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No business regularly before the House shall be interrupted, except by motion-

For adjournment.
For the poetavus question, namely, "Shall main question be now put ?"
For postponement;
For commitmeut; or
For amendment.

ADJOURNMENT, 20. A motion for adjournment shall always be in order, and shall be decided without debate, except that it cannot be received when the House is voting on another question, nor: while a member is addressing the House.

PREVIOUS QUESTION. 21. The previous question shall not be moved by less than twenty members rising for that purpose, and shall be determined without debate; but when the previous question has been called and sustained, it shall not cut off any pending amendment, but the vote shall be taken without debate, on the amendments in their order, and then on the main question.

POSTPONEMENT-COMMITMENT-AMENDMENT. 22. A motion for postponement shall preclude commitment. A motion for commitment shall preclude amendinent or decision on the original subject,


23. A motion for reconsideration shall be permitted, when made and seconded by members who were in the majority on the original question, and within fiie days in which the House is in session after the decision, excepting when a bill or resolution shall have been recalled from the Governor, in which case a motion to reconsider shall be entertained though more than five days shall have elapsed. When a motion to reconsider is lost, it shall not be again renewed on the same question.

FILLING BLANKS. 24. When a blank is to be filled, the question shall be first taken on the largest sum, greatest number and remotest day.


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COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. MANNER OF PROCEEDING IN COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE. 26. The rules and proceedings observed in the House shall be observed as far as they are practicable, in Committee of the Whole, except that a member may speak oftener than twice on the subject, nor can a motion for the previous question be made therein.

SPEAKER TO APPOINT CHAIRMAN. 27. When the House resolves into a Committee of the Whole the Speaker shall appoint a chairman.

AMENDMENTS MADE THEREIN, NOT TO BE READ IN THE HOUSE. 28. Amendments made in Committee of the Whole shall not be read when the Speaker resumes the chair, unless required by one or more of the members.



when in Committee of the whole any papers laid on the table of the House, may be called for by a member, and read by the clerk, unless the committee otherwise order.

No committee shall sit during the sitting of the House without leave.


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31. The following standing committees shall be appointed at the commencement of each session
until otherwise ordered :

A Committee on Accounts.
A Committee on Agriculture.
A Committee on Appropriations.
A Committee on Banks and Banking.
A Committee on Bureau of Statistics.
A Committee on Centennial Affairs.
A Committee to Compare Bille.

A Committee on Congressional Apportionment.
A Committee on Constitutional Reform.
A Committee on Corporations.
A Couinittee on Counties and Townships.
A Committee on Education.
A Coinmittee on Elections.
A Committee on Electric Railways.
A Committee on Federal Relations,
A Committee on Fisheries.
A Committee on Forestry.
A Committee on Game.
A Committee on Geological Survey.
A Comunittee on Insurance.
A Comunittee on Iron and Coal.
A Committee on Judicial Apportionment.
A Committee on Judiciary (General).
A Comunittee on Judiciary (Local).
A Comioittee on Judiciary (Special.)
A Committee on Labor and Industry.
A Committee on Law and Order.
A Committee on Legislative Apportionment.
A Committee on Library.
A Committee on Manufactures.
A Committee on Military.
A Comunittee on Mines and Mining.
A Comittee on Municipal Corporations.
A Comunittee on l'eusions and Gratuities.
A Comunittee on Printing.
A Committee on Public Buildings.
A Committee on Public Health and Sanitation,
A Committee on Public Roads.
A Committee on Rallroads.
A Comunittee on Retrenchment and Reform.
A Committee on Ways and Means.

The Committee on Apportionment shall be appointed only at such times when apportionments are required to be made.

OF WHAT CONSISTING. The several committees shall consist of twenty-five members, exrept the Committees on Appro priations, which shall consist of forty meinbers; and the Committees on Public Roads, Public Health and Sanitation and Electric Railways, whirh sball each consist of thirty-five menbers.


CONSIDERATION BY COMMITTEE-PRINTING. 32. No hill shall be considered unless referred to a committee, returned therefrom, and printed for the use of the members.


AND NAYS ON. 33. Every bill and every resolution providing for an amendment to the Constitution shall be read at length on three different days; all amendments made thereto shall be printed for the Use of the members before the final vote is taken thereon; and no bill shall become a las and no such resolution be adopt'd unlife, on its final passage, the vote be taken by seas and pays The names of the persons voting for and against the same shall be entered on the Journal and a majority of the members elected be recorded thereon as voting in its favor.

WHEN BILLS NOT TO BE REPORTED. 24. No committee, either standing or select, shall report any bill for the action of the House, the passage of which is prohibited by the Constitution of the State, as follows, viz:

PROHIBITED LEGISLATION. Article III, Section 7. The General Assembly shall not pass any local or special law author izing the creation, extension or impairing of liens; regulating the affairs of counties, cities, te ships, wards, horough or school districts; changing the names of persons or places changing the venge In civil or criminal cases ; authorizing the laying ont, opening, altering or maintaining made highways, streets or alleys; relating to ferries or bridges, or incorporating ferry or hridge me panies, except for the erection of bridges crossing streams, which forinhoundaries het win its and any other state; vacating roads. town plats, streets or alleys; relating to cemeteries, give yards or public grounds, not of the State ; authorizing the adoption or legitimation of Miller, lorating or changing county seats; erecting new cuunties or changing county lines; incoran ting cities, towns or villages, or changing their charters; for the opening and conducting of elections fixing, or changing the place of voting; granting divorces; ererting new townships or bringt: changing township lines; borough limits or school districts; creating offices or prescribing the prs and duties of officers in counties, cities, boroughs, townships, election or school diatury: changing the law of descent or succession; regulating the practice or jurisdiction of or chong the rules of evidence in any judicial proceeding or inanirr hefore purta, aldermen. Inet! px at the peace, sheriffs, commissioners, arbitrators, auditors, masters in chancery, or other tothonals, or providing or changing methods for the collection of debts, or the enforcing of joigments of prescribing the effert of judicial sales of real estate: rexylating the fees, or extending the pers * duties of aldermen, justices of the peace, magistrates or constahles; regulating the management of public schools, the building or repairing of school bounes, and the raising of moner for woh perte es; fixing the rate of interest; affecting the estates of minors or persons under disability, except after due notice to all parties in interest, to be recited in the special enactment; remitting fines, penal. ties and forfeitures, or refunding moness legally paid into the treasury; erenpting property from taxation : regulating lahor, trade, mining or manufacturing; cresting corporations, or ameading, renewing, or extending the charters thereof; granting to any corporation, association, or individual, any special or exclusive privilege or immunits, or to any corporation, assentation, or indi idua! the right to lay down a rallroad track: nor shall the General Assembly indirectis enact such special or local law by the partial repeal of a general law; but laws repealing local or special acts may be passed; nor shall any law be passed granting powers or privileges in any case where the granting of such powers and privileges shall have been provided for by general law, nor where the courts have jurisdiction to grant the same or give the relief asked for.

ACTION ON BILLS. 35. All bills and joint resolutions reported affirmatively shall be placed on the files and calendan In their order, and placed upon the desks of the members by the Sergeant-at-arms.

FIRST READING. When bills on first reeding are in order, the Spaker shall take up the calendar and announce each bill in numerical order, when they shall be severally read at length and agreed to without amendment or deba te, and journalized accordingly.

SECOND READING. When bills on second reading are in order, the Speaker shall take up the calendar, and having announced each bill in its order, it shall be considered in the cominittee of the whole House; when the bill is reported back to the House the question shall be put, **Will the House agree to the report of the committee of the whole ?'' and, if agreed to, any amendments made by the committee of the whole shall become a part of the bill. The House shall then immediately proceed to the second reading of the bill: Provided, That when a bill has been read at length in com. mittee of the whole House, It shall be considered one of the readings required by the Constitution, and the bill shall not be again read at length on second reading, but the question shall be "Will the House agree to the bill?” which shall be subject to amendment in any part. No bill shall be considered in committee of the whole House unless called up by a member, and if not called ap for two successive weeks it shall be dropped from the calendar unless otherwise ordered by the House.

THIRD READING. When bills on third reading are in order, the Speaker shall take up the calendar and announce each bill in its order by its number and title, when it shall be read at length, and having been agreed to, the Speaker shall announce as follows:

"This bill has been read three times at length, and agreed to, upon three different dars. The question is now, Shall the bill pass ?''. When, agreeably to the provisions of the Constitution, the yeas and nays shall be taken. Bills on final passage and third reading shall be placed upon the calendar in the order in which they were agreed to on second reading.

The Resident Clerk shall prepare all calendars of bills on first, second, and third reading for consideration, in their order.


CALL FOR BILL OR OTHER SUBJECT. 36. On the call of a member for bill or other subject, on the table of the House, the question shall be decided without debate or amendment.

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NEGATIVED BILLS. 37. The recommendations by a committee that a bill be negatived shall not affect its consideration by the House but the words "negative recommendation shall be printed conspicuously on a line above the title of the bill, but such bill shall not be placed upon the calendar except by a majority of the members voting upon such motion, but if such motion be negatired once, it shall not be renewed.

No bih negatived by a committee shall be placed upon the calendar of the House unless a motion to place such bill on the calendar be made within five days after such bill is reported from committee.

BILLS NOT TO BE AMENDED BY ADDING IRRELEVANT MATTER. 28. No hill or resolution shall at any time be amended by annexing thereto, or incorporating therewith, any other bill or resolution pending before the House, nor shall a motion or proposition be entertained under color of such an amendment; nor shall any bill or resolution be amended by suhstituting therefor, under a motion to strike out, or otherwise, any other bill or resolution, on & subject different from that under consideration, without the unanimous consent of the House.



KEEPER TO GIVE NOTICE. 89. None but members of the Senate, their officers, the Governor and heads of State Departments, Judges of the Courts of this Commonwealth, the members of their families and families of the members of the present House and Senate, former members of the Legislature, when introduced by a member of the present House, and others who may be specially introduced by a member, by permission of the Speaker shall be permitted to come upon the floor of the House during its session, and no person, not a member of the Legislature, shall be permitted to come upon the door of the House, or sit in any seats appropriated for the members, or interrupt a member by speaking to hlin in his seat, while the House is in session, and it shall be the duty of the sergeant-at-arms or doorkeeper to give notice to any person offending against this rule.



40. It is not permitted to any person to smoke tobacco at any time within the chamber of the House.

41. No person or persons shall, at any time, be permitted to enter the room of the transcribing clerke, except the members and officers of the General Assembly, and it shall be the duty of the kergeant-at-arms and doorkeeper to see that the foregoing rules are observed.



42. The Speaker of the House shall administer to the officers of the House an oath or affirmation that they will severally support the Constitution of Pennsylvania and of the United States, and that they will also discharge the duties of their respective oflices with fidelity; and that they will not knowingly demand or receive, directly or indirectly, any money or other valuable thing for the performance or non-perforinance of any act or duty pertaining to their office, other than the compensation allowed by law.


ALTERATION OF RULES. 43. Any rule of the House may be suspended at any time, for a specific purpose, by a majority vote; after the accomplishment of which purpose the rule shall remain in force as before.

Any motion to alter or amend the rules permanently shall lie over one day and shall be adopted by a majority vote.

The rules shall be published in Smull's Legislative Hand Book, a copy of which shall be delivered to each member at the commencement of each session.



44. All reports of committees shall be in writing: Provided, That the minority of a committee may make report in writing, setting forth the reasons of their dissent.

COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE SENATE. 45. Communications from the Senate to the House shall be read and information shall be given to the Senate whenever any proposition coming from that body shall be concurred in.


46. When the names of the members shall be called, it shall be done in alphabetical order, except "Mr. Speaker," who shall be called last.

YEAS AND NAYS-REASON FOR VOTES. 47. The yeas and nays of the members on any question shall, at the desire of any two of them, be entered on the Journals, and the members shall have the right to insert the reasons of their votes on the Journals.



No member shall absent himself without obtaining leave of the House.

VOTING. 49. No member shall be permitted to vote on any question unless he be within the bar, and when the yeas and nays are called he be present to answer to his name.


50. On the call of the yeas and nays, the clerk shall read the names of the members; after they have been called no member shall be permitted to change his vote, unless he, at that time declares that he voted under a mistake of the question.

SENATE AMENDMENTS. 51. When amendments made by the Senate to bills are on second reading, it shall be the duty of the Speaker, without a motion, to put the question, “Will the House concur in the amendment (or amendments) made by the Senate?' and the vote be immediately taken: Provided, The members of the House shall first have been furnished with printed copies of the bill so amended, unless : motion to postpone or refer shall be made.

WHEN LESS THAN A QUORUM VOTE, BAR OF THE HOUSE TO BE CLOSED. 52. When less than a quorum vote on any subject under the consideration of the Ilouse, it shall be the duty of the Speaker forth with to order the bar of the House to be closed, and that the ne of members be called by the clerk, and it is ascertained that a quorum is present, either by answering to their names or by their presence in the House, the yeas and nays shall again be ordered by the Speaker, and if any member present refuses to vote, such refusal shall be deemed & contempt; and, unless purged, the Speaker shall order the sergeant-at-arms to remove said member or members without the bar of the House, and all privilege of membership shall be refused the person or persons so offending, until the contempt be duly purged.

BILLS RETURNED BY THE GOVERNOR VETOED. 53. All veto messages, upon being announced by the Speaker, shall be read and reconsideration of the bill proceeded with.

SESSIONS ON MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS. 54. The House will convene on Mondays at 8 o'clock P. M. and adjourn at 10 o'clock P. Y.. and on Fridays will convene at 9 o'clock A. M. and adjourn at 11 o'clock A. M.

PEDDLING WITHIN THE BAR OF THE HOUSE PROHIBITED. 55. No person shall be permitted to hawk, peddle or offer for sale any apples, candies, nuts, or other articles of traffic at any time within the hall of the House; and it shall be the duty of the sergeant-at-arms and the doorkeeper to strictly enforce this rule.

MEMBERS NOT PERMITTED TO RECORD VOTES IN CERTAIN CASES. 56. No member shall be permitted to record his vote who neglects to vote when his name is first called by the clerk.

WHEN COMMITTEES MAY BE DISCHARGED FROM CONSIDERATION OF A BILL. 57. That after a bill has been ten days in the hands of a committee after having been referred to it, a vote of the majority of all the members elect shall be required to discharge the committee from further consideration of the same.

LOUNGING PROHIBITED IN THE HALL. 58. That it shall be the duty of the sergeant-at-aris, doorkeeper, and their assistants to prevent all persons not connected with the Legislature or the departments, or introduced by a member, from assembling in the halls at any time when the body is not in session, for the purpose of lounging, loafing or gossiping. For the purpose of enforcing this rule at least two of said officers shall be in attendance at all times, and the persistent neglect or disregard of this rule shall be cause of dismissal by the Speaker,

REPORTS OF CONFERENCE COMMITTEES. 59. Reports of Conference Committees shall be presented, printed, and placed upon the files of amended bills before the same shall be considered.

APPROPRIATIONS. 60. No bills appropriating money for charitable or benevolent purposes will be considered further than second reading until after the general appropriation bill shall have been reported from coinmittee.

BILLS READ IN PLACE SHALL BE ACCOMPANIED BY COPIES THEREOF. 61. That every bill introduced shall be accompanied by two copies thereof certified by the member presenting the same to be true and correct copies of the original, one of which copies shall be filed with the resident clerk for the use of the members of the press, and one for the use of the printer.

DUTIES OF COMMITTEE TO COMPARE BILLS. 62. That every transcribed bill shall be reported to the House by the chairman of the Committee to Compare Bills, or a member thereof, upon a call of the standing committees, and that every such reported bill shall have endorsed thereon a certificate signed by the clerk of said committee that the same is a true and correct copy of the bill as the same shall have passed the House.

COMMITTEE ON RULES, 63. A committee of five shall be appointed by the Chair, which together with the Speaker er. officio, shall constitute a Committee on Rules, and shall report to the House from time to time, rules for the government thereof, and amendments to such rules; said committee shall be privileged to report at any time, and said report shall be adopted by a majority vote.

NEWSPAPER CORRESPONDENTS. 64. (a) Any person accorded the privileges of a newspaper correspondent must be the telegraphic correspondent of a daily newspaper, or of a recognized press association, who is not engaged in any department of the State government, or in any other business, or must be the official reporter for a Harrisburg daily newspaper; and no more than one representative of each newspaper shall be admitted to the press gallery at the same time.

(b) All applications for admission to the press gallery must be made to the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Such application shall state the name of the newspaper, its location, times of publication, and be signed by the applicant.

(c) The Speaker shall verify the statements made in such application, and if the application is approved by him, he shall issue a correspondent's card, signed by him and by the President of the Legislative Correspondents' Association.

(d) The correspondents shall not visit the members in their seats during the sessions of the House and shall abide by such rules and regulations, as may be adopted by the Rules Committee of the House of Representatives.

(e) The card issued by the Speaker of the House must be presented when required by any sergeant-at-arms, or doorkeeper of the flouse. It shall not he transferable. The transfer or loan of such card to any one shall be followed by its cancellation and the withdrawal of all its privileges from the correspondent so offending.

(f) The gallery alloted to newspaper correspondents shall be for their exclusive use and persons not holding correspondents' cards shall not be entitled to admission thereto.


65. After the completion of a roll call, any member of the House may demand a verification of the roll, by the clerk, and if the vote or votes of members recorded as voting shall be challenged, in writing, by any member, and the votes so challenged would change the result, the announcement of the vote shall be postponed until the Speaker shall have investigated the allegations made, when the roll call shall be corrected, if necessary, and the true result shall be announced by the Speaker.

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