and nays, when may be taken.

RULE 63. Journal to be printed and laid on table within two days after approval.

RULE 64. Reporters; clerk to issue orders for stationery to; when clerk to issue order.

RULE 65. Standing rules may not be suspended or rescinded, except on notice; notice of suspension, what to contain.

RULE 66. Certain committees may appoint clerks; compensation of clerks.

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Of the Powers and Duties of the Speaker. RULE 1. The speaker shall take the chair each day at the hour to which the house shall have adjourned. He shall call to order, and, except in the absence of a quorum, shall proceed to business in the manner prescribed by these rules.

RULE 2. He shall possess the powers and perform the duties herein prescribed, viz.:

1. He shall preserve order and decorum.

2. He shall decide all questions of order, subject to appeal to the house. On every appeal he shall have the right, in lis place, to assign his reasons for his decision.

3. He shall appoint all committees, except where the house shall otherwise order.

4. He may substitute any member to perform the duties of the chair for a period not exceeding two consecutive legislative days, but for no longer period, except by special consent of the house.

5. When the house shall be ready to go into committee of the whole, he shall name a chairman to preside therein.

6. He shall certify the passage of all bills by the house, with the date thereof, together with the fact whether passed as a majority, three-fifths or two-thirds bills, as required either by the constitution or laws of this state.

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7. He shall designate the persons who shall act as reporters for the public press, not exceeding eighteen in number. 'Such reporters, so appointed, shall be entitled to such seats as the speaker shall designate, and shall have the right to pass to and from such seats in entering and leaving the assembly chamber.

CHAPTER II.

Of the Order of Business.

RULE 3. The first business of each day's session shall be

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