Permanent Rules of the Senate

for the 84th Legislative Session (2005-2006)

  1.1                    PERMANENT RULES OF THE SENATE 
  1.2                     1.  PARLIAMENTARY REFERENCE 
  1.3      The rules of parliamentary practice contained in Mason's 
  1.4   Manual of Legislative Procedure govern the Senate in all cases 
  1.5   in which they are applicable, and in which they are not 
  1.6   inconsistent with these rules and orders of the Senate and the 
  1.7   joint rules and orders of the Senate and House of 
  1.8   Representatives.  
  1.9                        2.  REPORTING OF BILLS 
  1.10     Every bill, memorial, order, resolution or vote requiring 
  1.11  the approval of the Governor must be reported to the Senate on 
  1.12  three different days before its passage. 
  1.13     (a)  The first report, called the first reading, is made 
  1.14  when it has been received for introduction. 
  1.15     (b)  The second report, called the second reading, is made 
  1.16  when it has been considered by all the necessary standing 
  1.17  committees and is ready for debate. 
  1.18     (c)  The third report, called the third reading, is made 
  1.19  when it is ready for final passage.  
  1.20                       3.  BILL INTRODUCTION 
  1.21     3.1 Bills, memorials, and concurrent or joint resolutions 
  1.22  may be introduced by a member or by a standing committee. 
  1.23     3.2 The name of the author, authors, or committee must be 
  1.24  written on the bill, memorial or resolution.  The number of 
  1.25  authors may not exceed five. 
  1.26     3.3 An original and two copies are required for 
  1.27  introduction. 
  1.28     3.4 A member or a committee desiring to introduce a bill, 
  1.29  memorial or concurrent or joint resolution shall deliver it to 
  1.30  the office of the Secretary, and the Secretary shall promptly 
  1.31  deliver all the bills, memorials or concurrent or joint 
  1.32  resolutions to the President who shall present them to the 
  1.33  Senate.  
  1.34     3.5 During the period between the last day of the session 
  1.35  in any odd-numbered year and the first day of the session in the 
  1.36  following year, a bill filed with the Secretary for introduction 
  2.1   must be given a file number and may be unofficially referred by 
  2.2   the President, with the approval of the Chair of the Committee 
  2.3   on Rules and Administration, to an appropriate standing 
  2.4   committee of the Senate.  All bills filed for introduction 
  2.5   during this period must be presented to the Senate when it 
  2.6   reconvenes and must be referred to the standing committees 
  2.7   previously indicated by the President, subject to objection to 
  2.8   the referral under Rule 4.9. 
  2.9                          4.  BILL REFERRAL 
  2.10     4.1 The President shall refer each bill without motion to 
  2.11  the proper standing committee unless otherwise referred by the 
  2.12  Senate.  
  2.13     4.2 A bill or resolution may not be referred to committee 
  2.14  or amended until it has been given its first reading. 
  2.15     4.3 A member may not object to a bill or resolution on its 
  2.16  introduction. 
  2.17     4.4 All bills appropriating money, or obligating the state 
  2.18  to pay or expend money, or establishing a policy which to be 
  2.19  effective will require expenditure of money, when referred to 
  2.20  and reported by any other than the Committee on Finance, must be 
  2.21  referred before passage to the Committee on Finance.  
  2.22     4.5 All bills delegating rulemaking to a department or 
  2.23  agency of state government and all bills exempting a department 
  2.24  or agency of state government from rulemaking, when referred to 
  2.25  and reported by any other than the Committee on State and Local 
  2.26  Government Operations, must be referred before passage to the 
  2.27  Committee on State and Local Government Operations. 
  2.28     4.6 All bills creating a new commission, council, task 
  2.29  force, board, or other body to which a member of the legislature 
  2.30  will be appointed must be referred before passage both to the 
  2.31  Committee on State and Local Government Operations and to the 
  2.32  Committee on Rules and Administration. 
  2.33     4.7 All bills authorizing or increasing a sentence of 
  2.34  imprisonment to a state correctional institution must be 
  2.35  referred before passage to the Committee on Crime Prevention. 
  2.36     4.8 A bill introduced by a committee need not be referred 
  3.1   to a standing committee unless a question arises.  It must lie 
  3.2   over one day before being given its second reading. 
  3.3      4.9 A member may question the reference of a bill during 
  3.4   the order of business of first reading on the day of 
  3.5   introduction.  When a member questions the reference of a bill, 
  3.6   the bill must be referred without debate to the Committee on 
  3.7   Rules and Administration to report the proper reference.  Upon 
  3.8   adoption of the report of the Committee on Rules and 
  3.9   Administration, the bill must be referred accordingly. 
  3.10                     5.  RECALL FROM COMMITTEE 
  3.11     5.1 With the concurrence of the chief author of the bill, 
  3.12  before the deadline for committee action on a bill, a majority 
  3.13  of the whole Senate may recall the bill from a committee and 
  3.14  re-refer it to any other committee or place it on General 
  3.15  Orders.  After the committee deadline for action on a bill, 41 
  3.16  affirmative votes of the whole Senate may recall the bill from 
  3.17  any committee and re-refer it to any other committee or place it 
  3.18  on General Orders. 
  3.19     5.2 By a report of the Committee on Rules and 
  3.20  Administration adopted by the Senate, the Committee on Rules and 
  3.21  Administration, on request of the chief author, may remove a 
  3.22  bill from committee and re-refer it to any other committee or 
  3.23  place it on General Orders.  
  3.24                          6.  RESOLUTIONS 
  3.25     6.1 Memorial resolutions addressed to the President or the 
  3.26  Congress of the United States, or a house or member of Congress, 
  3.27  or a department or officer of the United States, or a state or 
  3.28  foreign government, joint resolutions, and resolutions requiring 
  3.29  the signature of the Governor must follow the same procedure as 
  3.30  bills before being adopted. 
  3.31     6.2 A resolution may not be changed to a bill, and a bill 
  3.32  may not be changed to a resolution. 
  3.33     6.3 When a member gives notice of intent to debate a 
  3.34  resolution not required to follow the same procedure as bills 
  3.35  and not offered by the Committee on Rules and Administration, 
  3.36  the resolution must lie over one calendar day without debate or 
  4.1   other action. 
  4.2      6.4 Upon the request of a member, the resolution must be 
  4.3   referred to the proper committee.  If a question arises 
  4.4   concerning the proper reference the procedure provided by Rule 
  4.5   4.9 applies. 
  4.6                        7.  BUDGET RESOLUTION 
  4.7      7.1 The Committees on Taxes and on Finance must hold 
  4.8   hearings as necessary to determine state revenues and 
  4.9   appropriations for the fiscal biennium. 
  4.10     7.2 Within 30 days after the last state general fund 
  4.11  revenue and expenditure forecast for the next fiscal biennium 
  4.12  becomes available during the regular session in the odd-numbered 
  4.13  year, and after receiving from the Committee on Taxes a 
  4.14  resolution containing its recommendation on the maximum limit on 
  4.15  revenues and an amount to be set aside as a budget reserve and a 
  4.16  cash flow account, the Committee on Finance must adopt and 
  4.17  report to the Senate a budget resolution, in the form of a 
  4.18  Senate resolution.  The budget resolution must set:  (1) the 
  4.19  maximum limit on revenues and net appropriations for the next 
  4.20  fiscal biennium for the general fund; and (2) an amount or 
  4.21  amounts to be set aside as a budget reserve and a cash flow 
  4.22  account.  The budget resolution must not specify, limit, or 
  4.23  prescribe revenues or appropriations by any category other than 
  4.24  those specified in clauses (1) and (2).  If the Committee on 
  4.25  Finance recommends a maximum limit on revenues or an amount for 
  4.26  the budget reserve or cash flow account that differs from the 
  4.27  amount recommended by the Committee on Taxes, the recommendation 
  4.28  of the Committee on Finance must be referred to the Committee on 
  4.29  Rules and Administration before it may be considered by the 
  4.30  Senate. 
  4.31     7.3 After the Senate adopts the budget resolution, the 
  4.32  limits in the resolution are effective during the regular 
  4.33  session in the year in which the resolution is adopted, unless 
  4.34  the Senate, acting upon a subsequent report of the Committee on 
  4.35  Taxes as to revenues or of the Committee on Finance as to 
  4.36  appropriations, adopts a different limit or limits for the same 
  5.1   fiscal biennium.  During the regular session in the 
  5.2   even-numbered year, before the Committee on Finance reports a 
  5.3   bill containing net appropriations in excess of the general fund 
  5.4   appropriations in the current fiscal biennium estimated by the 
  5.5   most recent state budget forecast, the Committee must adopt a 
  5.6   budget resolution that accounts for the net appropriations.  
  5.7   After the Committee adopts the budget resolution, it is 
  5.8   effective during the regular session that year, unless the 
  5.9   Committee adopts a different or amended resolution. 
  5.10     7.4 Within 14 days after the Senate or the Committee on 
  5.11  Finance adopts a budget resolution, the Committee must adopt, by 
  5.12  resolution, limits for each major appropriation bill identified 
  5.13  in this Rule.  After the Committee adopts the resolution, the 
  5.14  limits in the resolution are effective during the regular 
  5.15  session in the year in which the resolution is adopted, unless 
  5.16  the Committee subsequently adopts different or amended limits 
  5.17  for the same fiscal biennium.  If the Committee on Finance or 
  5.18  the Senate combines two or more major appropriation bills into 
  5.19  one bill, the limits in the Committee resolution pertaining to 
  5.20  those bills are also combined, and the sum of the combined 
  5.21  limits applies to the combined bill.  
  5.22     7.5 The major tax and appropriation bills are: 
  5.23     (1)  the omnibus tax bill; 
  5.24     (2)  the early childhood education appropriations bill; 
  5.25     (3)  the K-12 education appropriations bill; 
  5.26     (4)  the higher education appropriations bill; 
  5.27     (5)  the environment, agriculture, and economic development 
  5.28  appropriations bill; 
  5.29     (6)  the health and human services appropriations bill; 
  5.30     (7)  the public safety appropriations bill; 
  5.31     (8)  the state government appropriations bill; 
  5.32     (9)  the transportation appropriations bill; and 
  5.33     (10)  the omnibus capital investment bill. 
  5.34     A major appropriation or tax bill may not be divided. 
  5.35     7.6 After the adoption of a resolution by the Senate or by 
  5.36  the Committee on Finance, the Committee on Finance and the 
  6.1   Committee on Taxes must reconcile each bill recommended by the 
  6.2   committee with the resolution or resolutions.  When reporting a 
  6.3   bill, the committee must certify to the Senate that the 
  6.4   committee has reconciled the fiscal effect of the bill with the 
  6.5   resolution or resolutions and that the bill, as reported by the 
  6.6   committee, together with other bills reported and expected to be 
  6.7   reported by the committee, does not and will not exceed the 
  6.8   limits specified in either resolution.  
  6.9      7.7 After the adoption of a resolution by the Senate or the 
  6.10  Committee on Finance, an amendment to a bill is out of order if 
  6.11  it would cause any of the limits specified in either resolution 
  6.12  to be exceeded.  Whether an amendment is out of order under this 
  6.13  Rule is a question to be decided in the Senate by the President 
  6.14  and in committee by the committee chair.  In making the 
  6.15  determination, the presiding officer may consider:  
  6.16     (1)  the limits in a resolution; 
  6.17     (2)  the effect of existing laws on revenues and 
  6.18  appropriations; 
  6.19     (3)  the effect of amendments previously adopted to the 
  6.20  bill under consideration; 
  6.21     (4)  the effect of bills previously recommended by a 
  6.22  committee or bills previously passed in the legislative session 
  6.23  by the Senate or by the Legislature; 
  6.24     (5)  whether appropriation increases or revenue decreases 
  6.25  that would result from the amendment are offset by decreases in 
  6.26  other appropriations or increases in other revenue specified by 
  6.27  the amendment; and 
  6.28     (6)  other information reasonably related to appropriation 
  6.29  and revenue amounts. 
  6.30                          8. CONFIRMATIONS 
  6.31     8.1 Every gubernatorial appointment requiring the advice 
  6.32  and consent of the Senate must be referred by the President to 
  6.33  the appropriate committee.  If a question arises as to the 
  6.34  proper committee, the appointment must be referred without 
  6.35  debate to the Committee on Rules and Administration for a report 
  6.36  making the proper reference.  
  7.1      8.2 An appointment referred to committee and not reported 
  7.2   to the Senate within one year after it was referred is withdrawn 
  7.3   from committee and placed on the confirmation calendar for 
  7.4   consideration by the Senate before adjournment of the regular 
  7.5   session. 
  7.6      8.3 The final question on the appointment is, "Will the 
  7.7   Senate, having given its advice, now consent to this 
  7.8   appointment?"  The question must not be put the same day the 
  7.9   appointment is received or on the day it is reported by 
  7.10  committee except by unanimous consent.  Confirmation of the 
  7.11  appointment requires the affirmative vote of a majority of the 
  7.12  whole Senate. 
  7.13                       9. STANDING COMMITTEES 
  7.14     The standing committees of the Senate are as follows: 
  7.15  Agriculture, Veterans and Gaming 
  7.16  Capital Investment 
  7.17  Commerce 
  7.18  Crime Prevention and Public Safety 
  7.19  Education 
  7.20  Elections 
  7.21  Environment and Natural Resources 
  7.22  Finance 
  7.23  Health and Family Security 
  7.24  Jobs, Energy and Community Development 
  7.25  Judiciary 
  7.26  Rules and Administration 
  7.27  State and Local Government Operations 
  7.28  Taxes 
  7.29  Transportation 
  7.31     10.1 The majority and minority groups must each be 
  7.32  represented on all standing committees of the Senate 
  7.33  substantially in proportion to their numbers in the Senate.  The 
  7.34  majority group shall assign the number of positions the minority 
  7.35  group will hold on each committee.  The minority group must be 
  7.36  given adequate notice of its positions before the session begins.
  8.1      10.2 Both the majority and minority groups shall appoint 
  8.2   their own members to fill the number of positions each group 
  8.3   will hold on each committee and budget division.  The minority 
  8.4   group shall transmit notice of its assignments to the majority 
  8.5   group within ten calendar days after receipt of the notice of 
  8.6   positions available.  The minority group may designate a ranking 
  8.7   member for each committee.  Nothing prohibits a member of the 
  8.8   minority group from serving as chair or vice chair of a 
  8.9   committee, subcommittee, division, or commission.  If the 
  8.10  minority group for any reason fails to make its appointments 
  8.11  pursuant to this rule, the majority group may make all the 
  8.12  committee and budget division assignments. 
  8.13     10.3 The majority and minority committee assignments are 
  8.14  subject to the uniform criteria governing committee assignments 
  8.15  applicable to both the majority and minority groups.  The 
  8.16  uniform criteria must be promulgated by the majority group and 
  8.17  transmitted to the minority group together with notification of 
  8.18  committee and budget division positions available to the 
  8.19  minority.  
  8.20     10.4 The Senate resolution establishing representation on 
  8.21  all Senate standing committees must set forth committee 
  8.22  assignments as made by the majority and minority groups.  
  8.23     10.5 A member may not serve as the chair of the same 
  8.24  standing committee or the same division of a standing committee, 
  8.25  or a committee or division with substantially the same 
  8.26  jurisdiction, for more than three consecutive Senate terms.  
  8.27  This limit does not apply to the Committee on Rules and 
  8.28  Administration.  This limit applies to time served as a chair in 
  8.29  the seventy-eighth legislature and thereafter.  
  8.30     10.6 After the organization of the Senate and after 
  8.31  consultation and advice from the minority leader, the Chair of 
  8.32  the Committee on Rules and Administration may add members to or 
  8.33  delete members from the standing committees.  
  8.35     11.1 The Committee on Rules and Administration may 
  8.36  constitute a standing Subcommittee on Committees, the report of 
  9.1   which within its jurisdiction has the effect of a report of the 
  9.2   Committee on Rules and Administration.  The subcommittee 
  9.3   consists of five members, one of whom must be a member of the 
  9.4   minority group.  
  9.5      11.2 Unless otherwise provided, the Subcommittee on 
  9.6   Committees shall appoint all members of commissions or other 
  9.7   bodies authorized to be appointed by the Senate and report the 
  9.8   appointments to the Senate.  
  9.9                       12.  COMMITTEE MEETINGS 
  9.10     12.1 All meetings of the Senate, its committees, committee 
  9.11  divisions, and subcommittees are open to the public.  A meeting 
  9.12  of a caucus of the members of any of those bodies from the same 
  9.13  political party need not be open to the public.  A caucus of the 
  9.14  Hennepin county, Ramsey county, or St. Louis county delegation 
  9.15  is open to the public.  For purposes of this rule, a meeting 
  9.16  occurs when a quorum is present and action is taken regarding a 
  9.17  matter within the jurisdiction of the body. 
  9.18     12.2 Any person may submit to the Chair of the Committee on 
  9.19  Rules and Administration a complaint that members have violated 
  9.20  the open meeting requirements of Minnesota Statutes, section 
  9.21  3.055.  A member of the Senate may submit the complaint either 
  9.22  orally or in writing; others must submit the complaint in 
  9.23  writing.  Whether the complaint was written or oral, the Chair 
  9.24  of the Committee on Rules and Administration shall immediately 
  9.25  forward it in writing to the Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct 
  9.26  without disclosing the identity of the complainant.  The 
  9.27  complaint must not be further disclosed without the consent of 
  9.28  the complainant, except to the members against whom the 
  9.29  complaint was made, unless the complaint was made by a member of 
  9.30  the Senate in writing under oath, in which case the 
  9.31  investigatory procedures of Rule 55 apply. 
  9.32     12.3 To the extent practical, a committee, subcommittee, or 
  9.33  division shall announce each meeting to the public at least 
  9.34  three calendar days before convening.  The notice must state the 
  9.35  name of the committee, subcommittee, or division, the bill or 
  9.36  bills to be considered, and the place and time of meeting.  The 
 10.1   notice must be posted on the Senate's Web site and on all Senate 
 10.2   bulletin boards in the Capitol and the State Office Building.  A 
 10.3   notice must be sent to the House of Representatives for posting 
 10.4   as it deems necessary.  If the three-day notice requirement 
 10.5   cannot be met, the committee, subcommittee, or division shall 
 10.6   give simultaneous notice to all of the known proponents and 
 10.7   opponents of the bill as soon as practicable. 
 10.8      12.4 A Senate committee, subcommittee, or division shall 
 10.9   adjourn no later than 10:00 p.m. each day, unless two-thirds of 
 10.10  the members present vote to suspend this requirement. 
 10.11     12.5 Committees, subcommittees, and divisions may not meet 
 10.12  while the Senate is in session without permission of the 
 10.13  Senate.  The names of the members excused shall be printed in 
 10.14  the Journal.  
 10.15     12.6 A majority of its members constitutes a quorum of a 
 10.16  committee, subcommittee, or division.  
 10.17     12.7 Each standing committee of the Senate, including a 
 10.18  subcommittee or division of the committee, may at any time sit 
 10.19  and act, investigate and take testimony on any matter within its 
 10.20  jurisdiction, report hearings held by it, and make expenditures 
 10.21  as authorized by the Committee on Rules and Administration.  
 10.22     12.8 A standing committee, but not a subcommittee or 
 10.23  division, may require by subpoena or otherwise the attendance 
 10.24  and testimony of witnesses and the production of correspondence, 
 10.25  books, papers, and documents, in the manner provided by 
 10.26  Minnesota Statutes, section 3.153. 
 10.27     12.9 Upon the request of a member of a committee, 
 10.28  subcommittee, or division to which a bill has been referred, or 
 10.29  upon the request of the chief author of the bill, a record must 
 10.30  be made of the vote on the bill or any amendment in the 
 10.31  committee, subcommittee, or division.  
 10.32     12.10 Upon request of three members of the committee before 
 10.33  the vote is taken, the record of a roll call vote in a standing 
 10.34  committee must accompany the committee report and be printed in 
 10.35  the Journal. 
 10.36     12.11 A committee report may only be based on action taken 
 11.1   at a regular or special meeting of the committee.  A report in 
 11.2   violation of this rule is out of order.  
 11.3                        13. HOUR OF CONVENING 
 11.4      If the Senate adjourns without setting a time to reconvene, 
 11.5   the Senate shall convene on the next legislative day at 10:00 
 11.6   a.m.  
 11.7                            14. PRESIDENT 
 11.8      14.1 The President shall take the chair at the time to 
 11.9   which the Senate adjourned.  The President shall immediately 
 11.10  call the members to order and, on the appearance of a quorum, 
 11.11  shall proceed with the regular order of business.  
 11.12     14.2 The President may call a member to preside.  In the 
 11.13  absence of the President, the President Pro Tem, the Chair of 
 11.14  the Committee on Rules and Administration, or the Chair's 
 11.15  designee, shall preside over the Senate.  In the absence of the 
 11.16  President and the Chair, the Senate may select a member to 
 11.17  perform the duties of the President.  Substitutions do not 
 11.18  extend beyond adjournment. 
 11.19     14.3 The President shall preserve order and decorum, may 
 11.20  speak on points of order in preference to members, and shall 
 11.21  also decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the 
 11.22  Senate by a member. 
 11.23     14.4 An appeal is decided by a majority vote of those 
 11.24  present and voting.  Upon an appeal from the decision of the 
 11.25  President, the question is, "Shall the decision of the President 
 11.26  be the judgment of the Senate?" 
 11.27     14.5 The President shall sign all acts, memorials, 
 11.28  addresses and resolutions.  All writs, warrants, and subpoenas 
 11.29  issued by the Senate must be signed by the President and 
 11.30  attested by the Secretary.  
 11.31     14.6 Upon a finding by the Committee on Rules and 
 11.32  Administration that the President refuses or is unable to sign 
 11.33  any of the documents described in this rule, the Chair of the 
 11.34  Committee on Rules and Administration, or some other member 
 11.35  selected by the committee, shall assume the duties of the 
 11.36  President under this rule until the President is able to sign 
 12.1   the documents described or until the Senate elects a new 
 12.2   President, whichever occurs first. 
 12.3                   15.  ADMISSION TO SENATE CHAMBER 
 12.4      15.1 The Senate Chamber is reserved for Senate use. 
 12.5      15.2 A person may not be admitted to the Senate Chamber 
 12.6   except as provided in these rules.  A member, an officer, the 
 12.7   constitutional officers, ex-Governors of the State of Minnesota, 
 12.8   members of the House, judges of the trial and appellate courts 
 12.9   and members of Congress may be admitted. 
 12.10     15.3 Past members of Congress or of the state Legislature 
 12.11  who are not interested in any claim or directly in a bill 
 12.12  pending before the Legislature may be personally admitted by a 
 12.13  member of the Senate.  
 12.14     15.4 An employee of either house may be admitted at the 
 12.15  request of a member or an officer of the Senate. 
 12.16     15.5 The head of a department of state government may be 
 12.17  admitted by the President. 
 12.18     15.6 A member of another state, provincial, or national 
 12.19  legislative body may be admitted to the floor by any member of 
 12.20  the Senate.  A member of another legislative body who is 
 12.21  admitted to the floor may be introduced to the Senate by the 
 12.22  President. 
 12.23     15.7 When the Senate is not meeting, a person who is not a 
 12.24  member may be admitted to the floor at the request of a member 
 12.25  or an officer.  
 12.26     15.8 Public hearings may not be held in the Senate 
 12.27  Chamber.  The Senate Chamber may not be used for any commercial 
 12.28  purpose. 
 12.29     15.9 The Retiring Room of the Senate is reserved for the 
 12.30  exclusive use of the members of the Senate at all times.  The 
 12.31  Sergeant at Arms shall strictly enforce this rule. 
 12.32     15.10 When a member-elect is sworn in, the member-elect may 
 12.33  request that one guest be admitted until the member-elect has 
 12.34  been sworn in. 
 12.35                    16.  PRIVILEGE OF REPORTERS 
 12.36     16.1 The Secretary shall provide space for news reporters 
 13.1   on the Senate floor in limited numbers, and in the Senate 
 13.2   gallery.  Because of limited space on the floor, permanent space 
 13.3   is limited to those news agencies that regularly cover the 
 13.4   legislature, namely:  The Associated Press, St. Paul Pioneer 
 13.5   Press, St. Paul Legal Ledger, Star Tribune, Duluth News-Tribune, 
 13.6   The Forum, Rochester Post-Bulletin, St. Cloud Times, WCCO radio, 
 13.7   KSTP radio, Minnesota Public Radio, and Minnesota News Network.  
 13.8   The Secretary shall provide an additional two spaces to other 
 13.9   reporters if space is available.  One person from each named 
 13.10  agency and one person from the Senate Publications Office may be 
 13.11  present at the press table on the Senate floor at any time.  
 13.12  Other news media personnel may occupy seats provided in the 
 13.13  Senate gallery. 
 13.14     16.2 The Secretary shall compile and distribute to the 
 13.15  public a directory of reporters accredited to report from the 
 13.16  Senate floor.  The directory must include each reporter's 
 13.17  picture and news organization and a brief biography. 
 13.18     16.3 The Secretary must issue each accredited reporter an 
 13.19  identification badge showing the reporter's name and news 
 13.20  organization.  The reporter must wear the badge when in the 
 13.21  Senate Chamber. 
 13.22                            17.  DECORUM 
 13.23     17.1 In case of a disturbance or disorderly conduct in the 
 13.24  lobbies or galleries, the President may order them cleared.  
 13.25     17.2 A member may not introduce a visitor or visitors in 
 13.26  the galleries from the floor or rostrum of the Senate. 
 13.27     17.3 Smoking is not permitted in the Senate Chamber or 
 13.28  galleries, the Retiring Room, hearing rooms, offices, or other 
 13.29  spaces under the control of the Senate. 
 13.30     17.4 During floor proceedings, picture taking by persons 
 13.31  other than accredited news or legislative photographers, picture 
 13.32  taking with floodlights or flash units, and visual or audible 
 13.33  disruptions are prohibited.  At all times, demonstrations and 
 13.34  food or beverages are prohibited in the Senate Chamber and in 
 13.35  the galleries.  
 13.36     17.5 Television recording or broadcasting on the Senate 
 14.1   floor is under the direction of the Secretary.  
 14.2                        18.  ORDER OF BUSINESS 
 14.3      18.1 The order of business is as follows:  
 14.4             1.  Petitions, letters, remonstrances.  
 14.5             2.  Executive and official communications.  
 14.6             3.  Messages from the House of Representatives.  
 14.7             4.  First reading of House bills.  
 14.8             5.  Reports of committees.  
 14.9                 (a) From standing committees.  
 14.10                (b) From select committees.  
 14.11            6.  Second reading of Senate bills.  
 14.12            7.  Second reading of House bills.  
 14.13            8.  Motions and Resolutions.  
 14.14            9.  Calendar.  
 14.15           10.  Consent Calendar.  
 14.16           11.  General Orders.  
 14.17           12.  Introduction and first reading of Senate bills.  
 14.18           13.  Announcements of Senate interest.  
 14.19     18.2 Under the order of business of Motions and 
 14.20  Resolutions, the Senate may by a majority vote of the whole 
 14.21  Senate temporarily revert or proceed to any other order of 
 14.22  business.  
 14.24     19.1 In presenting a petition, memorial, remonstrance or 
 14.25  other communication addressed to the Senate, a member shall only 
 14.26  state the general purpose of it.  
 14.27     19.2 Every petition, memorial, remonstrance, resolution, 
 14.28  bill and report of committee, must have an appropriate title, 
 14.29  and the name of the member presenting it written on it.  
 14.30     19.3 Every written communication distributed to members in 
 14.31  the Senate Chamber must have the name of the member or officer 
 14.32  distributing it displayed on it. 
 14.33                    20.  MESSAGES FROM THE HOUSE 
 14.34     A message from the House of Representatives that a Senate 
 14.35  bill has been amended, and the amendment, must be printed and 
 14.36  placed on the members' desks before a member may move to concur 
 15.1   in the House amendment.  If the amendment has been printed in 
 15.2   the House Journal for a preceding day and is available to the 
 15.3   members, the Journal copy may serve as the printed copy. 
 15.4                21.  OBJECTIONS TO COMMITTEE REFERRALS 
 15.5      A member may question the proper reference of a bill at the 
 15.6   time the bill is reported by a standing committee to which it 
 15.7   was previously referred.  When a member questions the reference 
 15.8   of a bill, the bill must be referred without debate to the 
 15.9   Committee on Rules and Administration to report the proper 
 15.10  reference.  Upon adoption of the report of the Committee on 
 15.11  Rules and Administration, the bill must be referred accordingly. 
 15.12                        22.  GENERAL ORDERS 
 15.13     22.1 The Secretary shall make a list of all bills, 
 15.14  resolutions, reports of committees, and other proceedings of the 
 15.15  Senate that are referred to the Committee of the Whole and 
 15.16  number them.  The lists are called the "General Orders". 
 15.17     22.2 Items on General Orders must be taken up in the order 
 15.18  in which they are numbered unless otherwise ordered by a 
 15.19  majority of the committee.  
 15.20     22.3 General Orders, together with all bills required to be 
 15.21  included on it, must be electronically available or printed at 
 15.22  least one calendar day before being considered in Committee of 
 15.23  the Whole.  
 15.24     22.4 With the concurrence of the chief author of the bill, 
 15.25  a majority of the whole Senate may at any time take a bill from 
 15.26  the table and place it on General Orders. 
 15.27                    23.  COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 
 15.28     23.1 All bills, memorials, orders, resolutions and votes 
 15.29  requiring the approval of the Governor must, after a second 
 15.30  reading, be considered in Committee of the Whole before they are 
 15.31  finally acted upon by the Senate, unless considered on the 
 15.32  Consent Calendar or as a Special Order. 
 15.33     23.2 The President may call a member to the Chair when the 
 15.34  Senate resolves itself into the Committee of the Whole. 
 15.35     23.3 The rules observed in the Senate govern, as far as 
 15.36  practicable, the proceedings of the Committee of the Whole, and 
 16.1   the Chair of the Committee of the Whole has the powers of the 
 16.2   President, as appropriate.  However, a member may speak more 
 16.3   than twice on the same subject and a call for the previous 
 16.4   question may not be made. 
 16.5      23.4 Three members may request a roll call vote.  The vote 
 16.6   must be recorded in the Journal along with the amendment.  
 16.7      23.5 The recommendations of the Committee of the Whole must 
 16.8   be reported to the Senate.  The question is on the adoption or 
 16.9   rejection of the report, and no other question may be admitted.  
 16.10  The question may be divided to permit separate Senate action on 
 16.11  the report as to any bill. 
 16.12     23.6 On adoption of the report of the Committee of the 
 16.13  Whole, all bills recommended to pass must be placed on the 
 16.14  Calendar. 
 16.15                           24.  CALENDAR 
 16.16     24.1 The Secretary shall make a Calendar of all bills, 
 16.17  resolutions and other matters approved by the Committee of the 
 16.18  Whole for final action.  The Secretary shall place them on the 
 16.19  Calendar in the order in which they have been acted upon in 
 16.20  Committee of the Whole. 
 16.21     24.2 The Calendar must be electronically available or 
 16.22  printed at least one calendar day before the matters on it are 
 16.23  considered.  
 16.24                       25.  CONSENT CALENDAR 
 16.25     25.1 If a committee determines that a bill it recommends to 
 16.26  pass is not likely to be opposed, the committee may recommend 
 16.27  that the bill be placed on the Consent Calendar.  If the 
 16.28  committee report is adopted, the bill must be electronically 
 16.29  available or printed and placed on the Consent Calendar after 
 16.30  its second reading.  On the question of adoption of the report, 
 16.31  the question of accepting the recommendation that the bill be 
 16.32  placed on the Consent Calendar may be divided from the question 
 16.33  of adopting the report in other respects. 
 16.34     25.2 A majority of the whole Senate, or the Chair of the 
 16.35  Committee on Rules and Administration, may order a bill on 
 16.36  General Orders placed on the Consent Calendar. 
 17.1      25.3 The Consent Calendar must be electronically available 
 17.2   or printed at least one calendar day before the matters on it 
 17.3   are considered. 
 17.4      25.4 If a member objects to consideration of a bill on the 
 17.5   Consent Calendar at any time during its consideration in the 
 17.6   Senate before the question on final passage is put, and that 
 17.7   objection is supported by at least two other members, the bill 
 17.8   is referred to the Committee of the Whole, and the Secretary 
 17.9   shall place it at the bottom of General Orders subject to Rule 
 17.10  22.2, except that it need not lie over one calendar day before 
 17.11  consideration in the Committee of the Whole. 
 17.12                        26.  SPECIAL ORDERS 
 17.13     26.1 The Chair of the Committee on Rules and 
 17.14  Administration, or the Chair's designee, may designate a special 
 17.15  order for a bill that has been given its second reading.  
 17.16     26.2 A special order may provide that the bill be 
 17.17  considered immediately, at a time certain, or after specific 
 17.18  other business is completed.  
 17.19     26.3 During consideration of a special order, Rule 36.5 is 
 17.20  suspended.  
 17.21     26.4 As nearly as applicable, debate on the bill and all 
 17.22  proceedings including amendments and substitutions must be 
 17.23  conducted as in the Committee of the Whole.  
 17.24     26.5 On any question, a member may request a roll call 
 17.25  vote, which must be entered in the Journal.  
 17.26     26.6 Unless it is otherwise disposed of, after 
 17.27  consideration a bill on Special Orders must immediately proceed 
 17.28  to its third reading and final passage. 
 17.29     26.7 A bill may not be made a special order if the chief 
 17.30  author has declined on three previous occasions to take the bill 
 17.31  up after it was designated a special order. 
 17.32                            27.  MOTIONS 
 17.33     27.1 A motion or amendment must be written if a member 
 17.34  requests.  It must identify the member or committee offering it. 
 17.35     27.2 When a motion is made, it must be stated by the 
 17.36  President.  If it is in writing, it must be handed to the 
 18.1   Secretary and read to the members.  
 18.2      27.3 After a motion is stated by the President, or read by 
 18.3   the Secretary, it is in possession of the Senate, but may be 
 18.4   withdrawn by the author at any time before decision or amendment.
 18.5                      28.  PRECEDENCE OF MOTIONS 
 18.6      28.1 When a question is under debate no motion may be made, 
 18.7   except:  
 18.8             1.  To adjourn.  
 18.9             2.  To recess.  
 18.10            3.  To reconsider.  
 18.11            4.  To lay on the table.  
 18.12            5.  For the previous question.  
 18.13            6.  To refer.  
 18.14            7.  To postpone to a day certain.  
 18.15            8.  To amend.  
 18.16            9.  To postpone indefinitely.  
 18.17     28.2 Motions numbered 1, 2, 4 and 5 above are not debatable.
 18.18     28.3 These motions have precedence in the foregoing order; 
 18.19  but when a motion for the previous question has been made, or 
 18.20  the main question ordered, a motion to lay on the table is not 
 18.21  in order.  
 18.22     28.4 A motion to postpone to a day certain, to refer, to 
 18.23  postpone indefinitely, or to amend, having been decided, may not 
 18.24  again be put on the same day, nor at the same stage of the bill 
 18.25  or proposition.  
 18.26                       29.  MOTION TO ADJOURN 
 18.27     A motion to adjourn or a motion to adjourn to a time 
 18.28  certain is always in order.  The latter motion is debatable 
 18.29  solely as to the time.  When either motion is rejected, it may 
 18.30  not be renewed until further business has been transacted.  
 18.31                     30.  MOTION TO RECONSIDER 
 18.32     30.1 When a motion or question has been decided, a member 
 18.33  who voted with the prevailing side may move for reconsideration 
 18.34  on the same day on which the vote was taken or within the next 
 18.35  two calendar days or, if later, the first day the Senate meets 
 18.36  after the vote was taken.  The motion takes precedence over all 
 19.1   other questions except a motion to adjourn or recess.  When a 
 19.2   motion to adjourn is adopted before the disposition of the 
 19.3   motion for reconsideration, a motion for reconsideration must 
 19.4   lie over until the next succeeding day the Senate meets except 
 19.5   as provided in this rule. 
 19.6      30.2 When notice of intent to move reconsideration of the 
 19.7   final action of the Senate on a question is given by a member, 
 19.8   the Secretary shall retain the subject of the notice until after 
 19.9   the expiration of the time during which the motion can be made.  
 19.10     30.3 A notice of intent to move for reconsideration is not 
 19.11  in order after the Tuesday before the third Saturday in May, but 
 19.12  a motion to reconsider may be made. 
 19.13     30.4 A motion for reconsideration having been once voted on 
 19.14  may not be made again nor reconsidered.  
 19.15               31.  MOTION FOR THE PREVIOUS QUESTION 
 19.16     31.1 Unless a motion for the previous question is made 
 19.17  specifically applicable to a subsidiary motion, it must be in 
 19.18  this form:  "Shall the main question now be put?" If the motion 
 19.19  for the previous question is supported by a majority of the 
 19.20  members present, its effect is to put an end to all debate and 
 19.21  bring the Senate to a direct vote upon all pending amendments in 
 19.22  their order and then upon the main question.  
 19.23     31.2 On a motion for the previous question, a call of the 
 19.24  Senate is in order before the President submits the question to 
 19.25  the Senate.  
 19.26     31.3 On a motion for the previous question there is no 
 19.27  debate.  All incidental questions of order, arising after a 
 19.28  motion is made for the previous question, and pending the 
 19.29  motion, must be decided, whether on appeal or otherwise, without 
 19.30  debate.  
 19.31                        32.  MOTION TO REFER 
 19.32     A bill or resolution may be referred to committee at any 
 19.33  time before its passage.  If an amendment is reported on the 
 19.34  referral to any committee other than the Committee of the Whole, 
 19.35  it must again be read the second time, considered in Committee 
 19.36  of the Whole, read the third time and placed on final passage.  
 20.1   If the referral is to the Committee of the Whole it must be 
 20.2   placed at the head of General Orders, except when the referral 
 20.3   is from the Consent Calendar under Rule 25.4. 
 20.4               33.  MOTION TO AMEND BILL OR RESOLUTION 
 20.5      33.1 A motion to amend must be written if a member 
 20.6   requests.  It must identify the member offering it. 
 20.7      33.2 In drawing an amendment to a bill or resolution, 
 20.8   reference must be made, first to the number of the bill, then to 
 20.9   the page, and then to the line or lines where language is to be 
 20.10  stricken or inserted.  
 20.11     33.3 In filling blanks, the largest sum, the longest time 
 20.12  and the greatest distance must be first taken.  
 20.13     33.4 The title to a bill may be amended by the Secretary at 
 20.14  any time the bill is amended by the Senate.  
 20.15     33.5 An amendment is not in order to a bill on the Calendar 
 20.16  or after third reading without the unanimous consent of the 
 20.17  Senate unless it fills a blank, amends the title, is proposed to 
 20.18  the chief author of the bill by the Revisor of Statutes to 
 20.19  correct technical defects found by the Revisor while engrossing 
 20.20  earlier amendments to the bill, or is proposed to a bill on the 
 20.21  Consent Calendar before the bill is given its third reading.  
 20.22                    34.  MOTION TO SUSPEND RULES 
 20.23     34.1 A rule may be suspended by a vote of at least 
 20.24  two-thirds of the whole Senate. 
 20.25     34.2 A motion to suspend the rules for the purpose of 
 20.26  advancing a bill may be made only under the order of business, 
 20.27  "Motions and Resolutions". 
 20.28                          35.  GERMANENESS 
 20.29     35.1 An amendment proposed to the Senate or to the 
 20.30  Committee of the Whole that is not germane is out of order. 
 20.31     35.2 A non-germane amendment includes one that relates to a 
 20.32  substantially different subject, or is intended to accomplish a 
 20.33  substantially different purpose, than that of the original bill 
 20.34  to which it is proposed. 
 20.35     35.3 An amendment to insert a constitutional amendment is 
 20.36  not germane to a bill that does not already include a 
 21.1   constitutional amendment. 
 21.2      35.4 Whether an amendment is germane is to be decided by 
 21.3   the President, who may put the question to the body if the 
 21.4   President chooses.  
 21.5      35.5 A motion to remove an amendment placed on a House bill 
 21.6   under Rule 45.1 is out of order if removal of the amendment 
 21.7   would make a portion of the House bill not germane to the Senate 
 21.8   companion for which it was substituted. 
 21.9      35.6 If a House amendment to a Senate bill is not germane 
 21.10  to the Senate bill, a motion to concur in the House amendment is 
 21.11  out of order. 
 21.12                            36.  DEBATE 
 21.13     36.1 When a member is about to speak to the Senate, the 
 21.14  member shall rise and respectfully address "Mr. (or Madam) 
 21.15  President."  The member may not proceed to speak further until 
 21.16  recognized by the President. 
 21.17     36.2 The member shall speak only to the question under 
 21.18  debate and avoid personality.  
 21.19     36.3 The member may inform the Senate of the Governor's 
 21.20  position on a bill and on its status in the House of 
 21.21  Representatives.  
 21.22     36.4 In discussing a resolution, each member is limited to 
 21.23  ten minutes.  
 21.24     36.5 A member may not speak more than twice on the same 
 21.25  question on the same day without permission of the Senate.  
 21.26     36.6 When a member is speaking, no one may stand between 
 21.27  the member speaking and the President.  
 21.28     36.7 A member may not speak without using a microphone. 
 21.29     36.8 All remarks during debate shall be addressed to the 
 21.30  President. 
 21.31     36.9 When the President puts a question, or addresses the 
 21.32  Senate, no one may walk out of or cross the Chamber.  
 21.33     36.10 When a member is called to order, the member shall be 
 21.34  silent until it is determined whether or not the member is in 
 21.35  order.  If a member is called to order for words spoken in 
 21.36  debate, the words excepted to must be taken down in writing by 
 22.1   the Secretary immediately.  
 22.2                       37.  ABSENCE OF MEMBERS 
 22.3      A member or officer of the Senate may not be absent from a 
 22.4   session of the Senate unless excused by the Senate.  The name of 
 22.5   a member excused must be printed in the Journal. 
 22.6                       38.  CALL OF THE SENATE 
 22.7      38.1 A member may impose a call of the Senate requiring the 
 22.8   attendance of all members before any further proceedings occur 
 22.9   except a motion to adjourn. 
 22.10     38.2 Upon the imposition of a call, a member may request a 
 22.11  record of those present and the Sergeant at Arms shall bring in 
 22.12  the absent members.  
 22.13     38.3 When the Senate has been placed under call, a member 
 22.14  may demand that the doors be closed and that no member be 
 22.15  permitted to leave the Chamber until the matter or question, if 
 22.16  any, under consideration at the time of the call is disposed of, 
 22.17  or until the call is lifted by a majority of the whole Senate, 
 22.18  or until the Senate adjourns. 
 22.19     38.4 A majority of the whole Senate may excuse members not 
 22.20  answering the call. 
 22.21     38.5 A call may not be imposed after voting has commenced. 
 22.22                     39.  DIVISION OF QUESTION 
 22.23     39.1 A member may call for a division of the question when 
 22.24  the division is possible.  A motion to strike and insert is 
 22.25  indivisible. 
 22.26     39.2 The defeat of a motion to strike does not preclude an 
 22.27  amendment nor a motion to strike and insert. 
 22.28                            40.  VOTING 
 22.29     40.1 The President shall distinctly state the question 
 22.30  before taking the vote.  The President shall declare the result 
 22.31  of the vote.  If a member questions the result of a vote, the 
 22.32  President shall order a division.  
 22.33     40.2 A member may vote on a question or be counted on a 
 22.34  division only at the member's own seat in the Senate Chamber. 
 22.35     40.3 At any time before the start of voting on a question, 
 22.36  a member may request a roll call vote, which must be entered in 
 23.1   the Journal.  
 23.2      40.4 Unless otherwise ordered, a roll call vote, except 
 23.3   upon elections, may be taken by means of the electrical voting 
 23.4   system under the control of the President.  
 23.5      40.5 A roll call vote may not be interrupted except to 
 23.6   close the roll as provided in Rule 41.3.  
 23.7      40.6 A member or other person may not proceed to or remain 
 23.8   by the Secretary's desk while a roll call or division is being 
 23.9   taken. 
 23.10                41.  MEMBERS TO VOTE UNLESS EXCUSED 
 23.11     41.1 Every member who is in the Senate Chamber during a 
 23.12  roll call shall vote upon the request of another member unless 
 23.13  excused by the Senate.  
 23.14     41.2 A motion by a member to be excused from voting must be 
 23.15  made before the question is put.  A member wishing to be excused 
 23.16  from voting may make a brief statement of the reason for making 
 23.17  the request.  The question on the motion to excuse must be taken 
 23.18  without further debate.  
 23.19     41.3 When members have had an opportunity to vote and fail 
 23.20  to do so, a majority of the whole Senate may, by motion, direct 
 23.21  the President to close the roll. 
 23.22     41.4 The vote on a motion to close the roll must be taken 
 23.23  without debate.  No member is required to vote on the motion. 
 23.24                         42.  FINAL PASSAGE 
 23.25     The final question on a bill or other matter requiring 
 23.26  action by both Houses after its first and second reading, and 
 23.27  after the consideration in Committee of the Whole, is on its 
 23.28  final passage.  
 23.29                43.  TRANSMITTING BILLS TO THE HOUSE 
 23.30     43.1 Except when a motion to reconsider has been made as 
 23.31  provided in Rule 30, immediately after the passage of a bill or 
 23.32  other matter in which the concurrence of the House of 
 23.33  Representatives is requested, the Secretary shall transmit it to 
 23.34  the House. 
 23.35     43.2 On the concurrence of a bill or other matter of the 
 23.36  House by the Senate, or on the concurrence or disagreement in a 
 24.1   vote of the House, the Secretary shall notify the House.  
 24.2                44.  ENGROSSING AND ENROLLING OF BILLS 
 24.3      44.1 The Secretary and the Engrossing Secretary shall 
 24.4   ensure that every bill, memorial, or resolution originating in 
 24.5   the Senate is carefully engrossed before it is transmitted to 
 24.6   the House of Representatives for concurrence. 
 24.7      All engrossing and enrolling of bills shall be done at the 
 24.8   direction and under authority of the Senate.  
 24.9      44.2 The Secretary shall ensure that every bill, memorial, 
 24.10  or resolution originating in the Senate is carefully enrolled by 
 24.11  the Revisor of Statutes before it is presented to the Governor 
 24.12  or filed with the Secretary of State. 
 24.14     45.1 A House bill, after its first reading, must be 
 24.15  referred as follows, unless there is a motion by the Chair of 
 24.16  the Committee on Rules and Administration or a designee of the 
 24.17  Chair: 
 24.18     (a) If there is no Senate companion bill, the House bill 
 24.19  must be referred to the appropriate standing committee, unless 
 24.20  there is objection under Rule 4.9. 
 24.21     (b) If there is a Senate companion bill, the House bill 
 24.22  must be referred to the standing committee possessing the Senate 
 24.23  companion. 
 24.24     (c) If the Senate companion bill has been reported to the 
 24.25  Senate, the House bill must be referred to the Committee on 
 24.26  Rules and Administration, which shall report whether the House 
 24.27  bill is identical to the Senate companion bill.  If the bills 
 24.28  are identical, the report must recommend that the House bill be 
 24.29  given its second reading and substituted for the Senate 
 24.30  companion bill and the Senate companion bill be indefinitely 
 24.31  postponed.  If the House bill is not identical to the Senate 
 24.32  companion bill, the report of the committee must recommend an 
 24.33  amendment to the House bill that when adopted will render the 
 24.34  House bill identical to the Senate bill.  Upon adoption of a 
 24.35  committee report containing the proposed amendment, the House 
 24.36  bill as amended must be given its second reading and substituted 
 25.1   for the Senate companion bill and the Senate companion bill must 
 25.2   be indefinitely postponed.  
 25.3      45.2 The Secretary shall prepare and submit reports under 
 25.4   this rule on behalf of the Committee on Rules and Administration.
 25.5      45.3 A House bill placed on the Calendar by substitution 
 25.6   must not be given its third reading on the same day as the 
 25.7   substitution. 
 25.8                      46.  CONFERENCE COMMITTEES 
 25.9      The Subcommittee on Committees shall appoint all conference 
 25.10  committees of the Senate and report the appointments to the 
 25.11  Senate.  In the appointment of members of conference committees 
 25.12  between the two houses, the Subcommittee on Committees shall 
 25.13  appoint those who are in accord with the position of the 
 25.14  Senate.  Whenever practical, the subcommittee shall give 
 25.15  preference to authors of bills in dispute and to members of 
 25.16  standing committees in which the bills were considered.  
 25.18     Adjournment of the regular session in an odd-numbered year 
 25.19  to a date certain in the following year is equivalent to daily 
 25.20  adjournment, except that a bill on the Calendar, Consent 
 25.21  Calendar, or General Orders must be returned to the standing 
 25.22  committee other than the Committee on Rules and Administration 
 25.23  from which it was last reported to the Senate, unless otherwise 
 25.24  provided for by motion before adjournment.  Bills returned to 
 25.25  committee under this rule must, upon request of the chief 
 25.26  author, be given priority for consideration by the committee in 
 25.27  the even-numbered year ahead of all other bills in the order in 
 25.28  which they appeared on the Calendar, Consent Calendar, or 
 25.29  General Orders.  
 25.30              48.  PRINTING AND DISTRIBUTION OF BILLS 
 25.31     48.1 Unless otherwise ordered by the Senate, all Senate 
 25.32  bills that have been reported upon favorably or without 
 25.33  recommendation by a committee must be electronically available 
 25.34  or printed before consideration by the Senate or the Committee 
 25.35  of the Whole. 
 25.36     48.2 A House bill amended by the Senate must be 
 26.1   unofficially engrossed and electronically available or printed 
 26.2   when placed on General Orders. 
 26.3      48.3 A bill may be electronically available or printed by 
 26.4   order of the Secretary when amended after second reading.  
 26.5      48.4 A bill must be electronically available or printed 
 26.6   when ordered by the Senate. 
 26.7      48.5 Action by the Senate on a bill that has not been 
 26.8   printed is a waiver of the printing requirement.  
 26.9      48.6 To the extent practical, the Secretary shall provide a 
 26.10  copy of any bill to the public and may charge a reasonable fee. 
 26.11                       49.  JOURNAL AND INDEX 
 26.12     49.1 The Secretary shall keep a correct Journal of the 
 26.13  proceedings of the Senate and shall perform other duties 
 26.14  assigned to the Secretary. 
 26.15     49.2 The Secretary shall not permit Journal records, 
 26.16  accounts or papers to be taken out of the Secretary's custody, 
 26.17  other than in the regular mode of business.  If a document in 
 26.18  the Secretary's charge is missing, the Secretary shall report 
 26.19  the fact to the President, so that inquiry may be made.  
 26.20     49.3 The Secretary shall supervise the recording of 
 26.21  proceedings in the Journal, the engrossing, transcribing and 
 26.22  copying of bills and resolutions, and generally perform the 
 26.23  duties of Secretary, under direction of the Committee on Rules 
 26.24  and Administration.  
 26.25     49.4 The Journal of each day's proceedings is open for 
 26.26  correction at any time during the session of the next day the 
 26.27  Senate meets.  Unless corrected on that day, the Journal stands 
 26.28  approved.  
 26.29     49.5 The Secretary shall keep a record of all Senate and 
 26.30  House bills showing the status of each bill pending, until its 
 26.31  final passage.  
 26.32                     50.  ELECTRONIC RECORDINGS 
 26.33     50.1 The Secretary shall cause to be recorded on electronic 
 26.34  media the proceedings of the Senate, the Committee of the Whole, 
 26.35  and each standing committee, subcommittee, and division.  Each 
 26.36  electronic record must be clearly labeled to show the name of 
 27.1   the body whose proceedings are recorded and the dates the 
 27.2   proceedings occurred.  Each electronic record of the proceedings 
 27.3   of the Senate and the Committee of the Whole must be accompanied 
 27.4   by a log showing the number of each bill considered and the 
 27.5   places on the record where consideration of the bill occurred. 
 27.6      50.2 Within two working days after each Senate session, the 
 27.7   Secretary shall make a copy of the electronic record and 
 27.8   corresponding log of proceedings of the Senate and the Committee 
 27.9   of the Whole available to the Legislative Reference Library.  
 27.10     50.3 Within one week after each meeting of a standing 
 27.11  committee, subcommittee, or division, the Secretary shall make 
 27.12  the electronic record of the meeting available to the 
 27.13  Legislative Reference Library, together with an agenda showing 
 27.14  bills considered and any action taken on them. 
 27.15     50.4 Upon completion and approval of the minutes of the 
 27.16  meeting, the Secretary shall promptly deliver a copy of the 
 27.17  minutes to the Legislative Reference Library.  
 27.18     50.5 The Secretary shall keep a record of each session of 
 27.19  the Senate and the Committee of the Whole, each meeting of a 
 27.20  Senate standing committee, subcommittee, or division and the 
 27.21  date on which the electronic record of the session or meeting 
 27.22  was made available to the Legislative Reference Library.  The 
 27.23  Library shall keep a similar record of all electronic records to 
 27.24  which it has been given access. 
 27.25     50.6 The Library shall provide committee staff with 
 27.26  reasonable access to Senate electronic records and shall provide 
 27.27  the public with convenient facilities to listen to them.  
 27.28     50.7 The Secretary shall make copies of Senate electronic 
 27.29  records available to the public for a fee determined by the 
 27.30  Secretary to be adequate to cover the cost of preparing the 
 27.31  copies.  A copy must be provided free to a member of the Senate 
 27.32  upon request for use in legislative business. 
 27.33     50.8 The Secretary shall keep the original electronic 
 27.34  record and log of each session of the Senate and the Committee 
 27.35  of the Whole until the end of the period for which the members 
 27.36  of the existing House of Representatives have been elected, at 
 28.1   which time the electronic record may be preserved or disposed of 
 28.2   as the Secretary sees fit.  The Legislative Reference Library 
 28.3   shall keep electronic records, logs, and minutes forwarded to it 
 28.4   until two years after the end of the period for which the 
 28.5   members of the existing Senate have been elected, at which time 
 28.6   they may be preserved or disposed of as the Library sees fit. 
 28.7      50.9 The Senate intends that testimony and discussion 
 28.8   preserved under this rule not be admissible in any court or 
 28.9   administrative proceeding on an issue of legislative intent. 
 28.10                   51.  OTHER DUTIES OF SECRETARY 
 28.11     51.1 The Secretary shall not issue a certificate 
 28.12  authorizing the payment of money by virtue of a motion or 
 28.13  resolution, unless the motion or resolution is voted for by a 
 28.14  majority of the whole Senate on a roll call vote. 
 28.15     51.2 The Secretary and the Engrossing Secretary shall 
 28.16  correct all mistakes in numbering the sections and reference to 
 28.17  them, whether the errors occur in the original bill or are 
 28.18  caused by amendments to it.  
 28.19     51.3 The Secretary is the agent of the Senate for the 
 28.20  purchase of supplies and services.  The Secretary's records on 
 28.21  purchase of supplies and services are open for inspection. 
 28.22     51.4 The Secretary shall adopt administrative controls to 
 28.23  ensure that each member is accountable for the member's own long 
 28.24  distance telephone calls and that Senate telephones are used 
 28.25  only for Senate business. 
 28.26     51.5 By the 15th day of April, July, October, and January 
 28.27  of each year, the Secretary shall submit a detailed report of 
 28.28  Senate expenditures during the previous quarter to the Committee 
 28.29  on Rules and Administration. 
 28.30     51.6 The Secretary's public records may be inspected during 
 28.31  normal business hours. 
 28.32                       52.  SERGEANT AT ARMS 
 28.33     The Sergeant at Arms shall execute all orders of the 
 28.34  President and perform all assigned duties connected with the 
 28.35  police and good order of the Senate Chamber; exercise 
 28.36  supervision over the entry and exit of all persons to and from 
 29.1   the Chamber; see that messages are promptly delivered; see that 
 29.2   the hall is properly ventilated and the temperature is properly 
 29.3   regulated, and that the Chamber is open for the use of members 
 29.4   of the Senate at least one-half hour before the start of a 
 29.5   session; and perform all other services pertaining to the office 
 29.6   of Sergeant.  
 29.7                     53.  BUDGET AND EXPENDITURES 
 29.8      53.1 The Committee on Rules and Administration shall adopt 
 29.9   an operating budget for the Senate.  
 29.10     53.2 All propositions for the appointment and payment of 
 29.11  employees of the Senate or for expenditures of the Legislature, 
 29.12  other than those provided by law, must be referred without 
 29.13  debate to the Committee on Rules and Administration. 
 29.14                           54.  EMPLOYEES 
 29.15     54.1 The Committee on Rules and Administration shall 
 29.16  establish positions, set compensation, appoint employees, and 
 29.17  authorize expense reimbursement for employees as it deems 
 29.18  necessary to carry out the work of the Senate.  At the request 
 29.19  of any committee member, an action of the committee must be 
 29.20  submitted as a Senate resolution for adoption by the Senate. 
 29.21     54.2 The Secretary shall keep a roster of all employees of 
 29.22  the Senate, including positions and compensation, which must be 
 29.23  open for inspection by the public.  
 29.24     54.3 The Secretary shall post, in a public place in the 
 29.25  Capitol, a notice of every vacant position on the permanent 
 29.26  staff of the Senate.  The notice must remain posted for at least 
 29.27  two weeks, and no vacancy may be filled until the period of 
 29.28  posting has elapsed. 
 29.29     54.4 Except as otherwise provided in these rules, the 
 29.30  Committee on Rules and Administration has full and exclusive 
 29.31  authority over, and charge of all employees of the Senate both 
 29.32  elected and appointed.  The committee has the sole and exclusive 
 29.33  power and authority to assign them to duties other than for 
 29.34  which they were elected or appointed as the committee may 
 29.35  provide.  
 29.36     54.5 The committee may make employment rules and 
 30.1   regulations.  In case of violation of an order of the committee 
 30.2   by an employee, or in case of a violation of a rule or 
 30.3   regulation made by the committee, or in case of misconduct or 
 30.4   omission by an employee, the Committee on Rules and 
 30.5   Administration may hear complaints and discharge the employee or 
 30.6   impose discipline, a fine, or other punishment upon the employee.
 30.7      54.6 The Secretary shall supervise the employees under the 
 30.8   direction of the Committee on Rules and Administration. 
 30.9                 55.  SUBCOMMITTEE ON ETHICAL CONDUCT 
 30.10     55.1 The Subcommittee on Committees shall appoint a 
 30.11  Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct of the Committee on Rules and 
 30.12  Administration consisting of four members, two from the majority 
 30.13  group and two from the minority group.  
 30.14     55.2 The subcommittee shall serve in an advisory capacity 
 30.15  to a member or employee upon written request and shall issue 
 30.16  recommendations to the member or employee.  A member may request 
 30.17  the subcommittee to provide its advice on a potential conflict 
 30.18  of interest to the member in private.  If so requested, the 
 30.19  subcommittee shall conduct its proceedings on the advisory 
 30.20  opinion in private.  The request, proceedings on the request, 
 30.21  and any advice given by the subcommittee in response to the 
 30.22  request must remain private.  The member may not use an advisory 
 30.23  opinion from the subcommittee as a defense to a complaint under 
 30.24  this rule unless the opinion has been adopted by the 
 30.25  subcommittee at a public meeting. 
 30.26     55.3 The subcommittee shall investigate a complaint by a 
 30.27  member of the Senate in writing under oath received before 
 30.28  adjournment sine die in the last year of a senate term or during 
 30.29  a special session held after that time regarding improper 
 30.30  conduct by a member or employee of the Senate.  The subcommittee 
 30.31  has the powers of a standing committee to issue subpoenas under 
 30.32  Minnesota Statutes, section 3.153. 
 30.33     55.4 Within 30 days after receiving a complaint, the 
 30.34  subcommittee must meet and either make a finding of no probable 
 30.35  cause, vote to defer action until a certain time, or proceed 
 30.36  with its investigation.  
 31.1      55.5 In order to determine whether there is probable cause 
 31.2   to believe that improper conduct has occurred, the subcommittee 
 31.3   may, by a vote of three of its members, conduct a preliminary 
 31.4   inquiry in executive session to which the open meeting 
 31.5   requirements of Rules 12.1 to 12.3 do not apply.  The executive 
 31.6   session may be ordered by a vote of three of its members 
 31.7   whenever the subcommittee determines that matters relating to 
 31.8   probable cause are likely to be discussed.  The executive 
 31.9   session must be limited to matters relating to probable cause.  
 31.10  Upon a finding of probable cause, further proceedings on the 
 31.11  complaint are open to the public.  
 31.12     55.6 The subcommittee may appoint special counsel to 
 31.13  provide expert advice on how to conduct its proceedings.  The 
 31.14  subcommittee may appoint a suitable person to conduct the 
 31.15  investigation and report findings of fact and recommendations 
 31.16  for action to the subcommittee. 
 31.17     55.7 If, after investigation, the subcommittee finds the 
 31.18  complaint substantiated by the evidence, it shall recommend to 
 31.19  the Committee on Rules and Administration appropriate 
 31.20  disciplinary action.  
 31.21     55.8 To minimize disruption of its public proceedings, the 
 31.22  subcommittee may require that television coverage be pooled or 
 31.23  be provided by Senate media services. 
 31.24     55.9 If criminal proceedings relating to the same conduct 
 31.25  have begun, the subcommittee may defer its proceedings until the 
 31.26  criminal proceedings have been completed.  
 31.27     55.10 The Senate intends that proceedings of the 
 31.28  Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct not be admissible in any 
 31.29  criminal proceeding.  
 31.30                 56.  STANDARDS OF ETHICAL CONDUCT 
 31.31     56.1 Members shall adhere to the highest standard of 
 31.32  ethical conduct as embodied in the Minnesota Constitution, state 
 31.33  law, and these rules.  
 31.34     56.2 A member shall not publish or distribute written 
 31.35  material if the member knows or has reason to know that the 
 31.36  material includes any statement that is false or clearly 
 32.1   misleading, concerning a public policy issue or concerning the 
 32.2   member's or another member's voting record or position on a 
 32.3   public policy issue. 
 32.4      56.3 Improper conduct includes conduct that violates a rule 
 32.5   or administrative policy of the Senate, that violates accepted 
 32.6   norms of Senate behavior, that betrays the public trust, or that 
 32.7   tends to bring the Senate into dishonor or disrepute. 
 32.8                      57.  CONFLICTS OF INTEREST 
 32.9      A member who in the discharge of senatorial duties would be 
 32.10  required to take an action or make a decision that would 
 32.11  substantially affect the member's financial interests or those 
 32.12  of an associated business, unless the effect on the member is no 
 32.13  greater than on others in the member's business classification, 
 32.14  profession, or occupation, shall disclose the potential conflict 
 32.15  of interest by following the procedure set forth in Minnesota 
 32.16  Statutes, section 10A.07. 
 32.17                           58.  LOBBYISTS 
 32.18     58.1 A lobbyist shall not appear before a Senate committee 
 32.19  pursuant to the lobbyist's employment unless the lobbyist is in 
 32.20  compliance with the law requiring lobbyist registration, 
 32.21  Minnesota Statutes, sections 10A.03 to 10A.06.  A lobbyist, when 
 32.22  appearing before a committee, shall disclose to the committee on 
 32.23  whose behalf the lobbyist speaks and the purpose of the 
 32.24  lobbyist's appearance. 
 32.25     58.2 A lobbyist shall not knowingly, either directly or 
 32.26  through a third party, furnish false or misleading information 
 32.27  or make a false or misleading statement that is relevant and 
 32.28  material to a matter before the Senate or any of its committees 
 32.29  when the lobbyist knows or should know it will influence the 
 32.30  judgment or action of the Senate or any of its committees, 
 32.31  subcommittees, or divisions. 
 32.32     58.3 The Subcommittee on Ethical Conduct shall investigate 
 32.33  a complaint by a member of the Senate in writing under oath 
 32.34  received before adjournment sine die in the last year of a 
 32.35  Senate term or during a special session held after that time 
 32.36  that a lobbyist has violated Rule 58.1 or 58.2.  The 
 33.1   investigatory procedures of Rule 55 apply, except as provided in 
 33.2   this rule.  The complaint and proceedings on the complaint are 
 33.3   private until the subcommittee has found probable cause to 
 33.4   believe that a violation of Rule 58.1 or 58.2 has occurred, 
 33.5   unless they are made public by the lobbyist whose conduct is the 
 33.6   subject of the complaint or by the vote of at least three 
 33.7   members of the subcommittee. 
 33.8                       59.  AMENDMENTS TO RULES 
 33.9      Every proposition to amend a rule of the Senate must be 
 33.10  referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.  The 
 33.11  proposition may not be acted upon until the report of the 
 33.12  committee is received by the Senate.