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TO BE OBSERVED
IN THE SENATE
STATE OF MAINE,
CURRENT POLITICAL YEAR,
SMITH & ROBINSON, PRINTERS TO THE STATE.
STATE OF MAINE.
IN SENATE, January 13, 1840.
ORDERED, That the Secretary of the Senate cause three hundred copies of the Rules and Orders of the Senate, including the Constitution of the United States, and of this State, to be printed for the use of the Senate.
[Extract from the Journal.]
WILLIAM TRAFTON, Secretary.
RULES AND ORDERS.
1. THE President shall take the Chair at the time to which the Senate stands adjourned; but in case the President shall be absent, the Secretary shall preside until a President pro tem. be chosen.
2. When the Senate are called together in the morning, on the appearance of a quorum, the Journal of the preceding day shall be read.
3. The President shall have the right to name a Senator to perform the duties of the Chair during his absence; but such substitution shall not extend beyond an adjournment.
4. The President may read sitting, but he shall rise to put a question. He shall declare all votes ; but if any Senator doubt the vote, all those voting in the affirmative, when called upon by the President, shall rise and stand until they are counted, and all those voting in the negative, in like manner, to make the vote certain.
5. While the President is putting a question, or addressing the Senate, none shall leave the Hall, or walk out of his place; and while the Journal is reading, or any public papers, or when any Senator is speaking in debate, no member shall entertain private discourse, or in any way interrupt the business of the Senate.
6. The President shall consider a motion to adjourn as always first in order, and it shall be decided without debate.
7. A motion when seconded, and not before, shall be received and considered. It shall be reduced to writing and laid on the table, if desired by the President, or any Senator, and shall then be deemed to be in possession of the Senate, to be disposed of by the Senate; but the mover may withdraw it, at any time, before a decision, or an amendment be made to it.
8. When the President speaks, he shall address the Senate. When a Senator speaks, he shall stand in his place, and address the President, and when done speaking shall sit down.
9. The President when he speaks to any member of the Board, and the members when referring to each other in debate, shall use in their address the title of Senator, and by way of distinction name the district by which he is recognized at the Board.
10. The President shall name the person to speak, when more than one rise for that purpose at the same time; but in all cases, the Senator, who shall rise first and address the Chair, shall speak first.
11. No Senator shall speak more than once to the same question, to the prevention of any other who desires to speak, and has not spoken; nor more than twice, if any Senator object, without leave of the Senate.
12. No Senator shall be interrupted while speaking, except by a call to order by the President or a Senator, or to correct a mistake in point of fact.
13. Questions of order may be debated like other questions, and shall be decided by the President, subject to an appeal to the Board on motion regularly made and seconded.
14. No new motion or proposition, shall be received under color of amendment, as a substitute for the motion, or question, under debate.
15. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received, but to adjourn, to lie on the table, to commit, to amend, to postpone to a day certain, or to postpone indefinitely; which several motions shall have precedence in the order they stand arranged.
16. An amendment proposed may be amended before it is adopted, but not afterwards except the vote adopting it be first reconsidered.