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Creating, amending, or repealing rules Rule 90
Suspending rules Rule 91
Continuity of senate rules Rule 92
Special or extraordinary sessions Rule 93
Publishing of senate rules Rule 94
Chapter 11: Miscellaneous
Copies for senate Rule 95
Governor's veto message Rule 95m
Fiscal estimates Rule 96
Space assignments Rule 97
Citations on behalf of the senate; joint citations Rule 98
Definitions Rule 99
S E N A T E R U L E S
As last affected by 2011 Senate Resolution 2
(Adopted January 3, 2011)
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 among the members.
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]
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 properly ventilated and 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.
[(1) am. 1983 S.Res. 4]
[(1) and (2)(b) am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
[(title) am. 2005 S.Res. 2]
[(3) cr. 2005 S.Res. 2]
[(2)(h) cr. 2009 S.Res. 2]
Chapter 2:
ORDER AND DECORUM
sr7 Senate Rule 7. Presiding officer to preserve order; appeal.
sr7(1)(1) The presiding officer shall preserve order and decorum; may speak to points of order in preference to others, rising for that purpose; and shall decide questions of order, subject to an appeal by a member, on which appeal each member may speak once not to exceed 5 minutes.
sr7(2) (2) Whenever a point of order is raised, the presiding officer may rule thereon forthwith, or may defer the decision not later than the 5th order of business on the 2nd legislative day thereafter to provide time for examination of the precedents. Questions not ruled on within the required time shall be decided by a majority of the senate.
sr7(3) (3) Whenever the presiding officer takes a point of order under advisement in order to consult sources of parliamentary law and procedure, the presiding officer shall submit the decision in writing, stating the source consulted and the reasons for the decision. The text of the presiding officer's decision shall be recorded in the journal.
sr7(4) (4) On appeal being taken, the question is "Shall the decision of the presiding officer stand as the judgment of the senate?", which question, and the action thereon, shall be entered on the journal. The vote is taken by roll call vote. A tie vote sustains the ruling of the presiding officer.
sr7(5) (5) All points of order raised and the decisions thereon shall be entered in the journal.
[(4) am. 1995 S.Res. 2]
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[(2), (3) and (4) am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
[(4) am. 2005 S.Res. 2]
sr8 Senate Rule 8. Conduct while sitting in session.
sr8(1)(1) Members, officers, and employees shall wear appropriate attire while the senate is sitting in session. Appropriate attire for men includes the wearing of a coat.
sr8(2) (2) While the presiding officer is addressing the senate, or submitting a question, a member may not cross the floor or leave the senate. While a member is speaking, a member may not walk between the speaking member and the presiding officer.
sr8(3) (3) A member or other person may not visit or remain by the clerk's table while the ayes and noes are being called. A member may not leave his or her seat or be disturbed by any other person while the ayes and noes are being called.
sr8(4) (4) A member or other person may not, within the senate chamber, read newspapers, periodicals, magazines, books, or similar materials, unless the publication is relevant to the debate on the senate floor, or consume food, beverages, or tobacco products.
sr8(5) (5) A member or other person may not, within the senate chamber, display a chart, sign, or other visual aid or promote a private business by prominently displaying a branded product or logo.
[(2) and (3) am.; (4) r.cr. 1985 S.Res. 2]
[(1) am. 1995 S.Res. 2]
[am. 2001 S.Res. 2]
[(1) am. 2003 S.Res. 3]
[(4) am. 2005 S.Res. 2]
[(5) cr. 2007 S.Res. 2]
sr11 Senate Rule 11. Who may be admitted to the floor; recording proceedings; listing of visitors.
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