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being lost, shall preclude neither amendments nor a motion to strike out and insert.

11. Every bill shall be introduced on the report of a committee, or by leave. Every bill shall receive three several readings previous to its passage; but no bill shall have its second and third readings on the same day, without a suspension of this rule.

12. The first reading of a bill shall be for information, and if objections be made to it, the question shall be, “Shall the bill be rejected ?" If no objections be made, or the question to reject be lost, the bill shall go to its second reading without further question.

13. Upon the second reading of a bill or resolution, the President shall state it as ready for amendment, commitment or engrossment, and if committed, then the question shall be, whether to a select, or standing committee, or a committee of the whole. If to a committee of the whole, the Senate shall determine on what day. But if the bill be ordered to be engrossed, it shall be in order for its third reading at any time after that day. No bill or resolution requiring the concurrence of both houses shall be committed or amended until it shall have been twice read.

14. When a question is lost on engrossing a bill for a third reading on a particular day, it shall not preclude a question to engross it for a third reading on a different day. After a third reading of a bill or resolution, no amendment (except to fill blanks) shall be received, except by unanimous consent of the members present; and the vote on its final passage shall be immediately taken without debate.

15. A bill or resolution may be committed at any time previous to its third reading.

16. In filling blanks, the largest sum and longest time shall be first put.

17. When a motion or question has been decided in the affirmative or negative, any inember having voted with the majority, may move a reconsideration the same or on the next business day.

18. Before acting on executive business, the Senate Chamber shall be cleared, by direction of the President, of all persons except members, the Secretary and Sergeant-at-Arms; the members enjoined to observe secrecy, and the Secretary and Sergeant-at-Arms to be sworn.

19. No standing rule or order of the Senate shall be rescinded or suspended, unless by a vote of two-thirds of the members present, except any order fixing the hour to which the Senate shall stand adjourned.

20. The rules of parliamentary practice comprised in Cushing's Manual, shall govern the Senate in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the standing rules or orders of the Senate, and the joint rules of the Senate and House of Representatives.

21. The Senate shall, at its pleasure, elect a President pro tem., who shall hold his office during the remaining portion of the time for which the President was elected; and when the President shall for any cause, be absent, the President pro tem. shall preside, except when the chair is filled by appointment by the President.

22. On the return of a bill from the House, with an amendment, it shall be placed with the third reading of bills, unless the Senate shall otherwise order. On the question of adopting the amendment, the vote shall be taken as on the final passage of a bill; and if the amendment be adopted by a constitutional majority, no further vote is necessary.

23. It is in order for the committees upon engrossed and enrolled bills, to report at any time when no question is before the Senate.

24. When any order of the day is not proceeded with on the day assigned, it shall stand as a general order on each succeeding day until disposed of, unless otherwise ordered, but its consideration cannot be moved until that order of business is reached, when it shall be taken up in the order of its file.

25. When the pending question is interrupted by “a Special Order” it shall, upon the disposal of the special order, be before the Senate in the same stage, as if it had not been so interrupted.


Judiciary–Senators McCrary of Lee, Burdick, Jennings, Ross, Henderson, Crookham and Patterson.

Ways and Means–Senators Foote, Udell, Gray, Clark, Young, Boardman and Bassett.

Federal RelationsSenators Henderson, McJunkin, Knoll, Cutts, Hunt, Stubbs and Hillyer.

Military Affairs–Senators Udell, Bassett, Young, Moore, Mer. rill, Brunson and Gue.

Agriculture—Senators Clarkson, Gue, Brunson, McMillan, Hilsinger, King and Bridges.

University and University Lands–Senators Clark, Woolson, Gray, Ross, Brown, Hatch and Henderson.

School and School Lands–Senators Boardman, Parvin, Knoll, Saunders, Dixon, Brayton, McJunkin and Hart.

Charitable Institutions-Senators Stubbs, Ross, Hunt, Wharton, King, Brown and Roberts.

Claims— Senators Dixon, Jennings, Gue, Hogin, McMillan, Crookham and Hesser.

Elections - Senators Brayton, Bridges, Wharton, Cutts and Shippen.

BanksSenators Woolson, McCrary of Van Buren, Foote, Crookham, Hurley, Hart and Patterson.

Rail RoadsSenators Roberts, Boardman, Burdick, Jennings, Henderson, Shippen and Clarkson.

Commerce— Senators Cutts, Parvin, Hogin, McCrary of Van Buren, and Hilsinger.

Tomship and County Organizations–Senators Patterson, Hesser, Roberts, Flaugh and Bridges.

Incorporations–Senators McJunkin, Harley and Brown.

Public BuildingsSenators Hatch, Hogin, Foote, IIillyer and Hesser.

Manufactures—Senators Young, Parvin, Woolson, Gue and Boardman.

Public Lands–Senators Burdick, Woolson, McCrary of Lee, Bridges, Merrill and Stubbs.

Internal Improvements—Senators McCrary of Van Buren, Shippen, Clarkson, Hạtch and Bassett.

PrintingSenators Gue, Moore, Clarkson, Flaugh and Udell. Roads–Senators Hillyer, McMillan, Hunt and Flaugh.

Special Committee on Orphan Asylum-Messrs. Gue, McCrary of Van Buren, Hatch, Jennings and Flangh.

New Counties-Senators Wharton, King and Brunson.
County Boundaries—Senators Hilsinger, Merrill and Moore.
LibrarySenators Hurley, Saunders, Dixon and Brayton.
Engrossed BillsSenators Gray, Hunt and Hogin.
Enrolled Bills–Senators Parvin and Saunders.


DUTY OF THE SPEAKER. 1. He shall take the Chair every day precisely at the hour to which the House shall have adjourned on the preceding day; shall immediately call the members to order, and on the appearance of a quorum shall cause the journal of the preceding day to be read.

2. He shall preserve order and decorum, and speak to points of order in preference to other members, rising from his seat for that purpose; and shall decide questions of order, subject to an appeal to the House by any two members.

3. He shall rise to put a question, but may state it sitting.

4. Questions shall be distinctly put in this form, to-wit: “As many as are of 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 Speaker doubts, or a division be called for, the House shall be divided. Those in the arffirmative of the question shall first rise from their seats, and afterwards those in the negative.

5. The Speaker shall have a right to name any member to perform the duties of the Chair, but such substitution shall not extend beyond an adjournment, except that in case of the absence of the regular Speaker, the House may proceed to elect a Speaker pro tem., whose acts shall have the same validity as those of the Speaker.

6. All Committees shall be appointed by the Speaker unless otherwise specially directed by the House.

7. In all cases of a call of the yeas and nays, the Speaker shall vote; in other cases he shall not be required to vote unless the House is 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.

8. All acts, addresses and joint resolutions, shall be signed by the Speaker; and all writs, warrants and subpænas, issued by order

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