RULES OF THE SENATE
1. HOUR OF MEETING
1-1 The Senate shall meet each day of sitting at 10 A.M., unless the Senate shall have adjourned to some other hour. A majority of all the members of the Senate shall constitute a quorum; but a less number, after waiting one hour for a quorum, may adjourn from day to day. [Ref: Mason's §§ 500 to 506]
2. ELECTION OF OFFICERS
2-1 The officers of the Senate shall be elected by a majority of all the members of the Senate. A Senator who served as President during a term of the legislature shall not be eligible to serve as President during the next term of the legislature. A Senator who served as Vice‑President during a term of the legislature shall not be eligible to serve as Vice‑ President during the next term of the legislature. As used in this rule, "term of the legislature" means the period beginning on the first Monday in January of an odd‑numbered year and continuing until the next Monday in January in an odd‑numbered year. [Ref: Mason's § 586]
3. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL
3-1 The President shall take the chair at the hour fixed for the meeting of the Senate and call the members to order. The members shall thereupon take their respective seats and the Clerk shall proceed to call the roll of the members, and the names of those present and absent shall be entered upon the Journal. [Ref: Mason's §§ 710 to 714]
4. ORDER OF BUSINESS
4-1 The following shall be the order of business:
a. Roll call
b. Prayer by the chaplain
d. Confirmation of appointments, if any
e. Messages from the governor and/or house
f. Unfinished business
g. Introduction, reading and reference of bills
h. House bills on first reading
i. Reports from standing committees
j. Reports from select committees
k. Bills on second reading
l. Bills on third reading and final passage
m. Consideration of bills on general file
n. Signing of enrolled acts
o. Action on administrative rule orders
p. Special orders and committee announcements
[Ref: Mason's §§ 200 to 210]
5. ABSENT MEMBERS AND OFFICERS
5-1 No member or officer shall absent himself from the service of the Senate except:
a. In case of sickness;
b. With permission of the President first obtained;
c. By a majority vote of the Senate first obtained.
QUORUM ‑ HOW MAINTAINED
5-2 In case fewer than a Quorum of the Senate shall convene, the President is authorized to send the Sergeant‑at‑arms, or any other person for any or all members absent without leave. [Ref: Mason's §§ 191, 500 to 506]
6. DUTIES OF PRESIDENT AND OFFICERS
[Ref: Mason's §575]
6-1 It shall be the general duty of the President:
a. To announce the business before the Senate in the order which it is to be taken up;
b. To receive and submit in proper manner all motions and propositions presented by the members and to announce the result; [Ref: Mason's §§ 156, 579]
c. To receive messages and other communications from other branches of the government and announce them to the Senate;
d. To authenticate by his signature, when necessary, all acts, orders and proceedings of the Senate;
e. To name the members of all committees unless otherwise directed by the Senate;
f. He shall have the regulation of such parts of the Capitol and its passages as are or may be set apart for the use of the Senate and its officers;
g. He shall refer all matters to be committed to the committee most appropriate to take charge of the same;
h. He shall call a member to fill the Chair whenever the Senate shall resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole;
i. He shall preserve order and decorum, and may speak on points of order in preference to other members, rising from his seat for that purpose, and shall decide points of order, subject to an appeal to the Senate. [Ref: Mason's §§ 240, 245, 575]
6-2 The Senate shall elect a Vice‑President, who, in the absence of the President, shall exercise all the powers and authority of the President, and shall perform all his duties. [Ref: Mason's § 584]
6-3 All other officers and employees of the Senate shall perform their respective duties, as generally outlined in "Wyoming Manual of Legislative Procedures" under the direction of the President.
6-4 When the Senate is in Committee of the Whole, should there be any disturbance or disorderly conduct in the lobby or any part of the Senate, the President shall immediately resume the Chair, and shall have the power to order the Senate cleared until order is restored. [Ref: Mason's § 684]
7-1 Senate Standing Committees shall be appointed by the President of the Senate after conferring with the majority and minority leaders. Senate Standing Committees are as follows:
5. Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources
6. Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources
7. Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions
8. Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs
9. Minerals, Business and Economic Development
10. Labor, Health and Social Services
12. Rules and Procedure
[Ref: Mason's §§ 600 to 602]
7-2 Membership on committees shall be apportioned as nearly as possible as to reflect the percentage of the elected membership of the majority and minority parties of the Senate.
(a) All committees with the exception of No. 11 (Journal) shall have five members, one of which shall be the chairman and member of the majority party.
(b) Committee No. 11 shall have one member from each party, one from the majority party and one from the minority party.
[Ref: Mason's §§ 600 to 602]
STANDING COMMITTEE PROCEEDINGS
7-3 (a) Standing Committees shall take charge of and report in writing on all matters referred to them respectively.
REPORTS AND RECORD OF VOTES
(b) When a Standing Committee has disposed of a bill by adoption of one (1) of the following motions, the vote on final disposition shall be included in the Committee report indicating how each member voted, and the bill and the report shall be submitted to the chief clerk:
(1) Do pass;
(2) Amend and do pass;
(3) Do not pass;
(4) No recommendation.
(c) For bills other than those reported under subsection (b) of this rule, the Committee shall return the bill together with a record of Committee consideration to the chief clerk on the day after the last day scheduled for consideration of Senate files or house bills placed on general file but not later than the last day of the session. Upon receipt of the bill and the record of Committee consideration, the chief clerk shall ensure the required information contained within the record is entered into the journal but shall not be required to read the record to the Senate. The record of Committee consideration shall include the following information which shall be entered into the journal:
(1) When any motion referenced under subsection (b) of this rule fails, the record of Committee consideration shall include the vote of each member on the failed motion;
(2) When a motion referenced under subsection (b) of this rule is not made on a bill, and a motion to postpone the bill indefinitely or to a certain date has not been made by the Committee, the record of Committee consideration shall indicate the bill died in Committee;
(3) When a Standing Committee adopts a motion to postpone consideration of the bill until after expiration of the established final date for regular consideration of the bill, the record of Committee consideration shall include the vote of each member on the adopted motion.
OPEN MEETINGS; EXECUTIVE SESSIONS
(d) All standing committee meetings shall be considered open meetings except when declared to be an executive session by the standing committee chairman.
[Ref: Mason's §§ 391, 611, 615 to 637, 663 to 678]
RECALLING BILLS FROM COMMITTEE
7-4 Any bill, resolution, petition or memorial in the hands of any committee may be recalled from such committee after a reasonable time upon regular motion seconded by three Senators. Approval of the motion requires a simple majority of those present.
CHANGES IN COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
7-5 No change shall be made in any committee except by vote of a majority of the members of the Senate. The President of the Senate may appoint a member to fill any vacancy occurring on any Senate Standing Committee during the interim providing the appointment is made with the advice of the respective majority or minority leader, dependent upon the party in which the vacancy has occurred.
CONFERENCE COMMITTEES, MEMBERSHIP
7-6 The President shall appoint three members to the free or select conference committee following "Mason's Manual" Sections 769 and 770, generally; and Section 769‑6, specifically. [Ref: Mason's §§ 769 to 773]
JOURNAL COMMITTEE DUTIES
7-7 The Journal Committee shall meet each day prior to the convening of the Senate, for the purpose of examining the Journal of the previous day. They shall report to the President their recommendation thereto. [Ref: Mason's § 694]
VOTING IN COMMITTEE
7-8(a)A member of the Senate who has been excused from attendance at a standing committee meeting by the committee chairman may file an absentee vote on a matter pending before the standing committee, provided:
(i) The member submits a signed vote form that specifically identifies the motion and the member's desired vote;
(ii) The vote form is delivered to the committee chairman before the vote on the motion is taken;
(iii)The absentee vote may be revoked by the member before the vote is taken by signing and filing a written revocation with the committee chairman or by the member personally appearing at the meeting and voting on the motion in person;
(iv) A member voting by absentee vote shall not be counted as being present for purposes of establishing a quorum.
8. PREPARATION OF BILLS
8-1 Bills for consideration by the legislature shall be prepared generally per the drafting rules set forth in the manual and approved as to form, jacketed, indexed and stored in the computer by the Legislative Service Office before being introduced in the house designated by the prime sponsor.
DISTRIBUTION OF PRINTED MATTER
8-2 No printed material shall be distributed on the floor of the Senate unless it is approved and signed by a Senator. All approved materials shall be dated, indicating the name of the approving Senator and indicating the legislation affected by the materials, if applicable.
8-4 Every bill shall receive three separate readings, previous to its being passed, and the President shall give notice whether it be the first, second or third, which readings shall be on three separate days, unless the Senate otherwise directs by a two‑thirds vote. [Ref: Mason's §§ 720 to 722]
MANUAL OF LEGISLATIVE PROCEDURE
8-5 The "Wyoming Manual of Legislative Procedure" shall govern procedural matters for the Legislature not shown elsewhere in these rules and not inconsistent with those found in the Wyoming Law or Constitution. Changes to this manual shall be made only by a majority vote of the members of the Senate.
9. INTRODUCTION OF BILLS
9-1 Whenever the word "bill" is used in these Rules, it shall include Senate Files, House Bills, Senate and House Joint Memorials and Resolutions unless otherwise specified. Also, the Wyoming Manual of Legislative Procedures, Revised, shall be referred to as the "Manual".
9-2 No bill, other than general appropriations bills shall be introduced after noon of the 12th legislative working day of the session, except by consent of two‑thirds of the elected members of the Senate. Bills that have been drafted and signed, submitted and accepted by the Legislative Service Office prior to the twelve noon cutoff date for consideration of bills will be considered as being within the cutoff deadline. Such a list of bills will be delivered by the Legislative Service Office to the President at the cutoff hour. [Ref: Mason's § 726]
ORDER OF BILL INTRODUCTION
9-3 Bills are introduced after they have been numbered in the order of their presentation to the Chief Clerk and after the President announces the Order of Business "Introduction, Reading and Reference of Bills" (see procedure and language style in Manual). [Ref: Mason's §§ 726 to 728]
REFERRAL OF BILLS REQUIRING AN APPROPRIATION
9-4(a)A bill containing an appropriation, or which requires an appropriation or change in funds, may be assigned to a standing committee other than appropriations, but if so, it shall be re-referred to the appropriations committee upon being reported back from the committee to which first assigned. The appropriations committee shall consider and may recommend:
(i) Modifications to any appropriation contained in the bill, or the
addition or deletion of an appropriation, and any necessary related conforming
(ii) That a delayed effective date or other limiting condition be added
to any bill that requires, but does not provide, an appropriation;
(iii)That the bill do not pass, provided that the committee report may include a "do not pass" recommendation as an alternative to any other recommendation made under this subsection, and further provided that for purposes of Rule 11-2, the recommendation of the original standing committee shall govern.
(b) A re-referred bill shall be given priority consideration by the appropriations committee and shall be reported to the Presiding Officer for placement on General File.
LIMIT ON NUMBER OF BILLS SPONSORED
9-5 Except for a Budget Session, no member shall sponsor more than seven (7) bills in any session. This limitation shall not apply to joint interim committees, the Management Audit Committee, the Management Council, the Select Water Committee and any other committee designated by the Management Council, nor shall this limitation include any bill the sole purpose of which is to repeal existing statutes.
10. FIRST READING
10-1 First reading shall be by catch title and sponsors' names only. [Ref: Mason's § 733]
REFERENCE TO COMMITTEE
10-2 (a) Subject to subsection (b) of this section, the President shall refer each bill to the appropriate committee but the Senate may, on motion refer the bill to another committee.
(b) On a motion to re‑refer a bill to another Committee, a bill shall be identified by bill number, catch title and prime sponsor before such motion is considered.
[Ref: Mason's § 733]
DELIVERED TO COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN; MEETING NOTICES
10-3 (a) After first reading, all bills shall be delivered to the designated committee chairman. [Ref: Mason's § 732]
(b) No Standing Committee shall meet to consider any bill referred to it unless notice of the date, time and place of the meeting and the bills to be considered has been posted in the State Capitol at the place designated for posting of meeting notices by 3:00 p.m. on the day before the meeting is to be held. For a meeting to be held on a Monday, the notice shall be posted by 3:00 p.m. on the first legislative day preceding that Monday. This subsection does not apply to:
(1) Continued consideration of a bill by a Committee after the Committee has begun consideration of that bill at a meeting for which notice was posted in compliance with this subsection;
(2) A bill that has been re-referred to another Committee after another Committee has reported the bill out;
(3) Meetings scheduled on the first or second day of any session where:
(A) The Standing Committee took no votes on the bill under consideration; or
(B) A notice was posted by 5:00 p.m. on the day before the meeting is to be held. The notice may state the Committee intends to consider the bill if it is referred to that Committee.
10-4 (a) No bill shall be amended until after it has been reported upon by a standing or select committee. The Senate shall take no action on any proposed amendment until the amendment has been reduced to writing, approved by the Senate attorney and distributed to the members of the Senate. Absent objection sustained by a majority of those present, a bill scheduled for second or third reading may be laid back for an additional day.
(b) If a standing committee amendment proposes adoption of a substitute bill and the amendment is adopted during committee of the whole, subsequent amendments that day which change the standing committee amendment including ones which restore language in the original bill changed by the standing committee amendment shall be in order and shall not be deemed a second consideration of the same item on the same day.
AYES AND NOES ON APPROPRIATION AMENDMENTS
(c) Except as provided by Rule 11-5(a), the ayes and noes shall be taken on the motion to adopt any amendment which directly increases or decreases an appropriation by a specific dollar amount.
[Ref: Mason's § 731]
11. PLACED ON GENERAL FILE
11-1 After a bill has been reported back to the Senate by the committee to which the same was referred and the standing committee report read to the body and entered in the journal, it shall be placed on general file and in its regular order and at the proper time it shall be taken up and considered by the Senate in the Committee of the Whole.
ORDER OF GENERAL FILE – END OF SESSION
11-2 Provided, however, that after the twentieth legislative working day of the session, bills on the general file shall be considered in the following order: first, "Do Pass" bills; second, "without recommendation" bills; and third, "Do NOT Pass" bills. [Ref: Mason's §§ 683 to 691]
COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE PROCEDURE
11-3 After a bill and its Standing Committee Report have been read at length to the Committee of the Whole, or until a motion to dispense with further reading of the bill is carried, it shall be in order for the Standing Committee Chairman:
(a) To move the committee recommendation on the bill and then any Standing Committee Amendments. He shall move for the adoption of these amendments and explain the same. He may yield the floor to others who may offer further explanations, questions, or he may move:
(1) to recommend "Do Pass"
(2) to recommend to postpone to a certain date or indefinitely; which shall take precedence in the order stated.
(b) After either of said motions have been made, it shall be in order to move, and to take precedence in order of descending rank:
(1) to "rise and report"
(2) to lay back on "General File" without prejudice
(3) to re‑refer or recommit
(4) to amend.
[Ref: Mason's §§ 155 to 161, 175 to 189]
11-4 A motion to rise and report shall always be in order and shall take precedence over any other motion. [Ref: Mason's § 689]
11-5 The rules of the Senate shall be observed in the "Committee of the Whole", so far as they may be applicable, except:
(a) The ayes and noes shall not be taken unless the original motion made for passage of a given bill has failed in the Committee of the Whole. At that time, the ayes and noes shall be taken and entered in the Committee of the Whole Report. The result of the roll call vote shall determine the action of the Committee of the Whole. If, after a roll call vote, the bill fails to pass Committee of the Whole, the bill is deemed to be indefinitely postponed. Except as provided in this subsection, the motion to indefinitely postpone shall not be in order during Committee of the Whole;
(b) The "previous question" will not be in order;
(c) There shall be no limit to the number of speeches;
(d) The motion for a "call of the Senate, lay on the table, adjourn" will not be in order.
[Ref: Mason's §§ 683, 691]
CHAIR MAY VOTE
11-6 The chairman of the Committee of the Whole shall be entitled to vote on any matter under consideration before the committee. [Ref: Mason's § 582]
12. SECOND READING
12-1 The bill shall be read a second time at least one day after the Committee of the Whole report on the bill having a "Do Pass" recommendation unless laid back under Senate Rule 10‑4.
READING OF TITLE ONLY
12-2 Second reading shall be by catch title only.
QUESTION ON SECOND READING
12-3 The final question on the second reading of every bill shall be: "Shall the bill be read a third time?". Unless objections are made, the President shall so order in each case. [Ref: Mason's § 734]
13. THIRD READING
13-1 The bill shall be read a third time
at least one legislative working day after the second reading unless laid back
under Senate Rule 10‑4. It shall be read by bill number, catch title, sponsor,
and enacting clause only. [Ref: Mason's §§
MOTIONS ALLOWED DURING THIRD READING
13-2 It shall be in order for any member to move:
(a) to postpone to a certain date; or
(b) to recommit; or
(c) to amend, but PROVIDED that these motions may not be made once the President has put the question as in Senate Rule 13‑5.
[Ref: Mason's §§ 155 to 161, 175 to 187, 578]
13-3 If a bill is recommitted, as permitted in Senate Rule 13‑2, it shall again be considered by the Senate in Committee of the Whole and then proceed under the usual procedure from that action.
THIRD READING DEBATE
13-4 After the President announces "Third Reading of the Bill", any member may debate the bill or any amendment then proposed or any debatable motion then made, provided:
(a) Debate shall be so limited that:
(1) no member shall speak more than twice on any one amendment; or
(2) more than twice on the bill; and
(3) no member shall occupy the floor more than five minutes each time that he speaks, there shall be no extensions of this rule.
(b) When the President states the final question in Senate Rule 13‑5, "Shall the Bill Pass" all debate shall cease and no amendments, or motions to the bill, shall be in order without suspending the rules.
(c) The Chief Clerk shall then call the roll without interruption.
QUESTION ON THIRD READING
13-5 Upon the conclusion of the third reading, the President shall put the question this way: "The bill (naming it by number) having been read three separate times, the question is: Shall the bill pass? The Chief Clerk will call the roll." The ayes and noes shall be taken. [Ref: Mason's §§ 130 to 133, 523, 530.7]
NO VOTE AFTER DECISION ANNOUNCED
13-6 When the ayes and noes shall be taken on any question, in pursuance of Senate Rule 13‑5, no member shall be permitted under any circumstances whatever to vote after the decision is announced from the Chair.
14. VOTING REQUIREMENTS
14-1 (a) Every member shall vote who may be within the bar of the Senate when the question is put unless for special reasons he be excused.
(b) A motion to excuse a member from voting shall be made before the call of the ayes and noes is commenced, and any member wishing to be excused from voting may briefly and pertinently explain his reason therefor; but, when the ayes and noes are being taken the call shall not be interrupted for any purpose whatsoever.
[Ref: Mason's §§ 521, 522]
14-2 Any member present within the bar of the Senate who refuses to vote on any question shall be placed on record as having voted in the affirmative. [Ref: Mason's § 515.a]
CALL FOR THE AYES AND NOES
14-3 (a) When the question is being taken, or about to be taken, it shall be competent for any member to call for the ayes and noes, which shall be entered on the Journal. [Ref: Mason's § 530]
(b) Except as provided by Senate Rule 11‑5(a), the ayes and noes shall be taken on the motion to adopt any amendment which directly increases or decreases an appropriation by a specific dollar amount.
INTERRUPTION OF VOTING PROHIBITED
14-4 When the ayes and noes are being taken, the call shall not be interrupted for any purpose whatsoever and members shall answer the call from their seats, if possible. [Ref: Mason's § 121.3]
14-5 Any member may change his vote on a roll call of ayes and noes only after the call is completed, but only before the vote is closed. [Ref: Mason's § 535.6]
RESTRICTIONS UPON MEMBERS
14-6 No member shall be recognized by the Chair, or be allowed to vote, when such member is at the time outside the bar of the Senate, and no member, or other person, shall remain by the Chief Clerk's table while the ayes and noes are being called. [Ref: Mason's § 121.3]
DISCLOSURE OF PERSONAL
OR PRIVATE INTEREST
14-7 A member who has a personal or private interest in any bill proposed or pending before the legislature shall disclose the fact to the Senate members at the time of initial consideration during the committee of the whole or at the time of introduction during the budget session. If the status of the conflict changes during the legislative process, the member shall disclose the change in the status of the conflict. Disclosure of a conflict of interest by any member shall be entered in the Daily Journal. The published Journal shall clearly reflect the declaration of the conflict of interest of the member with respect to a roll call vote.
15. LIMIT ‑ POINT OF ORDER
MAY SPEAK TWICE ONLY ON SAME QUESTION
15-1 No member shall speak more than twice on the same question on the same day without leave of the Senate. [Ref: Mason's § 102]
15-2 Any member rising to a point of order may be allowed five minutes in which to state his grounds. [Ref: Mason's §§ 240 to 246]
CALL TO ORDER WHILE SPEAKING
15-3 When a member is called to order while speaking, he shall forthwith take his seat until it shall be determined whether or not he is in order, except he be permitted to explain and if a member be called to order for words spoken in debate, the exceptional words shall be immediately taken down in writing by the Chief Clerk, so that the President and Senate may be better able to judge the matter. [Ref: Mason's §§ 120 to 126]
16. PERSONAL PRIVILEGES
OBTAINING THE FLOOR
16-1 When any member is about to speak, or deliver any matter to the Senate, he shall rise from his seat and respectfully address the presiding officer. When recognized, the member shall confine himself to the question under consideration and avoid personalities, and when he has finished he shall take his seat. [Ref: Mason's §§ 90 to 96, 114]
PRESIDENT TO DECIDE WHO SHALL HAVE
16-2 When two or more members shall arise at the same time, the President shall name the person who is to speak first.
MAY CALL FOR READING OF PAPERS
16-3 When the reading of a paper is called for, it shall be read unless the same is objected to by some member, in which case the question shall be determined by a vote of the Senate. The question is undebatable and may not be amended. [Ref: Mason's § 112]
PROTEST AGAINST ACTION
OF THE SENATE
16-4 It shall be in order for any member or members to protest against the action of the Senate and have such protest entered briefly in the Journal. [Ref: Mason's §§ 293 to 300]
16-5 (a) Immediately after the vote on any question has been announced and at no other time, any member may explain his vote.
(b) Any member may rise and be recognized to explain a matter personal to himself but shall not discuss a question in such explanation or speak more than five minutes on the matter.
[Ref: Mason's § 528]
17. PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE
17-1 The rules of parliamentary practice comprised in Mason's "Manual of Legislative Procedure" published by the National Conference of State Legislatures in 2000 shall govern the Senate in all cases to which they are not inconsistent with the rules and orders of the Senate and joint rules and orders of the Senate and House of Representatives. [Ref: Mason's §§ 30 to 32]
DIVISION OF QUESTION
17-2 Any member may call for a division of the question, which shall be divided if it comprehend propositions in substance so distinct that one being taken away, a substantive proposition shall remain for the decision of the Senate. A motion to strike out and insert shall be deemed indivisible but a motion to strike out being lost shall preclude neither amendment nor a motion to strike out and insert. [Ref: Mason's §§ 310 to 316]
SUSPENSION OF RULES
17-3 No standing rules of the Senate shall be rescinded, changed or suspended, except by a vote of at least two‑thirds of the members duly elected.
REMOVAL OF OFFICERS
17-4 Two‑thirds of all the members of the Senate voting for the removal of the President, or any officer of the Senate, shall be sufficient to vacate the chair, or such office, as the case may be. [Ref: Mason's § 581]
APPEALS FROM DECISION OF PRESIDENT
17-5 A majority of all the votes of the members present shall be sufficient to sustain an appeal from the decision of the President. [Ref: Mason's §§ 230 to 235]
18. MOTIONS AND QUESTIONS
18-1 No motion shall be debated until the same shall have been stated by the Chair. [Ref: Mason's §§ 155 to 161, 175 to 187]
MOTIONS REDUCED TO WRITING IF DESIRED
18-2 All motions (except to adjourn, postpone, or commit) shall be reduced to writing, if desired by the Chair or any member.
WITHDRAWAL OF MOTION
18-3 If no one objects, any motion may be withdrawn by the mover at any time before a decision, amendment, or ordering of the ayes and noes, except a motion to reconsider, which shall not be withdrawn without leave of the Senate. [Ref: Mason's §§ 272 to 276]
18-4 When a question is being debated, no motion shall be received, except the following, which shall have precedence as listed:
(l) To adjourn
(2) To lay on the table
(3) To call for previous question
(4) To postpone to a certain date
(5) To commit or refer
(6) To amend
(7) To pass
(8) To postpone indefinitely
[Ref: Mason's §§ 155 to 161, 175 to 187]
MOTION TO ADJOURN
18-5 The motion to adjourn is not debatable, cannot be amended and is always in order except:
(a) when another has the floor
(b) during roll call
(c) during a call of the Senate
(d) during the Committee of the Whole
[Ref: Mason's §§ 200 to 210, 689]
THE PREVIOUS QUESTION
18-6 (a) Any member may move the previous question, and if it be seconded by three other members, the previous question shall be put in this form: "Shall the main question be now put?" The motion will bring the Senate to a vote on the pending question without further discussion.
(b) If carried, all debates shall cease, and the President shall immediately put the main question to vote: first on proposed amendments in their order, and then on the main question, without debate or further amendment.
(c) Provided, that a motion to adjourn and call of the Senate shall each be in order after the previous question has been sustained, and before the main question is put, but no other motion or call shall be in order, except to receive the report of the Sergeant‑at‑arms, or to dispense with the proceedings under the call, and all motions and proceedings authorized by this rule shall be decided without debate, whether on appeal or otherwise.
[Ref: Mason's §§ 345 to 361]
MOTION TO COMMIT
18-7 If it be proposed to refer the same subject to a Committee of the Whole, to a standing committee or to a select committee, they shall be voted on in the order here given. [Ref: Mason's §§ 378 to 390]
RECONSIDERATION OF THE VOTE
18-8 (a) When a motion has been made and carried or failed, it shall be in order for any member who voted with the prevailing side to move for reconsideration of the vote thereof and such motion shall take precedence over all other questions except the motion to adjourn. The motion may be made on the same day or on the next succeeding day, providing it is made before the bill leaves the possession of the Senate.
(b) It is in order for the member to give open notice from the floor that he may on that day or the next succeeding day move for a reconsideration. In such case, the bill shall not be taken from the Senate until the matter has been finally disposed of. The notice shall be entered in the Journal and shown on the Action Sheet and Calendar.
(c) However, the giving of such notice shall not prevent any other member who voted with the prevailing side from moving a reconsideration at any time within the limit of this rule, and should this motion be lost, it cannot be renewed except by the member serving the original notice. On the last day, if a member gives such notice, it shall be in order for any other member who voted with the prevailing side to move a reconsideration at any time during the day.
(d) The motion once made and disposed of cannot be renewed. The motion is not debatable nor can it be amended, and is carried or lost by a simple majority vote regardless of the vote required of the original question. Once the motion is adopted, the question is in exactly the same condition it was when the vote being reconsidered was originally ordered, which means no amendment or debate is allowed on the question and the President shall put the question this way: "On reconsideration of the vote, the question is, shall (naming the bill by number) pass? The Chief Clerk will call the roll."
(e) There shall be no reconsideration of the motions to adjourn, lay on the table, suspend the rules, indefinitely postpone, the previous question and reconsider.
(f) If a vote to reconsider has passed or failed on a particular motion under this section, it shall not be in order to move to rescind the vote on that motion.
[Ref: Mason's §§ 450 to 474]
CALL OF THE SENATE
18-9 A call of the Senate shall only be ordered upon the demand of three members, one making the demand and two seconding the same by rising. Upon a call of the Senate the names of the members shall be called by the Clerk and the absentees noted. After which, the names of the absentees shall again be called. The doors shall then be shut and those for whom no excuse or insufficient excuse is made may, by order of those present, be taken into custody as they appear, or may be sent for and taken into custody by the Sergeant‑at‑arms wherever found, or by a special messenger, to be appointed for that purpose. A motion to "call" shall be denied any committee. [Ref: Mason's §§ 190 to 197]
CALL FOR DIVISION
18-10 It shall be in order for any member or the presiding officer to order a vote by division to verify a voice vote. Should there be doubt about the voice vote, the motion from the floor is simply to call "Division" immediately before or after the announcement of the vote. When the call is made, the presiding officer orders a standing vote, first the ayes and then the noes. [Ref: Mason's § 533]
18-11 No motion shall require a second, excepting as is herein designated. [Ref: Mason's §§ 157, 162, 688]
RESCISSION OF THE VOTE
18-12 Any motion to rescind a vote under section 481, et seq., of Mason's "Manual of Legislative Procedure" shall require an affirmative vote of two‑thirds of the elected members to be adopted.
19. JOURNAL ENTRIES
19-1 (a) The titles of bills and only such parts thereof as shall be affected by the proposed amendments shall be inserted in the Journal.
(b) The full bill title shall be shown in the Journal at time of bill introduction and when the bill is next shown in the Journal after the title has been amended. All other reference to the bill shall be shown by number and catch line title only.
[Ref: Mason's §§ 694 to 708]
PROCEEDINGS TO BE RECORDED
19-2 The proceedings of the Senate shall be:
(a) When not acting as a Committee of the Whole, entered on the Journal as concisely as possible, care being taken to detail a true and accurate account of the proceedings; but every vote of the Senate shall be entered upon the Journal, and a brief reference to the contents of each petition, memorial or paper presented in the Senate shall also be inserted in the Journal; [Ref: Mason's § 694 to 697]
(b) To the extent practicable, electronically recorded. The legislative service office shall retain all recordings made during the session and then transfer them to the secretary of state not later than the beginning of the second business day for the office of the secretary of state following the date on which the session adjourned. Upon transfer to the secretary of state, the recordings shall become a public record; however, the contents of any recording made under this rule shall not be construed to supersede the Journal;
(c) To the extent practicable, broadcast over the internet via RealAudio or similar capability. Contents of any audio broadcast of proceedings under this rule shall not be construed to supercede the Journal. Failure of audio broadcast capability under this rule shall not delay the proceedings of the Senate.
REPORT OF JOURNAL COMMITTEE
19-3 The Journal Committee shall have leave to report at any time when the Senate is in session, except when the "ayes and noes" are being taken.
20-1 Messages shall be sent to the House by the Assistant Chief Clerk, Sergeant‑at‑arms or any Messenger designated by the Chief Clerk, the Chief Clerk having previously endorsed the final determination of the Senate thereon. [Ref: Mason's § 763]
21. AUTHORIZED PERSONS WITHIN THE BAR OF SENATE
21-1 No person other than members and officers of the Senate and House and legislative staff shall be admitted within the bar of the Senate, except by special invitation on the part of the Senate or President thereof; but a majority may authorize the President to have the Senate cleared of all such persons. [Ref: Mason's § 705]
INTERRUPTIONS TO BUSINESS
21-2 No motion shall be deemed in order to admit any person or persons whomsoever upon the floor of the Senate to present any petition, memorial or address, or to hear any such read. [Ref: Mason's § 705]
21-3 No member shall speak to another or otherwise interrupt the business of the Senate, or read any newspaper while the Journal or public papers are being read before the Senate, or when any member is speaking in any debate. [Ref: Mason's §§ 120 to 127]
21-4 In case of any disturbance or disorderly conduct in the lobby or any part of the Senate while in session, the President shall have the power to order the same cleared.
21-5 Lobbying is strictly forbidden within the Senate Chambers. [Ref: Mason's §§ 575 to 578]
EXPUNGE FROM THE JOURNAL
21-6 In the rare instance when it is desirable to express strong disapproval of matter in the Journal, a member may move that it be expunged. The motion must be carried by the affirmative vote of two‑thirds of the elected membership. When matter is ordered expunged from the record, the Clerk shall have a line drawn through the matter and writing across each line "Expunged by order of the Senate membership.". Each line must be dated. The expunged matter must not be blotted as to be unreadable as otherwise it would be impossible to determine whether more was expunged than was ordered. If the matter to be expunged relates to a Bill or File, it must be ordered while the Bill or File is in the possession of the Senate and must relate to action previously taken by the Senate on the Bill or File.
22. PROCEDURE FOR UNCONTESTED BILLS
22-1 (a) After second reading all uncontested bills which have no amendments pending, except for bills or joint resolutions requiring a two-thirds vote of the elected membership for final passage, shall be placed by the Chief Clerk on the consent list. If amendments are subsequently prepared to a bill, the bill shall be automatically removed from the consent list. Any member may object to having any bill placed on the consent list, in which case it shall be removed from the consent list. Any bill removed from the consent list shall be considered separately on third reading and final passage.
(b) At the beginning of third reading and final passage of bills, the majority floor leader shall move the consent list by reading each bill number followed by the catch title and the presiding officer shall call for the roll call on all the bills on the consent list. After the roll call is completed, the Chief Clerk will then ask any member who wishes to change his vote to stand and identify himself as to each bill or bills on the consent list. The results of the final roll call will then be announced for each bill.
23. SENATE CODE OF ETHICS
23-1 A member who has a personal or private interest in any bill proposed or pending before the legislature shall disclose the fact to the Senate at the time of initial consideration during Committee of the Whole and shall not vote thereon. If a member is uncertain whether his interest in a bill is such as to require him to abstain from voting, he may request a ruling from the rules committee. When a request for a ruling is made, the rules committee shall make such inquiry as it deems necessary and shall rule by majority vote whether the member may or may not vote on the bill in question.
23-2 Smoking shall not be permitted on the floor of the Senate chamber while the Senate is in session.
SUPPLEMENTAL SENATE RULES
24. BUDGET SESSION
24-1 For the introduction of any bill, other than the budget bill or a bill to apportion the legislature, the following procedure will be followed:
(a) Any bill must be printed and on the desk of all members of the Senate for at least 24 hours prior to consideration, except that bills sponsored by the joint interim committees may be considered on the opening day of the session.
(b) The prime sponsor, or his designee, will be granted three minutes to address the Senate as to the need and timeliness of his (or her) particular bill. No rebuttal or questions will be permitted.
(c) Upon approval of two‑thirds of the elected members by a roll call vote, a bill will be accepted by the Senate and assigned by the President to the appropriate Standing Committee.
BUDGET SESSION INTRODUCTION DEADLINE
AND LIMIT ON SPONSORSHIP
24-2 (a) No bill will be accepted for consideration except by unanimous consent after twelve o'clock noon of the third legislative day of the Session. Bills that have been signed, submitted and accepted by the Legislative Service Office prior to the twelve noon cutoff date for consideration of bills but are still at the printer's office will be considered as being within the cutoff deadline. Such a list of bills will be delivered by the Legislative Service Office to the President at the cutoff hour.
(b) No bill shall be considered for introduction after five o'clock p.m. on the fifth legislative day of the session except by unanimous consent of the membership.
(c) No member shall sponsor more than three (3) bills in any Budget Session. This limitation shall not apply to joint interim committees, the Management Audit Committee, the Management Council, the Select Water committee and any other Committee designated by the Management Council.
OPEN MEETINGS - EXCEPTION
24-3 All Standing Committee meetings shall be considered open meetings except when declared to be an executive session by the Standing Committee Chairman.
BUDGET SESSION CONSENT LIST
24-4 Notwithstanding Rule 24‑1, the President in consultation with the minority floor leader may propose a Consent List of interim committee bills to be voted upon for introduction under the following procedure:
(a) The President shall distribute the proposed Consent List to all members at least 24 hours prior to consideration. No interim committee bill shall be included on the Consent List unless the interim committee bill has been printed and distributed to all members before the proposed Consent List is distributed. No interim committee bill shall be added to the Consent List without the approval of the President.
(b) Subject to subsection (a) of this rule, and at the appropriate order of business, the majority floor leader shall move the Consent List. No debate shall be permitted on the Consent List, but any member may remove any interim committee bill from the Consent List upon request before the vote. A roll call vote shall be taken and the results applied to each interim committee bill on the list except that opportunity shall be made for any member to request a redesignation of his vote on any interim committee bill on the list before the Chief Clerk announces the vote.
25. CONFIRMATION OF APPOINTMENTS
25-1 Upon receipt of proposed governor appointments pursuant to W.S. 28‑12‑101(a) or other appointments requiring confirmation by the Senate, the names of the prospective appointees and the public offices to which the appointees are proposed to be appointed shall be distributed to each member of the Senate.
25-2 On the next legislative working day, the President shall assign appropriate standing committees to interview and review the qualifications of each prospective appointee who was the subject of the motion based upon the normal area of expertise of the standing committee. Any member may attend meetings of the committee and ask questions of a prospective appointee.
25-3 Prior to confirmation of any prospective appointee the committee appointed under Senate Rule 25‑2 shall report its recommendations regarding any prospective appointee to the Senate. A roll call vote of the Senate to confirm or reject an appointment shall be taken within five (5) days after the prospective appointee's name is submitted to the Senate for consideration. Confirmation of an appointee by the Senate shall require a simple majority vote.
26. LIMITATION ON MEMBERS SPEAKING
26-1 When the Senate is in session no member shall speak more than twice on the same question on the same day without leave of the Senate.
26-2 No member shall occupy the floor more than five minutes each time he speaks. This limitation shall not apply to:
(a) Debate regarding the bill or Standing Committee amendment under Senate Rule 11-3(a);
(b) Explanation of the Mirror Budget Bill by members of the appropriations committee under Joint Rule 14-1(b) or explanation of House amendments to the Mirror Budget Bill by members of the appropriations committee under Joint Rule 14-1(f);
(c) Explanation of the report of a conference committee under Joint Rule 2-3 or Joint Rule 14-1(h).
27. MOTION TO CONCUR
27-1 With respect to consideration of requests by the House for Senate concurrence with House amendments to Senate Files and of Joint Conference Committee reports, only the motion to concur shall be in order.
28. ADMINISTERING BILL SPONSORSHIP LIMITS
28-1 For the purpose of administering Senate Rules 9‑5 and 24‑2(c) which limit the number of bills which a member may sponsor, the following shall apply:
(a) There shall be no limit on the number of bill drafts which a member may request be drafted by the Legislative Service Office;
(b) The Legislative Service Office shall assign a bill number and jacket for introduction bill drafts in the order that the sponsor approves and submits the drafts for final processing;
(c) The Legislative Service Office shall immediately advise the member when that member has approved and submitted bill drafts for introduction in an amount equal to the limit prescribed by the applicable rule. If the member thereafter submits an approval for an additional bill draft for final processing so as to be assigned a bill number and jacketed, the Legislative Service Office shall not process the bill further unless the member withdraws a bill that the member previously approved and submitted for sponsorship. For the purpose of this paragraph, a member withdraws a bill previously approved and submitted for sponsorship by:
(1) If the session has not convened, directing the Legislative Service Office to cancel the previously approved bill;
(2) If the session has convened, submitting the jacket of the bill to be cancelled to the Chief Clerk with a written and signed notation on the jacket to cancel the bill.
(d) If the legislator wishes to request that the rules on limits be suspended for the purpose of introducing a bill in excess of the number authorized, the member shall have the bill draft as prepared by the Legislative Service Office distributed to the membership and then make the motion to suspend the rules. If the motion passes, the Legislative Service Office shall immediately jacket the bill, assign it a number and submit it to the Chief Clerk.