Imágenes de páginas
[ocr errors]

RULE 6.-All committees shall be appointed by the President, unless otherwise directed by the Council, in which case they shall be appointed by ballot.

RULE 7.-Every motion shall be reduced to writing, if the President or any member requires it.

RULE 8.-Every member present, when a question is put, shall vote, unless the Council shall, for special reasons, excuse him; and when the yeas and nays are called for, the President shall record his vote.

RULE 9.-After a motion is made and seconded, it shall be stated by the President, or, being in writing, shall be handed to the chair and read aloud, by the President or Secretary previous to debate.

RULE 10.-After a motion is stated by the President, or read by the Secretary, it shall be deemed in the possession of the Council, but may be withdrawn at any time before a decision or amendment, by consent of the Council.

RULE 11.-A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, and be decided without debate.

RULE 12.-When a member is about to speak, he shall rise and respectfully address himself to the President; and when a member is speaking, no member shall pass between him and the chair.

RULE 13.-No member shall speak more than twice on any question, without leave of the Council.

RULE 14.-When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received, unless to postpone, to amend, to take the previous question, to commit, or to adjourn.

RULE 15.-The previous question shall be put in these words :"Shall the main question be now put?" and it shall be admitted on the demand of any member, and until decided, shall preclude all amendments under debate, of the main question.

RULE 16.-Any member may call for a division of the question, when the same will admit thereof.

RULE 17.-No committee shall absent themselves from the Council-Chamber by reason of their appointment, during the sitting of the Council, without special leave.

RULE 18.-Every bill shall be introduced by motion for leave or by an order of the Council, on the report of a committee: and is either case, a committee to prepare the same shall be appointed. In cases of a general nature, one day's notice at least, shall be given, of the motion to bring in a bill.

RULE 19.-Every bill shall receive three several readings, previous to its passage; but no bill shall be twice read on the same day, without special order of the Council.

RULE 20.-The first reading of a bill shall be for information, and if objections be made to it, the question shall be, "Shall the bill be rejected ?" If no objections be made, or the question to reject be lost, the bill shall go to its second reading without further question.

RULE 21.-All bills, on a second reading, shall first be considered by the Council in the same manner as if the Council were in committee of the whole, before they shall be taken up and proceeded on by the Council. The final question upon the second reading of every bill or resolution, that requires three readings previous to being passed, shall be, "Whether it shall be engrossed and read a third time ?"

RULE 22.-When a question is lost on engrossing a bill for a third reading on a particular day, it shall not preclude a question to engross it for a third reading on a different day; nor shali any subject be a second time reconsidered, without the consent of the Council.

RULE 23.-When a bill is engrossed, the President shall, at the time previously appointed by the Council, announce it as ready for a third reading, without a question.

RULE 24.-A bill, after commitment and report thereof, may be committed at any time previous to its passage.

RULE 25.-In filling blanks, the largest sum and longest time shall be first put.

RULE 26.-In all cases when the Council are equally divided, the President shall give the deciding vote, and when his vote, if given to the minority, will make the division equal, in such case the question shall be lost.

RULE 27.-When a motion has been once made and carried in the affirmative or negative, it shall be in order for any member of the majority to move for the reconsideration thereof, on the same or the succeeding day.

RULE 28.—All acts, addresses, and resolutions, shall be signed by the President, and all writs, warrants and subpoenas, issued by order of the Council, shall be under his hand and scal, attested by the Secretary.

RULE 29.-Petitions, memorials and other papers, addressed to the Council, shall be presented by the President, or by a member; in his place; a brief statement of the contents thereof shall verbally be made by the member introducing the same, and shall not be debated or decided on the day of their being first read, unless where the Council shall direct otherwise; but shall lie on the table to be taken up in the order they were read.

RULE 30.-After a bill shall have passed the Council it shall be duly enrolled by the clerk, after which it shall be examined by a standing committee for that purpose, who shall carefully compare the enrolment with the engrossed bill, and correcting any errors that may be discovered in the enrolled bill, shall make their report forthwith to the Council.

RULE 31.-After examination and report, each bill shall be signed by the President of the Council, and by him presented to the Governor for his approbation; the day of presentation shall be entered on the journal.

[ocr errors]

RELE 22.-A Secretary, a Recording and an Engrossing Clerk shall be appointed by ballot, to hold their places during the pleasure of the Council. They shall take an oath for the true and faithful discharge of their respective duties in office, to the best of their knowledge and abilities. The Secretary shall keep a correct journal of the daily proceedings, and perform such other duties as shall appertain to him as Secretary. He is to let no journal, records, accounts or papers, be taken from the table or out of his custody, other than by the regular mode of business of the Council; and if any papers in his charge should be missing, he shall make report to the President, that it may be inquired into. It shall be the duty of the recording clerk, to record the journal of proceedings agreeably to the original furnished him by the Secretary. It shall be the duty of the engrossing clerk to transcribe copy and engross bills. The Secretary and clerks, in the discharge of their duties, shall be subject to the direction of the President or Council.

RULE 33.-A Sergeant-at-arms, door-keeper, and messenger shall be appointed by ballot, to hold their offices during the pleasure of the Council, whose duty it shall be to attend the Council during its sitting, and to execute the commands of the President or Council from time to time. They shall take an oath, truly and faithfully to discharge the'r respective duties in office.

RULE 34.-When a message shall be sent from the Governor to the Council, it shall be announced at the door of the Councilchamber by the sergeant-at-arms, and shall be respectfully communicated to the chair, by the person by whom it may be sent.

RULE 35.-No person shall be elected to any office, created by these rules, unless he shall receive a majority of the whole number of votes given by the members of the Legislative Council.

RULE 36.-When nominations shall be made in writing by the Governor of the Territory, to the Council, a future day shall be assigned, unless the Council unanimously direct otherwise, for taking them into consideration.

RULE 37.-All information or remarks, touching or concerning the character or qualifications of any person nominated by the Governor to office, shall be kept inviolably secret.

Brus 38.--When acting on confidential or Executive business, the Council shall be cleared by direction of the President of all persons, except the secretary and sergeant-at-arms.

RULE 59. The proceedings of the Council, when they shall act in their Executive capacity, shall be in separate and distinct books, and no part of the Executive Journal shall be published but by special order.

RULE 49.-No member or officer of the Council shall be permitted to read the newspapers within the bar of the Council, while the Council is in session.

RULE 41.--No person, other than a member or officer of the Council, shall speak to any member of the Council, within the by. whilst in session.

RULE 42.-The President of the Council is authorised and required to administer all oaths prescribed by these rules.

RULE 43.-Every resolution read by the Secretary, by direction of the President, or a member, sh 1l be consic ered as being before the Council whether a question be taken upon it, or not. And every such resolution shall lie one day upon the table, unless the Council direct otherwise, on specific motion of a member.

The Rules having been read, on motion of Mr. M'Donell, they were adopted.

The resolution submitted yesterday by Mr. Drake, authorising" each member of the Council to subscribe for not exceeding 12 copies of any newspapers published in the Territory, being considered. it was concurred in.

Mr. Irwin moved that the Council proceed to the election, by ballot, of a President.

The motion prevailing, Messrs. Irwin and Stockton were appointed Tellers.

Upon counting the ballots, it appeared that Abraham Edwards was chosen. Upon which,

Mr Irwin announced to the Council, that they had made choice of Abraham Edwards, to be their President. Whereupon,

The President made his acknowledgments to the Council in the following words:

Gentlemen of the Legislative Council:

I offer you my thanks for the honor you have just conferred on me. To have been thus called by the Representatives of the People, to preside at the deliberations of the Legislature of the Territory, at every successive session, since the period of its first constitution in its present form, I cannot but regard as a distinguished


I assure you, gentlemen, the duties devolving on me as your President, shall be disch rged promptly, faithfully, and as correctly as my best judgment shall dictate. If, in their performance, 1 shall meet your approbation, and that of my fellow-citizens, my exertions will be more than rewarded, by attaining that, which should be most gratifying to a Representative of the People.

Mr Schoolcraft submitted the following resolution :

Resolved, That the Librarian be directed to report to the Council the number and titles of the Books belonging to the Library; the amount of money expended for books, under the authority of the Council; and what books, if any, are missing together with such additional rules for the government of the Library, as he may deem necessary.

Ordered. That said resolution lie on the table.

Mr. M'Donell submitted the following resolution:

Resolved, That the appointment of secretary, clerks, sergeant


[ocr errors]

at-arms, door-keeper and messenger, be made in the following manner: The names of the candidates for said offices shall be de posited with the acting clerk; and every member, beginning either at the right or left, shall be at liberty to nominate any of the sard names to fill any of the said offices, commencing with the election of secretary, next clerks, next sergeant-at-arms, next door-keeper, and ending with the election of messenger: that the votes be taken by ballot on each nomination (yea or nay) until the said appointments are made, or the names of the candidates exhausted: and should any vacancy still remain, the Council shall proceed to fill every such vacancy by ballot, without making any nomination.

Ordered, That said resolution lie on the table.
The Council adjourned to Monday at 11 o'clock, A. M.

MONDAY, May 17, 1830.

Mr. Durocher, Member from the District composed of the coun ties of Monroe and Lenawe, appeared, produced the certificate of the Governor that the oath of office had been administered to him, and took his seat.

The President presented a petition from sundry inhabitants of Cass county, praying that a part of said county may be attached to the county of St. Joseph. The petition was read and laid on the table.

On motion of Mr. Lawrence,

Resolved, That the following Standing Committees be appointed for the present session of the Legislative Council, to consist of three members each, viz:

Committee on the Judiciary.

Committee on Territorial Affairs.

Committee on Claims.

Committee on Expenditures.

Committee on Roads.

Committee on the Militia,

Committee on Schools.

Committee of Enrolment.

And the committee on the Library, to consist of two members. The resolution submitted by Mr. M'Donell on the 13th inst. prescribing the mode of appointment of the officers of the Council, having been taken up and again read, Mr. M'Donell moved that the Council concur therein.

The question being taken, the resolution was rejected.

On motion of Mr. Bartow, the Council proceeded to the election of a Secretary.

Messrs. Stockton and Durocher were appointed Tellers.

Upon examination of the bollet, it appeared that

E. A. Brush, was elected Secretary.

On motion of Mr. Fletcher, the Council proceeded in like man

« AnteriorContinuar »