Chapter 6: General Procedure — Order in Debate
Recognition; debate Rule 56
Presiding officer to name first speaker Rule 57
Member out of order Rule 58
How members may speak Rule 59
Personal privilege Rule 60
Special privilege Rule 61
Motions in order during debate Rule 63
Motion to adjourn always in order Rule 64
Motion to postpone Rule 66
Motion to reconsider Rule 67
Questions to be decided without debate
and not placed on table Rule 68
Privileged motion or resolution Rule 69
Division of question Rule 70
Every member to vote Rule 73
Missed roll calls Rule 73m
Explanation of vote not allowed Rule 74
Recording position of absent member Rule 75
Chapter 7: Limiting Debate
Scheduling time limits for debate Rule 76
Voting immediately; time limit on debate Rule 77
But one motion to reconsider in order;
main question may remain before the senate Rule 79 But one call of the senate in order Rule 80
Chapter 8: Call of the Senate
Call of the senate Rule 81
Doors to be closed Rule 83
Sergeant to bring in absentees Rule 84
Transacting business while under call Rule 85
Sergeant at arms may report Rule 86
Call raised when absentees present and business
disposed of Rule 87
Chapter 9: Employees
Employment and supervision of senate employees Rule 88
Certification of payroll Rule 89
Chapter 10: Rules
Creating, amending, or repealing rules Rule 90
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
Space assignments Rule 97
Citations on behalf of the senate; joint citations Rule 98
S E N A T E R U L E S
As last affected by 2011 Senate Resolution 2
(Adopted January 3, 2011)
OFFICERS - ELECTION AND DUTIES
1. President; president pro tempore.
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.
(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.
1m. Presiding officer and committee on senate organization.
The presiding officer shall, in general, represent and stand for the senate, declaring its will, and in all things obeying its commands.
(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.
(3) For staffing and budget purposes related to the operation of all senate offices, all senators are subordinate to the committee on senate organization.
2. Substitute president.
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
3m. Voting by presiding officer.
A senator may not be excused from voting on a question by reason of occupying the chair.
4. Duties of president and presiding officer.
The presiding officer shall:
(1) Open the daily session, at the time to which adjournment is taken, by taking the chair and calling the members to order.
(2) Announce the business before the senate in the order in which it is to be acted upon.
(3) Receive and submit, in the proper manner, all motions and propositions presented by the members.
(4) Put to vote all questions that are regularly moved, or that necessarily arise in the course of proceedings, and announce the result.
(5) Restrain the members while engaged in debate, within the rules of order.
(6) Enforce on all occasions the observance of order and decorum among the members.
(7) Inform the senate when necessary, or when referred to for that purpose, on any point of order or procedure.
(8) Receive messages and other communications from other branches of the government, and announce them to the senate.
5. Chief clerk.
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.
(2) The chief clerk shall: