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RULES OF THE SENATE, 1903.

ORDER OF DAILY BUSINESS

After calling the Senate to order the following order shall govern:

1, Prayer by the chaplain.

2.

Calling the roll.

3. Reading and approval of the Journal.

4.

5.

Unfinished business.

Presentation of petitions and communications.

6. Reports of standing committees

7.

Reports of select committees.

8. Motions and resolutions.

9.

10.

11.

12.

Introduction of bills, joint resolutions and memorials.

Consideration of messages from the House.

First reading of Senate bills, joint resolutions and memorials.

Second reading of the same.

13. Third reading of the same.

14. First reading of House bills, joint resolutions and

15.

16.

17.

1.

memorials.

Second reading of the same

Third reading of the same

Consideration of general orders.

RULES.

The President shall take the chair at 2 o'clock p. m.,. or the hour to which the Senate was adjourned, and call the Senate to order, and if a quorum be present he shall direct the Journal of the preceding day to be read and mistakes or omissions, if any, corrected. He shall preserve order and decorum, and decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Senate.

2. Seven members may have a call of the Senate, and compel the attendance of absent members, until the call be dispensed with by a constitutional majority.

3. Questions shall be put in this form: "As many as are of the opinion that (as the case may be) say aye,” and after the affirmative voice is expressed. "As many as are of the contrary opinion say no." If the President doubt, or a division be called for, the Serate shall divide; those in

the affirmative of the question shall arise from their seats, and afterwards those in the negative.

4. All motions, except to adjourn, postpone or commit shall be reduced to writing if required by any member of the Senate. Any motion may be withdrawn by consent of

the Senate.

5. No member shall interrupt the business of the Senate while the Journal is being read, or when any member is speaking in debate, except on questions of privilege.

6. Every member present, when the question is put, shall vote, unless he shall, for a special cause be excused by a two-thirds vote of the Senate present; but no member shall vote on any question in which he is directly or personally interested, or any case where Le was not present when the question was put.

7. When any member is about to speak in debate, or debate on any matter in the Senate, he shall rise from his seat and respectfully address himself to "Mr. President" and shall stand in his place until recognized by the chair, and shall confine himself to the question under debate, and avoid personalities and the implication of improper motives.

8. When a question is under debate no motion shall be received except to adjourn, to lay on the table, to move for the previous question, to move to postpone to a day certain, to commit or amend, to postpone indefinitely—which several motions shall have precedence in the order in which they are named, and no motion to postpone to a day certain, to commit, to postpone indefinitely, having been decided, shall be entertained on the same day and at the same stage of the bill or proposition.

9. When two members rise the President shall name the member to speak. No member shall speak more than twice on the same subject, without leave of the Senate, nor more than once until every member choosing to speak on the subject pending shall have spoken, nor shall any member occupy more than ten minutes at the first time, nor more than five minutes at the second time, without unanimous consent of the Senate; but in all cases the member who shall first address the chair shall speak first.

10. If any member, in speaking or otherwise, transgress the rules of the Senate, the presiding officer shall, or any member may, call him to order, and when a member shall be called to order by the President or a member of the Senate, he shall sit down, and shall not proceed without the leave of the Senate.

11. Every question of order shall be decided by the President, subject to an appeal to the Senate, and the President may call for a sense of the Senate on any question of order.

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12. If any member be called to order by another member for words spoken the words excepted to shall immediately be taken down in writing, that the Senate may be better able to judge of the matter.

13. A motion to adjourn and to lay on the table shall be decided without debate.

14. Any member may call for a division of the question, which shall be divided if it comprehends propositions in substance so distinct, that on being taken away a substantive proposition shall remain for the decision of the Senate. A motion to strike out and insert shall be deemed divisible; but a motion to strike out being lost, shall preclude neither amendments nor motions to strike out and insert.

15. No motion shall be debated until the same shall be seconded and stated by the President.

16. When the reading of a paper is called for and the same is objected to by any member, it shall be determined by the Senate.

17. The unfinished business in which the Senate was engaged at the last preceding adjournment, shall have the preference in the special order of the day.

18. Every bill and joint resolution shall be introduced on the report of a committee, or on a call for bills and joint resolutions, or by a motion for leave, unless objected to by one member of the Senate, which shall carry it over for one day; and such objection may be made at any time on or before the first reading is completed.

19. Every bill shall be read three several times but the first and second readings, and those only, may be upon the same day; and a second reading may be by title of the bill, unless a reading at length be demanded. The first and third reading shall be at length.

20. The first reading of a bill shall he for information, and the bill shall be presented and go to its second reading without further question.

21. Upon the second reading of a bill or joint resolution, the President shall refer it to its appropriate committee, unless the Senate, upon motion, decide to refer the same to a select or other standing committee, or to committee of the whole Senate; if to committee of the whole Senate, then it shall come up for consideration under the general order of the next day, unless otherwise ordered by the Senate.

22. No bill or joint resolution shall be committed or amended until it shall have been twice read; nor shall any such bill or joint resolution have its third reading and be put upon its final passage until at least one day after the same has been reported to the Senate by the committee to which the same has been referred; provided, that any bill

or joint resolution may have its third reading and be put upon its final passage on the day the same is reported back, when so ordered by two-thirds of the members of the Senate present.

23. On the third reading of every bill or resolution, any amendment may be received and it may be recommitted at any time previous to its final passage.

24. No bill shall be revised or amended, nor the provisions thereof extended or incorporated in any other bill by reference to its title only, but so much thereof as is revised, amended or extended or so incorporated, shall be re-enacted and published at length.

25. No bill shall become a law except by a vote of the majority of the members-elect in each house, nor unless on its final passage, the vote be taken by yeas and nays, and the names of those voting be entered on the Journal.

26. The presiding officer shall, in the presence of the Senate, sign all bills and joint resolutions passed by the Sonate. Immediately before such signing their title shall be publicly read, and the fact of signing shall be at once entered on the Journal.

27. No bills for the appropriation of money, except for the expenses of the government, shall be introduced after the fortieth day of the session, except by unanimous consent of the Senate.

28. In filling blanks the largest sum and longest time shall be first put. When a motion or question has been decided in the negative or affirmative, any member having voted with the prevailing side may move a reconsideration on the same or following day, but when a motion to reconsider is laid on the table, a motion to reconsider cannot again be made.

29. Before acting on executive business the Senate chamber shall be cleared, by the direction of the President of all persons except members, the chief clerk and sergeantat-arms to be sworn.

30. No standing rule or order of the Senate shall be reconsidered or suspended, except by a vote of two-thirds of the members-elect, and no motion to suspend the rules and pass a bill shall be entertained except by unanimous consent, unless the bill has first been printed and considered by a committee.

31. The rules of parliamentary practice comprised in "Reed's Parliamentary Rules" shall govern the Senate in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the standing rules and order of the Senate, and the joint rules of the Senate and House of Representatives.

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32. When the ayes and nays shall be called for by onesixth of the members present, each member called upon shall, unless for special reasons he be excused by the Senate, declare openly and without debate, his assent or dissent to the question. In taking the ayes and nays upon the call of the house, the names of the members shall be taken alphabetically.

33. In the absence of the President of the Senate, or his refusal to act, the President pro tempore shall exercise all rights and prerogatives of the President for the time being.

34. All bills and joint resolutions, after the first and before the second reading, shall be printed, unless otherwise ordered by the Senate.

35. There shall be appointed by the president of the senate the following standing committees:

On judiciary to consist of fifteen members.
On education to consist of nine members.
On elections to consist of nine members.

On appropriations to consist of fifteen members.
On railroads to consist of thirteen members.
On state affairs to consist of nine members.
On public lands to consist of nine members

On ways and means to consist of nine members.
On agriculture to consist of seven members.

On warehousing, grain and grain grading to consist of eleven members.

On counties to consist of nire members.

On engrossed and enrolled bills to consist of five members.

On banks and banking to consist of nine members.

On cities and municipal corporations to consist of seven members.

On Indian affairs to consist of five members.

On statistics to consist of five members.

On federal relations to consist of seven members
On insurance to consist of seven members.
On public health to consist of five members.
On public printing to consist of five members.
On temperance to consist of nine members.

On mines and minerals to consist of seven members.

On rules to consist of seven members.

On immigration to consist of five members.

On highways, bridges and ferries to consist of seven members.

On irrigation to consist of seven members.

On apportionment to consist of eleven members.

On corporations other than municipal to consist of seven members.

On military affairs to consist of seven members.

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