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INDEX TO JOINT RULES OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE
ADJOURNMENT sine die, no new bill to be transmitted within four days of,
final, no bills to be passed on day of,
priority of, over other business,
to be duly certined and compared,
rejection of, which have passed either House, notice to be given,
time of meeting of,
of whom composed,
Violation of action thereon,
JOINT RULES OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRE
SENTATIVES OF PENNSYLVANIA.
BILLS, ET CETERA, FOR CONCURRENCE. Rule 1. All bills, resolutions, votes, orders, and amendments of either House to which concurrence of both is Decennary. As well as messages, shall be presented to the other by the clerk uf the House from which they are sent.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF CLERK OF EITHER HOUSE. Rule 2. When the clerk of either House shall wait on the other, notice thereof shall be given by the sergeaut-at-arnis, or doorkeeper, to the Speaker or President, who shall declare the same to the House or Senate, as the case may be.
CONFERENCE COMMITTEES. Rule 3. When pither Houre shall request a conference and appoint a committee for that purpose, and the other llouxe shall also appoint committee to confer, such conference shall be held at any time and place, to be agreed upon by the chairman; and in all cases where a con terrore takes plure, the committee shall be composed of inembers who rote in the majority on the point or pullies of difference; but the committee shall not have power or control over any part of a will, resolution, or order, exrept such parts upon which a difference exists between the two Uvuses.
CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE. Role 4. Whenever a claim against the State, of any description, hag been or shall be presented to either livune, and referred to a committee, and much committee shall have made a report, in writing, ugyinst the allowance of the claim. rotting forth the grounds of their decision, and the same shall hure been concurred in bs such House, It shall not be in order to origioute again the consideration of such claim in that House, either by bill, resolution, petition, or otherwise, Prept upon a niemorial of the claimant first setting forth upon affidavit, that he has obtained material evidence in support of his clalu, since the decision against it. which was not before the committee at the former derision, and a staternent of the substance of such evidence, or, secoud, assigning specific errors in the report of the committee adrerre to it.
NOTICE OF BEJECTION OF BILLS, ET CETERA. Rule 6. When a bill, resolution, or order which shall have passed in one House is rejected 03 the other, notice thereof shall be given to the House in which the same shall have passed.
GEMRAL APPROPRIATION BILL. Role 6. That the committee having charge of the general appropriation bill shall be required to report the same to the House on or before the first Monday in March, and when reported to either House, said bill shall have priority over all other business until finally disposed of.
NEW BILLS. Rule 7. No new hills shall be transmitted from or received by either House within four days of the time fixed on for an adjournment sine die.
BILLS, ET CETERA, ON DAY OF FINAL ADJOURNMENT. Rulo 8. No hili, revolution, or order, to which the signature of the Governor may be required, shall be passed by either House on the day of final adjournment; and all such bills, resolutions, and orders, after they have been duly compared and certified by the proper committee shall be presented to the Governor for his signature, before eight o'clock on the morning of the day of the final adjournment.
BILLS, ET CETERA, TO BE PRINTED. Rule o. No bill, resolution, or order shall be sent to the Governor for his approval unless the nama shall be printed on bond paper in exact reproduction of the biu, resolution or order as finally passed.
DISPENSING WITH JOINT RULES. Rnle 10. No joint rule shall be dispensed with but by a concurrent vote of two-thirds of each House; and if either Honse shall violate a joint rule, the question of order may be raiser! in the other House, and derided in the same manner as in a case of the violation of the rule of such House; and if it shall be derided that the foint rning have been violatel, the w!! involving such violation shall be returned to the House in which it originated, without further action, or, at the option of such House, the Speaker may direct the Clerk to mark the section or sections in conflict with the rules, as non-concurred in or negatived.
AMENDMENTS. Role 11. Every hill, resolution, or order, transmitted to either House, amended by the House to which transmitted, shall have the amendment or amendments printed lo italics, or Inclosed in brackets, by the House in which the abendment or amendments are made marked Senate or House amendments, as the case may be. (Adopted January 13, 1874, uended January, 1901.)
INDEX TO DECISIONS OF JOINT ASSEMBLY.
received and read, President cannot exclude it,
right of, when pertinent to the business before joint Assembly,
DECISIONS ON POINTS OF ORDER RAISED IN JOINT
ASSEMBLY-SESSION OF 1881.
1. On the question, "Can votes cast for a person who has not been nominated in either House, and whose name has therefore not been romumunicated from one House to another not less than two days prior to the nipeting of the joint assembly, as required by the art of Congress and of the General Assembly of this state, be received and counted ?" The President decided : That the provisions of the art of 1867, regulating the manner of electing Senators, prurides, amoung other things, that each House shall nominate at least one person-the restriction being at least one person--and that the name of the person or persons nominated, shall be communicated from each House to the other, at least two days before the time of alerting In the upintou of the Chair the purpose of that requirement is that each House may, 11 possible, take roururrent action, that the Senate may know the name of the persons that the House will probably vote for, and that the House may know the name of the persons for whom the Seuate will probably vote, and if possible, 88 is contemplated by law, that the two Houses tua y take concurrent action in election by each House separately. In the eveut of a failure to do that, the duty then devolves upon a joint assembly of the two H. uses.
the same person shall not have received a majority of all the votes cast in each House, or Uplther House shall have falled to take the steps required by this act, then the joint assembly shall prorred to plert, and in 80 doing it is not restricted to the lates of the popuoins nomiunted. In the opinion of the Chalr, the failure to make any nomination- the provislots of the lust mortion being dirertory--would not prevent the joint assembly when asseiubina fruta taking any action or electing any person that the majority thereof may agret
Upon. The Decond sp.tlon evidently contemplates a possible failure to perform the duties required by the first gertiou. These two bodies being now in joint assembly, in the absence of any constitutional restriction or any more positive requireinent of law fixing the qualification of Senators, the Chair dues pot feel justified in refusing to receive a vote cast for many gentleman in this Coin lol Tealth who answers the requirements provided for by the constitution, consequently the Chair will direct such votes to be cuunted, unless the joint assembly take diferent aculoa. - Journal of Senate, 1881, p. 179. 2. On the question, "That this joint assembly, not being governed by any rules, except those guverning conventions In general, the yeas and naye cannot be called for by any certain number of members, but must be ordered as any other order is made, by a majority rote of th, con vention :" The President decided : That the Chair is obliged to recognize the cocurrent Interpretation of parllamentary law as evidenced by the custom of buith Horses. Where a joint assembly is formed of two bodies whose practice is concurrent respecting any particular question, the Chair is disposed to think it binding upon surb assembly, and that in this cuse the Axed custom of both Houses based on constitutional requirements, to order the yers and nays upon the call of two members, is bluding, and the Chair will be obliged to recognize the custom in this instance. -- Journal of Senate, 1881, p. 180. 8... The President decided that until the provision of the law bas been complied with, which prescribes that the joint assembly shall meet, and take at least one ballot euch day," nothing else is in order. When that provision has been complied with, the Chair is disposed to boid that anything strictly appertaining to the business of the joint asseinbly is in onler.
The fixing of an afternoon session for the express purpose of balloting, in the opinion of the Chair, dves strictly apperta in to the proper business of this joint assembly, and is in accordance with precedent in other states, under the same or similar laws, and the Chair cannot refuse to entertain the resolution offered. - Journal of Senate, 1881, D. 261.
4. The 'resident ruled that the right of petition leing a constitutional right, and one which is rery carefully guarded, and the choice of United States Senator having passed heroeid the control of either House, or of the two Houses concurrently, the petition, being pertineat to the business before the joint assembly, would be received and read. - Journal of Sebate, 1881, p. 277.
5. The President ruled that the petįtion having been received, read and laid upon table, it has passed beyond the power of the President to exclude it, and the point of erde was raised too late. - Journal of Senate, 1881, p. 278.
6. The l'resident decided the question of privilege should have been raised as a point of order at the time the question was presented, and does not now involve any question of privilege. the paper being directed to the honorable members of the Senate and House of Representatires einbrachtig all and not any particular class.- Journal of Senate, 1881, p. 298.
7. The 'resident decided that a motion to take a recens, being subject to amendment grd debate, was, occording to all parliamentary law, superseded by a motion to adjourn, otherwise the joint assembly might be kept in session indefinitely, against its own wish.-Journal ! Senate, 1881, p. 361.
8. The President ruled that the order of business being fixed by a majority of the joint assembly, it is competent for the joint assembly to change said order.—Journal of Senate, 181. p. 424.
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