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Rights and Duties of Members. 32. To vote, unless excused or directly interested; what deemed bar of the House.
33. Securing presence of members.
35. When less than quorum vote Speaker to order bar of House closed and roll called ; if quorum present yeas and nays to be called ; contempt to refuse to vote unless urged, etc.
36. Persons before bar of House for breach of privileges ; Speaker to execute judgment.
37. Persons other than officers excluded from Clerk's desk during session of House.
Order and Decorum. 38. Member to address Speaker, and be recognized by him before proceeding in debate, etc.
39. Private discourse forbidden while member is speaking.
40. Member not to speak or leave his place while ques. tion is being put, or a count being had.
41. Members to keep seats until Speaker declares House adjourned.
Order in Debate. 42. No members to speak more than twice, etc., without leave and not more than fifteen minutes without twothirds vote.
43. When member may be called to order; to take his seat, except, etc.
44. Priority of business to be decided without debate. 45. House equally divided, question lost. 46. Division of question ; motions to strike out or insert.
47. Entry of bill, order, motion, etc., on Journal; name of member introducing same to be also entered.
48. Yeas and nays, when may be taken ; to be entered on Journal.
49. Roll-call on asking unanimous consent to advance bill. 50. Questions of order and decision thereon to be entered in Journal; at close of session to be printed as an appendix to Journal.
51. Request of members to be excused from voting, etc.
Miscellareous Provisions. 52. Reporters ; Clerk not to issue orders for stationery to, who are also reporters for Senate.
53. Sergeant-at-arms not to allow smoking in Assembly Chamber.
Suspension of Rules. 54. Standing rules not to be changed, suspended or rescinded, except on notice; what notice to contain and when given.
POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE SPEAKER. 1. The Speaker shall take the chair each day at the hour to which the House shall have adjourned. He shall call to order, and, except in the absence of a quorum, shall proceed to business in the manner prescribed by these rules.
2. He shall possess the powers and perform the duties herein prescribed, viz.:
1. He shall preserve order and decorum, and, in debate, shall prevent personal reflections and confine members to the question under discussion. When two more members rise at the same time, he shall name the one entitled to the floor.
2. He shall decide all questions of order subject to appeal to the House. On every appeal he shall have the right, in his place, to assign his reason for his decision. In case of such appeal no member shall speak more than once.
3. He shall appoint all committees, except where the House shall otherwise order.
4. He may substitute any member to perform the duties of the Chair for a period not exceeding two consecutive legislative days, but for no longer period, except by special consent of the House.
5. He shall designate the persons who shall act as reporters for the public press, not exceeding thirty in number; but no reporter shall be ad mitted to the floor who is not an authorized rep. resentative of a daily paper. Such reporters, so appointed, shall be entitled to such seats as the Speaker shall designate, and shall have the right to pass to and fro from such seats in entering or leaving the Assembly Chamber.
6. He shall not be required to vote in ordinary legislative proceedings, except where his vote would be decisive.
7. He shall have general control, except as provided by rule or law, of the Assembly Chamber, lobbies and rooms and of the corridors and passages in that part of the Capitol assigned to the use of the Assembly. In case of any disturbance or disorderly conduct in the galleries, corridors or passages, he shall have power to order the same to be cleared, and may cause any person guilty of such disturbance or disorderly conduct to be brought before the bar of the House. In all such cases the members present may take such measures as they shall deem necessary to prevent a repetition of such misconduct, either by the infliction of censure or pecuniary penalty, as they may deem best, on the parties thus offending.
8. He shall be ex-officio member and chairman of the Committee on Rules.
9. The Speaker shall appoint a majority leader, who shall be a member of the Ways and Means Committee and the Committee on Rules, and who, in addition thereto, shall be a member ex-officio of all other committees of the House and entitled to the same rights and privileges as other members of said committees of which he is an ex-officio member, except the right to vote.
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS. 3. Subject to the direction of the Speaker, the Sergeant-at-Arms shall enforce the rules of the House,
enforce order in the Assembly Chamber, lobbies and rooms and exclude all persons from the floor except such as are entitled to the privileges of the same.
STENOGRAPHER. 4. It shall be the duty of the Stenographer of the Assembly to be present at every session of the House. He shall take stenographic notes of the debates in the House, and shall furnish a copy of the same, written out in long-hand, to any member applying therefor, upon the payment to said Stenographer of ten cents for each folio, which charge said Stenographer may receive in addition to his fixed compensation. The stenographic notes of the debates shall be filed with the Clerk, and shall form a portion of the archives of the House. The Clerk of the Assembly is authorized to furnish said Stenographer with proper stenographic blank books in which to record said debates, not to exceed fifty dollars for an annual session of the Legislature.
ORDER OF BUSINESS. 5. The first business of each day's session shall be the reading of the Journal of the preceding day, and the correction of any errors that may be found to exist therein. Immediately thereafter, except on days and at times set apart for the consideration of special orders, the order of business, which shall not be departed from, except by a vote of two-thirds of the members present, to be determined by a call of the roll, shall be as follows:
1. Messages from the Governor and from the Senate, communications from State officers, reports from State institutions and reports from the Committees Revision and Printed and Engrossed Bills.