2.18  Contempt.

Each house has authority to punish for contempt, by fine or imprisonment or both, any person who commits any of the following offenses against its authority:

1.  Arresting a member, knowing the member to be such, in violation of the member's privilege, or assaulting, or threatening to assault, or threatening any harm to the person or property of, a member, knowing the member to be such, for anything said or done by the member in such house as a member thereof.

2.  Attempting by menace, or by force, or by any corrupt means to control or influence a member in giving a vote, or to prevent giving it.

3.  Disorderly or contemptuous conduct, tending to disturb its proceedings.

4.  Refusal to attend, or to be sworn, or to affirm, or to be examined, as a witness before it, or before a committee thereof, when duly subpoenaed.

5.  Assaulting or preventing any person going before it, or before any of its committees, by its order, the offender knowing such fact.

6.  Rescuing or attempting to rescue any person arrested by its order, the offender knowing of such arrest.

7.  Impeding any officer of such house in the discharge of the officer's duties as such, the offender knowing the officer's official character.

Section History: Early form

  [C51, § 12; R60, § 8; C73, § 14; C97, § 18; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 23; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, § 2.24; C71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 2.18]

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