HOUSE RULES printer-friendly version printer-friendly version | print all rules

Select House Rule to View:



Section 96. Recording of Motions. Every motion shall be entered in the Journal with the name of the Member making it unless it is withdrawn on the same day.

Section 97. Reading and Withdrawal of Motions. The Speaker shall state the motion or, if in writing, shall direct the Secretary General to read the motion before being debated upon. A motion may be withdrawn any time before it is put to a vote.

Section 98. Precedence of Motions During Debate. When a question is before the body, the following motions shall be entertained and, subject to Sections 58 and 118 of these Rules, shall take precedence in the following order:

First Motion to Adjourn;
Second Motion to Raise a Point of Order;
Third Motion to Raise a Question of Privilege;
Fourth Motion to Declare a Recess;
Fifth Motion for Reconsideration;
Sixth Motion to Lay on the Table;
Seventh Motion to Postpone to a Day Certain;
Eighth Motion to Refer to or to Re-Refer;
Ninth Motion to Amend; and
Tenth Motion to Postpone Indefinitely

The first seven (7) motions shall be decided without debate, while the last three (3) motions shall be decided subject to the five-minute rule; Provided, That, during the last five (5) days before adjournment of every session period or during the last fifteen (15) days before adjournment of a regular session, a question of privilege shall only be entertained after the consideration of urgent measures pending in the Calendar of Business as determined by the Committee on Rules.

Section 99. Prohibition of Riders. A motion on a subject matter that is different from that under consideration shall not be allowed under the guise of amendment.

Section 100. One Motion for One Subject Matter. A motion shall cover only one (1) subject matter.

Section 101. Point of Order. A Point of Order is a privileged question that raises a violation of the Rules in relation to the matter under discussion on the floor. A motion to read any part of the Rules is equivalent to a Point of Order and takes precedence over any motion other than a motion to adjourn.

Section 102. Questions of Privilege. Questions of privilege are urgent matters directly and principally affecting the duties, conduct, rights, privileges, dignity, integrity or reputation of the House or of its Members, individually or collectively.  Subject to the ten-minute rule, every Member has the right to raise a question of personal or collective privilege.  However, prior to availing of this right, a Member shall seek the permission of the Chair which shall, in turn, allow the Member to proceed upon a determination that the request is in order.

The presiding officer shall declare out of order a Member who, having previously registered for the Privilege Hour to speak on a specific subject matter, rises on a question of personal and collective privilege on the same subject matter. The presiding officer shall also declare out of order a Member who rises on a question of personal or collective privilege to speak on concerns that are principally and directly related to the subject matter of measures pending in any committee or in plenary session.

Section 103. Reconsideration. When a measure, report or motion is approved, adopted or lost, a Member who voted with the majority may move for its reconsideration on the same or succeeding session day. Only one (1) motion for reconsideration shall be allowed.  The motion for reconsideration shall take precedence over all other questions, except a motion to adjourn, a point of order, a question of privilege, and a motion to declare a recess.  A bill, resolution, memorial or petition recommitted to a committee or ordered to be printed shall not be brought back to the House on a motion to reconsider.

Section 104. Amendments. When any matter is under consideration, a motion to amend and a further motion to amend the amendatory motion shall be in order. When an amendment is rejected by the proponent of the original motion, the proponent of the amendment may appeal to the body. The proponent of the original motion and the proponent of the amendment may explain their positions, on appeal, subject to the five-minute rule.  It shall also be in order to move for amendment by substitution of a specific provision, but said motion shall not be voted upon until the text of the original measure is perfected. 

A motion by the Majority Leader to amend by substitution of the entire bill or joint resolution shall precede consideration of individual amendments to the bill or joint resolution under consideration.

Any amendment may be withdrawn any time before a vote is taken thereon.

Section 105. Amendment of Title. Amendment(s) to the title of a bill or resolution shall be in order only after amendment(s) to the text thereof have been completed. Amendment(s) to the title shall be decided without debate.

Section 106. Motion to Strike and Insert. A motion to strike and insert is indivisible. The loss of a pure motion to strike shall not preclude an amendment or a motion to strike and insert.

Section 107. Motion to Postpone. After a motion to postpone to any day certain or to postpone indefinitely is lost, such motion shall not again be allowed on the same day.

Section 108. Vote on Paper Objected To. A vote shall be taken without debate on a motion to read a paper other than that which the House is called to vote upon.

Section 109. Appeal From Ruling of the Chair. Any  Member may  appeal  from  the  ruling  of  the  Chair  and  may  be recognized by the Chair, even though another Member has  the floor. No appeal is in order when another appeal is pending. The Member making the appeal shall state the reasons for the appeal subject to the five-minute rule.  The Chair shall state the reasons for the ruling and forthwith submit the question to the body.  An appeal cannot be amended and shall yield only to a motion to adjourn, to a point of order, to a question of personal privilege or to recess. A majority vote of the Members present and voting, there being a quorum, shall decide any appeal.  In case of a tie vote, the appeal is lost. If an appeal is laid on the table, the ruling of the Chair remains in effect.

Section 110. Recording of Motions. Every motion and the name of the proponent thereof shall be entered in the Journal unless the motion is withdrawn on the same day.

SOURCE: Committee on Rules