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Rule 4. The order of business, except on days and at times set apart for the consideration of special orders, shall be as follows, to wit:

1. The presentation of petitions.
2. Reports of standing committees.
3. Reports of select committees.
4. Messages from the Governor.
5. Communications from the State officers.
6. Messages from the Senate.
7. Original motions and resolutions.

8. Consideration of motions and resolutions offered on a previous day.

9. Introduction of bills.
10. Second reading and reference of bills.

11. Third reading of bills reported by the committee of the whole.

12. General orders of the day, consisting of bills ready to be considered in committee of the whole.

Of the Rights and Duties of Members. Rule 5. Petitions, memorials, and any other papers addressed to the House, shall be presented by a member in his place or by the Speaker.

Rule 6. Each member presenting a petition, memorial, bill or report of a committee, shall indorse the same with his name or the name of the committee, and a brief statement of its subject, which he shall read in his place.

Rule 7. Each member, within the bar of the House, when a question is stated by the Chair, shall vote thereon, unless he be excused by the House, or have a direct private interest in the question, in which case he shall not vote; and no member shall vote on any question, unless within the bar when his name is called, except it be otherwise ordered by the House.

Of Order and Decorum. Rule 8. Any member claiming the floor shall rise in his place and address the Speaker, and shall not proceed until recognized by him.

Rule 9, While a member is speaking, no other member shall entertain any private discourse or pass between him and the Chair.

Rule 10. While the Speaker is putting a question, or a count is being had, no member shall speak or leave his place.

Rule 11. When the House adjourns, the members and other officers shall keep their seats and places until the Speaker leaves the chair.

Of Order in Debuie. Rule 12. No member shall speak twice, to the same general ques. tion, without leave ; nor more than once in any case, uutil every member, desiring to speak, shall have had an opportunity to do so.

Rule 13. If any member, in speaking, transgress the rules of the House, the Speaker shall, or any member may, call him to order ; in which case the member so called to order shall inmediately take his seat and retain it, unless he rises to explain or proceed in order,

Rule 14. All questions relating to priority of business shall be decided without debate.

Rule 15. Standing committees, consisting of five members each, except of judiciary and railroads, which shall consist of seven members each, shall be appointed by the Speaker, on the following subjects ;

1. Judiciary 2. Ways and means. 3. Railroads. 4. Federal relations. 5. Banks and currency. 6. Corporations. 7. Internal improvements. 8. Public institutions. 9. Public lands. 10. Elections. 11. Militia. 12. Education. 13. Roads and highways. 14. Printing. 15. Fees and salaries. 16. Counties. 17. County lines and county seats. 18. Agriculture and manufactures. 19. Claims. 20. Accounts. 21. Engrossed bills. 22. Enrolled bills. 23. State library.

Rule 10. li shall he the duty of each committee to inquire into the matter indicated by its name, and to report thereon to the House any information and


bill or resolution which it may deem conducive to the publie good.

Rule 17. Bills that have been reported by a standing or select committees, shall constitute the general orders, and their titles shall be recorded in a calendar, prepared by the docket clerk, in the order in which they are reported from the committees.

Rule 18. The business of the general orders shall be taken up as follows: The clerk shall announce the title of each bill as it shall be reached in its order; whereupon it may be taken up on the call of any member, but if not so called, it shall lose its precedence until the entire calendar shall be called. Whenever five bills have thus been called consecutively, the House shall go into committee of the whole upon them without further order.

Rule 19. Each member shall be furnished with a copy of the daily calendar prepared by the docket clerk, which shall include the hills on third reading and the general orders.

Rule 20. Any natter may be made the special order for any particular time or day, hy the consent of two-thirds of the members voting

Rule 21. All general orders pertaining to the organization of new counties or the change of county lines or county seats, shall be the order of the day for Friday of each week, and on that day only; and on that day no other business shall be transacted until all such business is disposed of.

Of Committees of the Whole. Rule 22. The same rules shall be observed, in the committee of the whole, as in the House, so far as the same are applicable, except that the previous question shall not apply, nor shall the ayes and noes be taken.

Rule 23. A motion to rise and report progress shall be in order at any stage, and shall be decided without debate.

Rule 24. Bills and other matters shall be considered in committee of the whole in the following manner, viz: They shall first be read through, unless the committee shall otherwise order; and unless the committee shall then strike out the enacting clause, they shall be read and considered by sections, leaving the title to be last considered. All amendments, in their coherence, shall be reported to the House by the chairman.

Rule 25. If, at any time when in the committee of the whole House, it be aseertained that there is no quorum present the chairman shall immediately vacate the chair, and report the fact to the Speaker.

Of Bills. Rule 26. No bill shall be introduced, except as provided in rule 4, unless by unanimous consent.

Rule 27. Each bill, when introduced, shall be sent to the clerk, who shall read its title. This the Speaker shall announce as the first reading of the bill.

Rule, 28. Upon the next day it shall be read (by its title, unless five members shall demand its reading in full,) and be referred to the appropriate standing or to a select committee.

Rule 29. When reported favorably by the committee, it shall be printed, (if unfavorably reported upon by the committee it shall not be printed unless the House shall so direct,) and shall take its place on the calendar as a part of the general orders.

Rule 30. After being reported by the committee of the whole, if the bill is not rejected, it shall be engrossed for a third reading.

Rule 31. On the next or some subsequent day, it shall be read third time by sections, and put upon its final passage, without amendment.

Rule 32. Bills reported by the committee of the whole shall still be subject to debate before the question to engross is put; such amendments only shall be in order as were offered in the committee of the whole; and where a bill shall be reported, with the enacting clause stricken out, and the report shall be agreed to by the House, it shall be considered as rejected.

Rule 33. All bills shall be engrossed in the order in which they have been directed to be engrossed by the House.

Rule 34. The question upon the final passage of all bills shall be taken by ayes and noes.

Of Motions and their Precedence. Rule 35. 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 adjonrnment of the House.
2. For 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 commit to the committee of the whole. 8. To commit to a standing committee. 9. To commit to a select committee. 10. To amend.

Rule 36. The motion to adjourn, for a call of the House, 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 37. Every motion shall first be stated by the Speaker or read by the clerk before debate, and again immediately before putting the question; and every motion, except those specified in the 35th rule, shall be reduced to writing if the Speaker or any member desire it; Provided, That the motion to amend shall be reduced to writing if required by the Speaker.

Rule 38. When different sums are moved in filling blanks, the question shall first be put on the largest sum and the longest time.

Rule 39. The motion to adjourn shall always be in order.

Rule 40, 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; nor unless one of the majority 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.

Of Resolutions. Rule 41. The following class of resolutions shall lie over one day for consideration, after which they may be called up under their appropriate order of business :

1. All concurrent resolutions,

2. Resolutions containing calls for information on the executive department.

3. Resolutions giving rise to debate, except such as relate to the disposition of matter immediately before the House; such as relate to the business of the day on which they were offered, and such as relate to adjournments.

Rule 42. All resolutions for the printing of an extra number of any document, paper or bill, shall be referred as of course to the standing committee on printing, to consider and report thereon.

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