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INDEX TO RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTA-
ABSENCE, leave of,
on Mondays and Fridays,
when not to be read,
BAR OF THE HOUSE, when to be closed,
peddling within, prohibited,
persons in contempt to be removed without,
calendar of, on first, second and third reading,
yeas and nays on,
on first, second and third reading,
resident clerk shall prepare,
consideration of bills on second reading in,
papers may be called for by,
appointment of standing, select and conference, hy Speaker,
standing. list of,
until purged therefrom member to be removed without the bar of the House,
DEBATES, et cetera, relative to,
previous question to cut of,
be placed on,
bar of, when closed,
names of members presenting petitions to be entered on,
manner of, in addressing House,
not permitted to record votes in certain cases.
form of putting question on,
NEGATIVE recommendation, bills reported with, how disposed of,
division of. may be called for,
reconsideration of vote on,
RECONSIDER, motion to, when permitted,
to be in writing,
amending Constitution to be read on three different days,
when read to lie over for printing,
verification of the,
Mr. Speaker to be called last,
motions to alter,
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Senate amendments, consideration of,
printed copies of, amendments to be furnished members,
information to be given to,
duties required of,
a copy of, to be delivered to each member at commenceinent of session,
appoints chairman committee of the whole,
substitution of, pro tempore,
TRANSCRIBING CLERKS, no person to enter room of,
reasons for, to be entered on Journal,
membere not permitted to record, in certain cases,
WRITING, all motions and amendments in, to he in Ink,
YEAS AND NAYS, entering of, on Journal,
on final passage, to be taken,
RULES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
DUTIES OF THE SPEAKER.
TAKING THE CHAIR.
1. He shall take the chair at the hour to which the House shall have been adjourned, and immediately call the members to order, and on the appearance of a quorum, shall cause the Journal of the preceding day to be read, which may then be worrected by the House.
ORDER AND DECORUM. 2. He shall preserve order and decorum, and, in debate, shall prerent personal reflections, and confine members to the question under discussion. When two or more members rise at the same time, he shall name the one entitled to the tioor.
QUESTIONS OF ORDER-QUESTIONS OF ORDER TO BE REPORTED. 3. He shall decide all questions of order. An appeal from his decision shall be made by two members, or the Speaker may, in the first instance, submit the question to the House.
All ques. tions of order involving the determination of constitutional law, shall be submitted to the House on the request of five members. On question of order, there shall be no debate, except on an appeal from the decision of the Speaker, or on reference of & question by him to the House, when no member shall speak more than once, unless by leave of the House. All decisions upon the questions of order shall be noted by the clerk, and placed at the end of the Journal of each session, with reference to the decisions as stated in the Journal.
BEHAVIOR OF MEMBERS. While the Speaker is putting the question, or addressing the House, nona shall walk out of or across the House ; nor in such case, or when a member is speaking, shall entertain private discourse; nor while a member is speaking, shall pass between him and the Chair.
APPOINTMENT OF STANDING, SELECT AND CONFERENCE COMMITTEES. 5. The Speaker shall appoint the members of standing, select and conference committees unless otherwise ordered by the House. All conterence committees shall be conposed of members who vote in the majority on the point or points of difference ; but the committee shall not have power to control over any part of the bill, resolution or order except parts as to which a difference existe between the House and the Senate.
SIGNATURE OF SPEAKER,
6. All acts, addresses, and joint resolutions shall be signed by the Speaker in the presence of the House, after their titles have been publiciy read immediately before signing, and the fact of bigning shall be entered upon the Journal; and writs, warrants, and subpoenas, issued by the House, shall be signed by him, and attested by the clerk.
CARE OF THE HALL-SUBSTITUTION. 7. He shall have a general direction of the hall. He may name a member to perform the duties of the chair, but such substitution shall not extend beyond an adjournment, except when the Speaker obtaine leave of absence, in which case he may depute a member as Speaker pro tempore during such leare, which shall not exceed ten days.
ORDER OF BUSINESS.
8. After the reading of the Journal each day, the order of business shall be as follows:
First-Report by the Speaker of his reference to Committees of bills, letters, petitions, memorials, remonstrances and accompanying docunents.
REPORTS OF COMMITTEES.
Second-Reports of standing and select committees may be made. (List is here called over.)
When the regular orders prescribed for any day shall be gone through, the following shall be the order of business :
First-Bills on third reading and final passage.
MANNER OF PRESENTING PETITIONS. 9. Letters, petitions, memorials and accompanying documents shall be filed with the Chief Clerk to be by him handed to the Speaker for reference to appropriate committees. A member filing such petition or other papers shall endorse thereon the general purport thereof and his naine and the district he represents, and upon the reference thereof, the Speaker shall announce said nane and title, which shall be entered upon the Journal.
INTRODUCTION OF BILLS. 10. Bills shall be introduced by filing with the Chief Clerk, to be by him haniled to the Speaker for reference to appropriate committees and report at the session following the day of presentation
OF BUSINESS AND DEBATES.
MOTIONS, ET CETERA. 11. No member shall be permitted to make a motion, or address the Speaker, unless such member be at his own desk.
MANNER OF ADDRESSING THE HOUSE. 12. When a member is about to speak in debate, or to communicate any matter to the Hous, he shall rise, and respectfully address himself to "Mr. Speaker," confining his remarks to the subject before the House, and avoiding personal reflections.
TRANSGRESSION OF THE RULES OF THE HOUSE. 13. It any member in debate transgress the rules of the House, the Speaker shall, or any member may through the Speaker, call him to order, the member so called to order shall imme diately sit down, unless perunitted by the House to explain; the House shall, if appealed to, decide on the case, but without debate; if there be no appeal, the decision of the Speaker shall be submitted to, and if the case require it, the member so called to order shall be liable to the censure of the House,
ORDER OF SPEAKING.
No member shall speak more than twice on the same subject, without leare of the House
NOT TO BE INTERRUPTED-NOR NAMED. 15. No member, when speaking, shall be interrupted, except by a call to order by the Speaker, or by a member through the Speaker, or by a member to explain, or by a motion for the previsus question; nor shall any member be referred to by name in debate, unless for transgression of the rules of the House, and then by the Speaker only.
FORM OF PUTTING QUESTIONS.
16. All motions made and seconded shall be repeated by the Speaker, who shall put the question distinctly, in the following form, viz:
"As many as are of the opinion (as the question may be), say Aye." And after the affirmative is expressed, "As many as are of the contrary opinion say No."
DIVISION OF THE HOUSE.
But the Speaker, or any member, may call for a division of the House, when the Speaker shell again put the question distinctly and in the following manner, viz:
"As many as are in the affirinative (as the question may be), will rise." He shall put the opposite side of the question : "As many as are in the negative will rise."
MOTIONS IN WRITING. 17.
If the Speaker, or any two members, require it, all motions and amendments shall be written in ink.
MAY BE WITHDRAWN. Such motions or amendments may be withdrawn by the mover and seconder before amenderat or decision, and, if withdrawn, the proceedings had thereon shall be expunged from the Journal.
DIVISION OF QUESTION—MOTION TO STRIKE OUT AND INSERT INDIVISIBLE. 18. Any member may call for the division of a question, which shall be divided, if it comprehends questions so distinct, that one being taken away. the rest may stand entire for the dela of the House. 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.