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Mr. Ferguson offered a resolution, which, on his motion, was read, as follows:
Resolved, That the following committees be appointed by the Chair, to act as Standing Committees, to wit :
A Committee on Corporations; a Committee on Cities and Towns; a Committee on Enrolled Bills ; a Committee on Elections ; a Committee on Accounts; a Committee on Claims; a Committee on Finance; a Committee on Roads; a Committee on Vacant Lands; a Committee on the Judiciary ; a Committee on Revised Statutes ; a Committee on Agriculture; a Committee on Printing ; a Committee on Education; and a Committee on Divorce. Which, on his further motion, was
Adopted. Mr. Cooper moved that a committee of two be appointed to draft rules governing the Senate during its session, Which motion
Prevailed. Whereupon the Speaker appointed Messrs. Cooper and Crossan said committee.
Mr. Martin moved that the report of the State Chemist be read, Which motion
Prevailed. Pending the reading, on motion of Mr. Cooper, the further reading of the report was dispensed with.
On motion, the Senate adjourned.
SAME DAY-3 o'clock, P. M. Senate met pursuant to adjournment. The Speaker announced the Standing Committees, as follows :
STANDING COMMITTEES OF THE SENATE.
Committee on Accounts-Messrs. Crossan, Cooper and Dorman.
Committee on Agriculture-Messrs. Ferguson, Lewis and Bacon.
Committee on Cities and Towns-Messrs. McWhorter, Cooper and Martin.
Committee on Claims-Messrs. Dorman, Lewis and McWhorter.
Committee on Corporations—Messrs. Lewis, McWhorter and Dorman.
Committee on Divorce — Messrs. McWhorter, Bacon and Cooper.
Committee on Education—Messrs. Cooper, Martin and Ferguson.
Committee on Elections Messrs. Ferguson, Cooper and Martin.
Committee on Enrolled Bills-Messrs. Crossan, Cooper, Bacon, Ferguson, Lewis and Dorman.
Committee on Finance-Messrs. Martin, Ferguson and Cooper. Committee on Judiciary—Messrs. Cooper, Crossan and Bacon.
Committee on Printing—Messrs. Lewis, McWhorter and Dorman.
Committee on Revised Statutes-Messrs. Martin, Cooper and Crossan.
Committee on Roads and Highways Messrs. Bacon, Crossan and Lewis.
Committee on Vacant Lands-Messrs. Dorman, Lewis and Ferguson.
Mr. Cooper, on behalf of the Committee on Rules for the government of the Senate during its session, presented a report,
Which, on his motion, was read, as follows:
RULES OF THE SENATE.
RULE 1. Every member shall be in his place at the time to which the Senate stands adjourned.
RULE 2. Every day, before the Senate proceeds to other business, the Clerk shall call the names of the members in alphabetical order, and shall read the journal of the preceding day, which may be corrected by unanimous consent of the Senate.
No member shall be allowed to speak upon any subject more than three times, except in explanation, without leave obtained through the Speaker.
RULE 4. No member shall be allowed to interrupt another while speaking, unless on points of order, and then only through the Speaker, and no member shall be referred to by name in debate.
RULE 5. All motions shall be subject to debate, except motions to adjourn, to lay on the table, and for the previous question.
RULE 6. Questions of order shall be determined by the Speaker without debate, from whose decision an appeal may be had to the Senate at the request of any member.
RULE 7. The Speaker shall appoint all committees, unless the Senate shall otherwise direct.
RULE 8. Every committee shall report within five days of actual session of the Senate from the time of their appointment, or furnish reasons why a report has not been made.
All motions and resolutions, except for the reading of bills, the daily adjournment of the Senate, or any motion to refer any subject, or postpone, shall, if requested by the Speaker,
or any member, be reduced to writing by the mover, and if seconded, shall be repeated by the Speaker to the Senate before any debate or decision is had thereon.
RULE 10. Every motion on' which a vote is taken shall be entered on the journal, and (except motions for adjournment) the name of the member moving the same.
RULE II. Petitions, memorials, and other papers addressed to the Senate, shall be presented by the Speaker, or a member, who shall briefly state the contents thereof. RULE 12.
When a question has been decided in the affirmative, or negative, any member who voted in the majority, or any member absent at the time of said voting, who, if present, would have voted with the majority, may move for reconsideration thereof, at any time within three days of actual session of the Senate, and the word “majority” shall, in the application of the rule, be construed to mean, not the greater number of votes, but such number as was sufficient to prevail in the decision of the original question.
RULE 13. Every bill shall be introduced by motion for leave, by order of the Senate, or by report of a committee, and one day's notice shall be given of an intended motion for leave to bring in a bill.
RULE 14. Every bill shall receive three readings in the Senate previous to its passage, and no bill shall be read twice on the same day, without special order of the Senate; and every bill, whether reported by a committee or otherwise, shall be taken up for consideration before passing to its third reading.
RULE 15. All bills ordered to be engrossed shall be certified by the Clerk, noting the day of passing at the foot thereof.
RULE 16. All messages from the Senate to the House of Representatives shall be conveyed by the Clerk, or a member, as the Speaker may direct.
RULE 17. All bills and resolutions which the standing rules of the Senate require to be three several times read may be amended at any time before they are taken up for the third or final reading, and no amendment shall afterwards be made so as to materially change or alter their meaning.
RULE 18. When a message is brought to the Senate by a member of the House, or any officer of the State, the members shall rise upon their feet.
RULE 19. 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 of the Senate.
RULE 20. A vote of the majority shall prevail, except in special cases to the contrary.
RULE 21. A special order, as provided for in Rule 14, shall be granted upon a vote of the majority of all the members.
RULE 22. All joint or other resolutions shall, at the request of any member, be laid over at least one day of actual session.
RULE 23. Unless otherwise ordered by a majority, the Senate shall meet every day (Sundays excepted), at eleven o'clock in the morning
No rule of the Senate shall be changed or suspended, except by a vote of two-thirds of the members present.
RULE 25. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received but to adjourn, to lay on the table, for the previous question, to postpone to a certain day, to commit, to amend, and to postpone indefinitely; which several motions shall have precedence in the order in which they are arranged. The above rules are respectfully submitted.
WM. H. COOPER,
On motion of Mr. Martin, the rules were adopted as the rules governing the Senate during its session.
Mr. Martin offered a resolution, which, on his motion, was read, as follows :
Resolved, That the Committee on Printing be directed to have printed, in pamphlet form, fifty copies of the rules for the gov