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JOINT RULES

OF THE

SENATE AND ASSEMBLY.

[ADOPTED 1876.]

RULE 1. Papers to be transmitted.
RULE 2. Bills rejected.
RULE 3. Messages delivered by the clerks.
RULE 4. Amendments.
RULE 5. In case of difference, committees to be app ted.
RULE 6. Matters of difference, how settled.
RULE 7. Bills, when deemed lost.
RULE 8. Joint committee.
RULE 9. Final reading of bills.
RULE 10. No bill shall create more than one incorporation.

RULE 11. Election of officers to be certified and reported by presiding officer.

RULE 12. Usual number of bills and documents to be printed.
RULE 13. Printing or purchase of books.
RULE 14. Documents ordered by both houses.
RULE 15. Distribution of documents.
RULE 16. Sup't., of Documents to receive printed matter.
RULE 17. Distribution of the bills and documents when printed,
RULE 18. Joint committee on state library.
RULE 19. Supply bill.

RULE 20. Bills introduced after 15th March not to take prece dence of bill previously introduced.

RULE 21. Bills lost in both houses not again introduced during the session.

RULE 22. Regulations for weighing, stamping and transmitting mail-matter.

RULE 1. Each house shall transmit to the other all papers on which any bill or resolution shall be founded.

RULE 2. When a bill or resolution which shall have passed in one house shall be rejected in the other, notice thereof shall be given to the house in which the same may have passed. .

RULE 3. Messages from one house to the other shall be communicated by their clerks respectively, unless the house transmitting the message shall specially direct otherwise.

RULE 4. It shall be in the power of either house to amend any amendment made by the other to any bill or resolution.

RULE 5. In every case of difference between the two houses, upon any subject of legislation, either house may request a conference, and appoint a committee for that purpose, and the other shall also appoint a committee to confer. The committee shall meet at such hour and place as shall be appointed by the chairman of the committee on the part of the house requesting such conference. The conferees shall state to each other verbally, or in writing, as either shall choose, the reasons of their respective houses, and confer freely thereon. The committee shall report in writing, and shall be authorized to report such modifications or amendments as they think advisable. But no committee on conference shall consider or report on any matters except those directly at issue be:ween the two houses. The papers shall be left with the conferees of the house assenting to such conference, and they shall present the report of the committee to their house. When such house shall have acted thereon, they shall transmit the same, and the papers relating thereto, to the other, with a message certifying its action thereon. Every report of a committee of conference shall be read through, in each house, before a vote is taken on the same.

RULE 6. It shall be in order for either house to recede from any subject matter of difference exsisting between the two houses at any time previous to conference, whether

the papers on which such difference arose are before the house receding, formally or informally; and on such vote to recede, the same number shall be required to constitute a quorum to act thereon, and to assent to such receding, as was required on the original question out of which the difference arose.

RULE 7. After each house shall have adhered to their disagreement, the bill which is the subject of difference shall be deemed lost, and shall not again be revived during the same session in either house.

RULE 8. All joint committees of the two houses, and all committees of conference, shall consist of three senators and five members of assembly, unless otherwise specially ordered by concurrent resolution.

RULE 9. No bill which shall have passed one house shall have its final reading in the other in less than two days thereafter, without the consent of two-thirds of the mem. bers thereof present; and whenever ten or more bills shall be in readiness for final reading in either house, such house shall forthwith proceed to the final readingof such bills, under the order of “third reading of bills, and continue the same from day to day, until all such bills then in readiness for final reading shall have been read, unless thie order of business shall, by the vote of two-thirds of the members present, be suspended or laid on the table. All such bills shall have their last reading in each house in the order in which the same shall have been ordered to a final reading in such house, unless the bill to be read be laid on the table. In all cases where a bill shall be so ordered to lie on the table, it shall retain its place in the order of the final reading of bills, but shall not be called up for con. sideration uuless by a vote of a majority of the members present.

RULE 10. The same bill shall not, specially or by name, create, renew or continue more than one incorporation, nos

contain any provisions in relation to the altering of moro than one incorporation by name; but this rule shall not be construed to apply to corporations to be formed under general laws according to the eighth article of the constitution, nor to bills for consolidating corporations. After any bill has been reported by a committee, no amendment shall be made thereto which introduces an entirely new and different subject-matter from the subject-matter of the bill reported.

RULE 11. Whenever there shall be an election of officers by the joint action of the two houses, the result shall be certified by the president of the senate and speaker of the assembly, and shall be reported by the presiding officer of each house to their respective houses, and be entered on the journals of each, and shall be communicated to the Gov. ernor by the clerks of the two houses.

RULE 12. There shall be printed, of course, and without order, 639 copies of all original bills reported by committees of either house; and 800 copies of all messages from the Governor (except messages certifying his approval of bills), all reports of standing or select committees, and all reports or communications made in pursuance of law; and 796 copies of the journal of 'each house, which number shall be denominated the usual number.

RULE 13. Neither house shall order the printing or pur. chasing of books for the use of members or for distribu. tion, except by joint resolution, upon which the ayes and noes shall be called, and which must receive the votes of a majority of each house; and no printing shall be done by order of either house, which is not embraced in the contract for doing the public printing. Whenever either house shall order more than the usual number of any message or document, the fact shall be communicated immediately by message to the other. Whenever extra copies of any document or publication of any kind shall be ordered printed, the printer shall be authorized and required to deliver to the trustees of the State library at least five copies in addi. tion to the number so ordered, for the use of the said library, and whenever more than five hundred copies are so ordered, the printer shall in like manner furnish five additional copies for each five hundred for the purpose of literary exchanges.

RULE 14. When the same document shall by separate orders be directed to be printed by both houses, it shall be regarded as but one order, unless otherwise expressly directed by either house.

RULE 15. In the distribution of documents, the Governor and elective State officers and State officers appointed by the Governor and senate or elected by joint or concurrent action of the two houses, adjutant-general, and the clerks of the two houses, shall each have the same number as each of the members; and a specified number may be added for any committee, officer, or author of a document.

RULE 16. The superintendent of documents of each house shall receive from the printer all matter ordered by the respective houses, and shall keep a book and enter therein the time of reception by him of every such bill or document, and the number of copies received, and shall cause each and any of such bill or document to be imme. diately placed on the desks of the members.

RULE 17. There shall be printed six hundred and thirtynine bills, and distributed as follows: To the senate...

150 copies. To the assembly.

450 copies. To the State officers

28 copies. To the State library.

1 copy. Retained to bind....

10 copies. There shall be printed three hundred and ten messages and documents, and distributed as follows: To the senate.

80 copies To the assembly.

199 copies

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