senate rulesSENATE RULES
* Under Senate Rule 94 (3) (a), a pamphlet of this type will be printed within one week following the adoption of any resolution making significant changes in the senate rules.
The senate rules were last readopted by 1979 Senate Resolution 2 on January 3, 1979. Subsequent changes, enacted by 1979 Senate Resolutions 3 and 4, 1981 Senate Resolutions 2, 19, 22, and 27, 1983 Senate Resolutions 4, 9, 11, and 13, 1985 Senate Resolutions 2 and 6, 1987 Senate Resolutions 2, 3, and 6, 1989 Senate Resolutions 2 and 3, 1991 Senate Resolution 2, 1993 Senate Resolutions 2, 3, and 7, 1995 Senate Resolution 2, 1997 Senate Resolution 2, 1999 Senate Resolution 2, 2001 Senate Resolution 2, 2003 Senate Resolution 3, 2003 Senate Resolution 21, 2005 Senate Resolution 2, 2007 Senate Resolution 2, 2009 Senate Resolution 2, 2011 Senate Resolution 3, 2013 Senate Resolution 3, 2015 Senate Resolution 2, and 2017 Senate Resolution 2 are recorded in the notes following the affected rules.
As last affected by 2017 Senate Resolution 2
(Adopted January 17, 2017)
Chapter 1:
OFFICERS - ELECTION AND DUTIES
sr1 Senate Rule 1. President; president pro tempore.
sr1(1)(1) The senate shall elect, by roll call vote, one of its members to serve as president and one to serve as president pro tempore. The president and president pro tempore shall serve for the biennial session unless separated by death, resignation, or removal by the adoption of a resolution by a majority of the current membership.
sr1(2) (2) The president is the senate's presiding officer and shall authenticate by personal signature all of the acts, orders, and proceedings of the senate.
[rn. from S.Rule 2; (title), (1) and (2) am. 1979 S.Res. 3]
[(1) am. 1981 S.Res. 27]
[(title) and (1) am. 1985 S.Res. 2]
[(2) am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[(1) am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
sr1m Senate Rule 1m. Presiding officer and committee on senate organization.
sr1m(1)(1) The presiding officer shall, in general, represent and stand for the senate, declaring its will, and in all things obeying its commands.
sr1m(2) (2) Every officer of the senate is subordinate to the committee on senate organization and, in all that relates to the discharge of that officer's duties, is under the supervision of the committee on senate organization.
sr1m(3) (3) For staffing and budget purposes related to the operation of all senate offices, all senators are subordinate to the committee on senate organization.
[rn. from S.Rule 1 (3); (title) cr., (2) am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[(2) am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
[(title) am. 2005 S.Res. 2]
[(3) cr. 2005 S.Res. 2]
sr2 Senate Rule 2. Substitute president.
sr2(1)(1) When the president is absent or unable to preside over the senate sitting in session, the president pro tempore may preside and assume all of the duties enumerated under rule 4. The substitution does not extend beyond adjournment and ends upon the president's return or the election of a new president.
sr2(2) (2) When the president and president pro tempore are absent or unable to preside, the senate shall elect, by roll call vote, one of its members to temporarily perform all of the duties enumerated under rule 4 until the president or president pro tempore returns and is able to preside.
sr2(3) (3) The presiding officer may call any member to the chair to temporarily perform all of the duties enumerated under rule 4, but the substitution does not extend beyond an adjournment or the return of the president.
[cr. 1979 S.Res. 3]
[(1) and (2) am. 1993 S.Res. 3]
[(2) and (3) am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
[(3) am. 2005 S.Res. 2]
sr3 Senate Rule 3. Duties of president pro tempore and majority leader. When the president is separated by death, resignation, or removal from office, or is otherwise unable to serve, all of the powers and duties of the president not enumerated in rule 4 devolve upon the president pro tempore until a president is elected. When both the president and president pro tempore are separated by death, resignation, or removal from office, or are otherwise unable to serve, all of the powers and duties of the president not enumerated under rule 4 devolve upon the majority leader until a president is elected.
[r.cr. 1979 S.Res. 3]
[am. 1993 S.Res. 3]
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
sr3m Senate Rule 3m. Voting by presiding officer. A senator may not be excused from voting on a question by reason of occupying the chair.
[cr. 1979 S.Res. 3]
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
sr4 Senate Rule 4. Duties of president and presiding officer. The presiding officer shall:
sr4(1) (1) Open the daily session, at the time to which adjournment is taken, by taking the chair and calling the members to order.
sr4(2) (2) Announce the business before the senate in the order in which it is to be acted upon.
sr4(3) (3) Receive and submit, in the proper manner, all motions and propositions presented by the members.
sr4(4) (4) Put to vote all questions that are regularly moved, or that necessarily arise in the course of proceedings, and announce the result.
sr4(5) (5) Restrain the members while engaged in debate, within the rules of order.
sr4(6) (6) Enforce on all occasions the observance of order and decorum in the senate chamber.
sr4(7) (7) Inform the senate when necessary, or when referred to for that purpose, on any point of order or procedure.
sr4(8) (8) Receive messages and other communications from other branches of the government, and announce them to the senate.
[am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
[am. 2005 S.Res. 2]
[(6) am. 2013 S.Res. 3]
sr5 Senate Rule 5. Chief clerk.
sr5(1)(1) At the commencement of each biennial session, the senate shall elect, by roll call vote, a chief clerk of the senate. The chief clerk shall hold office for the full 2-year term of the legislature and until a successor is elected and qualified on the day of convening of the next legislature as established under section 13.02 (1) of the statutes unless separated by death, resignation, or removal by the vote of a majority of the actual present membership of the senate.
sr5(2) (2) The chief clerk shall:
sr5(2)(a) (a) Superintend the recording of the journals of the proceedings and determine the placement and order of the proceedings in the journals.
sr5(2)(b) (b) Supervise the engrossing and enrolling of senate proposals by the legislative reference bureau.
sr5(2)(c) (c) Prepare and publish for reproduction its daily journal after the adjournment of each daily session, and, if so directed by the president or as necessary, on any day on which the senate does not meet.
sr5(2)(d) (d) Ensure that records or papers belonging to the legislature are not removed from the custody of the chief clerk's office except as required in the regular course of business.
sr5(3) (3) The chief clerk is responsible for all official acts of the employees assigned to that office, and may designate one of those employees as assistant chief clerk, who has general supervision under the direction of the chief clerk and in the temporary absence of the chief clerk has all of the powers and duties of the chief clerk. The assistant chief clerk shall take the oath of office as provided under joint rule 81 (1) (a). If the chief clerk is separated by death, resignation, or removal from office, the assistant chief clerk may exercise all of the powers and shall carry out all of the duties of the chief clerk until a chief clerk is elected.
sr5(4) (4)
sr5(4)(a)(a) When the president, president pro tempore, majority leader, and assistant majority leader are absent or unable to preside over the senate sitting in session and the senate does not elect a substitute president under rule 2 (2), the chief clerk shall perform all of the duties enumerated under rule 4.
sr5(4)(b)(b) In order to comply with joint rule 13 and section 10 of article IV of the constitution, the chief clerk may perform all of the duties enumerated under rule 4, except that no business may be transacted in any session convened under this paragraph without the consent of the senate majority leader and the senate minority leader.
[am.; (4) cr. 1983 S.Res. 4]
[(2)(c) am. 1995 S.Res. 2]
[(2)(b), (c), (d) and (4) am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[(1), (2)(c), (3) and (4) am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
[(title), (3) am. 2005 S.Res. 2]
[(4) rn.am. 2005 S.Res. 2]
[(4)(b) cr. 2005 S.Res. 2]
[(2)(a) am. 2007 S.Res. 2]
[(2)(c) am. 2009 S.Res. 2]
sr6 Senate Rule 6. Sergeant at arms.
sr6(1)(1) At the commencement of each biennial session, the senate shall elect, by roll call vote, a sergeant at arms of the senate. The sergeant at arms shall hold office for the full 2-year term of the legislature and until a successor is elected and qualified on the day of convening of the next legislature as established under section 13.02 (1) of the statutes unless separated by death, resignation, or removal by the vote of a majority of the actual present membership of the senate.
sr6(2) (2) The sergeant at arms shall:
sr6(2)(a) (a) Carry out all orders of the senate or its presiding officer.
sr6(2)(b) (b) Perform all the duties that may be assigned to the sergeant connected with the maintenance of decorum and good order in the chamber.
sr6(2)(c) (c) Supervise the coming and going of all persons to and from the chamber.
sr6(2)(d)(d) Enforce the provisions of rule 11 relating to lobbyists and lobbying.
sr6(2)(e) (e) Provide for the prompt delivery of messages from or within the senate.
sr6(2)(f) (f) Ensure that the chamber is open for the use of the members as directed by the presiding officer or from one hour preceding each daily session until one hour after that day's adjournment.
sr6(2)(g) (g) Perform all other services pertaining to the office of sergeant at arms.
sr6(2)(h)(h) Enforce the provisions of rule 13m relating to conduct of individuals in the gallery.
sr6(3) (3) The sergeant at arms is under the supervision of the chief clerk and the compensation of the sergeant at arms shall be determined by the chief clerk.
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