VOTES and PROCEEDINGS, November, 1799.
6. No member shall speak a second time until
every member who offers to deliver his sentiments
has spoken once.
7. Any member called to order by the speaker,
or any member, shall thereupon take his seat.
8. When the house is sitting, no member shall
hold conversation to interrupt debate.
9. No motion shall be debated until the same is
seconded, and (if desired by the speaker or
any member) reduced to writing, delivered in at the table, and read by
10. When a motion is made and seconded, the matter
of the motion shall receive a determination
by the question, or be postponed by the previous question, before any other
motion shall be
11. Every question shall be entered on the journal,
and the yeas and nays shall be taken when
required by three members who shall have divided on the question.
12. The previous question, that is, Whether the
question propounded by now put? may be
called for by any member or any question, except to an amendment, or other
cannot in its nature be postponed.
13. No amendment received from the senate shall
be entered on the journal, unless there be
a division of the house on the same.
14. If a question in debate contains more distinct
parts than one, any member may, of right,
have the same divided into as may questions as parts.
15. All questions shall be determined by a majority
of the members present, those dividing in
the affirmative rising in their places, those in the negative continuing
in their seats, ad so
vice versa, until a decision by the speaker.
16. Whenever the speaker shall decide any question,
the same shall be final, unless the yeas
and nays be required.
17. Every bill originated in this house, or received
from the senate, shall be read on two
several days, with an intermission of one day at least, during which time
it shall lie on the table
for the perusal of the members, unless on very urgent occasions the house
shall, by special order,
dispense with this rule, which order shall be entered on the journal.
18. Conferrees, and members appointed on draughts,
if required by a member, shall be elected
by ballot, and the number shall in no case exceed seven.
19. No bill or resolve shall have a second reading
until every member in the city be called
upon to attend, except he be excused by the house for indisposition, or
on the public business.
20. No petition, memorial, or other application
to the house, shall be received, unless presented
by a member.
21. All questions of order shall be determined
by the speaker.
22. No motion shall be made after the hour of
adjournment, without leave of the house.
23. All misdemeanors which shall happen in the
house, shall be censured or fined by the house.
24. No member shall answer on the yeas and nays
who did not divide on the question, and if
any member divides on one side, and answers on the other on the yeas
and nays, the same shall
be noted on the journal at the request of any member.
25. All fines imposed by the house shall be paid
to the clerk, and applied as the house shall direct.
26. The substance of all petitions, memorials,
or other applications, shall be entered on the
27. The clerk of the house shall, during the first
week of the session, put into the hands of
the speaker a correct list of all papers referred from the preceding
28. On motion or debate, any member may call
for the reading any law, journal, record or
other public proceeding, which may relate to the subject matter.
29. No member shall take out of the house any
bill, or other paper belonging to the house,
without the leave of the speaker, under the penalty of such fine as may
be imposed by the
speaker, not exceeding forty shillings.
30. No member shall nominate more than one person
on any committee, and in making such
nomination shall rise and address himself to the speaker.
31. All the members present shall divide on every
question, unless excused by the house, or
on calling all the yeas and nays his refusal shall be noted on the journal
at the request of any member.
32. Whenever a motion shall be made, or question
propounded to the house, and not seconded,
no other business shall be received until the speaker shall inform the
house that the motion or
proposition first made is not seconded.
33. When the house adjourns, every member shall
rise in his place, and remain until the
speaker go forth.
All which is submitted to the house.
L. GASSAWAY, clk.
Which was read the first and second time and concurred with.
A petition from Hugh McColl, crier of Dorchester county
court, stating, that there is no existing
law to compel the clerk to make out his fees, and praying relief, was preferred,
and referred to Mr. S. Frazier, Mr. Goldsborough and Mr. Pattison, to consider
Mr. James Carroll, a delegate returned for Baltimore
county, appeared, and after qualifying
in the mode prescribed by the constitution and form of government, and
taking the oath to support
the constitution of the United States, took his seat in the house.
A representation from Charles Ridgely, of William, in
Baltimore county, stating, that the
election for said county as not held agreeably to the constitution
and form of government, and