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RULES AND ORDERS
TO BE OBSERVED IN THE
CONVENTION OF DELEGATES
Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
WEDNESDAY, THE 4TH DAY OF MAY, 1853,
RULES AND ORDERS.
Of the President.
: 1. The President shall take the Chair every day at the hour to which the Convention shall have adjourned ; shall call the Members to order ; and, on the appearance of a quorum, shall cause the Journal of the preceding day to be read, and proceed to business.
2. He shall preserve decorum and order; may speak to points of order in preference to other Members; and shall decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Convention on motion regularly secconded ; and no other business shall be in order till the question on the appeal shall have been decided.
He shall declare all votes; but, if any Member doubts a vote, the President shall order a return of the number voting in the affirmative, and in the negative, without any further debate upon the ques. tion. When a vote is doubted, the Members for or against the question, when called on by the President, shall rise and stand uncovered till they are counted.
He shall rise to put a question, or to address the Convention, but may read sitting.
5. In all cases the President may vote.
6. When the Convention shall determine to go into Committee of the whole, the President shall appoint the Member who shall take the Chair.
7. On all questions and motions whatsoever, the President shall take the sense of the Convention by yeas and nays, provided one-fifth of the Members present shall so require. When the yeas and nays are taken, no Member shall be allowed to vote, who shall have entered the Convention after the calling of the roll is finished. The names of Members shall be called in alphabetical order.
8. He shall propound all questions, in the order in which they are moved, unless the subsequent motion be previous in its nature : except that, in naming sums and fixing times, the largest sum and the longest time shall be put first.
9. After a motion is stated or read by the Presi. dent, it shall be deemed to be in possession of the Convention, and shall be disposed of by vote of the Convention ; but the mover may withdraw it at any time before a decision or amendment, except a motion to reconsider, which shall not be withdrawn after the time has elapsed within which it could be originally made.
10. When a question is under debate, the President shall receive no motion, but to adjourn, to lay on the table, for the previous question, to postpone to a day