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ganised, and prepared to receive any message he may desire to inake. Messrs. Betton, Floyd, and Scott, were appointed that committee. Attest,
H. ARCHER, Clerk.” On motion of Mr. Pelot, the roll was called, and absent menbers sent for.
The Chairman of the select committee to draft rules to govern the Senate, reported as follows:
“ The committee appointed on yesterday to draft rules for the regulation of the Senate, have had that subject under consideration, and have agreed to recommend the adoption of the rules of the last Senate, with the following amendments : In rule 10:h, strike out the words. President first obtained,' and insert · Senate.' In rule 37, insert in the third line, after the word *Chamber,' the words, and any other person, upon being invited by a member of the Senate.' Respectfully submitted.
R. B. HAUGHTON, Chairman."
RULES OF THE SENATE. I. The President shall take the Chair every day at the hour to which the Senate shall have adjourned; shall immediately call the members to order, and on the appearance of a quorum, shall cause the journal of the preceding day to be read.
II. He shall preserve order and decorum--may speak to points of order in preference to other members, rising from his seat for that purpose ; and shall decide questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Senate by any two members ; on which appeal no member shall speak more than once, unless by leave of the Senate.
III. He shall rise to put the question, but may state it sitting.
IV. No member shall speak to another, or otherwise interrupt the business of the Senate, or read any newspaper while the journals or public papers are reading, or when any member is speaking in debate.
V. Every member when he speaks shall address the Chair, standing in his place, and when he has finished, shall sit down.
VI. No member shall speak more than twice in any one debate on the same subject, without leave of the Senate.
VII. When two or more members shall rise at the same time, the President shall name the person entitled to proceed.
VIII. When a member shall be called to order, he shall sit down until the President shall determine whether he is in order or not; and every question of order shall be decided by the President without debate, subject to an appeal to the Senate.
IX. If a member be called to order for words spoken, the exceptionable words shall be immediately taken down in writing, that the President may be better enabled to judge of the matter.
X. No member shall absent himself from the service of the Senate without leave of the Senate; and in case a less number than a quorum shall convene, they are hereby authorised to send the Sergeant-at-Arms, or any other person or persons, by them authorised, for any or all absent members, as the majority of such members shall agree, at the expense of such absent members, respectively, unless such excuse for non-attendance shall be made, as the Senate, when a quorum is convened, shall judge sufficient.
XI. No motion shall be debated until the same shall be seconded.
XII. When a motion shall be made and seconded, it shall be reduced to writing, if desired by the President, or any member, delivered in at the table, and read before the same shall be debated.
XIII. When a question is under debate, no motion shall be received but to adjourn, to lie on the table, to postpone indefinitely, to postpone to a day certain, to commit, or to amend, which several motions shall have precedence, in the order in which they stand arranged, and the motion for adjournment shall be in order, and be decided without debate.
XIV. If the question in debate shall contain several points, any member may have the same divided.
XV. In filling up blanks, the largest sum and the longest time shall be first put.
XVI. When the reading of a paper is called for, and the same is objected to by any member, it shall be determined by vote of the Senate without debate.
XVII. When the yeas and nays shall be called for by two of the members present, each member called upon shall (unless for special reasons he be excused by the Senate) declare openly, and without debate, his assent or dissent to the question. In taking the yeas and nays, and upon a call of the Senate, the names of the members shall be taking alphabetically.
XVIII. On a motion made and seconded to shut the doors of the Senate, on the discussion of any business which may, in the opinion of a member, require secrecy, the President shall direct the gallery to be cleared ; and during the discussion of such motion, the doors shall remain shut, and no motion shall be deemed in order to admit any person or persons whatsoever.
XIX. The follwing order shall be observed in taking up the business of the Senate, viz: motions, petitions, resolutions, reports of standing committees, reports of select committees, orders of the day,
XX. When a question has been once made and carried in the affirmative or negative, it shall be in order for any member of the majority, to move the consideration thereof, but no motion for the re-consideration of any vote shall be in order after a bill, resolution, message, report, amendment or motion, upon which the vote was taken, shall have gone out of the possession of the Senate announcing their decision; nor shall any motion
for re-consideration be in order, unless made on the same day on which the vote was taken, or within two next days of actual session thereafter.
XXI. On a question when the ayos and noes are called for, in the event of a tie, the question shall be decided in the negative.
XXII. All questions shall be put by the President of the Senate, and the members shall signify their assent or dissent, by answering viva voce, aye or no.
XXIII. The President of the Senate shall have a right to name a member to perform the duties of the chair ; but such substitute shall not extend beyond an adjournment.
XXIV. Before any petition or memorial addressed to the Senate shall be received and read at the table, whether the same be introduced by the President or a member, a brief statement of the contents of the petition or memorial shall verbally be made by the introducer.
XXV. One day's notice, at least, shall be given of an intended motion for leave to bring in a bill; and no bill shall be written or printed except by express order of the Senate.
XXVI. Every bill shall receive three readings previous to its being passed; and the President shall give notice at each, whether it be the first, second, or third; which readings shall be on three different days, unless the Senate unanimously direct otherwise.
XXVII. No bill shall be committed or amended, until it shall have been twice read, after which it may be referred to a committee.
XXVIII. The final question upon the second reading of every bill, resolution or motion, requiring three readings previous to being passed, shall be " whether it shall be engrossed and read a third time?" And no amendment shall be received for discussion at the third reading of any bill, resolution, amendment, or motion, unless by unanimous consent of the members present; but it shall at all times be in order, before the final passage of any such bill, resolution or motion, to move its commitment and should such commitment take place, and any amendment be reported by the committee, the said bill, resolution or motion, shall be again read a second tinie, and considered as in committee of the whole, and the aforesaid question shall be put.
XXIX. The titles of bills, and such parts thereof only as shall be effected by proposed amendments, shall be inserted on the journals.
XXX. The following standing committees shall be appointed by the President, to consist of at least three members, who shall have leave to report by bill or otherwise. A committee on the Judiciary, a committee on Finance and Banks, a committee on the state of the Territory, to have charge of claims, elections, militia, and a committee on schools and colleges, and on enrolled biils.
XXXI. Resolved, that the 30th Rule be so far amended, as to require the appointment of an additional Standing Committée, to be styled the Committee on Public Accounts; whose duty it shall be to examine the accounts and vouchers of the Auditor, Treasurer, and Commissioner of the Tallahassee Fund, and all other officers having charge of public funds or accounts.
XXXII. All confidential communications made by the Governor of the Territory of Florida to the Senate, shall be by the members thereof kept secret, until the Senate by their resolulution, take off the injunction of secrecy.
XXXIII. All information or remarks, touching or concerning the character or qualifications of any person nominated by the Governor to office, shall be kept secret.
XXXIV. When acting on confidential or Executive business, the Senate shall be cleared of all persons, except the clerk, the sergeant at arms, and door keeper.
XXXV. The proceedings of the Senate when not acting as in committee of the whole, shall be entered on the journals as concisely as possible, care being taken to detail a true and ac. curate account of the proceedings.
XXXVI. Messages shall be sent to the House of Representatives by the secretary, who shall previously endorse the final determination of the Senate thereon.
XXXVII: Messengers may be introduced in any stage of the business, except while a questtion is putting, while the yeas and nays are calling, or while the ballots are counting.
XXXVIII. The Governor and Secretary of the Territory, former members of the Council, and the Judges of the Court of Appeals, shall be admitted to a seat within the bar of this Senate Chamber, and any other person, upon being invited by a member of the Senate.
XXXIX. The secretary of the Senate, the sergeant at arms, and the door keeper, shall severally be sworn by the President, well and faithfully to discharge their respective duties, and to keep secret the proceedings of the Senate when sitting with closed doors.
XL. All resolutions presented to the Senate, shall l ie on the table one day before any vote shall be taken on the adoption of the same, unless by unanimous consent of the Senate, this rule be waived.
Mr. Long moved to strike out the 32d rule, in which it is provided that all information or remarks touching the character or qnallification of any person nominated by the Governor to office, shall be kept secret”-on which the yeas and nays were called for by Messrs. Long and Baltzell, and were as follows: Yeas-Messrs. Baltzell, Cooper, Long, Pelot-4 Nays-Mr. President, Messrs. Hart, Haughton, Livingston, Mathews, Priest, Ramsay, Walker, and Yonge-9.
So said motion was lost.
The report of the committee was concurred in and adopted, and on motion of Mr. Livingston, 50 copies were ordered to be printed.
Mr. Pelot introduced the following resolution:
Resolved, That no member of the Senate shall be entitled to more than thirty dollars' worth of stationary—that each member shall have the privillege of purchasing it where he pleases, and that no bill for stationary shall be received and passed without having each member's name endorsed on the back, acknowledging its correctness.
Mr. Walker offered the following substitute :
Resolved, That the Sergeant-at-Arms be required to furnish such stationary as may be necessary for the use of the Senate, under the direction of a committee to be appointed for that purpose.
Resolved, that the Sergeat-at-Arms issue to each member of the Senate such stationary, &c., as may be required, and that he keep an account of the amount of stationary issued to each member—and that there shall not be issued to any one member more than exceeding the value of.
Mr. Livingston offered the following resolution as a substitute for both.
Resolved, That the Secretary purchase at the lowest price, (having due regard to the quality of the articles,) the amount of stationary necessary for the use of the Senate, and keep an account of the same.
On the question of Mr. Livingston's substitute, the yeas and nays were called for by M. Livingston, and were as follows:
Yeas—Mr. President, Messrs. Baltzell, Haughton, Livingston, Mathers, and Ramsay-6.
Nays-Messrs. Cooper, Hart, Long, Priest, Walker and Yonge-7.
So srid motion was lost.
On motion of Mr. Hart, the above resolutions. were laid on the table until to-morrow.
On motion of Mr. Cooper, the Senate adjourned until tomorrow at 12 o'clock, M.