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40. After a motion is stated or read by the speaker, and seconded, it shall be deemed to be in the possession of the house and shall be disposed of by vote of the house but the mover may withdraw it at any time before a decision or amendment.

41. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received, but

1st-To adjourn;

2d-To lie on the table;

3d-For the previous question;

4th-To commit;

5th-To amend;

6th-To postpone to a day certain ; 7th-To postpone indefinitely;

Which several motions shall have precedence in the order in which they are arranged.

42. The unfinished business in which the house was engaged, at the time of the last adjournment, shall have preference in the orders of the day, and no motion or other business shall be received, without special leave of the house, until the former is disposed of.

43. No rule or order of the house shall be dispensed with, unless two thirds of the members present shall consent thereto.

44. When a vote, having been declared by the speaker, is doubted, the members for and against the question, when called on by the speaker, shall rise and stand uncovered till they are counted, and the vote made certain without any further debate.

45. One monitor shall be appointed by the speaker, for each division of the house, whose duty it shall be, to see to the due observance of the orders of the

house, and on demand of the speaker, to return the number of votes and members in his division.

46. If any member shall transgress any of the rules and orders of the house, and persist therein, after being notified thereof by any monitor, it shall be the duty of such monitor to give information thereof to the house.

47. The rules of parliamentary practice comprised in Jefferson's Manual shall govern the house in all cases to which they are applicable, and in which they are not inconsistent with the standing rules and orders of the house, and the joint rules of the senate and house of representatives.


48. All petitions, memorials, and other papers, addressed to the house, shall be presented by the speaker, or by a member in his place, and shall be indorsed with the name of the person presenting it, and the subject matter of the same. They shall be read by the speaker, clerk, or such other person as the speaker may request, and shall be taken up in the order they were first presented, unless when the house shall otherwise direct.

49. No petition of a private nature shall be received after the expiration of thirty days from the commencement of the session, unless by order of the house.


50. All resolutions for grants of money which may be laid upon the table or reported by a committee, shall be accompanied by written statements of facts

in each case; and no resolution for a grant of money shall pass, without being read on two several days, the second time to be assigned by the house.

51. No engrossed bill or resolve shall be sent to the senate, without notice thereof being given to the house by the speaker.

52. No bill shall pass to be engrossed, until it shall have had three several readings; the time for the last reading shall be assigned by the house; the second reading shall be by the title, and at the time of the first, unless objected to, in which case a time shall be assigned.

53. No act or resolve shall be passed, affecting the rights of individuals or corporations, without previous notice to such individuals or corporations.

54. All bills in their third reading, and resolves in their second reading, shall be committed to the standing committee on bills in the third reading, to be by them examined, corrected, and so reported to the house.

55. All engrossed bills and resolves shall be committed to the standing committee on engrossed bills, to be strictly examined; and if found by them to be truly and strictly engrossed, they shall so report to the house, and the same shall pass to be enacted without any further reading, unless on motion of any member, a majority of the house shall be in favor of reading the same as engrossed.


56. The following standing committees shall be appointed at the commencement of the session, with leave to report by bill or otherwise, viz:

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On the judiciary,

On education,

On banks and banking,

On incorporation of towns,

On division of towns,

On division of counties,
On state lands,

On state roads,

On the state prison,

On roads and bridges,

On canals and rail roads,

On interior waters,
On the militia,

On agriculture,

On manufactures,

On accounts,

On parishes,

On claims,

On public buildings,

On fisheries,

On military pensions,
On Indian affairs,

On hospital for the insane,
On the library.

To consist of seven members each on the part of the house, except on the library, which shall consist of three.

57. In all elections by ballot, of committees of the house, the person having the highest number of votes, shall act as chairman.

58. Any member having obtained leave of absence, and having in his possession any papers relative to the business before the house, shall leave the same with the clerk.

59. The chairman of every committee, other than of the standing committees, that shall have business referred to it, shall make a report of its doings therein, within four days after its appointment.


60. In all elections by ballot of the house, a time shall be assigned for such election, at least one day previous thereto.

OF THE REPRESENTATIVES' HALL. 61. No person, not a member or officer of the house, except members of the senate, its secretary and assistants, the governor and council, state's treasurer, secretary of state, land agent, adjutant general, judges of the supreme judicial court, and district court, chaplairs of the house and senate, and reporters of the proceedings and debates of the house, shall be admitted

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