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If any member, in speaking or otherwise, transgress the rules of the House, the Speaker shall, or any other mem. ber may, call to order, in which case the member so called to order shall immediately sit down, unless permitted to explain, and the House shall, if appealed to, decide the same without debate. If the decision be in favor of the member called to order, he shall be at liberty to proceed; if otherwise, and the case require, he shall be liable to the censure of the House.
No member shall speak more than twice to the same question without permission from the House ; nor shall he speak the second time while the floor is claimed by a mem. ber who has not spoken to the question under consideration.
No member shall absent himself from the service of the House unless he have leave of absence, is sick, or unable to attend.
The yeas and nays shall be ordered on any question, on demand of a member, and when taken, and also on a divi. sion of the House, every member present, except the Speaker, shall vote, unless excused by the House; but no member shall be compelled to vote who was not present when the question was stated from the Chair; nor shall any one, in taking the yeas and nays, be permitted to vote, except by unanimous consent, who was not within the bar of the House when his name was called ; and when any member shall ask leave to vote, the Speaker shall propound to him the question: "Were you within the bar of the House when your name was called ?" Nor shall any member be permitted to vote on any question in which he is immediately or directly interested.
In all cases of ballot by the House, the Speaker shall vote; in other cases he shall not be required to vote, unless the House be equally divided, or unless his vote, if given to the minority, will make the division equal; and in case of such equal division the question shall be lost. And no member, or other person, shall visit or remain by the Clerk's table while the yeas and nays are being called, or the ballots are being counted.
No member in the minority, or who did not vote on any question, shall have a right to move a reconsideration thereof, nor shall a motion for reconsideration be in order, unless made before the close of the next day of actual session after that on which the vote was taken.
Every member, on presenting a resolution, shall state, shortly, the object of it, and be held responsible for the propriety of expression therein used.
Every motion shall be reduced to writing by the mover, if required by the Speaker, or any other member.
The Speaker shall have a right to call upon any member to discharge the duties of the Chair, whenever, from indisposition or other cause, he shall find it necessary tempo. rarily to retire from it; and when the House shall go into
Committee of the Whole, the chairman shall be named by the Speaker.
Sec. 19. All petitions shall be referred to a committee without reading, unless the reading be demanded by a member.
Sec. 20. The House baving once decided on any question, it shall not again be brought before the House by any mem. ber thereof, in any form whatever, during the same session.
Wben a motion shall be made for a call of the House, the call shall be ordered, if said motion is sustained by a majority of the members present.
No motion to amend the rules of the House shall be acted upon until it shall have been before the House at least twenty-four hours.
The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, the Treasurer, and Secretary of State, Auditor of Accounts, Secretary of Civil and Military Affairs, and members of the State Senate, Senators and Members of Congress, the Judges of the Supreme and Circuit Courts, the District Judge, Collector, Attorney, and Marshal of the United States, members of the Council of Censors, and such as have previously held those offices; the elergy, and such as may be introduced by a member, shall be admitted to seats on the floor of the House.
Counsel may be admitted to advocate any cause, if permitted by three fourths of the members present.
No bill shall pass the House until it shall have been read three several times, the last of which shall be at least twenty-four hours after the first reading, and the third reading of all bills of a public nature shall be ordered for some particular day.
No bill originating in the House shall be amended in the House after it has been read the third time, unless by unanimous consent; but it may be committed to a member for amendment.
All bills shall be read a second time by their titles only, unless the reading shall be demanded by a member; and all bills after the second reading, and all petitions, me. morials, remonstrances, resolutions and other papers, call. ing for legislative action (except such as have been reported by a committee), no objection being made, shall be referred by the Speaker to appropriate committees.
No bill for the charter, re-charter, or increase of capital of any bank, or for the alteration of county or town lines or the removal or alteration of shires, shall be entertained by the House, unless it is made to appear to the committee to which it may have been referred that the required notice has been given.
The subject matter of each and every bill shall be briefly indicated in the title by the mover, at the time of its introduction, and every bill and resolution shall be properly folded, and the name of the mover, and the town he represents, shall be legibly written on the bottom of the same before it shall be offered.
A two-thirds vote of all present shall be required for the suspension of any rule of the Ilouse.
A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, and shall be determined without debate.
Motions on bills and resolutions shall be sustained in the folluwing order:
1. To dismiss.
If the question in debate contains several points, the same shall be divided on the demand of a member. A motion to strike out or insert shall not be divided, but the rejection of a motion to strike out and insert one proposition shall not preclude a motion to strike out and insert a different one, or a motion simply to strike out prevent a subsequent one to strike out and insert.
'In Glling blanks, the largest sum and the longest time shall be the first in order.