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SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
ADOPTED BY THE
TENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY,
ORDER OF DAILY BUSINESS. After the journal is read, the following order shall govern: 1. Presentations of petitions of memorials. 2. Introduction of bills. 3. Resolutions. 4. Communications on the President's table. 5. Reports of Standing Committees, in the order in which they
stand in the rules, except the committees on Engrossed and
Enrolled bills. 6. Reports of Select Committees. 7. Third reading of bills. 8. Bills, other matters, and unfinished business before the
Senate. 9. General orders of the day.
1. The President shall take the chair at the hour to which the Senate is adjourned, and call the members to order; and if a quorum be present, he shall direct the journals of the preceding day to be read, and mistakes, if any, corrected. He shall preserve order and decorum, and decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Senate.
2. One-fourth of the members may have a call of the Senate, and absent members sent for.
3. When the voteis taken viva voce, questions shall be distinctly putin this form, viz: “As many as are of the opinion that (as the question 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 Senate shall dividethose in the affirmative of the question shall first rise 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 Any motion may be withdrawn by the mover before it is amended by the Senate.
5. Every member present when a question is put, shall vote, unless he shall, for special cause, be excused by a vote of the Senate ; but no member shall vote on any question in the event of which he is directly and personally interested, or in any case where he was not present when his name was called in the taking of the vote.
6. When a member is about to speak in debate, or deliver any matter to the Senate, he shall rise from his seat, and respectfully address himself to Mr. President, and shall confine himself to the question under debate, avoid personalities, and the imputation of improper motives.
7. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be receive ed but to adjourn, to lay on the table, for the previous question, 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, or to postpone indefinitely, being decided, shall be again allowed on the same day, and at the same stage of the bill or proposition.
8. The previous question shall be in this form: “Shall the main question be now put?” It shall only be admitted when demanded by a majority of the members present, and its effects shall be to put an end to all debate, and bring the Senate to a direct vote upon amendments reported by a committee, if any; then upon pending amendments, and then upon the main question.
9. A motion to adjourn, to lay on the table, and for the previous question, shall be decided without debate; and all incidental questions of order arising after a motion is made for the previous question, and pending such motion, shall be decided—whether an appeal or otherwise—without debate.
10. Any meinber may call for a division of a question, which shall be divided, if it comprehends propositions in substance so distinct, that one being taken away, a substantive proposition shall remain for the decision of the Senate. A motion to strike out and insert, shall be deemed indivisible; but a motion to strike out