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92_SR0002 SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 SENATE RESOLUTION 2 2 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE 92ND GENERAL ASSEMBLY: 3 RULES OF THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS 4 ARTICLE I 5 DEFINITIONS 6 As used in these Senate Rules, the following terms have 7 the meanings ascribed to them in this Article I, unless the 8 context clearly requires a different meaning: 9 1-1. Chairperson. "Chairperson" means that Senator 10 designated by the President to serve as chair of a committee. 11 1-2. Committee. "Committee" means a committee of the 12 Senate and includes a standing committee, a special 13 committee, and a special subcommittee of a committee. 14 "Committee" shall not mean a conference committee, and the 15 procedural and notice requirements applicable to committees 16 shall not apply to conference committees. 17 1-3. Constitution. "Constitution" means the 18 Constitution of the State of Illinois. 19 1-4. General Assembly. "General Assembly" means the 20 92nd General Assembly of the State of Illinois. 21 1-5. House. "House" means the House of Representatives 22 of the General Assembly. 23 1-6. Joint Action Motions. "Joint action motions" shall 24 mean any or all of the following motions before the Senate: 25 to concur in a House amendment, to non-concur in a House 26 amendment, to recede from a Senate amendment, to refuse to 27 recede from a Senate amendment, and to request that a -2- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 conference committee be appointed. 2 1-7. Legislative Digest. "Legislative Digest" means the 3 Legislative Synopsis and Digest that is prepared by the 4 Legislative Reference Bureau of the General Assembly. 5 1-8. Legislative Measures. "Legislative measures" means 6 all matters brought before the Senate for consideration, 7 whether originated in the Senate or House, and includes 8 bills, amendments, resolutions, conference committee reports, 9 motions and messages from the executive branch. 10 1-9. Majority. "Majority" means a simple majority of 11 those members present and voting on a question. Unless 12 otherwise specified with respect to a particular Senate Rule, 13 for purposes of determining the number of members present and 14 voting on a question, a "present" vote shall not be counted. 15 1-10. Majority Caucus. "Majority caucus" means that 16 group of Senators from the numerically strongest political 17 party in the Senate. 18 1-11. Majority of those Appointed. "Majority of those 19 appointed" means an absolute majority of the total number of 20 Senators appointed to a committee. 21 1-12. Majority of those Elected. "Majority of those 22 elected" means an absolute majority of the total number of 23 Senators entitled to be elected to the Senate, irrespective 24 of the number of elected or appointed Senators actually 25 serving in office. So long as 59 Senators are entitled to be 26 elected to the Senate, "majority of those elected" shall mean 27 30 affirmative votes. 28 1-13. Member. "Member" means a Senator. Where the 29 context so requires, "member" may also mean a Representative 30 of the Illinois House of Representatives. -3- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 1-14. Members Appointed. "Members appointed" means the 2 total number of Senators appointed to a committee. 3 1-15. Members Elected. "Members elected" means the 4 total number of Senators entitled to be elected to the 5 Senate, irrespective of the number of elected or appointed 6 Senators actually serving in office. So long as 59 Senators 7 are entitled to be elected in the Senate, "members elected" 8 shall mean 59 Senators. 9 1-16. Minority Caucus. "Minority caucus" means that 10 group of Senators from other than the numerically strongest 11 political party in the Senate. 12 1-17. Minority Leader. "Minority Leader" means the 13 Minority Leader of the Senate. 14 1-18. Minority Spokesperson. "Minority spokesperson" 15 means that Senator designated by the Minority Leader to serve 16 as the minority spokesperson of a committee. 17 1-19. Perfunctory Session. "Perfunctory session" means 18 the convening of the Senate, pursuant to the scheduling of 19 the President, for purposes consistent with Rule 4-1(c), (d). 20 1-20. President. "President" means the President of the 21 Senate. 22 1-21. Presiding Officer. "Presiding Officer" means that 23 Senator serving as the presiding officer of the Senate, 24 whether such Senator be the President or another Senator 25 designated by the President, in his or her capacity as 26 presiding officer. 27 1-22. Principal Sponsor. "Principal sponsor" means the 28 first listed Senate sponsor of any legislative measure; with 29 respect to a committee-sponsored bill or resolution, it means 30 the Chairperson of the committee. -4- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 1-23. Secretary. "Secretary" means the elected 2 Secretary of the Senate. 3 1-24. Senate. "Senate" means the Senate of the General 4 Assembly. 5 1-25. Senator. "Senator" means any of the duly elected 6 or duly appointed Illinois State Senators, and means the same 7 as "member". 8 1-26. Term. "Term" means the two-year term of a General 9 Assembly. 10 1-27. Vice-Chairperson. "Vice-Chairperson" means that 11 Senator designated by the President to serve as 12 vice-chairperson of a committee. 13 ARTICLE II 14 ORGANIZATION 15 2-1. Adoption of Rules. At the commencement of a term, 16 the Senate shall adopt new rules of organization and 17 procedure by resolution setting forth such rules in their 18 entirety. Such resolution must be adopted by a majority of 19 those elected. These Rules of the Senate of the 92nd 20 General Assembly shall be subject to revision or amendment 21 only in accordance with Rule 7-17. 22 2-2. Election of the President. (a) Prior to the 23 election of the President, the Governor shall convene the 24 Senate, designate a Temporary Secretary of the Senate, and 25 preside during the nomination and election of the President. 26 As the first item of business each day prior to the election 27 of the President, the Governor shall order the Temporary 28 Secretary to call the roll of the members to establish the 29 presence of a quorum as required by the Constitution. If a 30 majority of those elected are not present, the Senate shall -5- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 stand adjourned until the hour of 12:00 noon on the next 2 calendar day, excepting weekends. If a quorum of members is 3 present, the Governor shall then call for nominations of 4 members for the Office of President. All such nominations 5 shall require a second. When the nominations are completed, 6 the Governor shall direct the Temporary Secretary to call the 7 roll of the members to elect the President. 8 (b) The election of the President shall require the 9 affirmative vote of a majority of those elected. Debate 10 shall not be in order following nominations and preceding or 11 during the vote, and Senators may not explain their vote on 12 the election of the President. 13 (c) No bills may be considered and no committees may be 14 appointed or meet prior to the election of the President. 15 (d) Whenever a vacancy in the Office of President shall 16 occur, the foregoing procedure shall be employed to elect a 17 new President; however, when the Governor shall be of a 18 political party other than that of the majority caucus, the 19 Assistant Majority Leader having the greatest seniority of 20 service in the Senate shall preside during the nomination and 21 election of the successor President. No legislative 22 measures, other than such nominations and election, may be 23 considered by the Senate during a vacancy in the Office of 24 President. 25 2-3. Election of the Minority Leader. The Senate shall 26 elect a Minority Leader in a manner consistent with the 27 Constitution and laws of Illinois. 28 2-4. Assistant Leaders. (a) The President and the 29 Minority Leader shall appoint from within their respective 30 caucuses the number of Assistant Majority Leaders and 31 Assistant Minority Leaders as are allowed by law. -6- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 (b) Such appointments shall become effective immediately 2 upon their being filed with the Secretary and shall remain 3 effective for the duration of the term unless a vacancy 4 occurs by reason of resignation or because an assistant 5 leader has ceased to be a Senator. Successor assistant 6 leaders shall be appointed in the same manner as their 7 predecessors. Assistant leaders shall have those powers 8 delegated to them by the President or Minority Leader, as the 9 case may be. 10 2-5. Powers and Duties of the President. (a) The 11 President shall have those powers conferred upon him or her 12 by the Constitution, the laws of Illinois, and any motions or 13 resolutions adopted by the Senate or jointly by the Senate 14 and House. 15 (b) Except as provided by law with respect to the Senate 16 Operations Commission, the President shall be the chief 17 administrative officer of the Senate and shall have those 18 powers necessary to carry out such function. The President 19 may delegate his or her administrative duties as he or she 20 deems appropriate. 21 (c) The duties of the President shall include the 22 following: 23 1. To preside at all sessions of the Senate, although 24 the President may call on any member to preside 25 temporarily. 26 2. To open the session at the time at which the Senate 27 is to meet by taking the podium and calling the 28 members to order. The President may call on any 29 member, or the Secretary in case of perfunctory 30 days, to open the session. 31 3. To announce the business before the Senate in the -7- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 order in which it is to be acted upon. 2 4. To recognize those members entitled to the floor. 3 5. To state and put to vote all questions which are 4 regularly moved or which necessarily arise in the 5 course of the proceedings, and to announce the 6 result of the vote. 7 6. To preserve order and decorum. 8 7. To decide all points of order, subject to appeal, 9 and to speak thereon in preference to other members. 10 8. To inform the Senate when necessary, or when any 11 question is raised, on any point of order or 12 practice pertinent to the pending business. 13 9. To sign or authenticate all acts, proceedings or 14 orders of the Senate. All writs, warrants and 15 subpoenas issued by order of the Senate shall be 16 signed by the President and attested by the 17 Secretary. 18 10. To sign all bills passed by both chambers of the 19 General Assembly in order to certify that the 20 procedural requirements for passage have been met. 21 11. To have general supervision, including the duty to 22 protect the security and safety, of the Senate 23 chamber, galleries and adjoining and connecting 24 hallways and passages, including the power to clear 25 them when necessary. 26 12. To have general supervision of the Secretary and his 27 or her assistants, the Sergeant-at-Arms and his or 28 her assistants, the majority caucus staff and all 29 employees of the Senate except the minority caucus 30 staff. -8- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 13. To appoint all majority caucus members of committees 2 and to designate all Chairpersons and 3 Vice-Chairpersons of committees, except as the 4 Senate shall otherwise order in accordance with 5 these Senate Rules. 6 14. To enforce all constitutional provisions, statutes, 7 rules and regulations applicable to the Senate. 8 15. To guide and direct the proceedings of the Senate 9 subject to the control and will of the members as 10 provided in these Senate Rules. 11 16. To direct the Secretary to correct non-substantive 12 errors in the Journal. 13 17. To assign meeting places and meeting times to 14 committees. 15 18. To decide, subject to the control and will of the 16 members in accordance with these Senate Rules, all 17 questions relating to the priority of business. 18 (d) The President, at his or her discretion, may 19 designate from among those members serving in the statutorily 20 created positions of assistant majority leader, no more than 21 one member to serve as the Senate Majority Leader. The 22 Senate Majority Leader shall serve at the pleasure of the 23 President and shall receive no additional compensation other 24 than that provided statutorily for the position of assistant 25 majority leader. 26 (e) This rule may be suspended by a vote of three-fifths 27 of the members elected. 28 2-6. Powers and Duties of the Minority Leader. (a) The 29 Minority Leader shall have those powers conferred upon him or 30 her by the Constitution, the laws of Illinois, and any -9- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 motions or resolutions adopted by the Senate or jointly by 2 the Senate and House. 3 (b) The Minority Leader shall appoint to all committees 4 the members from the minority caucus and shall designate a 5 Minority Spokesperson for each committee, except where the 6 Senate shall otherwise order in accordance with these Senate 7 Rules. 8 (c) The Minority Leader shall have general supervision 9 of the minority caucus staff. 10 2-7. Secretary of the Senate. (a) The Senate shall 11 elect a Secretary, who may adopt appropriate policies or 12 procedures for the conduct of his or her office. Except 13 where such authority is by law given to the Senate Operations 14 Commission, the President shall be the final arbiter of any 15 dispute arising in connection with the operation of the 16 Office of the Secretary. 17 (b) The duties of the Secretary shall include the 18 following: 19 1. To have custody of all bills, papers and records of 20 the Senate, which shall not be taken out of the 21 Secretary's custody except in the regular course of 22 business in the Senate. 23 2. To endorse on every original bill and each copy its 24 number, names of sponsors, the date of introduction, 25 and the several orders taken on it. When printed, 26 the names of the sponsors shall appear on the front 27 page of the bill in the same order they appeared 28 when introduced. 29 3. To cause each bill to be placed on the desks of the 30 members as soon as it is printed, or alternatively 31 to provide for a method that any Senator may utilize -10- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 to secure a copy of any bill he or she desires. 2 4. To keep the journal of the proceedings of the Senate 3 and, under the direction of the President, correct 4 errors in the Journal. 5 5. To keep the transcripts of the debates of the Senate 6 and make them available to the public under 7 reasonable conditions. 8 6. To keep the necessary records for the Senate and its 9 committees and to prepare the Senate Calendar for 10 each legislative day. 11 7. To examine all Senate Bills and Constitutional 12 Amendment Resolutions following Second Reading and 13 prior to final passage, for the purpose of 14 correcting any non-substantive errors therein, and 15 to report the same back to the President promptly; 16 to supervise the enrolling and engrossing of bills 17 and resolutions, subject to the direction of the 18 President; and to certify passage or adoption of 19 legislative measures, and to note thereon the date 20 of final Senate action. Any corrections suggested 21 to the President by the Secretary, and thereafter 22 approved by the Senate, shall be entered upon the 23 Journal. 24 8. To transmit bills, other documents and other 25 messages to the House and secure a receipt therefor, 26 and to receive from the House bills, documents and 27 receipts therefore. 28 9. To file with the Secretary of State those debate 29 transcripts and Senate documents as are required by 30 law. 31 10. To attend every session of the Senate; record the -11- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 roll; and read all bills, resolutions and other 2 papers as directed by the Presiding Officer. Bills 3 shall be read by title only. Upon initial reading, 4 motions may be read by title and sponsor only. 5 11. To supervise all Assistant Secretaries and other 6 employees of his or her office, as well as all 7 committee clerks in their capacity as committee 8 clerks. 9 12. To establish the format for all documents, forms and 10 committee records prepared by committee clerks. 11 13. To perform those duties as assigned by the 12 President. 13 2-8. Assistant Secretary of the Senate. The Senate 14 shall, in a manner consistent with the laws of Illinois, 15 elect an Assistant Secretary, who shall perform those duties 16 assigned to him or her by the Secretary. 17 2-9. Sergeant-at-Arms. The Senate shall elect a 18 Sergeant-at-Arms who shall perform those duties assigned to 19 him or her by law, or as are ordered by the President or 20 Presiding Officer. Such duties shall include the following: 21 1. To attend the Senate during its sessions and execute 22 the commands of the Senate, together with all such 23 process issued by authority thereof, as shall be 24 directed to him or her by the President or Presiding 25 Officer. 26 2. To maintain order among spectators admitted into the 27 Senate chambers, galleries and adjoining or 28 connecting hallways and passages. 29 3. To take proper measures to prevent interruption of 30 the Senate. -12- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 4. To supervise any Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms. 2 5. To perform those duties as assigned by the 3 President. 4 2-10. Schedule. (a) The President shall periodically 5 establish a schedule of days on which the Senate shall 6 convene in regular and veto session, with such schedule 7 subject to revisions at the discretion of the President. The 8 President may also at his or her discretion schedule 9 perfunctory session days of the Senate. The President may 10 establish deadlines for the following legislative actions: 11 Final day for introduction of bills. 12 Final day for standing committees of the Senate to 13 report Senate bills, except Senate appropriations 14 bills. 15 Final day for standing committees of the Senate to 16 report Senate appropriation bills. 17 Final day for Third Reading and passage of Senate 18 bills, except Senate appropriation bills. 19 Final day for Third Reading and passage of Senate 20 appropriation bills. 21 Final day for standing committees of the Senate to 22 report House appropriation bills. 23 Final day for standing committees of the Senate to 24 report House bills, except appropriation bills. 25 Final day for Third reading and passage of House 26 appropriation bills. 27 Final day for Third reading and passage of House 28 non-appropriation bills. -13- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 (b) The President may establish additional deadlines for 2 final action on conference committee reports and any or all 3 categories of joint action motions. 4 (c) The foregoing deadlines shall become final upon 5 being filed by the President with the Secretary. The 6 Secretary shall Journalize such deadlines. 7 (d) The President may schedule alternative deadlines for 8 legislative action during any special session of the Senate 9 pursuant to written notice filed with the Secretary. 10 (e) The President may schedule deadlines for any other 11 action on any category of legislative measure as he or she 12 deems appropriate. 13 ARTICLE III 14 COMMITTEES 15 3-1. Committees. (a) The committees of the Senate 16 shall be: (i) the standing committees listed in Rule 3-4; 17 (ii) special committees created by Senate resolution under 18 Rule 3-3; and (iii) special subcommittees created by standing 19 committees or by special committees under Rule 3-3. 20 Subcommittees may not create subcommittees. 21 (b) All committees shall have a Chairperson and Minority 22 Spokesperson, who shall not be of the same political party. 23 Committees of the whole shall consist of all Senators. The 24 number of majority caucus members and minority caucus members 25 of all standing committees, and all other committees unless 26 otherwise ordered by the Senate in accordance with these 27 Senate Rules, shall be determined by the President. Such 28 numbers of majority caucus and minority caucus members shall 29 become final upon the President filing with the Secretary an 30 appropriate notice, which shall be Journalized. -14- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 (c) The Chairperson of a committee shall have the 2 authority to call the committee to order, designate the order 3 in which bills and resolutions posted for hearing shall be 4 taken up, order the roll call vote to be taken on each 5 legislative measure called for a vote, preserve order and 6 decorum during committee meetings, and generally supervise 7 the affairs of the committee. The Vice-Chairperson of a 8 committee may preside over its meetings in the absence or at 9 the direction of the Chairperson. 10 (d) A vacancy on a committee, or in the Chairperson or 11 Minority Spokesperson position on a committee, shall be 12 created when a member resigns from such position or ceases to 13 be a Senator. Resignations shall be made in writing to the 14 Secretary, who shall promptly notify the President and 15 Minority Leader. Absent concurrence by a majority of those 16 elected, or as otherwise provided in Rule 3-5, no member who 17 resigns from a committee shall be reappointed to such 18 committee for the remainder of the term. Replacement members 19 shall be of the same political party as that of the member 20 who resigns, and shall be appointed by the President or 21 Minority Leader, depending upon the political party of the 22 resigning member. In the case of vacancies on special 23 subcommittees that were created by committees, the parent 24 committee shall fill the vacancy by motion. 25 (e) The Chairperson of a committee shall have the 26 authority to call meetings of that committee, subject to the 27 approval of the President in accordance with Rule 2-5(c) 28 (17). Except as otherwise provided by these Senate Rules, 29 committee meetings shall be convened in accordance with Rule 30 3-11. 31 3-2. Membership and Officers of Standing Committees. At 32 the commencement of the term, the members of each standing 33 committee shall be appointed for the term by the President -15- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 and the Minority Leader, except as provided in Rule 3-5. The 2 President shall appoint the Chairperson and the remaining 3 committee members of the majority caucus (one of whom the 4 President shall designate as Vice-Chairperson), and the 5 Minority Leader shall appoint the Minority Spokesperson and 6 the remaining committee members of the minority caucus. Such 7 appointments shall become immediately effective upon the 8 delivery of appropriate correspondence from each of the 9 respective leaders to the Secretary, regardless of whether 10 the Senate shall be in session, and such appointments for the 11 committee members, shall be for the duration of the term. 12 The Chairperson and Minority Spokesperson shall serve at the 13 pleasure of the President or Minority Leader as the case may 14 be. The Secretary shall Journalize all such appointments. 15 All standing committees shall be empowered to conduct 16 business when a majority of the total number of committee 17 members has been appointed. 18 3-3. Special Committee and Subcommittees. (a) The 19 Senate may create special committees by resolution adopted by 20 a majority of those elected. The appointed members of such a 21 special committee shall be designated by the President and 22 the Minority Leader in the same manner outlined in Rule 3-2 23 with respect to standing committees. 24 (b) A committee may create a special subcommittee by 25 motion adopted by a majority of those appointed. The members 26 of a special subcommittee shall come from the membership of 27 the creating committee, and shall be appointed in the manner 28 determined by the creating committee. 29 (c) The resolution or motion creating a special 30 committee or special subcommittee shall specify the subject 31 matter of the special committee or subcommittee, the number 32 of members to be appointed thereto, and may specify a 33 reporting date during the term (in which event the special -16- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 committee or subcommittee shall be abolished as of such 2 date). Unless an earlier date is specified by resolution or 3 motion, special committees and subcommittees shall expire at 4 the end of the term. 5 (d) When the Senate is not in session, Special Temporary 6 Committees may be created and appointed by the President. 7 The actions of the President and of such Special Temporary 8 Committee shall stand as the action of the Senate unless the 9 action shall be amended or modified on a roll call vote by a 10 majority of those elected during the next day the Senate 11 convenes. 12 3-4. Standing Committees. The Standing Committees of 13 the Senate are as follows: 14 AGRICULTURE AND CONSERVATION 15 APPROPRIATIONS 16 COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY 17 EDUCATION 18 ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY 19 EXECUTIVE 20 EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS 21 FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 22 INSURANCE AND PENSIONS 23 JUDICIARY 24 LICENSED ACTIVITIES 25 LOCAL GOVERNMENT 26 PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELFARE -17- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 REVENUE 2 STATE GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS 3 TRANSPORTATION 4 3-5. Service Committee. (a) In addition to the 5 foregoing standing committees, there shall be a permanent 6 service committee known as the "Rules Committee." The Rules 7 Committee shall have those powers and duties that are 8 outlined in these Senate Rules, as well as those that may be 9 periodically ordered in accordance with these Senate Rules. 10 (b) The Rules Committee shall consist of five members, 11 three of whom shall be appointed by the President and two of 12 whom shall be appointed by the Minority Leader. Both the 13 President and the Minority Leader shall be eligible to be 14 appointed to the Rules Committee. The Rules Committee shall 15 be empowered to conduct business when a majority of the total 16 number of its members has been appointed. 17 (c) The majority caucus members of the Rules Committee 18 shall serve at the pleasure of the President, and the 19 minority caucus members shall serve at the pleasure of the 20 Minority Leader. Appointments thereto shall be by notice 21 filed with the Secretary, and shall be effective for the 22 balance of the term or until a replacement appointment is 23 made, whichever shall first occur. Appointments shall take 24 effect upon filing with the Secretary regardless of whether 25 the Senate shall be in session. Notwithstanding any other 26 provision of these Senate Rules, any Senator who shall be 27 replaced on the Rules Committee may be reappointed to the 28 Rules Committee without concurrence of the Senate. 29 (d) Notwithstanding any other provision of these Senate 30 Rules, the Rules Committee may meet upon notice. All 31 legislative measures pending before the Rules Committee shall -18- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 be eligible for consideration at any meeting thereof, and all 2 such legislative measures shall be deemed posted for hearing 3 by the Rules Committee for all of its meetings. 4 (e) This rule may be suspended by a vote of three-fifths 5 of the members elected. 6 3-6. Referrals of Resolutions, Messages and 7 Reorganization Orders. (a) All resolutions, after being 8 initially read by the Secretary, shall be automatically 9 referred to the Rules Committee unless the Presiding Officer 10 determines that the resolution is a death resolution and 11 orders that the resolution be placed on the Resolutions 12 Consent Calendar. Resolutions determined by the Rules 13 Committee to be of a non-substantive, commemorative or 14 congratulatory nature shall be returned to the principal 15 sponsor for action pursuant to Rule 6-4. No resolution may 16 be placed on the Resolutions Consent Calendar if any member 17 objects. 18 (b) All messages from the Governor or any other 19 executive branch Constitutional Officer regarding 20 appointments that require confirmation by the Senate shall, 21 after having been initially read by the Secretary, be 22 automatically referred to the Executive Appointments 23 Committee. 24 (c) All executive reorganization orders of the Governor 25 issued pursuant to Article V, Section 11 of the Constitution 26 shall, upon being read into the record by the Secretary, be 27 automatically referred to the Rules Committee for its 28 referral to a standing committee, the latter of which may 29 issue a recommendation to the Senate with respect to any such 30 executive order. The Senate may disapprove of any such 31 executive order only by resolution adopted by a majority of 32 those elected; no such resolution shall be in order until a -19- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 standing committee has reported to the Senate on such 2 executive reorganization, or until the executive order has 3 been discharged pursuant to Rule 7-9. 4 3-7. Rules Committee. (a) The Rules Committee may 5 consider any legislative measure referred to it pursuant to 6 Rules 3-6, 3-8 and 3-9, by motion or resolution, or by order 7 of the Presiding Officer upon initial reading. The Rules 8 Committee may, with the concurrence of a majority of those 9 appointed, sponsor motions or resolutions; notwithstanding 10 any other provision of these Senate Rules, any motion or 11 resolution sponsored by the Rules Committee may be 12 immediately considered by the Senate without reference to a 13 committee. 14 (b) During even-numbered years, the Rules Committee 15 shall refer to a standing committee of the Senate only 16 appropriation bills implementing the budget and other 17 legislative measures deemed by the Rules Committee to be of 18 an emergency nature or to be of substantial importance to the 19 operation of government. This subsection (b) shall apply 20 equally to Senate Bills and House Bills introduced into or 21 received by the Senate. 22 3-8. Referrals to Committees. (a) All Senate Bills and 23 House Bills shall, after having been initially read by the 24 Secretary, be automatically referred to the Rules Committee, 25 which may thereafter refer any such bill before it to a 26 standing committee. The Rules Committee may refer any 27 resolution before it to a standing committee. No bill or 28 resolution may be referred to a standing committee except 29 pursuant to this rule or Rule 7-17. A standing committee may 30 refer a matter pending in that committee to a subcommittee of 31 that committee. 32 (b) All floor amendments, joint action motions for final 33 action and conference committee reports shall, upon filing -20- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 with the Secretary, be automatically referred to the Rules 2 Committee. No such amendment, joint action motion or 3 conference committee report may be considered by the Senate 4 unless approved for such consideration by the Rules 5 Committee. The Rules Committee may approve any floor 6 amendment, joint action motion for final action or conference 7 committee report that: (i) consists of language that has 8 previously been favorably reported to the Senate by a 9 committee; (ii) consists of technical or clarifying language 10 that is non-substantive in nature; or (iii) consists of 11 language deemed by the Rules Committee to be of an emergency 12 nature or to be of substantial importance to the operation of 13 government or in the best interests of Illinois. The Rules 14 Committee may refer any floor amendment, joint action motion 15 for final action or conference committee report to a standing 16 committee for its review and consideration (in such 17 instances, and notwithstanding any other provision of these 18 Senate Rules, the standing committee may hold a hearing on 19 and consider such legislative measures pursuant to one-hour 20 advance notice). Any floor amendment, joint action motion 21 for final action or conference committee report that is not 22 approved by the Rules Committee is out of order. 23 (c) The Rules Committee may at any time re-refer a 24 legislative measure from a committee to a Committee of the 25 Whole or to any other committee. 26 (d) This rule may be suspended by a vote of three-fifths 27 of the members elected. 28 3-9. Re-Referrals to the Rules Committee. (a) All 29 legislative measures with the exception of resolutions to 30 amend the State Constitution that have failed to meet the 31 applicable deadline established in accordance with Rule 2-10 32 for reporting to the Senate by a standing committee shall 33 automatically be re-referred to the Rules Committee unless: -21- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 (i) the deadline has been suspended pursuant to Rule 7-17, 2 with re-referral to the Rules Committee to occur if the bill 3 has not been reported to the Senate in accordance with the 4 revised deadline; or (ii) the Rules Committee has issued a 5 written exception to the Secretary with respect to a 6 particular bill prior to the reporting deadline, with such 7 re-referral to occur, if at all, in accordance with such 8 written exception. Should the President in accordance with 9 Rules 2-10 establish deadlines for action on joint action 10 motions or conference committee reports, the foregoing 11 re-referral provisions and exceptions shall apply with 12 respect to such legislative measures that fail to meet those 13 deadlines. 14 (b) All legislative measures with the exception of 15 resolutions to amend the State Constitution pending before 16 the Senate or any of its committees shall automatically be 17 re-referred to the Rules Committee on the 31st consecutive 18 day that the Senate has not convened for session unless: (i) 19 this rule has been suspended in accordance with Rule 7-17; or 20 (ii) the Rules Committee has issued a written exception to 21 the Secretary prior to such 31st day. 22 3-10. Reporting by Committees. Committees shall report 23 to the Senate and subcommittees shall report to their parent 24 committees. 25 3-11. Committee Procedure. (a) A committee may 26 consider any legislative measure referred to it and may make 27 with respect to such legislative measure one of the following 28 reports to the Senate or to the parent committee, as 29 appropriate: 30 1. that the bill "do pass"; 31 2. that the bill "do not pass"; -22- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 3. that the bill "do pass as amended"; 2 4. that the bill "do not pass as amended"; 3 5. that the resolution "be adopted"; 4 6. that the resolution "be not adopted"; 5 7. that the resolution "be adopted as amended"; 6 8. that the resolution "be not adopted as amended"; 7 9. that the floor amendment, joint action motion or 8 conference committee report "be adopted"; 9 10. that the floor amendment, joint action motion or 10 conference committee report "be not adopted"; 11 11. that the floor amendment, joint action motion or 12 conference committee report "be approved for 13 consideration"; 14 12. that the floor amendment, joint action motion or 15 conference committee report "be not approved for 16 consideration"; 17 13. "without recommendation"; or 18 14. that the legislative measure be "re-referred to the 19 Rules Committee." 20 Any of the foregoing reports may only be made upon the 21 concurrence of a majority of those appointed. All 22 legislative measures reported "do pass," "do pass as 23 amended," "be adopted," "be adopted as amended" and "be 24 approved for consideration" shall be deemed favorably 25 reported to the Senate. Except as otherwise provided by 26 these Senate Rules, any legislative measure referred to a 27 committee and not reported pursuant to this rule shall remain 28 in such committee. Pursuant to Rules 3-11(g) and 7-10, a -23- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 committee may report a legislative measure as tabled. 2 (b) No bill which provides for an appropriation or 3 expenditure of money from the State Treasury may be 4 considered for passage by the Senate unless it shall first 5 have been reported to the Senate by the Appropriations 6 Committee unless: 7 1. the bill was discharged from the Appropriations 8 Committee in accordance with Rule 7-9; 9 2. the bill was exempted from this requirement by a 10 majority of those appointed to the Rules Committee; 11 or 12 3. this rule was suspended in accordance with Rule 7-17. 13 (c) The Chairperson of each committee shall keep, or 14 cause to be kept, a record in which there shall be entered: 15 1. The time and place of each meeting of such committee. 16 2. The attendance of committee members at each such 17 meeting. 18 3. The votes cast by the committee members on all 19 legislative measures acted upon by the committee. 20 4. Such additional information as may be requested by 21 the Secretary. 22 (d) The committee Chairperson shall file with the 23 Secretary, along with every bill or resolution reported upon, 24 a sheet containing such information as shall be required by 25 the Secretary. The Secretary may adopt forms, policies and 26 procedures with respect to the preparation, filing and 27 maintenance of such reports. 28 (e) Except as provided in Rules 3-5 or 3-8 or unless 29 this rule is suspended pursuant to Rule 7-17, no committee -24- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 may consider or conduct a hearing with respect to a 2 legislative measure absent notice first being given as 3 follows: 4 1. The Chairperson of the committee shall, no later than 5 six days before any proposed hearing, post a notice 6 on the Senate bulletin board identifying each 7 legislative measure that may be considered during 8 such hearing. The notice shall contain the day, hour 9 and place of the hearing. 10 2. Meetings of the Rules Committee may be called 11 pursuant to Rule 3-5; meeting of the standing 12 committees to consider floor amendments, joint action 13 motions and conference committee reports may be 14 called pursuant to Rule 3-8. 15 3. The Chairperson shall, in advance of a committee 16 hearing, notify all principal sponsors of legislative 17 measures posted for such hearing of the date, time 18 and place of hearing. Where practicable, the 19 Secretary shall include a notice of all scheduled 20 hearings, together with all posted bills and 21 resolutions, in the Daily Calendar of the Senate. 22 Irrespective of whether the involved legislative measure has 23 been posted for hearing, it shall be in order for a committee 24 during any of its meetings to refer a legislative measure 25 pending before it to a subcommittee of such committee. 26 (f) Other than the Rules Committee, no committee may 27 meet during any session of the Senate, and no commission 28 created by Illinois law which has legislative membership 29 shall meet during any session of the Senate. 30 (g) Regardless of whether notice shall have been 31 previously given, it shall always be in order for a committee -25- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 to order any legislative measure pending before it to lie on 2 the table when the principal sponsor so requests. When 3 reported to the Senate, such committee action shall stand as 4 the action of the Senate. 5 (h) Where a committee fails to report a legislative 6 measure pending before it to the Senate, or where a committee 7 fails to hold a public hearing on a legislative measure 8 pending before it, the exclusive means of bringing such 9 legislative measure directly before the Senate for its 10 consideration shall be pursuant to Rule 7-9. 11 (i) No bill or resolution may be called for a vote in 12 committee in the absence of the principal sponsor, or the 13 chief cosponsor when the committee so consents, without the 14 approval of the principal sponsor. 15 3-12. Committee Reports. (a) All bills favorably 16 reported to the Senate from a committee, or with respect to 17 which a committee has been discharged, shall stand on the 18 order of Second Reading unless otherwise ordered by the 19 Senate, and may be amended only on Second Reading. Bills 20 reported to the Senate from committee "do not pass," "do not 21 pass as amended," "be not approved for consideration" or 22 "without recommendation" shall lie on the table. 23 (b) All floor amendments, joint action motions and 24 conference committee reports favorably reported to the Senate 25 from a committee shall be before the Senate and eligible for 26 consideration by the Senate when it shall be on an 27 appropriate order of business (floor amendments may only be 28 considered by the Senate when the bill to be amended is on 29 Second Reading). All floor amendments, joint action motions 30 and conference committee reports that are reported to the 31 Senate from committee "be not adopted," "be not approved for 32 consideration" or "without recommendation" shall lie on the 33 table. Where the Rules Committee refers a floor amendment, -26- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 joint action motion or conference committee report to a 2 standing committee, which thereafter favorably reports such 3 legislative measure to the Senate, the legislative measure 4 shall be deemed approved by the Rules Committee. 5 (c) All resolutions favorably reported to the Senate 6 from a committee, or with respect to which a committee has 7 been discharged, shall stand on the order of Resolutions. 8 All resolutions that are reported to the Senate from 9 committee "be not adopted," "be not adopted as amended" or 10 "without recommendation" shall lie on the table. Floor 11 amendments to resolutions shall be subject to the same 12 procedure applicable to floor amendments to bills. 13 ARTICLE IV 14 CONDUCT OF BUSINESS 15 4-1. Sessions of the Senate. (a) The Senate shall be 16 deemed in session whenever it convenes in perfunctory 17 session, regular session, veto session or special session. 18 Members shall be entitled to per diem expense reimbursements 19 only on those regular, veto and special session days that 20 they are in attendance at the Senate. Attendance by members 21 shall not be required or recorded on perfunctory session 22 days. 23 (b) Regular and veto session days shall be scheduled 24 with notice by the President in accordance with Rule 2-10. 25 Special session days shall be scheduled in accordance with 26 the Constitution and laws of Illinois. 27 (c) The President at his discretion may schedule 28 perfunctory session days during which the Secretary may read 29 into the Senate record any legislative measure. Properly 30 convened committees may meet and may consider and act upon 31 legislative measures during a perfunctory session day, and -27- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 the Secretary may receive and read committee reports into the 2 Senate record during a perfunctory day. Excepting any 3 automatic referral provisions of these Senate Rules, no 4 action may be taken by the Senate with respect to a 5 legislative measure during a perfunctory session day. 6 (d) The President may also schedule perfunctory session 7 days for the purpose of affording those members designated by 8 the President and Minority Leader an opportunity to negotiate 9 with respect to any unfinished business of the Senate without 10 necessitating the presence of all members and the related 11 costs to Illinois taxpayers. 12 4-2. Hour of Meeting. Unless otherwise ordered by the 13 Presiding Officer or by a majority of those elected, the 14 Senate shall regularly convene at noon. 15 4-3. Entitled to Floor. (a) Except as otherwise 16 provided herein, only the following persons shall be admitted 17 to the Senate while it is in session: members and officers 18 of the General Assembly; elected officers of the executive 19 branch; justices of the Supreme Court; the designated aide to 20 the Governor; the parliamentarian; majority staff members and 21 minority staff members, except as limited by the Presiding 22 Officer; former Presidents of the Senate, except as limited 23 by the President or prohibited under subsection (d); former 24 members who served in the Senate at any time during the past 25 four years, except as limited by the President or prohibited 26 under subsection (d); and employees of the Legislative 27 Reference Bureau, except as limited by the President. 28 Representatives of the press, while the Senate is in session, 29 may have access to the galleries and places allotted to them 30 by the President. No person shall be entitled to the floor 31 unless appropriately attired. 32 (b) On days during which the Senate shall be in session, -28- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 the Sergeant-at-Arms shall clear the floor of all persons not 2 entitled to access the floor a quarter hour before the 3 convening time, and he or she shall enforce all other 4 provisions of this rule. 5 (c) The Senate may authorize, by motion adopted by 6 majority vote, the admission to the floor of any other 7 person, except as prohibited under subsection (d). 8 (d) No person who is directly or indirectly interested 9 in defeating or promoting any pending legislative measure, if 10 required to be registered as a lobbyist, shall be allowed 11 access to the floor of the Senate at any time during the 12 session. 13 (e) Where he or she deems it necessary for the 14 preservation of order, the Presiding Officer may by order 15 remove any person from the floor of the Senate. A Senator 16 may be removed from the floor only pursuant to Rule 11-1. 17 4-4. Daily Order. Unless otherwise determined by the 18 Presiding Officer, the daily order of business of the Senate 19 shall be as follows: 20 1. Call to Order, Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. 21 2. Reading and Approval of the Journal. 22 3. Reading of Senate Bills a first time. 23 4. Reports from committees, with reports from the Rules 24 Committee ordinarily made at any time. 25 5. Presentation of Resolutions, Petitions and Messages. 26 6. Introduction of Senate Bills. 27 7. Messages from the House, not including reading House 28 Bills a first time. -29- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 8. Reading of Senate Bills a second time. 2 9. Reading of Senate Bills a third time. 3 10. Reading of House Bills a third time. 4 11. Reading of House Bills a second time. 5 12. Reading of House Bills a first time. 6 13. Senate Bills on the Order of Concurrence. 7 14. House Bills on the Order of Non-Concurrence. 8 15. Conference Committee Reports. 9 16. Motions in Writing. 10 17. Constitutional Amendment Resolutions. 11 18. Motions with respect to Vetoes. 12 19. Consideration of Resolutions. 13 20. Motions to Discharge Committee. 14 21. Motions to Take from the Table. 15 22. Motions to Suspend the Rules. 16 23. Consideration of Bills on the Order of Postponed 17 Consideration. 18 4-5. Quorum. (a) A majority of those elected shall 19 constitute a quorum of the Senate, and a majority of those 20 appointed shall constitute a quorum of a committee, but a 21 smaller number may adjourn from day to day, or recess for 22 less than one day, and compel the attendance of absent 23 members. The attendance of absent members may also be 24 compelled by order of the President. 25 (b) The question of the presence of a quorum in any 26 committee may not be raised on consideration of a legislative -30- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 measure by the Senate unless the same question was previously 2 raised before the committee with respect to such legislative 3 measure. 4 4-6. Approval of the Journal. The President or his 5 designee shall periodically examine and report to the Senate 6 any corrections he or she deems should be made in the Journal 7 before it is approved. If such corrections are approved by 8 the Senate, they shall be made by the Secretary. 9 4-7. Executive Sessions. The sessions of the Senate 10 shall be open to the public. Sessions and committee meetings 11 of the Senate may be closed to the public if, pursuant to 12 Article IV, Section 5 (c) of the Constitution, two-thirds of 13 the members elected determine that the public interest so 14 requires. 15 4-8. Length of Adjournment. Pursuant to Article IV, 16 Section 15 (a) of the Constitution, the Senate shall not 17 adjourn, without the consent of the House, for more than 18 three days, nor to another place than that in which the two 19 chambers of the General Assembly shall be sitting. The 20 Senate shall be in session on any day in which it shall 21 convene in perfunctory session, regular session, veto session 22 or special session. 23 4-9. Transcript of the Senate. In accordance with 24 Article IV, Section 7(b) of the Constitution, nothing 25 contained in the official transcript of the Senate shall be 26 changed or expunged except by written request of a Senator to 27 the Secretary and Presiding Officer, which request may only 28 be approved on a roll call vote of three-fifths of the 29 members elected. 30 ARTICLE V 31 BILLS AND AMENDMENTS -31- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 5-1. Bills. (a) A bill may be introduced in the Senate 2 by sponsorship of one or more members of the Senate, whose 3 names shall be on the printed copies of the bills, in the 4 Senate Journal, and in the Legislative Digest. The principal 5 sponsor shall be the first name to appear on the bill and may 6 be joined by no more than four chief cosponsors with the 7 approval of the principal sponsor; other cosponsors shall be 8 separated from the principal sponsor and any chief cosponsors 9 by a comma. By motion, the sponsorship of a bill may be 10 changed to that of another Senator (or Senators, as the case 11 may be), or to that of the standing committee to which the 12 bill was referred or from which the bill was reported. Such 13 a motion may be made at any time the bill is pending before 14 the Senate or any of its committees. 15 (b) The principal sponsor of a bill shall control such 16 bill. A committee-sponsored bill shall be controlled by the 17 Chairperson of the committee, who for purposes of these 18 Senate Rules shall be deemed the principal sponsor. 19 Committee-sponsored bills may not have individual 20 co-sponsors. 21 (c) The House sponsor of a bill originating in the House 22 may request substitute Senate sponsorship of that bill by 23 filing a notice with the Secretary; such notice shall be 24 automatically referred to the Rules Committee and be deemed 25 adopted if approved by the Rules Committee. If disapproved 26 by the Rules Committee, such request shall lie on the table. 27 If the Rules Committee shall fail to act on any such motion, 28 that motion may be discharged pursuant to Rule 7-9. 29 (d) All bills introduced in the Senate shall be read by 30 title a first time, ordered printed, and automatically 31 referred to the Rules Committee in accordance with Rule 3-8. 32 When a House Bill is received it shall be taken up, ordered 33 printed, and placed on the order of House Bills on first -32- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 reading; after having been read a first time, it shall be 2 automatically referred to the Rules Committee in accordance 3 with Rule 3-8. 4 (e) All bills introduced into the Senate shall be 5 accompanied by twelve copies. Any bill that amends a statute 6 shall indicate the particular changes in the following 7 manner: 8 1. All new matter shall be underscored. 9 2. All matter which is to be omitted or superseded 10 shall be shown crossed with a line. 11 (f) No bill shall be passed by the Senate except on a 12 roll call vote of a majority of those elected. A bill which 13 has lost and has not been reconsidered may not thereafter be 14 revived. 15 5-2. Reading and Printing of Bills. Every bill shall be 16 read by title on three different days prior to passage by the 17 Senate, and the bill and all adopted amendments thereto shall 18 be printed before the vote is taken on its final passage. 19 5-3. Printing and Distribution. The Secretary shall, as 20 soon as any bill is printed, deliver to the Sergeant-at-Arms 21 sufficient copies to furnish each Senator with a copy, and 22 the Sergeant-at-Arms shall at once cause the bills to be 23 distributed upon the desks of the Senators. Alternatively, 24 and pursuant to Rule 2-7 (b)(3), the Secretary may establish 25 a method any Senator may utilize to secure a copy of any bill 26 he or she desires. 27 5-4. Amendments. (a) An amendment to a bill may be 28 adopted either by a standing committee when the bill is 29 before such committee, or by the Senate when a bill is on the 30 order of Second Reading. The former shall be known as a 31 "committee amendment" and the latter as a "floor amendment". -33- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 All amendments must be in writing. All amendments still 2 pending in a committee upon the passage or defeat of a bill 3 on Third Reading shall automatically be tabled. Any 4 unadopted amendment still pending before the Senate or any of 5 its committees shall be automatically tabled when the bill to 6 which it relates is referred to the Rules Committee pursuant 7 to Rule 3-9. 8 (b) Committee amendments may only be offered by the 9 principal sponsor or a member of the committee while the 10 affected bill is before such committee, and shall be adopted 11 by a majority of those appointed. Floor amendments may only 12 be offered by a Senator while the bill is on the order of 13 Second Reading, and shall be adopted by a majority vote of 14 the Senate. An amendment may be the subject of a motion to 15 "do adopt" or "do not adopt", and may only be adopted 16 pursuant to a successful motion to "do adopt". 17 (c) Committee amendments shall be filed with the 18 Chairperson of the committee, and shall only be in order when 19 sufficient copies have been filed to provide each member of 20 the committee with a copy and twelve additional copies for 21 the Chairperson. Floor amendments shall be filed with the 22 Secretary, and shall only be in order when twelve copies have 23 been filed. 24 (d) The Secretary shall have printed all adopted 25 committee amendments that come before the Senate pursuant to 26 Rule 3-12. The Secretary shall also have printed all adopted 27 floor amendments. No floor amendment may be adopted by the 28 Senate unless it has been first reproduced and placed on the 29 members' desks. 30 (e) No floor amendment shall be in order unless approved 31 by the Rules Committee in accordance with Rule 3-8 or brought 32 before the Senate pursuant to Rule 7-9. -34- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 (f) Amendments that propose to alter any existing law 2 shall set forth completely the statutory sections amended, 3 and shall conform to the requirements of Rule 5-1(e). 4 (g) If a committee reports out a bill "do pass as 5 amended", the committee amendments shall be deemed adopted by 6 the committee action and shall be reproduced and placed on 7 the members' desks before the bill may be read a second time. 8 5-5. Fiscal and Other Notes. The Senate shall comply 9 with all effective Illinois laws requiring notes on any bill, 10 including without limitation "An Act requiring fiscal notes 11 in relation to certain bills", the Pension Impact Note Act, 12 "An Act requiring certain types of bills introduced in the 13 General Assembly have provided a note indicating the effect 14 thereon on the judicial system of the State, specifying 15 information to be included therein and the requirements for 16 obtaining and preparing such note", the State Debt Impact 17 Note Act and the Correctional Budget and Impact Note Act, all 18 as amended. All such notes shall be filed with the Secretary 19 with a time stamp endorsing the date and time received, and 20 shall then be attached to the original of the bill and be 21 available for inspection by the members. As soon as 22 practicable, the Secretary shall provide a copy of the note 23 to the Legislative Reference Bureau, which shall provide an 24 informative summary of the note in subsequent issues of the 25 Legislative Digest. 26 ARTICLE VI 27 RESOLUTIONS AND CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION 28 6-1. Resolutions. (a) A resolution shall be introduced 29 in the Senate by sponsorship of one or more members of the 30 Senate, and the names of all sponsors shall be printed in the 31 Senate Journal and in the Legislative Digest. Each 32 resolution introduced shall be accompanied by twelve copies. -35- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 (b) Any resolution calling for the expenditure of state 2 funds may only be adopted by a roll call vote of a majority 3 of those elected. 4 (c) The Secretary shall periodically print a Resolutions 5 Consent Calendar, which the Secretary shall periodically 6 distribute prior to its consideration by the Senate 7 (generally the last daily session of the week). No debate 8 shall be in order regarding any resolution appearing on the 9 Resolutions Consent Calendar. All resolutions appearing on 10 the Resolution Consent Calendar may be adopted in one motion; 11 however, any Senator may vote "no" or "present" on any 12 resolution appearing on the Resolutions Consent Calendar by 13 providing written notice of such intention to the Secretary 14 prior to the vote on the Resolutions Consent Calendar. Prior 15 to the adoption of any resolution on the Resolution Consent 16 Calendar, if any three members file with the Secretary a 17 written objection to the presence of a resolution thereon, 18 such resolution shall be removed from the Resolutions Consent 19 Calendar and be automatically referred to the Rules 20 Committee. 21 6-2. State Constitutional Amendments. All resolutions 22 introduced in the Senate proposing amendments to the 23 Constitution shall be printed in the same manner in which 24 bills are printed. Every such resolution which originated in 25 the House and is presented to the Senate shall be ordered 26 printed in like manner unless the resolution has been 27 similarly printed by the House in the same form in which it 28 was presented to the Senate. No such resolution may be 29 adopted unless read in full in its final form on three 30 different days. Amendments to such resolutions may be in 31 order on the initial first and second readings only. 32 6-3. Federal Constitutional Amendments and 33 Constitutional Conventions. The affirmative vote of -36- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 three-fifths of those elected shall be required to adopt any 2 resolution: 3 1. requesting Congress to call a federal constitutional 4 convention; 5 2. ratifying a proposed amendment to the Constitution 6 of the United States; or 7 3. to call a state convention to ratify a proposed 8 amendment to the Constitution of the United States. 9 6-4. Certificates of Recognition. Any member may 10 sponsor a certificate of recognition to be signed by the 11 member and attested by the Secretary to recognize any person, 12 organization or event worthy of public commendation. The 13 form of the Certificate of Recognition shall be determined by 14 the Secretary with the approval of the President and Minority 15 Leader. 16 ARTICLE VII 17 PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE 18 7-1. Voting within Bar. No Senator shall be permitted 19 to vote on any question before the Senate unless on the floor 20 before the vote is announced. No member of a committee may 21 vote except in person at the time of the call of the 22 committee vote. Any vote of the Senate shall be by roll call 23 whenever two Senators shall so request or whenever the 24 Presiding Officer shall so order. 25 7-2. Announcing a Roll Call Vote. When a roll call vote 26 is requested, the Presiding Officer shall put the question 27 and then announce to the Senate: "The voting is open.". 28 While the roll call is being taken, the Presiding Officer 29 shall state: "Have all voted who wish?". The voting will be 30 closed when the Presiding Officer announces: "Take the -37- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 Record.". The Presiding Officer, unless an intervening 2 motion to postpone consideration by the principal sponsor is 3 made, shall then announce the results of the roll call. No 4 Senator shall be permitted to vote or to change his vote 5 after the Presiding Officer announces: "Take the Record.". 6 7-3. Decorum and Debate. (a) When any Senator is about 7 to speak or deliver any matter to the Senate, he or she shall 8 rise and address the Presiding Officer as "Mr. President.". 9 Upon being recognized by the Chair, the latter will address 10 him or her by name and thereupon, and not until then, the 11 engineer in charge of operating the microphones in the Senate 12 will give the use of the microphone to the Senator who has 13 been so recognized. The later in speaking shall confine 14 himself or herself to the subject matter under discussion and 15 avoid personalities. 16 (b) The Presiding Officer may at his or her discretion, 17 and with consideration for the efficient operation of the 18 Senate, determine whether any member shall be afforded the 19 floor for the purpose of introduction of guests in the 20 gallery. Questions affecting the rights, reputation and 21 conduct of members of the Senate in their representative 22 capacity are questions of personal privilege. A matter of 23 personal explanation does not constitute a question of 24 personal privilege. 25 (c) If any Senator in speaking (or otherwise) 26 transgresses these Senate Rules, the Presiding Officer shall, 27 or any Senator may, call him or her to order, in which case 28 the Senator so called to order shall sit down, unless 29 permitted to explain; and the Senate, if appealed to, shall 30 decide on the case without debate. If the decision be in 31 favor of the Senator called to order, he or she shall be at 32 liberty to proceed. If otherwise, and the case requires it, 33 he or she shall be liable to the censure of the Senate. -38- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 (d) If any Senator be called to order for words spoken 2 in debate, the person calling him or her to order shall 3 repeat the words excepted to, and they shall be taken down by 4 the Secretary. No Senator shall be held to answer or be 5 subject to the censure of the Senate for words spoken in 6 debate if any Senator has spoken in debate or other business 7 has intervened after the words spoken and before exceptions 8 to them shall have been taken. 9 (e) If two or more Senators rise at once, the Presiding 10 Officer shall name the Senator who is to speak first. 11 (f) No person shall give any signs of approbation or 12 disapprobation while the Senate is in session. 13 (g) No Senator shall speak more than five minutes on the 14 same question without the consent of the Senate, nor more 15 than twice on that question. No Senator shall speak more 16 than once until every Senator choosing to speak shall have 17 spoken. No Senator may explain his vote. 18 (h) While the Presiding Officer is putting a question, 19 no Senator shall leave or walk across the Senate Chamber. 20 When a Senator is addressing the Senate, no Senator or other 21 person entitled to the floor shall entertain private 22 discourse or pass between the speaker and the Presiding 23 Officer. 24 (i) In case of any disturbances or disorderly conduct in 25 the lobby, gallery or hallways adjoining the chamber, the 26 President shall have the power to order the same to be 27 cleared. 28 (j) All material placed on the desks of Senators shall 29 contain the name of the Senator requesting its distribution. 30 7-4. Motions, Generally. The following are general 31 rules for all motions: -39- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 1. Every motion, except to adjourn, recess or postpone 2 consideration, shall be reduced to writing if the Presiding 3 Officer desires it. Unless otherwise provided in these 4 Senate Rules, no second shall be required to any motion 5 presented to the Senate. The Presiding Officer may refer any 6 motion to the Rules Committee. 7 2. Before the Senate debates a motion, the Presiding 8 Officer shall state an oral motion and the Secretary shall 9 read aloud a written motion. 10 3. After a motion is stated by the Presiding Officer or 11 read by the Secretary, it shall be deemed in the possession 12 of the Senate, but may be withdrawn at any time before 13 decision by consent of a majority of the Senate. 14 4. If a motion is divisible, any member may call for a 15 division of the question. 16 5. Any question taken under consideration may be 17 withdrawn, postponed or tabled by unanimous consent or, if 18 unanimous consent is denied, by a motion adopted by a 19 majority vote. 20 7-5. Precedence of Motions. (a) When a question is 21 under debate, no motion may be entertained except: 22 1. to adjourn to a time certain; 23 2. to adjourn; 24 3. to question the presence of a quorum; 25 4. to recess; 26 5. to lay on the table; 27 6. for the previous question; 28 7. to postpone consideration; -40- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 8. to commit or recommit; and 2 9. to amend, except as otherwise provided in these 3 Senate Rules. 4 The foregoing motions shall have precedence in order in which 5 they are listed. 6 (b) During a roll call, no motion (except a motion to 7 postpone consideration) shall be in order until after the 8 announcement of the result of the vote. 9 (c) A motion to commit or re-commit, until it is 10 decided, shall preclude all amendments and debate on the main 11 question. A motion to postpone consideration, until it is 12 decided, shall preclude all amendments on the main question. 13 7-6. Verification. (a) After any roll call vote, except 14 for a vote which requires a specific number of affirmative 15 votes and which has not received the required votes, and 16 before intervening business, it shall be in order for any 17 Senator to request verification of the results of the roll 18 call. 19 (b) In verifying a roll call vote, the Presiding Officer 20 shall instruct the Secretary to call the names of those 21 Senators whose votes are to be verified. The Senator 22 requesting the verification may thereafter identify those 23 members he or she wishes to verify. If a member does not 24 answer, his or her vote shall be stricken; however, the 25 member's vote shall be restored to the roll if his or her 26 presence is recognized before the verification is completed. 27 The Presiding Officer shall determine the presence or absence 28 of each member whose name is called, and shall then announce 29 the results of the verification. 30 (c) While the results of any roll call are being 31 verified, it shall be in order for any Senator to announce -41- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 his or her presence on the floor and thereby have his vote 2 verified. 3 (d) A request for a verification of the affirmative and 4 negative results of a roll call may only be made once on each 5 roll call. 6 (e) No Senator shall be permitted to vote or to change 7 his or her vote on verification. 8 7-7. Appealing a Ruling. (a) If any appeal is taken 9 from a ruling of the Presiding Officer, the Presiding Officer 10 shall be sustained unless three-fifths of the members elected 11 vote to overrule the Presiding Officer. The motion to appeal 12 requires a second, and it shall not be in order where the 13 Senate has conducted intervening business since the ruling at 14 issue was made. 15 (b) If any appeal is taken from a ruling of a committee 16 Chairperson, the Chairperson shall be sustained unless 17 three-fifths of those appointed vote to overrule the 18 Chairperson. The motion to appeal requires a second, and it 19 shall not be in order where the committee has adjourned or 20 recessed, so long as intervening business shall have 21 occurred. 22 (c) In an appeal of a ruling of the Presiding Officer or 23 Chairperson, the question is: "Shall the ruling of the Chair 24 be sustained?". 25 (d) This rule may be suspended by a three-fifths vote of 26 the members elected. 27 7-8. Previous Question. (a) A motion for the previous 28 question may be made at any time. The motion for the 29 previous question is not debatable and requires approval of a 30 majority of those elected. -42- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 (b) The previous question shall be stated in the 2 following form: "Shall the main question now be put?". 3 Until the previous question is decided, all amendments and 4 debate shall be precluded. When it is decided that the main 5 question shall not be put, the main question shall be 6 considered as remaining under debate. 7 (c) The effect of the main question being ordered shall 8 be to put an end to all debate and bring the Senate to a 9 direct vote on the immediately pending motion. After a 10 motion for the previous question has been approved, unless 11 the vote on such motion suggests the absence of a quorum, it 12 shall not be in order to move for adjournment or to make any 13 other motion prior to a decision on the main question. 14 7-9. Discharge of Committee. (a) A committee may be 15 discharged from further consideration of a legislative 16 measure by a vote of three-fifths of the members elected. 17 Upon concurrence of a majority of those appointed, the Rules 18 Committee may advance any legislative measure pending before 19 it to the Senate without referral to another committee; 20 however, the Rules Committee shall not so report any bill 21 which has never been before a standing committee of the 22 Senate. 23 (b) This rule may be suspended by a vote of three-fifths 24 of the members elected. 25 7-10. Tabling. (a) A motion to lay on the table 26 applies only to the particular proposition and is neither 27 debatable nor amendable. 28 (b) A motion to table a bill or resolution shall 29 identify the bill or resolution by number. The principal 30 sponsor of a bill or resolution may, with leave of the 31 Senate, table his or her bill or resolution at any time. A 32 motion to table a committee bill that is before the Senate -43- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 may only be adopted by a majority of those elected. 2 (c) The principal sponsor of a bill or resolution before 3 a committee may, with leave of the committee, table the bill 4 or resolution. Upon such tabling, the Chairperson of the 5 committee shall return the bill or resolution to the 6 Secretary, noting thereon that it has been tabled. 7 (d) A motion to table an amendment adopted by the Senate 8 on a voice vote or by a committee shall be in order on Second 9 Reading. A motion to table a committee amendment shall have 10 priority over a floor amendment. Motions to table amendments 11 are debatable and may be adopted by a majority vote of the 12 Senate. 13 7-11. Motion to Take from Table. (a) A motion to take 14 from the table shall require a majority of those elected 15 where the Rules Committee shall have previously recommended 16 such action by written notice filed with the Secretary; 17 otherwise, a motion to take from the table shall require a 18 three-fifths vote of the members elected. 19 (b) A bill taken from the table shall be placed on the 20 Daily Calendar on the order on which it appeared before it 21 was tabled. 22 (c) This rule may be suspended by a three-fifths vote of 23 the members elected. 24 7-12. Motion to Postpone Consideration. A motion to 25 postpone consideration on a legislative measure may not be 26 made more than once on the same bill or proposition. Unless 27 otherwise provided by these Senate Rules, a motion to 28 postpone consideration shall be granted as a matter of 29 privilege; however, no motion to postpone consideration shall 30 be in order where the involved legislative measure initially 31 received a vote of fewer than two-fifths of the members -44- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 elected. 2 7-13. Motion on Different Subject. No motion or other 3 legislative measure on a subject different from that under 4 consideration shall be admitted under color of amendment. 5 7-14. Division of Question. If the question in debate 6 contains several points, any Senator may have the same 7 divided. On a motion to strike out and insert, it shall not 8 be in order to move for a division of the question. The 9 rejection of a motion to strike out and insert one 10 proposition shall not prevent a motion to strike out and 11 insert a different proposition. 12 7-15. Reconsideration. (a) A member who voted on the 13 prevailing side of a record vote on a legislative measure 14 still within the control of the Senate may on the same or 15 following day move to reconsider the vote. The motion to 16 reconsider may be laid on the table without affecting the 17 vote to which it referred. When the motion to reconsider is 18 made during the last three scheduled days of Regular Session, 19 or any time thereafter during the regular session, or at any 20 time during a veto or special session, any member may move 21 that the vote on reconsideration be taken immediately. A 22 question that requires the votes of a majority of those 23 elected or more to carry requires a majority of those elected 24 to reconsider. 25 (b) A motion to reconsider a record vote on the adoption 26 of an amendment to a bill may only be made on Second Reading. 27 An amendment adopted by the Senate on a record vote may not 28 be tabled by motion until its adoption has been reconsidered. 29 (c) If a motion to reconsider is made pursuant to this 30 rule and the motion is later tabled, the question shall not 31 be further reconsidered. This subsection (c) may be 32 suspended by a three-fifths vote of the members elected. -45- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 (d) Whenever a motion to reconsider is made within the 2 time prescribed by these Senate Rules, the Secretary shall 3 not allow the bill or other subject matter of the motion to 4 pass out of the possession of the Senate until after the 5 motion has been decided or withdrawn. Such a motion shall be 6 deemed rejected if laid on the table. 7 (e) A Senator who voted "present" or failed to vote on a 8 question shall not have the right to move for 9 reconsideration. 10 (f) Upon a motion to reconsider the vote on the final 11 passage of any bill, the affirmative vote of a majority of 12 those elected shall be required to reconsider the same. 13 7-16. Motion to Adjourn. (a) A motion to adjourn is in 14 order at any time, except when a prior motion to adjourn has 15 been defeated and no intervening business has transpired. 16 (b) A motion to adjourn is neither debatable nor 17 amendable. 18 (c) The Secretary shall enter in the Journal the hour at 19 which every motion to adjourn is made. 20 (d) Unless the Presiding Officer otherwise orders, the 21 standing hour to which the Senate adjourns is 12:00 noon. 22 (e) A motion to adjourn for more than three days is not 23 in order unless both chambers of the General Assembly have 24 adopted a joint resolution permitting such adjournment. 25 7-17. Amendment to or Suspension of Rules. (a) Rules 26 may be proposed or amended only by resolution. Any such 27 resolution shall show the proposed changes in the existing 28 rules by underscoring all new matter and by crossing out with 29 a line all matter which is to be omitted or superseded. 30 (b) Any resolution proposing to amend a Senate Rule or -46- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 any Joint Senate-House Rule shall, upon initial reading by 2 the Secretary, be automatically referred to the Rules 3 Committee. Resolutions for amendment of the Senate Rules or 4 any Joint Senate-House Rules may be initiated and sponsored 5 by the Rules Committee; such resolutions shall not be 6 referred to a committee and may be immediately considered and 7 adopted by the Senate. 8 (c) A resolution to amend the Senate Rules or any Joint 9 Senate-House Rules that has been reported "do adopt" or "do 10 adopt as amended" by a majority of those appointed to the 11 Rules Committee shall require the affirmative vote of a 12 majority of those elected for adoption by the Senate. Any 13 other resolution proposing to amend the Senate Rules or any 14 Joint Senate-House Rules shall require the affirmative vote 15 of three-fifths of the members elected for adoption by the 16 Senate. 17 (d) No Senate Rule or any Joint Senate-House Rule may be 18 suspended except by unanimous consent of the Senators present 19 or upon a motion supported by affirmative vote of a majority 20 of those elected unless a higher number is required in the 21 rule sought to be suspended. A committee may not suspend any 22 rule. 23 (e) This rule may be suspended by a three-fifths vote of 24 those elected. 25 7-18. Motion to Commit or Recommit. No motion to commit 26 or recommit a legislative measure to committee, being decided 27 in the negative, shall again be allowed on the same day, or 28 at the same stage of the legislative measure. 29 7-19. Effective Date. (a) A bill passed after May 31 of 30 a calendar year shall not become effective prior to June 1 of 31 the next calendar year unless an earlier effective date is 32 specified in the bill and it is approved by a three-fifths -47- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 vote of the members elected. 2 (b) If a majority of those elected, but fewer than 3 three-fifths of the members elected, vote affirmatively for a 4 bill on Third Reading after May 31, where the bill specifies 5 an effective date earlier than the following June 1, the bill 6 shall not be declared passed, and the principal sponsor shall 7 have the right to have the bill automatically reconsidered 8 and returned to the order of Second Reading for an amendment 9 to remove the earlier effective date. The amendment, if 10 offered and approved by the Rules Committee, shall be 11 reproduced and placed on the desks of the members before the 12 bill is taken up again on the order of Third Reading. 13 7-20. Home Rule. No bill denies or limits any power or 14 function of a home rule unit, pursuant to paragraphs (g), 15 (h), (i), (j) or (k) of Section 6 of Article VII of the 16 Constitution unless there is specific language limiting or 17 denying the power or function and the language specifically 18 sets forth in what manner and to what extent it is a denial 19 or limitation of the power or function of a home rule unit. 20 If a majority of those elected, but fewer than three-fifths 21 of the members elected, vote affirmatively for a bill on 22 Third Reading which requires a vote of three-fifths of the 23 members elected to deny or limit a power of a home rule unit, 24 the bill shall not be declared passed, and the principal 25 sponsor shall have the right to have the bill automatically 26 reconsidered and returned to the order of Second Reading for 27 an amendment to remove such effects of the bill. The 28 amendment, if offered and approved by the Rules Committee, 29 shall be reproduced and placed on the desks of the members 30 before the bill is taken up again on the order of Third 31 Reading. 32 ARTICLE VIII -48- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 JOINT ACTION 2 8-1. Concurring in or Receding from Amendments. (a) If 3 a bill or resolution is received back in the Senate with 4 amendments added by the House, it shall be in order for the 5 principal sponsor only to present a motion "to concur" or 6 "not to concur and ask the House to recede" with respect to 7 those amendments. Any two members may demand a separate roll 8 call on any such amendment. 9 (b) When the House has refused to concur in amendments 10 added to a bill or resolution by the Senate and has returned 11 the bill or resolution to the Senate with a message 12 requesting the Senate to recede from its amendments, it shall 13 be in order to present a motion "to recede" from the Senate 14 amendments or "not to recede and to request a conference". 15 Any two members may demand a separate roll call on any such 16 amendments. 17 8-2. Conference Committees. (a) A disagreement between 18 the Senate and House exists with respect to any bill or 19 resolution in the following situations: 20 1. when the House refuses to recede from the adoption of 21 any amendment, after the Senate has previously 22 refused to concur in the amendment; or 23 2. when the Senate refuses to recede from the adoption 24 of any amendment, after the House has previously 25 refused to concur in the amendment. 26 In such cases of disagreement between the Senate and House, 27 the Senate may request a conference. When such a request for 28 conference is made, both chambers of the General Assembly 29 shall appoint a committee to confer with the other on the 30 subject of the bill or resolution giving rise to such 31 disagreement. The combined committees of the two chambers -49- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 appointed for such purpose is the conference committee. 2 (b) The conference committee shall consist of an equal 3 number of members of each Chamber of the General Assembly. 4 The number of majority caucus members from each chamber shall 5 be one more than the number of minority caucus members from 6 each chamber. A conference committee shall consist of five 7 members from each chamber. 8 (c) In addition to the House members thereof, each 9 conference committee shall be comprised of five Senators, 10 three of whom shall be appointed by the President and two of 11 whom shall be appointed by the Minority Leader. No 12 conference committee report may be filed with the Secretary 13 until a majority of the Senate conferees has been appointed. 14 8-3. Conference Committee Reports. (a) No subject 15 shall be included in any conference committee report on any 16 bill unless such subject matter directly relates to the 17 matters of difference between the Senate and House which have 18 been referred to the conference committee unless the Rules 19 Committee, by a majority vote of the members appointed, 20 determines that the proposed subject matter is of an 21 emergency nature or is of substantial importance to the 22 operation of government or in the best interests of Illinois. 23 (b) No conference committee report shall be received by 24 the Secretary or acted upon by the Senate unless it has been 25 signed by at least six conferees. Such report shall be 26 signed in duplicate. One of the reports shall be filed with 27 the Clerk of the House and one with the Secretary. The 28 report shall contain the agreements reached by the committee. 29 (c) In the event the conference committee determines 30 that it is unable to reach agreement, the committee shall so 31 report to each chamber of the General Assembly and request 32 appointment of a second conference committee. In the event -50- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 of agreement, the committee shall so report to each chamber. 2 8-4. Prerequisites for Senate Consideration. (a) No 3 joint action motion for final action or conference committee 4 report may be considered by the Senate unless it has first 5 been approved by the Rules Committee in accordance with Rule 6 3-8, or unless the joint action motion or conference 7 committee report shall have first been discharged from the 8 Rules Committee pursuant to Rule 7-9. 9 (b) No conference committee report may be considered by 10 the Senate unless it shall first have been reproduced and 11 distributed on the members' desks for one full session day. 12 (c) Prior to any conference committee report on an 13 appropriation bill being considered by the Senate, such 14 conference committee report shall first be the subject of a 15 public hearing by the standing Appropriations Committee (the 16 conference committee report need not be referred to the 17 Appropriations Committee, but instead may remain before the 18 Rules Committee or the Senate, as the case may be). Such 19 hearing shall be held pursuant to not less than one hour 20 advance notice by announcement on the Senate floor, or one 21 day advance notice by posting on the Senate bulletin board. 22 The Appropriations Committee shall not issue any report with 23 respect to any conference committee report following any such 24 hearing. 25 (d) Any Senate Bill amended in the House and returned to 26 the Senate for concurrence in the House amendment shall lie 27 upon the desk of the Secretary for not less than four hours 28 before being further considered. No Senate Bill which shall 29 be returned to the Senate with House amendments shall be 30 called except by the principal sponsor. 31 (e) The report of a conference committee on a 32 non-appropriation bill or resolution shall be confined to the -51- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 subject of the bill or resolution referred to the conference 2 committee. The report of a conference committee on an 3 appropriations bill shall be confined to the subject of 4 appropriations. 5 8-5. Action on Conference Committee Reports. (a) Each 6 chamber of the General Assembly shall inform the other by 7 message of any action taken with respect to a conference 8 committee report. Copies of all papers necessary to a 9 complete understanding of any such action shall accompany 10 such message. The original bill or resolution shall remain 11 in the chamber of origin. 12 (b) In the event that either chamber refused to adopt 13 the report of the conference committee, or the first 14 conference committee is unable to reach agreement, either 15 chamber may request a second conference committee. When such 16 a request is made, each chamber shall again appoint a 17 conference committee. In the event either chamber refuses to 18 adopt the report of a second conference committee, the two 19 chambers shall have adhered to their disagreement, and the 20 bill or resolution is lost. 21 ARTICLE IX 22 VETOES 23 9-1. Recording of Vetoes. Upon the receipt by the 24 Senate of any bill returned by the Governor under any of the 25 provisions of Article IV, Section 9 of the Constitution, the 26 Secretary shall enter the objections of the Governor on the 27 Journal, and shall distribute copies of all veto messages to 28 each member's desk, together with copies of the vetoed bill 29 or item, as soon as practicable. 30 9-2. Motions to Consider Vetoes. For purposes of this -52- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 Article, the term "motions" shall mean those motions to 2 accept or override a veto of the Governor. Motions with 3 respect to bills returned by the Governor may be made by the 4 principal sponsor, the committee chairperson in the case of a 5 committee bill, or by any member who voted on the prevailing 6 side on the vote on final passage of the bill in question. 7 Every motion shall be filed in writing with the Secretary, 8 prior to any consideration thereof by the Senate. If more 9 than one motion is filed with respect to any bill, all such 10 motions shall be heard at the time the bill is called; 11 however, after such a motion is adopted, no other motion on 12 that veto may be considered. The motion of the principal 13 sponsor or chairperson, in the case of committee bills, shall 14 be considered first and all other motions considered in the 15 order filed. If the principal sponsor does not call a bill 16 within eight calendar days after the Governor's objections to 17 such bill are entered in the Journal, thereafter any person 18 filing such a motion may call such bill. 19 9-3. Consideration of Motions. (a) The vote to 20 override a bill vetoed in its entirety shall be by roll call 21 vote and shall be entered on the Journal. The form of motion 22 with respect to such bills shall be: "I move that ______ 23 Bill _____ do pass, the veto of the Governor to the contrary 24 notwithstanding." 25 (b) The vote to override an item veto shall be by roll 26 call vote as to each item separately and shall be entered on 27 the Journal. The form of motion with respect to such item 28 shall be: "I move that the item on page _____, line _____, 29 of _____ Bill ______, do pass, the item veto of the Governor 30 to the contrary notwithstanding." 31 (c) The vote to restore an item which has been reduced 32 shall be by roll call vote as to each item separately and 33 shall be entered on the Journal. The form of motion with -53- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 respect to such items shall be: "I move the item on page 2 _____, line _____, of _____ Bill ______ be restored, the item 3 reduction of the Governor to the contrary notwithstanding." 4 (d) A bill returned together with specific 5 recommendations of the Governor may be acted upon in either 6 of the following manners: 7 1. By a motion to accept the specific recommendations of 8 the Governor. The form of motion in this event shall 9 be: "I move to accept the specific recommendations 10 of the Governor as to _____ Bill _____ in manner and 11 form as follows: (inserting herein the language 12 deemed necessary to effectuate the specific 13 recommendations)"; or 14 2. By considering the bill as a vetoed bill and 15 overriding the recommendation and passing the bill in 16 its original form. The form of motion in this event 17 shall be: "I move that _____ Bill _____ do pass, the 18 specific recommendations of the Governor to the 19 contrary notwithstanding." 20 9-4. Vetoed Bills Considered in Entirety. In the event 21 a bill is returned by the Governor containing more than one 22 veto, reduction, specific recommendation, or combination 23 thereof, the bill shall be acted upon in its entirety before 24 the bill is released from the custody of the Senate. 25 9-5. Disposition of Vetoes. When a bill or item has 26 received the affirmative vote of at least three-fifths of the 27 members elected (as to overrides of outright vetoes, item 28 vetoes and specific recommendations for change) or the 29 affirmative vote of at least a majority of those elected (as 30 to overrides of reductions or acceptances of specific 31 recommendations for change), the Presiding Officer shall 32 declare that the bill or item has been passed or restored -54- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 over the veto of the Governor, or that the specific 2 recommendations for change have been approved, as the case 3 may be. The bill shall then be so certified by the Secretary 4 who shall note thereon the day the bill passed. Such bill 5 and the objections of the Governor thereto shall then be 6 immediately delivered to the House. When specific 7 recommendations have been accepted, then such accepting 8 language shall be attached to the original bill which bill 9 shall be delivered to the House. 10 ARTICLE X 11 NOMINATIONS 12 10-1. Nominations. (a) Every nomination subject to 13 confirmation by the Senate shall be referred to the Executive 14 Appointments Committee in accordance with Rule 3-6; 15 nominations may also be considered by other committees in 16 accordance with these Senate Rules. Each nominee shall be 17 required to appear in person before that meeting of a 18 committee convened for the purpose of considering the 19 qualifications of the person for the office to which he or 20 she has been nominated. The appearance of the nominee may be 21 waived by the committee by a vote of a majority of those 22 appointed. 23 (b) The Executive Appointments Committee shall, six days 24 prior to any of its meetings, post a notice on the Senate 25 bulletin board indicating the nominees to be considered at 26 its next meeting and the time, date and place of such 27 meeting. The Chairperson of such committee shall provide a 28 copy of such notice to the Governor's Office of Legislative 29 Affairs, which shall be responsible for notifying each 30 nominee scheduled to be considered of the date, time and 31 place of hearing. -55- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 (c) On considering the report of the Executive 2 Appointments Committee on a nomination, the Presiding 3 Officer shall put the following question: "Does the Senate 4 advise and consent to the nomination just made?" Whenever a 5 group of nominees has been submitted together, five or more 6 members may request the question be put and the vote 7 separately taken upon each of the individuals in said group. 8 The Senate may determine, by a majority vote of those 9 elected, after having voted upon the question of one or more 10 of the nominees individually, to act upon the question of the 11 remaining nominees in that group as a unit. 12 (d) While any nomination remains with the Senate, it 13 shall be in order to reconsider any vote taken thereon, 14 subject to the provisions of Rule 7-15 not related to the 15 time for making such a motion. 16 ARTICLE XI 17 DISCIPLINE AND PROTEST 18 11-1. Disorderly Behavior. (a) In accordance with 19 Article IV, Section 6(d) of the Constitution, the Senate may 20 punish any of its members for disorderly behavior and, with 21 the concurrence of two-thirds of the members elected, expel a 22 Senator (but not for a second time for the same cause). The 23 reason for such expulsion shall be entered upon the Journal 24 with the names and votes of those Senators voting on the 25 question. 26 (b) In accordance with Article IV, Section 6(d) of the 27 Constitution, the Senate during its session may punish by 28 imprisonment any person other than a Senator guilty of 29 disrespect of the Senate by disorderly or contemptuous 30 behavior in its presence. Such imprisonment shall not extend 31 beyond 24 hours at one time unless the person persists in -56- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 disorderly or contemptuous behavior. 2 11-2. Protest. Any two Senators shall have the right to 3 dissent and protest, in respectful language, against any act 4 or resolution which they may think injurious to the public or 5 to any individual, and have the reason of their protest 6 entered upon the Journal. When by motion a majority of 7 Senators determine that the language of a protest is not 8 respectful, such protest shall be referred back to the 9 protesting Senators. 10 ARTICLE XII 11 FORCE AND EFFECT 12 12-1. Applicability. The meetings and actions of the 13 Senate, including all of its committees, shall be governed by 14 these Senate Rules. 15 12-2. Robert's Rules. The rules of parliamentary 16 practice appearing in the 1981 edition of Robert's Rules of 17 Order shall govern the Senate in all cases to which they are 18 applicable, providing that they are not inconsistent with 19 these Senate Rules. 20 12-3. Certification by President. With respect to any 21 bill that has been passed by the Senate and has been 22 certified by the President in accordance with Article IV, 23 Section 8(d) of the Constitution, there shall be an 24 irrebuttable presumption that all of these Senate Rules have 25 been fully complied with in obtaining such passage. 26 12-4. Effective Date. These rules shall be in full 27 force and effect upon their adoption, and shall remain in 28 full force and effect except as amended in accordance 29 herewith, or until superseded by new rules adopted as part of 30 the organization of a newly-constituted General Assembly at -57- SRS92SR0000XXbm 1 the commencement of a term.
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