House Study Bill 51 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. _____ BY (PROPOSED COMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATION AND RULES RESOLUTION BY CHAIRPERSON SEXTON) A Resolution relating to permanent rules of the House 1 of Representatives for the Eighty-seventh General 2 Assembly. 3 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That 4 the permanent rules of the House for the Eighty-sixth 5 Eighty-seventh General Assembly be as follows: 6 DIVISION I —— GENERAL RULES 7 Rule 1 8 Call to Order and Order of Business 9 The speaker shall take the chair at the hour to 10 which the house has adjourned, and shall immediately 11 call the house to order, correct the journal of the 12 previous day’s proceedings, and proceed to other 13 business, including, but not limited to, introduction 14 of bills, reports, messages, communications, business 15 pending at adjournment, announcements, resolutions 16 and bills on their passage, and points of personal 17 privilege. 18 Rule 2 19 Quorum Call and Time of Convening 20 The house shall convene each Monday at 1:00 p.m. 21 and at 8:30 a.m. on all other legislative days, unless 22 otherwise ordered. The time of convening shall be 23 recorded in the journal. The house shall not convene 24 on Sunday during a regular or special session. 25 The speaker or a member may request a roll call to 26 determine if a quorum is present. 27 -1- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 1/ 42
H.R. _____ Rule 3 1 Absences from the House 2 No member shall be absent without leave while the 3 house is in session unless excused for good cause. 4 Rule 4 5 Preservation of Order 6 The speaker shall preserve order and decorum and 7 speak to points of order. Subject to an appeal to the 8 house by any member, the speaker shall decide questions 9 of order which shall not be debated. 10 While recognized to speak in debate, a member 11 shall not use any visual aids to explain to others the 12 member’s points in the debate without leave of the 13 speaker. 14 The speaker may have the chamber of the house 15 cleared in case of any disturbance or disorderly 16 conduct. 17 Only past legislators, state officials, persons 18 whose presence is deemed by the speaker to be of 19 special significance to the house, and school classes 20 accompanied by teachers and seated in the galleries 21 shall be introduced in the house. 22 No person other than a member of the house shall be 23 allowed to speak from the floor of the house without 24 prior permission of the speaker. 25 The public may take photographs from the galleries 26 at any time. However, the use of flash bulbs or any 27 other artificial lighting is prohibited. 28 Members of the press may photograph from the press 29 box, but shall not use artificial lighting without 30 -2- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 2/ 42
H.R. _____ prior permission from the chief clerk of the house. 1 Photographs shall not be taken on the house floor when 2 the members are voting on a question put before the 3 house. Photographs or video recordings of the voting 4 boards shall not be taken while a nonrecord roll call 5 vote is displayed. Photographs may be taken on the 6 house floor at other times with the consent of the 7 subject or subjects of the photography. 8 Rule 4A 9 Use of Electronic Devices and Video Streaming in 10 Chamber 11 1. A person present in the house chamber while the 12 house is in order shall mute any cell phone, computer, 13 or other electronic device under the person’s control. 14 The speaker may remove from the chamber any person 15 acting in violation of this rule. 16 2. A member shall not use a cell phone or other 17 electronic device to audibly transmit or receive 18 communications while recognized by the presiding 19 officer to speak in debate. 20 3. The speaker shall control the time, place, 21 and manner of use of the house’s internet video 22 streaming system on the floor of the house and in the 23 visitors’ galleries. However, the speaker shall not 24 edit, censor, or shut off the house’s internet video 25 streaming system during debate on the floor of the 26 house. 27 Rule 5 28 Rules of Parliamentary Practice 29 The rules of parliamentary practice in Mason’s 30 -3- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 3/ 42
H.R. _____ Manual of Legislative Procedure shall govern the house 1 in all cases where they are not inconsistent with the 2 standing rules of the house, joint rules of the house 3 and senate, or customary practice of the house. 4 Rule 5A 5 House Budget 6 The speaker of the house shall annually prepare a 7 proposed budget for the house of representatives for 8 the payment of expenses, salaries, per diems, and other 9 items. The proposed budget shall be submitted on the 10 fourteenth day of each legislative session to the house 11 administration and rules committee, which shall approve 12 a proposed budget in house resolution form. The house 13 shall adopt a budget prior to adjournment. 14 Rule 6 15 The Speaker Pro Tempore 16 The house shall, at its pleasure, elect a speaker 17 pro tempore. When the speaker shall for any cause be 18 absent, the speaker pro tempore shall preside, except 19 when the chair is filled by appointment by either 20 the speaker or the speaker pro tempore. If a vacancy 21 occurs in the office of speaker, the speaker pro 22 tempore shall assume the duties and responsibilities 23 of the speaker until such time as the house shall elect 24 a new speaker. The speaker or the speaker pro tempore 25 shall have the right to name any member to perform the 26 duties of speaker, but such substitution shall not 27 extend beyond the adjournment. The acts of the speaker 28 pro tempore shall have the same validity as those of 29 the speaker. In the absence of both the speaker and 30 -4- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 4/ 42
H.R. _____ the speaker pro tempore, the house shall name a speaker 1 who shall preside over it and perform all the duties of 2 the speaker with the exception of signing bills, until 3 such time as the speaker or speaker pro tempore shall 4 be present, and the person’s acts shall have the same 5 force and validity as those of the regularly elected 6 speaker. 7 Rule 7 8 Amendment of Rules 9 A motion to change or rescind a standing rule or 10 order of the house requires one day’s notice. 11 Rule 8 12 Violation of House Rules 13 The speaker shall, or any member may, call to order 14 a member who violates the rules of the house. With 15 leave of the house, the member called to order may be 16 permitted to explain. If the case requires it, the 17 member shall be subject to censure of the house. 18 Rule 9 19 Referral of Rule Violations 20 The speaker shall, upon complaint of a member, 21 or upon the speaker’s own motion, refer any alleged 22 violation of house or joint rules by house members, 23 employees or staff to the house ethics committee upon 24 an initial finding that an investigation is warranted. 25 The ethics committee shall investigate such 26 allegations and report them back to the house with a 27 recommendation. 28 Rule 10 29 Recognition and Decorum in Debate 30 -5- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 5/ 42
H.R. _____ A member who wishes to speak in debate shall be 1 appropriately attired, with male members wearing coat 2 or tie. After recognition by the chair, a member 3 shall respectfully address the presiding officer 4 by saying “Mr. or Madam Speaker”. A member shall 5 confine all remarks to the question under debate, 6 shall be respectful of other members, and shall avoid 7 referencing or questioning the motives of another 8 member. 9 Rule 11 10 Limit on Debate 11 No member shall speak more than once on the same 12 question without leave of the speaker, nor more than 13 twice until every member choosing to speak has spoken, 14 except as provided in Rule 81. A member shall be 15 limited to ten minutes debate on bills, resolutions, 16 and amendments, but may be granted an extension of time 17 by consent of the house. However, the floor manager 18 of a bill or resolution and the lead sponsor of an 19 amendment may exceed the ten-minute limit on opening 20 and closing remarks. 21 Rule 12 22 Decorum During Debate 23 No member shall leave the house while the speaker 24 is putting a question. No one shall pass between the 25 speaker and a member who is speaking or two members who 26 have been recognized by the speaker. 27 Rule 13 28 Stating the Question 29 When a motion is made, it shall be stated by the 30 -6- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 6/ 42
H.R. _____ speaker. A motion made in writing shall be passed to 1 the speaker’s station before it is debated. 2 Rule 14 3 Putting the Question 4 Questions shall be distinctly put in this form: 5 “All those in favor of (the question) shall say ‘aye’;” 6 and after the affirmative voice is expressed, “All 7 those opposed to (the question) shall say ‘no’.” 8 If the speaker is in doubt or a member of the house 9 requests, a nonrecord roll call vote shall be taken. 10 DIVISION II —— EMPLOYEES OF THE HOUSE 11 Rule 15 12 Chief Clerk of the House 13 The chief clerk of the house shall serve as 14 parliamentarian and chief administrative officer of the 15 house under the direction of the speaker of the house. 16 The chief clerk shall supervise the chief clerk’s 17 office; be responsible for the custody and safekeeping 18 of all bills, resolutions, and amendments filed, 19 except when they are in the custody of a committee; 20 have charge of the daily journal; have control of all 21 rooms assigned for the use of the house; attest to the 22 accuracy and correctness of text and action on bills 23 and resolutions; process the handling of amendments 24 when filed and during the floor consideration of bills; 25 insert adopted amendments into bills before transmittal 26 to the senate and prior to final enrollment; supervise 27 legislative printing and the distribution of printed 28 material; and perform all other duties pertaining to 29 the office of the chief clerk. 30 -7- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 7/ 42
H.R. _____ Rule 16 1 Legislative and Session Days 2 For purposes of these rules, a legislative day is a 3 day when the house is called to order. A legislative 4 day that runs past midnight is not considered a new 5 legislative day. A session day is any calendar day 6 beginning with the convening of the annual regular 7 session and ending with adjournment sine die. 8 Rule 17 9 Sergeant-At-Arms 10 The sergeant-at-arms shall execute all orders of 11 the house and the presiding officer; perform all 12 assigned duties related to the policing and good order 13 of the house; supervise the entrance and exit of all 14 persons to and from the chamber; promptly execute all 15 messages, etc.; provide that the chamber is properly 16 ventilated and open for the use of the members; and 17 perform all other services pertaining to the office of 18 sergeant-at-arms. 19 Rule 18 20 Secretaries 21 Each member may hire a secretary for the legislative 22 session who shall be under the general direction of the 23 member and the chief clerk. Secretaries shall be on 24 duty at the house from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday 25 through Thursday and on other legislative days when 26 required by the chief clerk, except when excused by the 27 member for whom the secretary works. Secretaries shall 28 perform such duties as may be assigned to them by the 29 member or the chief clerk. 30 -8- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 8/ 42
H.R. _____ Rule 19 1 Extra Compensation of Employees 2 No employee shall receive any extra compensation, 3 except as provided by the house, or tips for services 4 performed while on duty. Any violation of this rule 5 shall be grounds for removal. 6 DIVISION III —— VISITORS AND LOBBYISTS 7 Rule 20 8 Admission to the House; Lobbying 9 The chamber of the house shall include the 10 vestibule, restrooms, bill room, lounge, visitors’ 11 galleries, and floor of the house. 12 The floor of the house shall consist of the 13 area between the north and south walls, including 14 the representatives’ desks, the press box, and the 15 speaker’s station, but excluding the visitors’ 16 galleries. 17 During a legislative day while the house is in 18 order, no member of the general assembly or legislative 19 employee or intern shall be admitted to the floor of 20 the house if attired in jeans of any color without 21 leave of the speaker. 22 During a legislative day while the house is in 23 order, and one-half hour before the house convenes and 24 one-half hour after the house recesses or adjourns, 25 no person shall be admitted to the floor of the house 26 except: 27 1. Members of the general assembly and authorized 28 legislative employees in the performance of their 29 duties. 30 -9- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 9/ 42
H.R. _____ 2. Former members of the general assembly who are 1 not registered lobbyists. 2 3. A general assembly member’s family. 3 4. Representatives of the press, radio, and 4 television who shall go directly to and from the press 5 box. 6 5. Legislative interns registered with the chief 7 clerk who shall go directly to and from the seat of 8 their assigned representative or to be seated in the 9 perimeter seating area. 10 6. Designated representatives of a political party 11 having members serving in the house. 12 7. Members of the state executive council, the 13 lieutenant governor, the attorney general, the 14 governor’s executive assistants and administrative 15 assistants, and the administrative rules coordinator, 16 all of whom shall be confined to the perimeter area. 17 The current status of former members of the general 18 assembly shall govern their access to the floor under 19 these rules. 20 No other persons shall be allowed on the house floor 21 while the house is in order without permission of the 22 presiding officer of the house. When the house is not 23 in order, guests of a member of the general assembly 24 escorted by that member shall be allowed on the house 25 floor. 26 No person admitted to the floor of the house while 27 the house is in order, except members of the general 28 assembly, shall lobby or attempt to exercise any 29 influence with any member for or against any matter 30 -10- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 10/ 42
H.R. _____ then pending or that may thereafter be considered by 1 the house. 2 A registered lobbyist shall not be admitted to 3 the floor of the house on any legislative day except 4 for ceremonial purposes or for attendance at public 5 hearings. 6 A lobbyist who represents the position of a state 7 government agency, in which the person serves or is 8 employed as the designated representative for purposes 9 of encouraging the passage or defeat of legislation, 10 shall file with the chief clerk of the house a 11 statement of the general subjects of legislation in 12 which the lobbyist is or may be interested, but shall 13 not lobby for or against a bill, resolution, or study 14 bill unless the lobbyist does so with the written 15 authorization and on behalf of a statewide elected 16 or retained official. The official’s writing may 17 authorize the lobbyist to register and lobby for or 18 against any or all bills in which the lobbyist is 19 or may be interested or may restrict the lobbyist 20 to register and lobby for or against only some bills 21 in which the lobbyist is or may be interested. The 22 written authorizations shall be filed with the chief 23 clerk, according to a procedure established by the 24 clerk for the filing of the authorizations and for 25 making them available to the public, by the following 26 statewide elected or retained official for the 27 following offices, departments, agencies, and branch: 28 By the attorney general, auditor of state, secretary 29 of state, and treasurer of state, for their respective 30 -11- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 11/ 42
H.R. _____ offices. 1 By the secretary of agriculture, for the department 2 of agriculture and land stewardship. 3 By the chairperson of the ethics and campaign 4 disclosure board, for the executive director, legal 5 counsel, and other employees of the board. 6 By the governor, for all other executive branch 7 offices and departments. 8 By the chief justice of the supreme court, for the 9 judicial branch. 10 Each member, employee of the house, and registered 11 lobbyist may report violations of this rule immediately 12 to the sergeant-at-arms or the chief clerk. 13 Any person for cause may be summarily dismissed 14 from the chamber of the house, by action of the house, 15 and may forfeit that person’s right to admission 16 thereafter. 17 Rule 20A 18 Legislative Interns 19 A member may appoint one or more interns who shall 20 register with the chief clerk. Only one legislative 21 intern per member of the house is allowed on the floor 22 of the house at any one time. 23 Rule 21 24 Distribution of Literature and Other Items 25 No person except a member or employee of the house 26 of representatives shall distribute or cause to be 27 distributed any pamphlets, material, or other printed 28 literature, or any other items to the members’ desks 29 in the house without authorization. An employee 30 -12- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 12/ 42
H.R. _____ of the house shall generally distribute or cause 1 to be distributed such literature or items only on 2 behalf of the employee’s office or staff. Items which 3 are permissible gifts under chapter 68B of the Code 4 may be distributed to the members’ desks with the 5 authorization of the chief clerk. 6 All copies of pamphlets, material, or printed 7 literature distributed by a member or employee of the 8 house of representatives shall bear the name of the 9 member or employee’s office or staff. 10 Other distributions of pamphlets, material, or 11 other printed literature shall bear their source of 12 origin and be distributed through the legislative 13 post office or to the members’ desks by completing 14 a form containing a member’s or the chief clerk’s 15 authorization, with the authorization form filed with 16 the chief clerk. The authorization form shall be 17 retained for a reasonable time period by the chief 18 clerk. 19 Rule 22 20 Distribution of Materials Printed by the State 21 A member of the house shall not distribute maps, 22 books, and pamphlets which have been printed by the 23 state of Iowa and upon which the name of the member 24 of the house has been affixed unless the member has 25 purchased the materials or unless the member has 26 affixed the words “Paid for by the citizens of Iowa and 27 distributed by representative (member’s name).” 28 DIVISION IV —— FORMS AND PROCEDURES FOR BILLS AND OTHER 29 DOCUMENTS 30 -13- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 13/ 42
H.R. _____ Rule 23 1 Documents Signed by the Speaker 2 All acts and joint resolutions shall be signed by 3 the speaker, and all writs, warrants, and subpoenas 4 issued by order of the house, shall be signed by the 5 speaker and attested by the chief clerk. The speaker 6 shall cause certificates of recognition or condolence 7 to be issued by the house which shall be signed by 8 the speaker and the chief clerk. The chief clerk 9 shall maintain a list of certificates issued including 10 the name of the requesting member of the house, the 11 name of the recipient, the reason for recognition or 12 condolence, and the date of issuance. 13 Rule 24 14 Presentation of Petitions 15 All petitions, memorials, and other papers addressed 16 to the house shall be signed by the member and filed 17 with the chief clerk. The receipt of petitions shall 18 be noted in the journal and such petitions shall be 19 available in the office of the chief clerk. At the 20 conclusion of each general assembly, the chief clerk 21 may dispose of petitions received during that general 22 assembly. 23 Rule 25 24 Consideration of Simple and Concurrent Resolutions 25 Action on a simple or concurrent resolution, except 26 a memorial resolution, shall not be taken until one day 27 after the resolution has been placed on the members’ 28 desks. After the resolution is adopted, the chief 29 clerk shall have the resolution printed in the compiled 30 -14- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 14/ 42
H.R. _____ journal and shall transmit certified copies of the 1 resolution as directed. 2 Rule 26 3 Unanimous Consent Calendar 4 The speaker may, upon the request of three members, 5 place on a unanimous consent calendar any house 6 resolution or concurrent resolution which does not 7 contain an appropriation and which has been laid over 8 under Rule 25. 9 If such resolution is placed on the unanimous 10 consent calendar, it may be removed only upon a written 11 request submitted to the speaker by a member of the 12 house. 13 If not removed after five legislative days, the 14 chief clerk shall call up the resolution and without 15 debate the speaker shall pronounce that it has passed 16 by unanimous consent. 17 If the resolution is removed from the unanimous 18 consent calendar, the speaker may again lay the 19 resolution over under Rule 25, place it on a different 20 calendar, or refer the resolution to any of the 21 standing committees of the house. 22 Rule 26A 23 Senate Bills and Resolutions 24 A senate bill or resolution may be referred to a 25 standing committee or passed on file. 26 Rule 27 27 Forms of Bills and Joint Resolutions 28 Every house bill shall be introduced by one or more 29 members or by any standing or specially authorized 30 -15- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 15/ 42
H.R. _____ committee of the house or the administrative rules 1 review committee. All bills and joint resolutions 2 introduced shall be prepared by the legislative 3 services agency with title, enacting clause, text 4 and explanation as directed by the chief clerk of the 5 house. One copy of each bill shall be presented in a 6 bill cover with the number of copies of the bill and 7 the title as directed by the chief clerk. 8 Rule 28 9 Joint and Nullification Resolutions 10 Joint resolutions shall be framed and treated as 11 bills. 12 A “nullification resolution” is a joint resolution 13 which nullifies all of an administrative rule, or 14 a severable item of an administrative rule adopted 15 pursuant to chapter 17A of the Code. A nullification 16 resolution shall not amend an administrative rule by 17 adding language or by inserting new language in lieu of 18 existing language. 19 A nullification resolution may be introduced by an 20 individual, a standing committee or the administrative 21 rules review committee, and may be referred to a 22 standing committee. A nullification resolution is 23 debatable, but cannot be amended on the floor of the 24 house. 25 Rule 29 26 Time of Introduction of Bills 27 No bill or joint resolution under individual 28 sponsorship, other than a nullification resolution, 29 shall be read for the first time after 4:30 p.m. on 30 -16- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 16/ 42
H.R. _____ Friday of the fifth week of the first regular session 1 of the general assembly unless a formal request for 2 drafting the bill has been filed with the legislative 3 services agency before that time. 4 After adjournment of the first regular session, 5 bills may be prefiled at any time before the convening 6 of the second regular session. No bill or joint 7 resolution under individual sponsorship, other than a 8 nullification resolution, shall be read for the first 9 time after 4:30 p.m. on Friday of the second week of 10 the second regular session of the general assembly 11 unless a formal request for drafting the bill has been 12 filed with the legislative services agency before that 13 time. 14 However, bills or joint resolutions sponsored 15 by standing committees or the administrative rules 16 review committee, co-sponsored by the majority and 17 minority floor leaders, or companion bills sponsored 18 by the house majority leader and the senate majority 19 leader may be drafted and introduced at any time 20 permissible under Joint Rule 20. House, concurrent, 21 and nullification resolutions may be introduced at any 22 time. 23 Rule 30 24 Introduction and Reading of Bills 25 All bills and resolutions to be introduced in the 26 house shall be prepared in proper form and filed 27 with the chief clerk no later than 4:30 p.m. on the 28 legislative day preceding its introduction. 29 Every bill shall receive two readings but no bill 30 -17- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 17/ 42
H.R. _____ shall receive its first and last readings on the same 1 day. 2 A “reading of a bill” as required by these rules 3 shall consist of a reading of the title and enacting 4 clause. 5 Rule 31 6 First Reading, Commitment, and Amendment 7 1. A bill is introduced into the house by an 8 initial or “first reading of the bill”. 9 2. When the house is in session the first reading 10 shall consist of a “reading” as provided in Rule 30. 11 3. Upon a first reading of the bill, the speaker 12 shall state that it is ready for commitment or 13 amendment; and the speaker shall commit it to the 14 standing or select committee, or to a committee of the 15 whole house. If to a committee of the whole house, the 16 house shall determine on what day. 17 4. On a nonlegislative day the speaker may cause a 18 statement, which shall consist of the title, enacting 19 clause, bill number and committee to which the bill 20 is referred, to be published in the house journal. 21 This publication shall constitute a first reading and 22 commitment and shall contain the notation “read and 23 committed under Rule 31”. 24 5. All amendments offered to bills and resolutions 25 shall be accompanied by such copies as the chief clerk 26 shall direct. 27 6. Such amendments shall give the number of 28 the bill sought to amend and the chief clerk shall 29 designate each such amendment thus: Amendment to 30 -18- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 18/ 42
H.R. _____ House File _________, or Senate File ________, by 1 ___________. 2 7. A bill reported out by committee shall go to the 3 speaker who shall direct that the bill be placed on the 4 regular calendar unless it covers subject matter more 5 properly within the jurisdiction of some other standing 6 committee, in which case the speaker shall may refer 7 the bill to the proper standing committee. In order to 8 expedite important business and set a definite time for 9 the bill’s consideration, the speaker may direct the 10 bill to be placed on the special order calendar. 11 8. No amendment to the rules of the house, to any 12 resolution or bill, except technical amendments and 13 amendments to bills substituted for by senate files 14 containing substantially identical title, language, 15 subject matter, purpose and intrasectional arrangement, 16 shall be considered by the membership of the house 17 without a copy of the amendment having been filed with 18 the chief clerk by 4:00 p.m. or within one-half hour of 19 adjournment, whichever is later, on the day preceding 20 floor debate on the amendment. If the house adjourns 21 prior to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, the final deadline is two 22 hours after adjournment. However, committee amendments 23 filed pursuant to the submission of the committee 24 report may be accepted after this deadline. This 25 provision shall not apply to any proposal debated on 26 the floor of the house after the thirteenth week of 27 the first session and the twelfth week of the second 28 session. No amendment or amendment to an amendment 29 to a bill, rule of the house, or resolution shall be 30 -19- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 19/ 42
H.R. _____ considered by the membership of the house without 1 a copy of the amendment being on the desks of the 2 entire membership of the house prior to consideration. 3 However, the membership of the house may consider an 4 amendment or an amendment to an amendment to a bill, 5 rule of the house, or resolution without a copy of the 6 amendment being on the desks of the entire membership 7 of the house prior to consideration if a copy of the 8 amendment is made available to the entire membership of 9 the house electronically. 10 Rule 32 11 Commitment of Appropriation and Revenue Bills 12 All bills to appropriate money shall be referred to 13 the appropriations committee, and all bills pertaining 14 to the levy, assessment, or collection of taxes or fees 15 shall be referred to the committee on ways and means. 16 Rule 33 17 Regular Calendar 18 Bills, nullification resolutions, and joint 19 resolutions reported out for passage, amendment and 20 passage, or without recommendation by a committee, 21 or passed on file shall be arranged on a regular 22 calendar by the chief clerk each day and electronically 23 distributed to the members at the opening of each 24 legislative day. The regular calendar shall include 25 a list of bills, nullification resolutions, and joint 26 resolutions which have been special ordered, including 27 the date upon which debate is scheduled to begin 28 on each of them, which shall be no sooner than five 29 session days from the first date of publication on the 30 -20- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 20/ 42
H.R. _____ regular calendar. 1 Rule 34 2 Daily Debate Calendar 3 The majority floor leadership shall cause to 4 be prepared and distributed to the members at the 5 opening of each legislative day when floor action is 6 scheduled, a daily debate calendar consisting of bills, 7 nullification resolutions, and joint resolutions from 8 the regular calendar setting forth the number and 9 title of bills, nullification resolutions, and joint 10 resolutions for the next legislative day that floor 11 action is scheduled. 12 This rule does not apply to bills which have passed 13 both houses in different forms, reconsiderations, or 14 veto reconsiderations. 15 Rule 35 16 Substitution of Bills 17 A senate bill or resolution may be substituted 18 for an identical house bill or resolution which has 19 been called up for debate. An amendment to a senate 20 bill or resolution which has been substituted for an 21 identical house bill or resolution is out of order if 22 an identical amendment to the house bill or resolution 23 was considered. 24 Rule 36 25 Consideration of Committee Amendments 26 After a bill has been referred and reported back, 27 it shall be considered on its first reading after the 28 amendments of the committee have been read. 29 Rule 37 30 -21- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 21/ 42
H.R. _____ Amendments to Special Order Bills 1 All amendments to bills which have been special 2 ordered shall be filed at least three session days 3 prior to the date set for debate. Amendments to an 4 amendment shall be filed at least two session days 5 prior to the date set for debate. However, corrective 6 amendments and amendments sponsored by either the 7 majority floor leader or the minority floor leader may 8 be filed at any time. Rule 31, subsection 8, shall not 9 apply to these amendments. 10 A corrective amendment is an amendment which does 11 not substantively change the amendment or the bill. 12 Rule 38 13 Germane Amendments 14 An amendment must be germane to the subject matter 15 of the bill it seeks to amend. An amendment to an 16 amendment must be germane to both the amendment and the 17 bill it seeks to amend. When a member objects to an 18 amendment on grounds that the amendment is not germane, 19 the speaker may invite members, who shall include the 20 majority and minority leaders, to the speaker’s station 21 to discuss the objection. 22 Rule 39 23 Consideration of Bills 24 Bills, including committee bills, joint resolutions, 25 and nullification resolutions, reported out for 26 passage, for amendment and passage, or without 27 recommendation by the committee, are first eligible to 28 be acted upon beginning the third legislative day they 29 appear on the regular calendar. 30 -22- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 22/ 42
H.R. _____ Committee reports shall be printed in the journal 1 immediately after they are filed with the chief clerk. 2 Reports recommending bills, joint resolutions, and 3 nullification resolutions for passage, for amendment 4 and passage, or without recommendation shall stand 5 approved unless written objections are filed during 6 the first legislative day following their printing in 7 the journal. If objections are filed, they shall be 8 disposed of as soon as possible. 9 Rule 40 10 Consideration of Bills Upon Last Reading 11 No amendment, unless by way of correcting an error 12 or omission, shall be received to any bill on its last 13 reading, and no debate shall be allowed on it. 14 Rule 41 15 Printing of Bills and Joint Resolutions 16 Bills and joint resolutions shall be printed in form 17 as provided by law and by rule. Each house may direct 18 the printing of an additional number of its own bills. 19 Legalizing bills of a local or private nature shall 20 be printed in bill form and placed in the files of the 21 members, the same as other bills, in the order of their 22 introduction. The cost of printing shall be deposited 23 with the treasurer of state in advance at a rate to be 24 fixed, and the newspaper publication of the bill shall 25 be without cost to the state. No legalizing act may 26 be introduced until all provisions of law have been 27 complied with. 28 Rule 42 29 Certification and Engrossment of Bills 30 -23- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 23/ 42
H.R. _____ The chief clerk shall certify the passage of each 1 bill and note the date of its passage. 2 In engrossing a bill, the chief clerk shall 3 correct all obvious typographical, spelling, or other 4 clerical errors and change section subunit numbers 5 and letters and internal references as required to 6 conform the original bill to any amendments which have 7 been adopted. The chief clerk shall report all such 8 corrections or changes in the journal. The engrossed 9 bill shall be placed in the bill file with the original 10 bill and amendments. 11 Rule 43 12 Rereferral 13 A bill may be rereferred by the speaker or, upon 14 motion, by the house at any time before its passage and 15 after the report of its referral to committee. 16 Rule 44 17 Effect of Indefinite Postponement 18 When a question is indefinitely postponed, it shall 19 not be acted upon again during that session. 20 Rule 45 21 Status of Bills Following First Regular Session 22 Except for those bills which have been adopted by 23 both houses in different forms, all bills which have 24 not been withdrawn, defeated or indefinitely postponed, 25 shall be rereferred to committee upon adjournment of 26 the first regular session. Within seven days after 27 the first committee meeting following convening of 28 the second regular session, the committee chair shall 29 submit the bill to the full committee for action or the 30 -24- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 24/ 42
H.R. _____ chair shall reassign the bill to a subcommittee. 1 DIVISION V —— COMMITTEE PROCEDURES 2 Rule 46 3 Appointment of Committees 4 All committees shall be appointed by the speaker, 5 unless otherwise especially directed by the house. 6 Minority party members of a committee shall be 7 appointed by the speaker upon recommendation of the 8 minority leader. 9 Rule 47 10 Reserved 11 Rule 48 12 Study Bills 13 A study bill is any matter which a member of 14 the house wishes to have considered by a standing 15 committee, other than appropriations, without being 16 introduced in the house by a first reading. A 17 study bill shall be prepared in proper form by the 18 legislative services agency prior to submission. 19 Upon taking possession of a study bill, the 20 committee chair shall notify the speaker and then 21 submit four copies of the bill to the legal counsel’s 22 office for numbering. 23 A study bill shall bear the name of the member who 24 wishes to have the bill considered. A study bill 25 submitted by a state agency or board for consideration 26 shall bear the name of the state agency or board. A 27 committee chair may submit a study bill in the name of 28 that committee. 29 Final committee action on a study bill shall not be 30 -25- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 25/ 42
H.R. _____ taken until one day following the notation of the study 1 bill assignment in the house journal. 2 Rule 49 3 Committee Meetings 4 No committee, except a conference committee or the 5 administrative rules review committee, shall meet 6 while the house is in session without special leave. 7 Committees with overlapping memberships shall not meet 8 at the same time without special leave. 9 Rule 50 10 Smoking Prohibited 11 Smoking shall not be permitted in the house or in 12 any area of the capitol building. 13 Rule 51 14 Assignments to Subcommittee 15 The chair of the committee shall report to the house 16 the bill number of each bill assigned to subcommittee 17 and the names of the subcommittee members. The report 18 shall be printed in the journal. 19 All bills, prior to consideration by the committee, 20 shall be referred by the chair to a subcommittee, 21 unless acted upon by a committee of the whole. 22 The chair may assign bills to subcommittees without 23 a meeting of the committee, but the membership of the 24 subcommittee so appointed shall be reported at the next 25 meeting of the committee. 26 Rule 52 27 Open Meetings 28 Standing committee meetings shall be open, and 29 voting by secret ballot is prohibited. The committee 30 -26- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 26/ 42
H.R. _____ on administration and rules may close its meetings to 1 evaluate the professional competency of an individual. 2 Rule 53 3 Quorum and Vote Requirements 4 The committee roll shall be taken at the convening 5 of each meeting to determine the presence of a quorum. 6 A majority of the committee membership shall constitute 7 a quorum. 8 An affirmative vote of a majority of the committee 9 membership is required to report a bill out of 10 committee or to suspend a committee rule. 11 A motion to reconsider may be made only by a 12 committee member who voted on the prevailing side of 13 the question sought to be reconsidered. A motion to 14 reconsider may only be made prior to the adjournment of 15 the committee meeting at which the bill was reported 16 out. 17 If a member, who is in the committee room when a 18 question to report a bill out of committee is put, has 19 not asked to be excused prior to commencing to take 20 the vote on the question, the member shall vote aye 21 or nay unless the committee has excused the member for 22 special reasons. However, a member may pass on the 23 first taking of the roll call on the question but shall 24 vote aye or nay when the member’s name is called for a 25 second time. 26 Rule 54 27 Committee Attendance Record and Report of Committee 28 Form 29 1. A committee attendance record shall be filed 30 -27- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 27/ 42
H.R. _____ with the chief clerk no later than 10:00 a.m. or two 1 hours after the house convenes, whichever is later, 2 of the legislative day immediately following the day 3 of the committee meeting. The committee attendance 4 record is a public record and may be published in the 5 journal. The committee attendance record shall include 6 the following information: 7 a. The time the meeting convened. 8 b. The members present at the meeting. 9 c. The time the meeting adjourned. 10 d. A list of bills receiving final committee 11 disposition. 12 2. A report of committee form shall be filed with 13 the chief clerk no later than 10:00 a.m. or two hours 14 after the house convenes, whichever is later, of the 15 legislative day immediately following the day of the 16 committee meeting for each study bill, numbered bill 17 or resolution receiving final committee disposition. 18 The report of committee form is a public record and 19 a report of committee action shall be printed in the 20 journal. The report of committee form shall include 21 the following information: 22 a. The committee action taken. 23 b. The committee amendment number, if any. 24 c. The roll call vote of the committee on final 25 disposition. 26 d. The minority recommendation, if any. 27 3. Upon final adjournment of the first session 28 and final adjournment of the second session of the 29 general assembly, the chair of each committee shall 30 -28- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 28/ 42
H.R. _____ have placed the committee’s book of record containing 1 minutes, record roll calls on final disposition, record 2 roll call votes on any amendments considered, rules, 3 etc., with the chief clerk for access of any interested 4 person. 5 Rule 55 6 Minority Recommendation 7 The minority of the members of a committee may 8 present its recommendations on the final disposition 9 of a bill to the house by attaching its recommendation 10 to the committee report. The minority recommendation 11 shall be noted in the journal along with the committee 12 report. 13 Rule 56 14 Committee Amendment 15 Whenever a committee amendment is proposed which 16 would amend another committee amendment, the amendment 17 shall be drafted in the form of a substitute amendment 18 and shall be considered as such. 19 Rule 57 20 Committee Notice and Agenda 21 Each committee shall prepare and publish a notice 22 and agenda of each committee meeting at least one 23 legislative day prior to the meeting. The notice and 24 agenda may be placed on the desks of or transmitted 25 electronically to committee members. 26 The notice shall contain the committee name, the 27 date, time, and location of the meeting. 28 The agenda shall contain the matters to be 29 discussed, including a list of bills, joint 30 -29- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 29/ 42
H.R. _____ resolutions, nullification resolutions, and study 1 bills by number. The agenda should contain the names 2 of individuals who are scheduled to appear before the 3 committee and the organization which they represent. 4 A bill, joint resolution, nullification resolution, 5 or study bill shall not be reported out of committee if 6 the bill was not included in the published notice and 7 agenda unless this rule is suspended by a majority of 8 the total membership of the committee. 9 A committee chair may call a meeting without 10 providing the required notice and agenda upon leave 11 of the house if a notice is either electronically 12 transmitted to committee members or placed on the desks 13 of committee members. 14 Rule 58 15 Clearing of Committee Room 16 The chair of a committee may clear the committee 17 room in case of any disturbance or disorderly conduct. 18 Rule 58A 19 Use of Telephonic or Electronic Devices in Committee 20 Rooms Restricted 21 1. In any committee room while a standing committee 22 is in session: 23 a. A person shall mute any cell phone, computer, or 24 other electronic device under the person’s control. 25 b. A person shall not use a cell phone or other 26 electronic device to audibly transmit or receive 27 communications. 28 2. The chair or acting chair of a standing 29 committee may clear the committee room of any person 30 -30- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 30/ 42
H.R. _____ acting in violation of this rule. 1 Rule 59 2 Committee Amendments 3 All amendments to a bill or resolution adopted in 4 committee shall be incorporated in a single committee 5 amendment or incorporated in a new committee bill. 6 Rule 60 7 Withdrawal of Bills, Joint Resolutions, or 8 Nullification Resolutions From Committee 9 A bill, joint resolution, or nullification 10 resolution which has been in committee for eighteen 11 legislative days following notation of such referral 12 in the journal may be withdrawn from the committee and 13 placed on the calendar by an affirmative vote of not 14 less than fifty-one members of the house. 15 Rule 61 16 Committee Public Hearings 17 The chair of a committee may call a public hearing 18 for the purpose of receiving public comment on any 19 matter within the purview of the committee. 20 The chair shall call a public hearing upon the 21 written request of committee members according to 22 committee rules, but no more than one-third of the 23 committee members shall be required. 24 A public hearing shall not be called or requested 25 after final action on the bill, joint resolution, 26 or nullification resolution has been taken by the 27 committee. However, a public hearing called or 28 requested before final action has been taken by the 29 committee may be held after final action on the bill, 30 -31- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 31/ 42
H.R. _____ joint resolution, or nullification resolution has been 1 taken by the committee. 2 The chair shall designate a time and place for a 3 public hearing and provide public notice at least five 4 days prior to a public hearing. 5 A bill, joint resolution, or nullification 6 resolution for which a public hearing has been called 7 can be voted to the calendar but cannot be debated 8 until after the public hearing has been held. If a 9 bill, joint resolution, or nullification resolution 10 for which a public hearing has been called is not 11 debated by the house during the session in which it 12 is introduced, the request for the public hearing is 13 deemed to have lapsed upon adjournment sine die of that 14 session. 15 However, public hearings which have been requested 16 during or after the 9th week of the first session and 17 during or after the 7th week of the second session must 18 be held within four legislative days of the date of the 19 request. 20 Rule 62 21 Limitation on Filing of Claims 22 All claims shall be referred to the appropriations 23 committee. A claim referred to the appropriations 24 committee in a prior session of the general assembly 25 shall not be considered by the appropriations 26 committee or by the house unless it has been 27 specifically referred to this session by a vote of the 28 appropriations committee. The appropriations committee 29 is authorized to set a definite date each session after 30 -32- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 32/ 42
H.R. _____ which it will not receive claims or claim bills for 1 consideration. 2 DIVISION VI —— COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE 3 Rule 63 4 Organization of Committee of the Whole 5 In forming the committee of the whole house, the 6 speaker shall appoint a member to preside in committee 7 and then leave the chair. 8 Rule 64 9 Rules in Committee of the Whole 10 The rules of the house shall be observed in 11 committee of the whole house, so far as they are 12 applicable. 13 Rule 65 14 Bills in Committee of the Whole 15 Bills committed to the committee of the whole house 16 shall first be debated by section. After the report 17 of the committee of the whole, the bill shall again be 18 subject to debate and amendment before a vote is had on 19 its last reading and passage. 20 Rule 66 21 Amendments by Committee of the Whole 22 All amendments made to a report committed to a 23 committee of the whole house shall be noted and 24 reported as in the case of bills. 25 DIVISION VII —— MOTIONS 26 Rule 67 27 Order and Precedence of Motions 28 The following order of motions, listed in order 29 of precedence, shall govern when a question is under 30 -33- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 33/ 42
H.R. _____ debate: 1 1. Adjourn. 2 2. Recess. 3 3. Questions of privilege. 4 4. Lay on the table. 5 5. Previous question. 6 6. Limit debate. 7 7. Postpone definitely or to a certain time. 8 8. Refer or rerefer. 9 9. Defer. 10 10. Amend an amendment. 11 11. Amend. 12 12. Postpone indefinitely. 13 A motion to postpone definitely or to a certain 14 time, to refer or commit, or to postpone indefinitely a 15 particular question shall not be considered more than 16 once on the same day. 17 Adoption of a motion to strike the enacting words is 18 equivalent to rejection of the question. 19 Rule 68 20 Order of Consideration of Amendments 21 Amendments shall be considered by earliest position 22 in the bill. Amendments to the same place in the bill 23 shall be considered by the lowest amendment number. An 24 amendment which inserts language after a line and an 25 amendment which inserts language before the succeeding 26 line shall be considered amendments to the same place 27 in the bill. 28 However, an amendment to strike the enacting clause 29 shall always be considered first. An amendment filed 30 -34- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 34/ 42
H.R. _____ by a committee shall have the next highest order of 1 priority, followed by an amendment to strike everything 2 after the enacting clause and insert new language. An 3 amendment to strike language or to strike and insert 4 new language, except an amendment to strike everything 5 after the enacting clause and insert new language, 6 shall not be considered before amendments to perfect 7 all or part of the same portion of the bill. 8 Rule 69 9 Motions Not Debatable 10 The following motions are not debatable: 11 1. Adjourn. 12 2. Adjourn to a certain time. 13 3. Suspend house rules. 14 4. Previous question. 15 5. Close debate at a certain time. 16 6. Recess. 17 7. Defer. 18 8. Refer or rerefer. 19 9. Lay on the table. 20 10. Take from the table. 21 11. Call of the house. 22 12. Withdraw a bill or resolution from committee. 23 13. Appeal a decision of the chair. 24 14. Immediately message a bill or resolution. 25 Rule 69A 26 Constitutional Majority 27 1. The following motions require a constitutional 28 majority for approval: 29 a. Final passage of a bill, joint resolution, or 30 -35- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 35/ 42
H.R. _____ nullification resolution. 1 b. Lay on the table. 2 c. Take from the table. 3 d. Suspend house rules. 4 e. Previous question. 5 f. Withdraw a bill or resolution from committee. 6 g. Reconsider a bill, joint resolution, or 7 nullification resolution. 8 h. Immediately message a bill or resolution. 9 2. A division must be taken on any motion which 10 requires a constitutional majority. 11 Rule 70 12 Motion to Adjourn 13 A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, except 14 when a member is speaking or the house is voting. 15 Rule 71 16 Withdrawal of Motions 17 After a motion is stated by the speaker or read by 18 the chief clerk, it shall be deemed to be in possession 19 of the house, but may be withdrawn by leave of the 20 house. 21 Rule 72 22 Unanimous Consent 23 Unanimous consent of the members may be asked for 24 suspension of any rule of the house. If there is no 25 objection to the request, the rule shall be considered 26 suspended. 27 Rule 73 28 Reconsideration 29 1. A motion to reconsider may be made only by a 30 -36- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 36/ 42
H.R. _____ member who voted on the prevailing side of the question 1 sought to be reconsidered. 2 2. A motion to reconsider may be made not later 3 than adjournment on the legislative day following 4 the legislative day of the action sought to be 5 reconsidered. Where the floor manager voted on 6 the prevailing side, the floor manager has the 7 prior right to make the motion, until adjournment 8 on the legislative day of the action sought to be 9 reconsidered. A motion to reconsider a nullification 10 resolution shall be acted upon not later than 11 adjournment on the legislative day following 12 the legislative day of the action sought to be 13 reconsidered. 14 3. A motion to reconsider made beginning the 15 fifteenth week of the first regular session, or the 16 thirteenth week of the second regular session, may be 17 taken up when made. A motion made at any other time 18 may be taken up prior to the third legislative day 19 succeeding the legislative day of the action sought 20 to be reconsidered only if called up by the mover, 21 and after the second legislative day succeeding the 22 legislative day of the action sought to be reconsidered 23 if called up by any member. 24 4. The making of a motion to reconsider takes 25 precedence over all other questions. 26 5. When passage, adoption, or failure of any bill, 27 joint resolution, or nullification resolution is 28 reconsidered, questions on amendments may also be 29 reconsidered and shall be disposed of immediately. 30 -37- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 37/ 42
H.R. _____ 6. In the event that a motion to reconsider 1 is pending at the end of the first session or any 2 extraordinary session of any general assembly, or the 3 general assembly adjourns sine die, and the motion to 4 reconsider has not been voted upon by the house, the 5 motion shall be determined to have failed. 6 DIVISION VIII —— VOTING 7 Rule 74 8 Manner of Voting 9 Members present may cast their votes, either by 10 operating the voting mechanism located at their 11 assigned desk or by signaling the speaker from the 12 floor of the house or from the south visitors’ gallery 13 if they are unable to vote at their assigned desk. 14 Only a member may operate the voting mechanism at that 15 member’s assigned desk. The speaker shall announce the 16 votes of members signaling their votes. Upon direction 17 of the speaker only those members at their desks and 18 voting shall be counted. Members who are not present 19 shall not cast their votes except: 20 1. Members who have not voted may record their 21 votes on any record roll call vote except quorum 22 calls within ten minutes after the outcome of the 23 vote has been announced. Members shall initial their 24 recorded votes on a copy of the record roll call at the 25 speaker’s station. However, if the aggregate of votes 26 cast under this rule would change the outcome of the 27 vote on a question, then none of the votes cast on the 28 question under this rule shall be recorded. A member 29 may request announcement of the names of members so 30 -38- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 38/ 42
H.R. _____ recorded after the ten-minute period. 1 2. Members meeting in a conference committee 2 or in administrative rules review committee at the 3 time a vote is taken on a question may have their 4 vote recorded within thirty minutes or adjournment, 5 whichever is first, of that same legislative day, 6 provided the aggregate of votes cast does not change 7 the outcome of the vote on a question. 8 Rule 75 9 Voting in the House and Duty of Voting 10 Voting on a question put to members on the floor of 11 the house shall not occur between midnight and 8 a.m. 12 on any legislative day except for voting on a motion to 13 recess, defer, or adjourn. Except as limited in Rule 14 76, every member who is in the house when a question is 15 put shall vote unless the house has excused that member 16 from voting for special reasons; however, such member 17 must have asked to be excused from voting prior to the 18 time the speaker puts the question. 19 Rule 76 20 Limitation on Right to Vote 21 No member shall vote on any question in which 22 the member or the member’s immediate family member, 23 as defined in chapter 68B of the Code, has a direct 24 financial interest different from other similarly 25 situated persons or classes of persons of the general 26 public. 27 Rule 77 28 Call of the House 29 Upon written request of five members, the presiding 30 -39- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 39/ 42
H.R. _____ officer shall compel attendance of absent and unexcused 1 members for the consideration of specified bills, 2 resolutions, or amendments. 3 A call of the house shall specify the propositions 4 to which it is to apply and must be put into effect 5 before roll call is taken on the proposition. The 6 request may be filed with the chief clerk at any time 7 before final action upon the propositions, who shall 8 notify the house immediately. 9 Rule 78 10 Method of Calling the House 11 Upon a call of the house, the names of the members 12 shall be called by the chief clerk and the absentees 13 noted, after which the names of the absentees shall 14 again be called. The sergeant-at-arms shall be 15 directed by the speaker to compel the attendance of 16 absent members, unless they are previously excused. 17 Any member occupying the member’s seat during a call 18 of the house shall be counted by the speaker and that 19 person’s name entered in the journal as being present 20 for the purpose of making a quorum. 21 Rule 79 22 Method of Calling the Roll 23 The electrical voting machine shall be used for a 24 call of the house, a quorum call or a roll call vote 25 on any question. If the electrical voting machine is 26 not in operating order when it is necessary to take 27 a record roll call vote, the presiding officer shall 28 order the vote to be taken by calling the roll in 29 alphabetical order, except the name of the presiding 30 -40- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 40/ 42
H.R. _____ officer shall be called last. 1 During the casting of the vote with the voting 2 machine, the individual votes and the vote totals shall 3 be shown on the display boards. Before the voting 4 machine is closed, the presiding officer shall inquire 5 of the house, “Have you all voted?” 6 Rule 80 7 Quorum and Record Roll Call Votes 8 A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. 9 A record roll call vote shall be ordered upon 10 request of any two members. The names of the members 11 requesting the record roll call shall be entered in the 12 journal. 13 Rule 81 14 Previous Question 15 When a member moves for the previous question, the 16 member shall state whether the motion will apply to the 17 main question, to all the amendments, or to particular 18 amendments. The motion requires an affirmative vote of 19 at least a constitutional majority of the members. If 20 the motion for a previous question is not adopted, the 21 house shall proceed in the same manner as before the 22 motion was made. 23 If the motion is adopted, all debate must end and 24 the house will vote upon the question except: 25 1. If the motion applies to the main question, the 26 member in charge of the measure will have ten minutes 27 to speak for the purpose of closing discussion before 28 the vote on the measure is taken. 29 2. If the motion applies to an amendment, the 30 -41- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 41/ 42
H.R. _____ member proposing the amendment will have five minutes 1 to speak for the purpose of closing discussion before 2 the vote on the amendment is taken. 3 3. If a member has filed a written request with 4 the chief clerk of the house indicating the member’s 5 desire to speak on a particular question. The request 6 must be filed before the motion is made by the movant. 7 The request allows a member to speak on a particular 8 question before the closing discussion by the member 9 who is in charge of the measure or who is proposing the 10 amendment. 11 Rule 82 12 Division of the Question 13 Any member may call for a division of the question, 14 which shall be divided if it comprehends questions so 15 distinct that one being taken away, the remainder may 16 stand separately for discussion by the house. Upon 17 request to divide an amendment, the chief clerk shall 18 restate the division and note the divided amendment in 19 the house journal. An amendment to strike out being 20 lost shall not preclude an amendment to strike out and 21 insert. An amendment to strike out and insert shall be 22 deemed indivisible. 23 -42- LSB 1678YC (2) 87 rj/nh 42/ 42