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Present and not voting: Mr. Lipshulch

Total-1. And the report of the committee was adopted.

On motion of Mr. Hubbard, a unanimous vote of thanks was extended to the Special Committee on Elections for the competent, expeditious and efficient manner in which they have performed the duties assigned them.

Mr. De Young offered the following resolution and moved its adoption:

ROUSE RESOLUTION No. 23. Resolved, That a committee of three members be appointed by the Speaker, to wait upon James H. Creighton, Judge of the Circuit Court, and request him to administer the oath of office to Hon. E. Walter Green, a member-elect of this House.

And the resolution was adopted.

The Speaker thereupon appointed as such committee Messrs. DeYoung, Drake and Purdunn.

Mr. DeYoung, from the committee heretofore appointed to wait upon Judge Creighton and request him to administer the oath of office to Hon. E. Walter Green, announced that Judge Creighton of the Circuit Court was present and ready to perform that duty.

Whereupon, the oath was administered to Hon. E. Walter Green, member-elect, and the Clerk directed to place his name on the roll as a member of the House.

By unanimous consent, the attention of the House was called to the absence of Messrs. Mitchell, Murphy and Wood on account of sickness.

Mr. Smejkal asked and obtained the unanimous consent of the House to be absent from the session Wednesday, March 3, for the purpose of attending the funeral of his brother-in-law, Mr. Charles Puf, in Chicago, Illinois.

The Speaker laid before the House the following report of the Committee on Rules, to wit:

HOUSE RULES.

FORTY-NINTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

MEMBERS. 1. No member shall absent himself from the sessions of the House unless he have leave or be sick, or his absence be unavoidable. A majority of the House shall constitute a quorum, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, or for less time than one day.

2. No member shall name another member present in debate.

3. No smoking shall be allowed in the hall, lobbies or galleries of the House.

4. No person shall be allowed to use the Representative hall for the purpose of a public lecture.

5. No person, other than members and officers of the General Assembly, the elected State Officers, the Secretary to the Governor and the judges of the Supreme Court, shall be entitled to remain on the floor of the House while it is in session. Representatives of the Press while the House is in Session shall have access to the galleries and places allotted to them by the Speaker.

THE SPEAKER. 6. The Speaker shall take the chair every day at precisely the hour to which the House shall have adjourned on the preceding day; shall imme

diately call the members to order and, on the appearance of a quorum, shall cause the Journal of the preceding day to be read.

7. He shall preserve decorum and order and for that purpose the Officers and employees of the House shall be under his direction; may speak to points of order in preference to other members, rising from his seat for that purpose and shall decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the House by any two members on which appeal no member shall speak more than once, unless by leave of the House.

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

9. The Speaker shall examine and correct the Journal before it is read; and the same shall be printed and upon the desks of members before the same can be approved; he shall have general direction of the hall; he shall have the right to name any member to perform the duties of the chair, but such substitution shall not extend beyond five days after adjournment.

10. All acts, addresses and joint resolutions shall be signed by the Speaker; and all writs, warrants and subpoenas issued by order of the House shall be under his hand and seal, and attested by the Clerk.

11. In case of any disturbance or disorderly conduct on the floor of the House, in the lobby or galleries, by the spectators, the Speaker or Chairman of the Committee of the Whole House, shall have power to order the floor of the House, the lobby or galleries to be cleared of spectators, and for that purpose the officers and employees of the House shall be under the orders and direction of the Speaker or Chairman of the Committee of the whole House, as the case may be.

ORDER OF BUSINESS.

12. The following shall be the daily order of business in the House:
1. Reading of the Journal.
2. Petitions.
3. Reports from standing committees.
4. Reports from select committees.
5. Messages on the Speaker's desk.
6. Consideration of measures in Committee of the Whole House.
7. Introduction of bills.
8. House bills on first reading
9. House bills on second reading.
10. House bills on third reading.
11. Senate bills on third reading.
12. Senate bills on second reading.
13. Senate bills on first reading.
14. Senate messages other than bills.
15. Resolutions.

The Clerk, under the direction of the Speaker, shall publish a daily calendar and cause it to be placed on the desks of members before the convening of the House, showing all special orders of the day and all bills before the House in their proper order of reading.

Bills shall appear upon the calendar in the order in which they are reported, unless otherwise directed by the House, and it shall be the duty of the Clerk to cause the calendar to be so printed.

The above order of business may be changed at any time upon the motion of any member supported by four additional members arising in their seats and joining in said motion, by an affirmative vote of seventy-seven members. Any bill or resolution may be considered out of its order under any order of business by a like motion supported as aforesaid and the affirmative, vote of seventy-seven members; provided, however, that upon the completion of the business under the order of business or under the item to which the change has been made, the House shall return to the regular order of business.

Upon motion supported as above and upon an affirmative vote of seventyseven members, the House may likewise revert to any order of business already passed or to any item under any order of business already passed.

The Rules Committee may report a special order for the day, which special order shall take the place of the regular order and shall be shown on the daily calendar, but the special order so reported may be suspended,

amended or modified on roll-call by an affirmative vote of seventy-seven members.

In case any bill or resolution has been referred to a committee other than the Appropriations Committee and remains in committee undisposed of, it shall be in order after reports of standing committees, for any member, on any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday in which the House is in session to move that the committee be discharged from the consideration of such bill and that the bill be placed on the House calendar and such motion shall prevail. if supported by a vote of seventy-seven members, provided the member making such motion shall, before the adjournment of the morning session of the preceding legislative day, have filed with the Clerk and posted on the bulletin Board a written copy of such motion. The Clerk shall read such motion before adjournment of said session.

13. All committees shall be appointed by the Speaker unless otherwise especially directed by the House. The Speaker shall be ex officio member of each committee.

COMMITTEES.

14. The following standing committees shall be appointed by the Speaker with leave to report by bill or otherwise and to them respectively shall be referred all bills or resolutions pertaining to the subjects indicated by the names of said respective committees, to wit: Agriculture

Consisting of 31 members Appropriations

.Consisting of 43 members Banks, Banking and Building and Loan Associations

Consisting of 21 members Charities and Corrections

.Consisting of 17 members Civil Service

.Consisting of 23 members Congressional Apportionment

.Consisting of 27 members Contingent Expenses

.Consisting of 7 members Education

..Consisting of 27 members Efficiency and Economy

.Consisting of 17 members Elections

.Consisting of 25 members Enrolled and Engrossed Bills

.Consisting of 7 members Farm Drainage

.Consisting of 17 members Fish and Game

.Consisting of 21 members Insurance

.Consisting of 21 members Industrial Affairs

.Consisting of 31 members Judiciary

..Consisting of 45 members Judicial Apportionment

Consisting of 35 members Judicial Department and Practice

.Consisting of 23 members Liberal Committee

..Consisting of 19 members License and Miscellany

. Consisting of 21 members Military Affairs

..Consisting of 19 members Municipalities

.Consisting of 27 members Public Utilities and Transportation

.Consisting of 31 members Revenue

. Consisting of 21 members Rights of the Minority

..Consisting of 19 members Roads and Bridges

.Consisting of 25 members Rules, Mr. Speaker and

16 members Senatorial Apportionment

Consisting of 29 members Temperance

..Consisting of 19 members To Visit Charitable Institutions

. . Consisting of 5 members To Visit Educational Institutions

...Consisting of 5 members To Visit Penal Institutions

.Consisting of 5 members Waterways

... Consisting of 29 members A majority of any committee shall constitute a quorum but the question of the presence of a quorum of a committee, shall not be raised on the consideration of a bill or resolution in the House, unless the same question has been raised before the committee.

In case of failure of the Chairman of any Committee to call a meeting of such committee upon the request of a member, then 50 per cent or more of the members of such committee shall have the right to call a meeting of such committee.

The chairman or acting chairman of each committee of the House shall keep, or cause to be kept, a record in which there shall be entered

(a) The time and place of each hearing, and of each meeting of such committee.

(b) The attendance of committee members at each meeting.

(c) The name of each person and address, appearing before the committee, with the name of the person, persons, firm or corporation and address, in whose behalf such appearance is made.

(d) The vote of each member on all motions, bills, resolutions and amendments acted upon.

Such a record shall be ready and approved before the expiration of ten days after each committee meeting, or at the next regular meeting of the committee.

Every committee hearing shall be open to the public.

There shall be filed, in the proper envelope, with every bill or resolution reported upon, a sheet containing the foregoing information as to such bill or resolution, with a duplicate thereof to be filed by the Clerk of the House numerically by the number of the bill in such form as to be most accessible for the use of the members and the public, during the session, and at the end thereof in the office of the Secretary of State.

15. When a resolution shall be offered, or a motion made to refer any subject other than bills, and different committees, shall be proposed, the question shall be taken in the following order: The Committee of the Whole House, A Standing Committee or a Select Committee.

16. It shall be the duty of the Committee on Enrolled and Engrossed Bills to examine all engrossed bills, correct any mistakes therein and report the bills to the House forthwith; and it shall be in order for it to report at any time.

17. When any bill, is about to be considered by a committee the introducer of the bill shall be notified of the time and place where such bill shall be considered by such committee.

BILLS.

18. When the roll shall be called for the first introduction of bills, each member may introduce three bills. And should the call be suspended by adjournment or otherwise, the calling of the roll shall be taken up when that order of business is reached, at the point at which it was discontinued, and this order shall be observed until the roll call shall be alphabetically completed. No bill shall be introduced at the expiration of three weeks after the adoption of the permanent rules, except upon each Tuesday and except by Standing Committees of the House.

19. The Clerk shall indorse on every bill the number thereof, the name of the member introducing it, the date of the introduction, and the several orders taken thereon; and when printed, said several endorsements shall be printed at the head of the bill.

20. When a bill is introduced it shall be read by its title, ordered printed and referred to the proper committee for consideration. It is hereby made the duty of any member introducing a bill proposing an amendment to any statute law of this State, to underscore the word or words comprising the proposed amendment, and no bill shall be printed until such word or words are underscored. All parts of bills which are underscored shall be printed in italics.

21. The Clerk shall, as soon as any bill is printed, place the same in the postoffice boxes of the members; and printed bills shall be furnished to others than public officers and members of the General Assembly and the press only on the written order of the Speaker, the President and the Presi. dent pro tem of the Senate, and members of the General Assembly.

22. Amendments to bills may be offered at the conclusion of the second reading, and all amendments to bills, except amendments by striking out, shall be printed when adopted, and shall in like manner be deposited in the postoffice boxes of the members one day before such amended bill shall be read the third time.

23. After the second reading of the bill, and amendments, if any, the Speaker shall state the bill is ready to be ordered engrossed for a third reading.

24. The vote on the full passage of all bills shall be by yeas and nays, upon each bill separately, and shall be entered upon the Journal, and when a bill shall fail to receive a constitutional majority upon its passage, the Speaker shall declare that the bill has failed to pass.

25. When an emergency is expressed in the preamble or body of an Act, as a reason why such Act should take effect prior to the first day of July next after its passage, and when such an Act contains a clause or proviso fixing such time prior to the first day of July, the question shall be, "Shall the bill pass?" and if decided affirmatively by a vote of two-thirds of the members elected to the House, then the bill shall be deemed passed; and, if, upon such vote a majority of said members elected but less than two-thirds thereof, vote affirmatively on said question, then the vote on said bill shall be deemed reconsidered, and the bill subject to amendment by striking out such part thereof as expresses an emergency and the time of taking effect, and then said bill shall be under consideration upon its third-reading, with the emergency clause and time of taking effect stricken out.

26. Every bill shall be read at large on three different days.

27. When a bill passes it shall be certified by the Clerk, who, at the foot thereof, shall note the day it passes.

REFERENCES.

28. Appropriation bills which contain provisions relating to nothing else than the appropriation, and apportionment bills which contain provisions relating to nothing else than the apportionment, shall be in order in preference to any other bills unless otherwise ordered. All bills for appropriations of money from the State treasury, or providing for the expenditure of money when referred to other committees and by them reported back to the House with favorable recommendations, shall be re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations for its consideration before being finally acted upon by the House.

The Speaker may reserve any bill or resolution introduced of general State importance, or in case of emergency, on the Speaker's table and lay the same before the House; after the same has been printed, and with the consent of the House the same may be considered as in Committee of the Whole House, in the order in which such measures may be entered; otherwise, or upon the failure of the House to consent to such reference, the bill or resolution shall be referred to its appropriate committee; provided, however, that no bill or resolution may be considered in the Committee of the Whole House, until two days after the same shall have been printed and placed in the postoffice boxes of the members.

29. All questions relating to the priority of business to be acted upon, not otherwise provided for in these rules, shall be decided by the Speaker without debate.

30. When a question has been once made and carried in the affirmative or negative, it shall be in order for a member of the majority to move for reconsideration thereof, or give notice that he will make such motion within the time prescribed by this rule, for which time he shall control the motion, But no motion for the reconsideration of any vote shall be in order after a bill, resolution, message, report, amendment or motion, upon which the vote was taken, shall have gone out of the possession of the House; nor shall any motion for reconsideration be in order unless within the next day of actual session of the House: Provided, that should the member giving notice of a motion to reconsider, not make such motion within the time prescribed by the rule, any other member voting with the majority, may make such motion, within the next succeeding legislative day. Such motion shall take precedence of all other questions, except a motion to adjourn: And, provided, further, that when a bill has passed the House it shall require a constitutional majority to reconsider the vote by which the same was passed: And provided also, when a motion to reconsider the vote by which a bill is passed is made, or a notice is given that such motion will be made within three days of the last legislative day of the session, it will then be in order for any member to move that such motion or notice of motion may be taken up and disposed of.

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