PART 4 - MEMBERS
Rule 401. Rights and duties of members.
Members of the House have the following rights and duties.
- 1. Member's seat. The seat a member
draws at the commencement of the session is that member's during
the session, unless the member has leave of the Speaker to change
it. No other person may occupy a member's seat at any time during
a session of the House.
- 2. Pairing of votes. A member may
not pair that member's vote with the vote of another member.
- 3. Sit at Speaker's or Clerk's desk.
A member may not sit at the desk of the Speaker or Clerk, except
by the permission of the Speaker.
- 4. Member may not speak. A member
may not speak without first rising and addressing the Speaker
and being recognized, and a member may not speak while away from
that member's seat without leave from the Speaker. A member shall
sit down as soon as the member is done speaking.
- 5. Debate. A member shall limit debate
to that which is relevant to some definite question under consideration.
- 6. May not interrupt. A member may
not interrupt another member while the other is speaking, except
to call to order or correct a mistake. A member may not stand
up to the interruption of another while any member is speaking,
pass unnecessarily between the Speaker of the House and the person
speaking, stand in an aisle or sit or stand covered during the
session of the House.
- 7. Speak more than twice. A member
may not speak more than twice to the same question without first
asking leave of the House. Any other member objecting to that
member speaking more than twice to the same question must stand
and be recognized by the Speaker of the House and the objection
must be noted.
- 8. Counsel. A member may not act as
counsel for any party before a joint committee of the Legislature
or a committee of the House.
- 9. Leave of absence. A member may
not be absent more than 2 days without leave of the House; and
a member may not have such a leave, unless it is reported by the
Committee on Leave of Absence.
- 10. Papers. Any member having obtained
leave of absence shall leave any papers relating to the business
before the House with the Clerk.
- 11. Breach of rules. When any member
is guilty of a breach of any of the rules and orders of the House
and the House has determined that the member has violated a rule
or order, that member may not be allowed to vote or speak, unless
by way of excuse for the breach, until the member has made satisfaction.
- 12. Voting. A member who is in the
House when a question is put shall vote, unless the presiding
officer for reasons excuses that member. When yeas and nays are
ordered, a member may not leave the member's seat until the vote
is declared. A call for yeas and nays must close no more than
30 minutes after a roll call is commenced. In all elections by
the House, or on joint ballot of the Chambers, a member may not
leave the member's seat after voting, before a return of the House
is had. A member may not vote on any question before the House when that question immediately involves that member's private right as distinct from the public interest. With approval from the Speaker upon as prompt notice as possible from the member, a member is excused from house deliberations and roll calls for a debilitating or incapacitating major illness or injury; the member must contact the Speaker and Clerk upon return.
- 13. Sponsor obtains signatures. A
bill or resolve in final form that is ready for signature whose
primary sponsor is a member of the House may be circulated for
signatures only by the sponsor or cosponsors of that bill or resolve, except that legislation presented by a department, state agency or the Governor may be circulated by agents of the department, the state agency or the Governor.
This does not preclude a bill or a resolve from being held for
signature in the Office of the Speaker of the House, the offices
of the minority or majority party or the Office of the Revisor
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