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S.R. No. 129, as introduced: 89th Legislative Session (2015-2016) Posted on April 7, 2015

1.1A Senate resolution
1.2adopting Permanent Rules of the Senate.
1.3BE IT RESOLVED, by the Senate of the State of Minnesota:
1.4The Permanent Rules of the Senate for the 89th session of the Legislature shall read
1.5as follows:
1.6PERMANENT RULES OF THE SENATE
1.789TH LEGISLATURE (2015 - 2016)
1.81.PARLIAMENTARY REFERENCE
1.9    The rules of parliamentary practice contained in Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure
1.10(1989 edition) govern the Senate in all cases in which they are applicable, and in which they are
1.11not inconsistent with these rules and orders of the Senate and the joint rules and orders of the
1.12Senate and House of Representatives.
1.132.REPORTING OF BILLS
1.14    Every bill, memorial, order, resolution or vote requiring the approval of the Governor must
1.15be reported to the Senate on three different days before its passage.
1.16    (a) The first report, called the first reading, is made when it has been received for introduction.
1.17    (b) The second report, called the second reading, is made when it has been considered by
1.18all the necessary standing committees and is ready for debate.
1.19    (c) The third report, called the third reading, is made when it is ready for final passage.
2.13.BILL INTRODUCTION
2.23.1Bills, memorials, and concurrent or joint resolutions may be introduced by a member
2.3or by a standing committee.
2.43.2The name of the author, authors, or committee must be written on the bill, memorial or
2.5resolution. The number of authors may not exceed five.
2.63.3An original and one copy are required for introduction.
2.73.4A member or a committee desiring to introduce a bill, memorial or concurrent or joint
2.8resolution shall deliver it to the office of the Secretary, and the Secretary shall promptly deliver
2.9all the bills, memorials or concurrent or joint resolutions to the President who shall present
2.10them to the Senate.
2.113.5A bill may not be considered by a committee, committee division, or a subcommittee
2.12on the day it is introduced.
2.133.6During the period between the last day of the session in any odd-numbered year and
2.14the first day of the session in the following year, a bill filed with the Secretary for introduction
2.15must be given a file number and may be unofficially referred by the President, with the approval
2.16of the Chair of the Committee on Rules and Administration, to an appropriate standing committee
2.17of the Senate. All bills filed for introduction during this period must be presented to the Senate
2.18when it reconvenes and must be referred to the standing committees previously indicated by the
2.19President, subject to objection to the referral under Rule 4.10.
2.204.BILL REFERRAL
2.214.1The President shall refer each bill without motion to the proper standing committee
2.22unless otherwise referred by the Senate.
2.234.2A bill or resolution may not be referred to committee or amended until it has been
2.24given its first reading.
2.254.3A member may not object to a bill or resolution on its introduction.
2.264.4All bills appropriating money, or obligating the state to pay or expend money, or
2.27establishing a policy which to be effective will require expenditure of money, when referred to
2.28and reported by any other than the Committee on Finance, must be referred before passage to
2.29the Committee on Finance.
2.304.5All bills delegating rulemaking to a department or agency of state government and all
2.31bills exempting a department or agency of state government from rulemaking, when referred to
3.1and reported by any other than the Committee on State and Local Government, must be referred
3.2before passage to the Committee on State and Local Government.
3.34.6All bills creating a new commission, council, task force, board, or other body to
3.4which a member of the legislature will be appointed must be referred before passage both to the
3.5Committee on State and Local Government and to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
3.64.7All bills authorizing or increasing a sentence of imprisonment to a state correctional
3.7institution must be referred before passage to the Committee on Judiciary.
3.84.8All resolutions required to follow the same procedure as bills must be referred before
3.9passage to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
3.104.9A bill introduced by a committee need not be referred to a standing committee unless a
3.11question arises. It must lie over one day before being given its second reading.
3.124.10A member may question the reference of a bill during the order of business of first
3.13reading on the day of introduction. When a member questions the reference of a bill, the bill must
3.14be referred without debate to the Committee on Rules and Administration to report the proper
3.15reference. Upon adoption of the report of the Committee on Rules and Administration, the bill
3.16must be referred accordingly.
3.175.RECALL FROM COMMITTEE
3.185.1With the concurrence of the chief author of the bill, Before the applicable deadline for
3.19committee action on a bill, a majority of the whole Senate may recall the bill from a committee
3.20and re-refer it to any other committee or place it on General Orders. After the committee deadline
3.21for action on a bill, 41 affirmative votes of the whole Senate may recall the bill from any
3.22committee and re-refer it to any other committee or place it on General Orders. Recall of a bill
3.23under this rule requires the concurrence of the chief author of the bill.
3.245.2By a report of the Committee on Rules and Administration adopted by the Senate, the
3.25Committee on Rules and Administration, on request of the chief author, may remove a bill from
3.26committee and re-refer it to any other committee or place it on General Orders.
3.276.RESOLUTIONS
3.286.1Memorial resolutions addressed to the President or the Congress of the United States,
3.29or a house or member of Congress, or a department or officer of the United States, or a state or
3.30foreign government, joint resolutions, and resolutions requiring the signature of the Governor
3.31must follow the same procedure as bills before being adopted.
3.326.2A resolution may not be changed to a bill, and a bill may not be changed to a resolution.
4.16.3 Upon the request of a member, a resolution not required to follow the same procedure
4.2as bills and not offered by the Committee on Rules and Administration must be referred to the
4.3Committee on Rules and Administration. If the resolution is not referred to the Committee
4.4on Rules and Administration, the resolution must lie over one calendar day without debate or
4.5other action, upon the request of a member.
4.67.BUDGET TARGETS
4.77.1The Committees on Taxes and on Finance must hold hearings as necessary to determine
4.8state revenues and appropriations for the fiscal biennium.
4.97.2Within 30 days after the last state general fund revenue and expenditure forecast for
4.10the next fiscal biennium becomes available during the regular session in the odd-numbered year,
4.11targets for the general fund budget must be publicly announced by the Chair of the Committee on
4.12Finance or the Chair of the Committee on Rules and Administration. Subsequent adjustments
4.13to the targets required under this rule shall be made by public announcement of the chair of
4.14the Committee on Rules and Administration.
4.157.3The omnibus tax and appropriation bills are:
4.16    (1) the omnibus tax bill;
4.17    (2) the E-12 education appropriations bill;
4.18    (3) the higher education and workforce development appropriations bill;
4.19    (4) the health and human services appropriations bill;
4.20(5) the environment, economic development and agriculture appropriations bill;
4.21(6) the judiciary appropriations bill;
4.22(7) the state departments and veterans appropriations bill;
4.23    (8) the transportation and public safety appropriations bill; and
4.24    (9 ) the omnibus capital investment bill.
4.25    An omnibus appropriation or tax bill may not be divided.
4.267.4An amendment to an omnibus appropriation or tax bill that is a Senate file or an
4.27unofficial engrossment of a House file is out of order if it will:
4.28(1) increase net appropriations from a fund for a fiscal biennium, without a corresponding
4.29increase in net revenue, compared to the bill as it was reported to the floor of the Senate;
5.1(2) reduce net revenue to a fund for a fiscal biennium, without a corresponding reduction in
5.2net appropriations, compared to the bill as it was reported to the floor of the Senate;
5.3(3) change appropriations, transfers, or revenues to an agency that was not in the bill as
5.4it was reported to the floor of the Senate; or
5.5(4) create or increase the amount of a tax expenditure by reducing appropriations, transfers,
5.6or revenues to an agency that was not in the bill as it was reported to the floor of the Senate.
5.78.CONFIRMATIONS
5.88.1Every gubernatorial appointment requiring the advice and consent of the Senate must
5.9be referred by the President to the appropriate committee. If a question arises as to the proper
5.10committee, the appointment must be referred without debate to the Committee on Rules and
5.11Administration for a report making the proper reference.
5.128.2An appointment referred to committee and not reported to the Senate within 60
5.13legislative days after it was referred is withdrawn from committee and placed on the confirmation
5.14calendar for consideration by the Senate before adjournment of the regular session, unless the
5.15appointee's term has expired or the appointee is no longer serving.
5.168.3The final question on the appointment is, "Will the Senate, having given its advice,
5.17now consent to this appointment?" The question must not be put the same day the appointment is
5.18received or on the day it is reported by committee except by unanimous consent. Confirmation of
5.19the appointment requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the whole Senate.
5.209.STANDING COMMITTEES
5.21The standing committees of the Senate are as follows:
5.22Capital Investment
5.23Commerce
5.24Education
5.25Environment and Energy
5.26Finance
5.27Health, Human Services and Housing
5.28Higher Education and Workforce Development
5.29Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development
5.30Judiciary
5.31Rules and Administration
5.32State and Local Government
5.33Taxes
5.34Transportation and Public Safety
6.110.APPOINTMENTS TO STANDING COMMITTEES
6.210.1The majority and minority groups must each be represented on all standing committees
6.3of the Senate substantially in proportion to their numbers in the Senate. The majority group shall
6.4assign the number of positions the minority group will hold on each committee and budget division.
6.5The minority group must be given adequate notice of its positions before the session begins.
6.610.2Both the majority and minority groups shall appoint their own members to fill the
6.7number of positions each group will hold on each committee and budget division. The minority
6.8group shall transmit notice of its assignments to the majority group within 14 calendar days after
6.9receipt of the notice of positions available. The minority group may designate a ranking member
6.10for each committee. Nothing prohibits a member of the minority group from serving as chair or
6.11vice chair of a committee, subcommittee, division, or commission. If the minority group for any
6.12reason fails to make its appointments pursuant to this rule, the majority group may make all the
6.13committee and budget division assignments.
6.1410.3 The majority and minority committee assignments are subject to the uniform criteria
6.15governing committee assignments applicable to both the majority and minority groups. The
6.16uniform criteria must be adopted by the Committee on Rules and Administration.
6.1710.4 The Senate resolution establishing representation on all Senate standing committees
6.18must set forth committee assignments as made by the majority and minority groups.
6.1910.5 A member may not serve as the chair of the same standing committee or the same
6.20division of a standing committee, or a committee with substantially the same jurisdiction, for
6.21more than three consecutive Senate terms. This limit does not apply to the Committee on Rules
6.22and Administration.
6.2310.6 After the organization of the Senate and after consultation with and the approval of
6.24the minority leader, the Chair of the Committee on Rules and Administration may add members
6.25to or delete members from a standing committee or division.
6.2611.APPOINTMENTS BY SUBCOMMITTEE ON COMMITTEES
6.2711.1The Committee on Rules and Administration may constitute a standing Subcommittee
6.28on Committees, the report of which within its jurisdiction has the effect of a report of the
6.29Committee on Rules and Administration. The subcommittee consists of at least five members,
6.30including members of the minority group substantially in proportion to their number in the Senate.
6.3111.2Unless otherwise provided, the Subcommittee on Committees shall appoint all
6.32members of commissions or other bodies authorized to be appointed by the Senate and report the
6.33appointments to the Senate.
7.112.COMMITTEE MEETINGS
7.212.1All meetings of the Senate, its committees, committee divisions, and subcommittees
7.3are open to the public. A meeting of a caucus of the members of any of those bodies from the same
7.4political party need not be open to the public. A caucus of the Hennepin county, Ramsey county,
7.5or St. Louis county delegation is open to the public. For purposes of this rule, a meeting occurs
7.6when a quorum is present and action is taken regarding a matter within the jurisdiction of the body.
7.712.2Any person may submit to the Chair of the Committee on Rules and Administration
7.8a complaint that members have violated the open meeting requirements of Minnesota Statutes,
7.9section 3.055. The complaint must be in writing. The Chair of the Committee on Rules and
7.10Administration shall immediately forward the complaint in writing to the Subcommittee on
7.11Ethical Conduct without disclosing the identity of the complainant. The complaint must not be
7.12further disclosed without the consent of the complainant, except to the members against whom
7.13the complaint was made, unless the complaint was made by a member of the Senate in writing
7.14under oath, in which case the investigatory procedures of Rule 55 apply.
7.1512.3To the extent practical, a committee, subcommittee, or division shall announce each
7.16meeting to the public at least three calendar days before convening. The notice must state the
7.17name of the committee, subcommittee, or division, the bill or bills to be considered, and the place
7.18and time of meeting. A bill may not be considered on the day it was introduced. The notice must
7.19be posted on the Senate's Web site and on all Senate bulletin boards in the Capitol and the State
7.20Office Building. A notice must be sent to the House of Representatives for posting as it deems
7.21necessary. If the three-day notice requirement cannot be met, the committee, subcommittee, or
7.22division shall give simultaneous notice to all of the known proponents and opponents of the
7.23bill as soon as practicable.
7.2412.4A Senate committee, subcommittee, or division shall adjourn no later than midnight
7.25each day, unless two-thirds of the members present vote to suspend this requirement.
7.2612.5Committees, subcommittees, and divisions may not meet while the Senate is in
7.27session without permission of the Senate. The names of the members excused shall be printed
7.28in the Journal.
7.2912.6A majority of its members constitutes a quorum of a committee, subcommittee,
7.30or division.
7.3112.7Each standing committee of the Senate, including a subcommittee or division of the
7.32committee, may at any time sit and act, investigate and take testimony on any matter within its
7.33jurisdiction, report hearings held by it, and make expenditures as authorized by the Committee on
7.34Rules and Administration.
8.112.8A standing committee, but not a subcommittee or division, may require by subpoena
8.2or otherwise the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of correspondence,
8.3books, papers, and documents, in the manner provided by Minnesota Statutes, section 3.153.
8.412.9Upon the request of a member of a committee, subcommittee, or division to which a
8.5bill has been referred, or upon the request of the chief author of the bill, a record must be made of
8.6the vote on the bill or any amendment in the committee, subcommittee, or division.
8.712.10Upon request of three members of the committee before the vote is taken, the record
8.8of a roll call vote in a standing committee must accompany the committee report and be printed
8.9in the Journal.
8.1012.11A committee report may only be based on action taken at a regular or special meeting
8.11of the committee. A report in violation of this rule is out of order.
8.1212.12No Senate committee, division, or subcommittee shall permit any appointed officer
8.13or employee of the executive branch, registered lobbyist, or lobbyist principal to be seated at
8.14the committee table with members of the Senate during an official meeting of a committee of
8.15the Senate.
8.1613.HOUR OF CONVENING
8.17    If the Senate adjourns without setting a time to reconvene, the Senate shall convene on the
8.18next legislative day at 11:00 a.m.
8.1914.PRESIDENT
8.2014.1The President shall take the chair at the time to which the Senate adjourned. The
8.21President shall immediately call the members to order and, on the appearance of a quorum, shall
8.22proceed with the regular order of business.
8.2314.2The President may call a member to preside. In the absence of the President, the
8.24President Pro Tem, the Chair of the Committee on Rules and Administration, or the Chair's
8.25designee, shall preside over the Senate. In the absence of the President and the Chair, the Senate
8.26may select a member to perform the duties of the President. Substitutions do not extend beyond
8.27adjournment.
8.2814.3The President shall preserve order and decorum, may speak on points of order in
8.29preference to members, and shall also decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the
8.30Senate by a member.
8.3114.4An appeal is decided by a majority vote of those present and voting. Upon an appeal
8.32from the decision of the President, the question is, "Shall the decision of the President be the
8.33judgment of the Senate?"
9.114.5The President shall sign all acts, memorials, addresses and resolutions. All writs,
9.2warrants, and subpoenas issued by the Senate must be signed by the President and attested by the
9.3Secretary.
9.414.6Upon a finding by the Committee on Rules and Administration that the President
9.5refuses or is unable to sign any of the documents described in this rule, the Chair of the Committee
9.6on Rules and Administration, or some other member selected by the committee, shall assume the
9.7duties of the President under this rule until the President is able to sign the documents described
9.8or until the Senate elects a new President, whichever occurs first.
9.915.ADMISSION TO SENATE CHAMBER
9.1015.1The Senate Chamber is reserved for Senate use.
9.1115.2A person may not be admitted to the Senate Chamber except as provided in these rules.
9.12A member, an officer, the constitutional officers, ex-Governors of the State of Minnesota, members
9.13of the House, judges of the trial and appellate courts and members of Congress may be admitted.
9.1415.3Past members of Congress or of the state legislature who are not interested in any
9.15claim or directly in a bill pending before the legislature may be personally admitted by a member
9.16of the Senate.
9.1715.4An employee of either house may be admitted at the request of a member or an
9.18officer of the Senate.
9.1915.5 A member of another state, provincial, or national legislative body may be admitted
9.20to the floor by any member of the Senate. A member of another legislative body who is admitted
9.21to the floor may be introduced to the Senate by the President.
9.2215.6The President may designate and personally admit the person who will provide the
9.23prayer and the person who will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
9.2415.7When the Senate is not meeting, a person who is not a member may be admitted to the
9.25floor at the request of a member or an officer.
9.2615.8Public hearings may not be held in the Senate Chamber. The Senate Chamber may
9.27not be used for any commercial purpose.
9.2815.9The Retiring Room of the Senate is reserved for the exclusive use of the members of
9.29the Senate at all times. The Sergeant at Arms shall strictly enforce this rule.
9.3015.10When a member-elect is sworn in, the member-elect may request that one guest be
9.31admitted until the member-elect has been sworn in.
10.116.CREDENTIALS FOR NEWS COVERAGE
10.216.1(a) The Secretary of the Senate shall provide a reasonable number of spaces on
10.3the Senate floor and in the Senate gallery for individuals and organizations with credentials
10.4and passes issued under this rule.
10.5(b) The Sergeant at Arms may not issue credentials or day passes under this rule to political
10.6organizations or to individuals affiliated with a political organization. For the purposes of this
10.7rule, "political organization" means an organization owned or controlled by a registered lobbyist,
10.8a political caucus, a political party, or any party organization and "individuals affiliated with a
10.9political organization" means an individual who, during the preceding 24 months, has been
10.10employed by or received any compensation from a political organization.
10.11(c) Due to the limited space available for organizations or individuals providing news
10.12coverage of the Senate, the Senate finds that there is a compelling public interest in limiting
10.13credentials issued under this rule to organizations or individuals who demonstrate that they
10.14provide regular news coverage of the legislature. For session credentials, an organization or
10.15individual must submit an application to the Sergeant at Arms. The Sergeant at Arms must review
10.16the application and approve or reject it within 14 days after receipt. Upon the request of the
10.17Sergeant at Arms, an applicant for credentials must provide evidence of the applicant's activities
10.18in providing regular news coverage of the legislature. Evidence of regular news coverage must
10.19include examples of news coverage of legislative matters produced by the applicant. The
10.20examples must include written, video, or audio coverage written or recorded in the past year, and
10.21a description of how they were publicly distributed. Any opinion expressed in the examples is not
10.22subject to review under this rule at any time.
10.23(d) If an application is rejected, the Sergeant at Arms must state the reason for the rejection
10.24in writing and notify the applicant, the Secretary of the Senate, the Majority Leader, and the
10.25Minority Leader in writing.
10.26(e) An appeal of a denial of credentials must be made in writing to the Secretary of the
10.27Senate, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Senate Minority Leader. The Committee on Rules and
10.28Administration shall review and decide the appeal within 14 days after receiving a letter of appeal.
10.2916.2The Sergeant at Arms may grant a day pass for access authorized under Rule 16.1,
10.30paragraph (a). The day pass may be issued for a single day to an individual or organization who
10.31has not applied for credentials and who is not prohibited from receiving credentials under Rule
10.3216.1, paragraph (b). The pass may be granted upon the request of a member or the organization or
10.33individual, and may be renewed from day to day upon request.
11.116.3The Secretary shall compile and distribute to the public a directory of individuals
11.2and organizations who have been issued credentials under Rule 16.1 to provide news coverage
11.3from the Senate floor. The directory must include each individual's picture and organization
11.4and a brief biography.
11.516.4The Secretary must issue each individual or organization with credentials an
11.6identification badge showing the individual's name and organization. The individual must wear
11.7the badge when in the Senate Chamber.
11.816.5 (a) A credential shall be revoked by the Sergeant at Arms if the Sergeant has received
11.9credible information indicating that the individual or organization either was not qualified to
11.10receive the credential when it was given, or no longer qualifies for a credential.
11.11(b) An appeal of a revocation of credentials must be made in writing to the Secretary of the
11.12Senate, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Senate Minority Leader. The Committee on Rules and
11.13Administration shall review and decide the appeal within 14 days after receiving a letter of appeal.
11.1417.DECORUM
11.1517.1In case of a disturbance or disorderly conduct in the lobbies or galleries, the President
11.16may order them cleared.
11.1717.2A member may not introduce a visitor or visitors in the galleries from the floor or
11.18rostrum of the Senate.
11.1917.3Smoking is not permitted in the Senate Chamber or galleries, the Retiring Room,
11.20hearing rooms, offices, or other spaces under the control of the Senate.
11.2117.4During floor proceedings, picture taking by persons other than accredited news or
11.22legislative photographers, picture taking with floodlights or flash units, and visual or audible
11.23disruptions are prohibited. At all times, demonstrations and food or beverages are prohibited
11.24in the Senate Chamber and in the galleries.
11.2517.5Television recording or broadcasting on the Senate floor is under the direction of the
11.26Secretary.
11.2718.ORDER OF BUSINESS
11.2818.1The order of business is as follows:
11.291. Petitions, letters, remonstrances.
11.302. Executive and official communications.
11.313. Messages from the House of Representatives.
12.14. First reading of House bills.
12.25. Reports of committees.
12.3(a) From standing committees.
12.4(b) From select committees.
12.56. Second reading of Senate bills.
12.67. Second reading of House bills.
12.78. Introduction and first reading of Senate bills.
12.89. Motions and Resolutions.
12.910. Calendar.
12.1011. Consent Calendar.
12.1112. General Orders.
12.1213. Announcements of Senate interest.
12.1318.2Under the order of business of Motions and Resolutions, the Senate may by a majority
12.14vote of the whole Senate temporarily revert or proceed to any other order of business.
12.1519.PETITIONS AND OTHER COMMUNICATIONS
12.1619.1In presenting a petition, memorial, remonstrance or other communication addressed
12.17to the Senate, a member shall only state the general purpose of it.
12.1819.2Every petition, memorial, remonstrance, resolution, bill and report of committee, must
12.19have an appropriate title, and the name of the member presenting it written on it.
12.2019.3Every written communication distributed to members in the Senate Chamber must
12.21have the name of the member or officer distributing it displayed on it.
12.2220.MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE
12.23    A message from the House of Representatives that a Senate bill has been amended, and the
12.24amendment, must be printed and placed on the members' desks before a member may move to
12.25concur in the House amendment. If the amendment has been printed in the House Journal for a
12.26preceding day and is available to the members, the Journal copy may serve as the printed copy.
13.121.OBJECTIONS TO COMMITTEE REFERRALS
13.2    A member may question the proper reference of a bill at the time the bill is reported by a
13.3standing committee to which it was previously referred. When a member questions the reference
13.4of a bill, the bill must be referred without debate to the Committee on Rules and Administration
13.5to report the proper reference. Upon adoption of the report of the Committee on Rules and
13.6Administration, the bill must be referred accordingly.
13.722.GENERAL ORDERS
13.822.1The Secretary shall make a list of all bills, resolutions, reports of committees, and
13.9other proceedings of the Senate that are referred to the Committee of the Whole and number
13.10them. The lists are called the "General Orders".
13.1122.2Items on General Orders may be taken up in the order in which they are numbered, as
13.12ordered by the Chair of the Committee on Rules and Administration, or as otherwise ordered by a
13.13majority of the committee.
13.1422.3General Orders, together with all bills required to be included on it, must be
13.15electronically available or printed at least one calendar day before being considered in Committee
13.16of the Whole.
13.1722.4With the concurrence of the chief author of the bill, a majority of the whole Senate
13.18may at any time take a bill from the table and place it on General Orders.
13.1923.COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
13.2023.1All bills, memorials, orders, resolutions and votes requiring the approval of the
13.21Governor must, after a second reading, be considered in Committee of the Whole before they are
13.22finally acted upon by the Senate, unless considered on the Consent Calendar or as a Special Order.
13.2323.2The President may call a member to the Chair when the Senate resolves itself into the
13.24Committee of the Whole.
13.2523.3The rules observed in the Senate govern, as far as practicable, the proceedings of the
13.26Committee of the Whole, and the Chair of the Committee of the Whole has the powers of the
13.27President, as appropriate. However, a member may speak more than twice on the same subject
13.28and a call for the previous question may not be made.
13.2923.4A member may request a roll call vote. The vote must be recorded in the Journal
13.30along with the amendment.
13.3123.5The recommendations of the Committee of the Whole must be reported to the Senate.
13.32The question is on the adoption or rejection of the report, and no other question may be admitted.
13.33The question may be divided to permit separate Senate action on the report as to any bill.
14.123.6On adoption of the report of the Committee of the Whole, all bills recommended to
14.2pass must be placed on the Calendar.
14.324.CALENDAR
14.424.1The Secretary shall make a Calendar of all bills, resolutions and other matters
14.5approved by the Committee of the Whole for final action. The Secretary shall place them on the
14.6Calendar in the order in which they have been acted upon in Committee of the Whole.
14.724.2The Calendar must be electronically available or printed at least one calendar day
14.8before the matters on it are considered.
14.925.CONSENT CALENDAR
14.1025.1If a committee determines that a bill it recommends to pass is not likely to be opposed,
14.11the committee may recommend that the bill be placed on the Consent Calendar. If the committee
14.12report is adopted, the bill must be electronically available or printed and placed on the Consent
14.13Calendar after its second reading. On the question of adoption of the report, the question of
14.14accepting the recommendation that the bill be placed on the Consent Calendar may be divided
14.15from the question of adopting the report in other respects.
14.1625.2A majority of the whole Senate, or the Chair of the Committee on Rules and
14.17Administration, may order a bill on General Orders placed on the Consent Calendar.
14.1825.3The Consent Calendar must be electronically available or printed at least one calendar
14.19day before the matters on it are considered.
14.2025.4If a member objects to consideration of a bill on the Consent Calendar at any time
14.21during its consideration in the Senate before the question on final passage is put, and that objection
14.22is supported by at least two other members, the bill is referred to the Committee of the Whole, and
14.23the Secretary shall place it at the bottom of General Orders subject to Rule 22.2, except that it
14.24need not lie over one calendar day before consideration in the Committee of the Whole.
14.2526.SPECIAL ORDERS
14.2626.1The Chair of the Committee on Rules and Administration, or the Chair's designee,
14.27may designate a special order for a bill that has been given its second reading.
14.2826.2A special order may provide that the bill be considered immediately, at a time certain,
14.29or after specific other business is completed.
14.3026.3During consideration of a special order, Rule 36.5 is suspended.
14.3126.4As nearly as applicable, debate on the bill and all proceedings including amendments
14.32and substitutions must be conducted as in the Committee of the Whole.
15.126.5On any question, a member may request a roll call vote, which must be entered
15.2in the Journal.
15.326.6Unless it is otherwise disposed of, after consideration a bill on Special Orders must
15.4immediately proceed to its third reading and final passage.
15.527.MOTIONS
15.627.1A motion or amendment must be written if a member requests. It must identify the
15.7member or committee offering it.
15.827.2When a motion is made, it must be stated by the President. If it is in writing, it must
15.9be handed to the Secretary and read to the members.
15.1027.3After a motion is stated by the President, or read by the Secretary, it is in possession
15.11of the Senate, but may be withdrawn by the author at any time before decision or amendment.
15.1228.PRECEDENCE OF MOTIONS
15.1328.1When a question is under debate no motion may be made, except:
15.141. To adjourn.
15.152. To recess.
15.163. To reconsider.
15.174. To lay on the table.
15.185. For the previous question.
15.196. To refer.
15.207. To postpone to a day certain.
15.218. To amend.
15.229. To postpone indefinitely.
15.2328.2Motions numbered 1, 2, 4 and 5 above are not debatable.
15.2428.3These motions have precedence in the foregoing order; but when a motion for the
15.25previous question has been made, or the main question ordered, a motion to lay on the table
15.26is not in order.
16.128.4A motion to postpone to a day certain, to refer, to postpone indefinitely, or to amend,
16.2having been decided, may not again be put on the same day, nor at the same stage of the bill
16.3or proposition.
16.429.MOTION TO ADJOURN
16.5    A motion to adjourn or a motion to adjourn to a time certain is always in order. The latter
16.6motion is debatable solely as to the time. When either motion is rejected, it may not be renewed
16.7until further business has been transacted.
16.830.MOTION TO RECONSIDER
16.930.1When a motion or question has been decided, a member who voted with the prevailing
16.10side may move for reconsideration:
16.11(1) on the same day on which the vote was taken;
16.12(2) within the next two calendar days; or
16.13(3) if after the time provided under clause (1) or (2), on the first day the Senate meets
16.14after the vote was taken. The motion takes precedence over all other questions except a motion
16.15to adjourn or recess.
16.1630.2When a motion to adjourn is adopted before the disposition of a motion for
16.17reconsideration, the motion for reconsideration must lie over until the next succeeding day the
16.18Senate meets except as provided in this rule.
16.1930.3 When notice of intent to move reconsideration of the final action of the Senate on a
16.20question is given by a member, the Secretary shall retain the subject of the notice until after the
16.21expiration of the time during which the motion can be made.
16.2230.4 A notice of intent to move for reconsideration is not in order after the Tuesday before
16.23the third Saturday in May, but a motion to reconsider may be made.
16.2430.5 A motion for reconsideration having been once voted on may not be made again
16.25nor reconsidered.
16.2631.MOTION FOR THE PREVIOUS QUESTION
16.2731.1Unless a motion for the previous question is made specifically applicable to a
16.28subsidiary motion, it must be in this form: "Shall the main question now be put?" If the motion
16.29for the previous question is supported by a majority of the members present, its effect is to put an
16.30end to all debate and bring the Senate to a direct vote upon all pending amendments in their order
16.31and then upon the main question.
17.131.2On a motion for the previous question, a call of the Senate is in order before the
17.2President submits the question to the Senate.
17.331.3On a motion for the previous question there is no debate. All incidental questions
17.4of order, arising after a motion is made for the previous question, and pending the motion, must
17.5be decided, whether on appeal or otherwise, without debate.
17.632.MOTION TO REFER
17.7    A bill or resolution may be referred to committee at any time before its passage. If an
17.8amendment is reported on the referral to any committee other than the Committee of the Whole, it
17.9must again be read the second time, considered in Committee of the Whole, read the third time and
17.10placed on final passage. If the referral is to the Committee of the Whole it must be placed at the
17.11head of General Orders, except when the referral is from the Consent Calendar under Rule 25.4.
17.1233.MOTION TO AMEND BILL OR RESOLUTION
17.1333.1A motion to amend must be written if a member requests. It must identify the
17.14member offering it.
17.1533.2In drawing an amendment to a bill or resolution, reference must be made, first to
17.16the number of the bill, then to the page, and then to the line or lines where language is to be
17.17stricken or inserted.
17.1833.3In filling blanks, the largest sum, the longest time and the greatest distance must be
17.19first taken.
17.2033.4The title to a bill may be amended by the Secretary at any time the bill is amended
17.21by the Senate.
17.2233.5An amendment is not in order to a bill on the Calendar or after third reading without
17.23the unanimous consent of the Senate unless it:
17.24(1) fills a blank;
17.25(2) amends the title;
17.26(3) is proposed to the chief author of the bill by the Revisor of Statutes to correct technical
17.27defects found by the Revisor while engrossing earlier amendments to the bill; or
17.28(4) is proposed to a bill on the Consent Calendar before the bill is given its third reading.
17.2934.MOTION TO SUSPEND RULES
17.3034.1A rule may be suspended by a vote of at least two-thirds of the whole Senate.
18.134.2A motion to suspend the rules for the purpose of advancing a bill may be made only
18.2under the order of business, "Motions and Resolutions".
18.335.GERMANENESS
18.435.1An amendment proposed to the Senate or to the Committee of the Whole that is
18.5not germane is out of order.
18.635.2A non-germane amendment includes one that:
18.7(1) relates to a substantially different subject; or
18.8(2) is intended to accomplish a substantially different purpose, than that of the original
18.9bill to which it is proposed.
18.1035.3An amendment to insert a constitutional amendment is not germane to a bill that does
18.11not already include a constitutional amendment.
18.1235.4Whether an amendment is germane is to be decided by the President, who may put the
18.13question to the body if the President chooses.
18.1435.5A motion to remove an amendment placed on a House bill under Rule 45.1 is out of
18.15order if removal of the amendment would make a portion of the House bill not germane to the
18.16Senate companion for which it was substituted.
18.1735.6If a House amendment to a Senate bill is not germane to the Senate bill, a motion to
18.18concur in the House amendment is out of order.
18.1936.DEBATE
18.2036.1When a member is about to speak to the Senate, the member shall rise and respectfully
18.21address "Madam (or Mr.) President." The member may not proceed to speak further until
18.22recognized by the President.
18.2336.2The member shall speak only to the question under debate and avoid personality.
18.2436.3The member may inform the Senate of the Governor's position on a bill and on its
18.25status in the House of Representatives.
18.2636.4In discussing a resolution, each member is limited to ten minutes.
18.2736.5A member may not speak more than twice on the same question on the same day
18.28without permission of the Senate.
18.2936.6When a member is speaking, no one may stand between the member speaking and the
18.30President.
19.136.7A member may not speak without using a microphone.
19.236.8All remarks during debate shall be addressed to the President.
19.336.9When the President puts a question, or addresses the Senate, no one may walk out of
19.4or cross the Chamber.
19.536.10When a member is called to order, the member shall be silent until it is determined
19.6whether or not the member is in order. If a member is called to order for words spoken in debate,
19.7the words excepted to must be taken down in writing by the Secretary immediately.
19.836.11Debate on the report of a conference committee is in order at any time after the
19.9report has been made available electronically or printed and placed on the desk of each member,
19.10or at an earlier time agreed to by a majority of the whole Senate.
19.1137.ABSENCE OF MEMBERS
19.12    A member or officer of the Senate may not be absent from a session of the Senate unless
19.13excused by the Senate. The name of a member excused must be printed in the Journal.
19.1438.CALL OF THE SENATE
19.1538.1A member may impose a call of the Senate requiring the attendance of all members
19.16before any further proceedings occur except a motion to adjourn.
19.1738.2Upon the imposition of a call, a member may request a record of those present and the
19.18Sergeant at Arms shall bring in the absent members.
19.1938.3When the Senate has been placed under call, a member may demand that the doors be
19.20closed and that no member be permitted to leave the Chamber until the matter or question, if any,
19.21under consideration at the time of the call is disposed of, or until the call is lifted by a majority of
19.22the whole Senate, or until the Senate adjourns.
19.2338.4A majority of the whole Senate may excuse members not answering the call.
19.2438.5A call may not be imposed after voting has commenced.
19.2539.DIVISION OF QUESTION
19.2639.1A member may call for a division of the question when the division is possible.
19.27A motion to strike and insert is indivisible.
19.2839.2The defeat of a motion to strike does not preclude an amendment nor a motion to
19.29strike and insert.
20.140.VOTING
20.240.1The President shall distinctly state the question before taking the vote. The President
20.3shall declare the result of the vote. If a member questions the result of a vote, the President
20.4shall order a division.
20.540.2A member may vote on a question or be counted on a division only at the member's
20.6own seat in the Senate Chamber.
20.740.3At any time before the start of voting on a question, a member may request a roll call
20.8vote, which must be entered in the Journal, unless at the time the request is made, the Senate is
20.9taking a roll call vote using the electrical voting system.
20.1040.4Unless otherwise ordered, a roll call vote, except upon elections, may be taken by
20.11means of the electrical voting system under the control of the President.
20.1240.5A roll call vote may not be interrupted except to close the roll as provided in Rule 41.3.
20.1340.6A member or other person may not proceed to or remain by the Secretary's desk while
20.14a roll call or division is being taken.
20.1541.MEMBERS TO VOTE UNLESS EXCUSED
20.1641.1Every member who is in the Senate Chamber during a roll call, including in the
20.17Committee of the Whole, shall vote upon the request of another member unless excused by
20.18the Senate.
20.1941.2A motion by a member to be excused from voting must be made before the question is
20.20put. A member wishing to be excused from voting may make a brief statement of the reason for
20.21making the request. The question on the motion to excuse must be taken without further debate.
20.2241.3When members have had an opportunity to vote and fail to do so, a majority of the
20.23whole Senate may, by motion, direct the President to close the roll.
20.2441.4The vote on a motion to close the roll must be taken without debate. No member
20.25is required to vote on the motion.
20.2642.FINAL PASSAGE
20.27    The final question on a bill or other matter requiring action by both Houses after its first and
20.28second reading, and after the consideration in Committee of the Whole, is on its final passage.
20.2943.TRANSMITTING BILLS TO THE HOUSE
20.3043.1Except when a motion to reconsider has been made as provided in Rule 30,
20.31immediately after the passage of a bill or other matter in which the concurrence of the House of
20.32Representatives is requested, the Secretary shall transmit it to the House.
21.143.2On the concurrence of a bill or other matter of the House by the Senate, or on the
21.2concurrence or disagreement in a vote of the House, the Secretary shall notify the House.
21.344.ENGROSSING AND ENROLLING OF BILLS
21.444.1The Secretary and the Engrossing Secretary shall ensure that every bill, memorial, or
21.5resolution originating in the Senate is carefully engrossed before it is transmitted to the House
21.6of Representatives for concurrence.
21.7    All engrossing and enrolling of bills shall be done at the direction and under authority of
21.8the Senate.
21.944.2The Secretary shall ensure that every bill, memorial, or resolution originating in the
21.10Senate is carefully enrolled by the Revisor of Statutes before it is presented to the Governor
21.11or filed with the Secretary of State.
21.1245.COMPARISON AND SUBSTITUTION OF BILLS
21.1345.1A House bill, after its first reading, must be referred as follows, unless there is a
21.14motion by the Chair of the Committee on Rules and Administration or a designee of the Chair:
21.15    (a) If there is no Senate companion bill, the House bill must be referred to the appropriate
21.16standing committee, unless there is objection under Rule 4.10.
21.17    (b) If there is a Senate companion bill, the House bill must be referred to the standing
21.18committee possessing the Senate companion.
21.19    (c) If the Senate companion bill has been reported to the Senate, the House bill must be
21.20referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration, which shall report whether the House bill
21.21is identical to the Senate companion bill. If the bills are identical, the report must recommend that
21.22the House bill be given its second reading and substituted for the Senate companion bill and the
21.23Senate companion bill be indefinitely postponed. If the House bill is not identical to the Senate
21.24companion bill, the report of the committee must recommend an amendment to the House bill
21.25that when adopted will render the House bill identical to the Senate bill. Upon adoption of a
21.26committee report containing the proposed amendment, the House bill as amended must be given
21.27its second reading and substituted for the Senate companion bill and the Senate companion
21.28bill must be indefinitely postponed.
21.2945.2The Secretary shall prepare and submit reports under this rule on behalf of the
21.30Committee on Rules and Administration.
21.3145.3A House bill placed on the Calendar by substitution must not be given its third reading
21.32on the same day as the substitution.
22.146.CONFERENCE COMMITTEES
22.246.1The Committee on Rules and Administration may constitute a standing Subcommittee
22.3on Conference Committees, the report of which within its jurisdiction has the effect of a report of
22.4the Committee on Rules and Administration. The subcommittee consists of three members, one
22.5of whom must be a member of the minority group.
22.646.2The Subcommittee on Conference Committees shall appoint all conference
22.7committees of the Senate and report the appointments to the Senate. In the appointment of
22.8members of conference committees between the two houses, the Subcommittee on Conference
22.9Committees shall appoint those who are in accord with the position of the Senate. Whenever
22.10practical, the subcommittee shall give preference to authors of bills in dispute and to members of
22.11standing committees in which the bills were considered.
22.1247.DISPOSITION OF BILLS ON ADJOURNMENT
22.13    Adjournment of the regular session in an odd-numbered year to a date certain in the following
22.14year is equivalent to daily adjournment, except that a bill on the Calendar, Consent Calendar,
22.15General Orders, or table, other than a bill laid on the table after being vetoed by the governor or
22.16after its conference committee has been discharged under Joint Rule 3.02, must be returned to the
22.17standing committee other than the Committee on Rules and Administration from which it was last
22.18reported to the Senate, unless otherwise provided for by motion before adjournment.
22.1948.PRINTING AND DISTRIBUTION OF BILLS
22.2048.1Unless otherwise ordered by the Senate, all Senate bills that have been reported upon
22.21favorably or without recommendation by a committee must be electronically available or printed
22.22before consideration by the Senate or the Committee of the Whole.
22.2348.2A House bill amended by the Senate must be unofficially engrossed and electronically
22.24available or printed when placed on General Orders.
22.2548.3A bill may be electronically available or printed by order of the Secretary when
22.26amended after second reading.
22.2748.4A bill must be electronically available or printed when ordered by the Senate.
22.2848.5Action by the Senate on a bill that has not been printed is a waiver of the printing
22.29requirement.
22.3048.6To the extent practical, the Secretary shall provide a copy of any bill to the public
22.31and may charge a reasonable fee.
23.149.JOURNAL AND INDEX
23.249.1The Secretary shall keep a correct Journal of the proceedings of the Senate and shall
23.3perform other duties assigned to the Secretary.
23.449.2The Secretary shall not permit Journal records, accounts or papers to be taken out of
23.5the Secretary's custody, other than in the regular mode of business. If a document in the Secretary's
23.6charge is missing, the Secretary shall report the fact to the President, so that inquiry may be made.
23.749.3The Secretary shall supervise the recording of proceedings in the Journal, the
23.8engrossing, transcribing and copying of bills and resolutions, and generally perform the duties of
23.9Secretary, under direction of the Committee on Rules and Administration.
23.1049.4The Journal of each day's proceedings is open for correction at any time during the
23.11session of the next day the Senate meets. Unless corrected on that day, the Journal stands approved.
23.1249.5The Secretary shall keep a record of all Senate and House bills showing the status
23.13of each bill pending, until its final passage.
23.1450.ELECTRONIC RECORDINGS
23.1550.1The Secretary shall cause to be recorded on electronic media the proceedings of the
23.16Senate, the Committee of the Whole, and each standing committee, subcommittee, and division.
23.17Each electronic record must be clearly labeled to show the name of the body whose proceedings
23.18are recorded and the dates the proceedings occurred. Each electronic record of the proceedings of
23.19the Senate and the Committee of the Whole must be accompanied by a log showing the number of
23.20each bill considered and the places on the record where consideration of the bill occurred.
23.2150.2Within two working days after each Senate session, the Secretary shall make a copy
23.22of the electronic record and corresponding log of proceedings of the Senate and the Committee
23.23of the Whole available to the Legislative Reference Library.
23.2450.3Within one week after each meeting of a standing committee, subcommittee, or
23.25division, the Secretary shall make the electronic record of the meeting available to the Legislative
23.26Reference Library, together with an agenda showing bills considered and any action taken on them.
23.2750.4 Upon completion and approval of the minutes of the meeting of a standing
23.28committee, subcommittee, or division, the Secretary shall ensure that the completed minutes of
23.29the meeting are made available to the public. By October 1st of each year, the Secretary shall
23.30deliver a copy of minutes for each meeting held in that calendar year before October 1st to
23.31the Legislative Reference Library.
23.3250.5The Secretary shall keep a record of each session of the Senate and the Committee
23.33of the Whole, each meeting of a Senate standing committee, subcommittee, or division and
24.1the date on which the electronic record of the session or meeting was made available to the
24.2Legislative Reference Library. The Library shall keep a similar record of all electronic records
24.3to which it has been given access.
24.450.6The Library shall provide committee staff with reasonable access to Senate electronic
24.5records and shall provide the public with convenient facilities to listen to them.
24.650.7The Secretary shall make copies of Senate electronic records available to the public
24.7for a fee determined by the Secretary to be adequate to cover the cost of preparing the copies. A
24.8copy must be provided free to a member of the Senate upon request for use in legislative business.
24.950.8The Secretary shall keep the original electronic record and log of each session of the
24.10Senate and the Committee of the Whole until the end of the period for which the members of the
24.11existing House of Representatives have been elected, at which time the electronic record may be
24.12preserved or disposed of as the Secretary sees fit. The Legislative Reference Library shall keep
24.13electronic records, logs, and minutes forwarded to it until two years after the end of the period
24.14for which the members of the existing Senate have been elected, at which time they may be
24.15preserved or disposed of as the Library sees fit.
24.1650.9The Senate intends that testimony and discussion preserved under this rule not be
24.17admissible in any court or administrative proceeding on an issue of legislative intent.
24.1851.OTHER DUTIES OF SECRETARY
24.1951.1The Secretary shall not issue a certificate authorizing the payment of money by virtue
24.20of a motion or resolution, unless the motion or resolution is voted for by a majority of the whole
24.21Senate on a roll call vote.
24.2251.2The Secretary and the Engrossing Secretary shall correct all mistakes in numbering
24.23the sections and reference to them, whether the errors occur in the original bill or are caused
24.24by amendments to it.
24.2551.3The Secretary is the agent of the Senate for the purchase of supplies and services. The
24.26Secretary's records on purchase of supplies and services are open for inspection.
24.2751.4The Secretary shall adopt administrative controls to ensure that each member is
24.28accountable for the member's own long distance telephone calls and that Senate telephones
24.29are used only for Senate business.
24.3051.5By the 15th day of April, July, October, and January of each year, the Secretary shall
24.31submit a detailed report of Senate expenditures during the previous quarter to the Committee on
24.32Rules and Administration.
24.3351.6The Secretary's public records may be inspected during normal business hours.
25.152.SERGEANT AT ARMS
25.2    The Sergeant at Arms shall:
25.3(1) execute all orders of the President;
25.4(2) perform all assigned duties connected with the police and good order of the Senate
25.5Chamber;
25.6(3) exercise supervision over the entry and exit of all persons to and from the Chamber;
25.7(4) see that messages are promptly delivered;
25.8(5) see that the hall is properly ventilated and the temperature is properly regulated;
25.9(6) see that the Chamber is open for the use of members of the Senate at least one-half
25.10hour before the start of a session; and
25.11(7) perform all other services pertaining to the office of Sergeant.
25.1253.BUDGET AND EXPENDITURES
25.1353.1The Committee on Rules and Administration shall adopt an operating budget for
25.14the Senate and post it on the Senate Web site.
25.1553.2All propositions for the appointment and payment of employees of the Senate or for
25.16expenditures of the legislature, other than those provided by law, must be referred without debate
25.17to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
25.1854.EMPLOYEES
25.1954.1The Committee on Rules and Administration shall establish positions, set
25.20compensation, appoint employees, and authorize expense reimbursement for employees as it
25.21deems necessary to carry out the work of the Senate. At the request of any committee member, an
25.22action of the committee must be submitted as a Senate resolution for adoption by the Senate.
25.2354.2The Secretary shall keep a roster of all employees of the Senate, including positions
25.24and compensation, which must be open for inspection by the public.
25.2554.3The Secretary shall post, in a public place in the Capitol or on the Senate Web site,
25.26a notice of every vacant position on the permanent staff of the Senate. The notice must remain
25.27posted for at least one week, and no vacancy may be filled until the period of posting has elapsed.
25.2854.4Except as otherwise provided in these rules, the Committee on Rules and
25.29Administration has full and exclusive authority over, and charge of all employees of the Senate both
25.30elected and appointed. The committee has the sole and exclusive power and authority to assign
25.31them to duties other than for which they were elected or appointed as the committee may provide.
25.3254.5The committee may make employment rules and regulations. In case of violation of
25.33an order of the committee by an employee, or in case of a violation of a rule or regulation made
26.1by the committee, or in case of misconduct or omission by an employee, the Committee on Rules
26.2and Administration may hear complaints and discharge the employee or impose discipline, a fine,
26.3or other punishment upon the employee. The committee may, by a vote of a majority of the
26.4members of the committee, discuss an employee disciplinary proceeding under this rule in an
26.5executive session to which the open meeting requirements of Rules 12.1 to 12.3 do not apply.
26.654.6The Secretary shall supervise the employees under the direction of the Committee on
26.7Rules and Administration.
26.855.SUBCOMMITTEE ON ETHICAL CONDUCT
26.955.1The Committee on Rules and Administration shall appoint a Subcommittee on Ethical
26.10Conduct of the Committee on Rules and Administration consisting of four members, two from the
26.11majority group and two from the minority group.
26.1255.2The subcommittee shall serve in an advisory capacity to a member or employee upon
26.13written request and shall issue recommendations to the member or employee. A member may
26.14request the subcommittee to provide its advice on a potential conflict of interest to the member in
26.15private. If so requested, the subcommittee shall conduct its proceedings on the advisory opinion
26.16in private. The request, proceedings on the request, and any advice given by the subcommittee
26.17in response to the request must remain private. The member may not use an advisory opinion
26.18from the subcommittee as a defense to a complaint under this rule unless the opinion has been
26.19adopted by the subcommittee at a public meeting.
26.2055.3The subcommittee shall investigate a complaint made in writing by a member of the
26.21Senate under oath. The complaint must be received before adjournment sine die in the last year of
26.22a senate term or during a special session held after that time regarding improper conduct by a
26.23member or employee of the Senate. The subcommittee has the powers of a standing committee
26.24to issue subpoenas under Minnesota Statutes, section 3.153.
26.2555.4Within 30 calendar days after receiving a complaint, the subcommittee must meet and
26.26either make a finding of no probable cause, vote to defer action until a certain time, or proceed
26.27with its investigation.
26.2855.5In order to determine whether there is probable cause to believe that improper conduct
26.29has occurred, the subcommittee may, by a vote of three of its members, conduct a preliminary
26.30inquiry in executive session to which the open meeting requirements of Rules 12.1 to 12.3 do
26.31not apply. The executive session may be ordered by a vote of three of its members whenever
26.32the subcommittee determines that matters relating to probable cause are likely to be discussed.
26.33The executive session must be limited to matters relating to probable cause. Upon a finding of
26.34probable cause, further proceedings on the complaint are open to the public.
27.155.6The subcommittee may appoint special counsel to provide expert advice on how
27.2to conduct its proceedings. The subcommittee may appoint a suitable person to conduct the
27.3investigation and report findings of fact and recommendations for action to the subcommittee.
27.455.7If, after investigation, the subcommittee finds the complaint substantiated by the
27.5evidence, it shall recommend to the Committee on Rules and Administration appropriate
27.6disciplinary action.
27.755.8To minimize disruption of its public proceedings, the subcommittee may require that
27.8television coverage be pooled or be provided by Senate media services.
27.955.9If criminal proceedings relating to the same conduct have begun, the subcommittee
27.10may defer its proceedings until the criminal proceedings have been completed.
27.1155.10The Senate intends that proceedings of the Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct not be
27.12admissible in any criminal proceeding.
27.1356.STANDARDS OF ETHICAL CONDUCT
27.1456.1Members shall adhere to the highest standard of ethical conduct as embodied in the
27.15Minnesota Constitution, state law, and these rules.
27.1656.2A member shall not publish or distribute written material if the member knows or
27.17has reason to know that the material includes any statement that is false or clearly misleading,
27.18concerning a public policy issue or concerning the member's or another member's voting record
27.19or position on a public policy issue.
27.2056.3Improper conduct includes conduct that violates a rule or administrative policy of the
27.21Senate, that violates accepted norms of Senate behavior, that betrays the public trust, or that tends
27.22to bring the Senate into dishonor or disrepute.
27.2356.4 Members of the Senate shall disclose potential conflicts of interest in the discharge of
27.24senatorial duties as provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 10A.07.
27.2557. LOBBYISTS
27.2657.1 A lobbyist shall not appear before a Senate committee pursuant to the lobbyist's
27.27employment unless the lobbyist is in compliance with the law requiring lobbyist registration,
27.28Minnesota Statutes, sections 10A.03 to 10A.06. A lobbyist, when appearing before a committee,
27.29shall disclose to the committee on whose behalf the lobbyist speaks and the purpose of the
27.30lobbyist's appearance.
27.3157.2 A lobbyist shall not knowingly, either directly or through a third party, furnish false
27.32or misleading information or make a false or misleading statement that is relevant and material
28.1to a matter before the Senate or any of its committees, subcommittees, or divisions when the
28.2lobbyist knows or should know it will influence the judgment or action of the Senate or any of
28.3its committees, subcommittees, or divisions.
28.457.3 The Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct shall investigate a complaint by a member of
28.5the Senate in writing under oath received before adjournment sine die in the last year of a Senate
28.6term or during a special session held after that time that a lobbyist has violated Rule 57.1 or 57.2.
28.7The investigatory procedures of Rule 55 apply, except as provided in this rule. The complaint
28.8and proceedings on the complaint are private until the subcommittee has found probable cause to
28.9believe that a violation of Rule 57.1 or 57.2 has occurred, unless they are made public by the
28.10lobbyist whose conduct is the subject of the complaint or by the vote of at least three members
28.11of the subcommittee.
28.1258. AMENDMENTS TO RULES
28.13    Every proposition to amend a rule of the Senate must be referred to the Committee on Rules
28.14and Administration. The proposition may not be acted upon until the report of the committee
28.15is received by the Senate.

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