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Full Text of HR0023  97th General Assembly




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4the Rules of the House of Representatives of the 97th General
5Assembly are amended by changing Rules 4, 9, 15, 16, 18, 19,
621, 22, 31, 37, 39, 40, 43, 44, 51, 75, and 102 and by adding
7Rules 42.1 and 76.5 as follows:
8    (House Rule 4)
9    4. The Speaker.
10    (a) The Speaker has those powers conferred upon him or her
11by the Constitution, the laws of Illinois, and any motions or
12resolutions adopted by the House or jointly by the House and
14    (b) Except as otherwise provided by law, the Speaker is the
15chief administrative officer of the House and has those powers
16necessary to carry out those functions. The Speaker may
17delegate administrative duties as he or she deems appropriate.
18    (c) The duties of the Speaker include the following:
19        (1) To preside at all sessions of the House, although
20    the Speaker may call on any member to preside temporarily
21    as Presiding Officer.
22        (2) To open the session at the time at which the House
23    is to meet by taking the chair and calling the members to
24    order. The Speaker may call on any member to open the



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1    session as Presiding Officer.
2        (3) To announce the business before the House in the
3    order upon which it is to be acted, except as limited by
4    these House Rules. The Presiding Officer shall perform this
5    duty during the period that he or she is presiding.
6        (4) To recognize those members entitled to the floor.
7        (5) To state and put to a vote all questions that are
8    regularly moved or that necessarily arise in the course of
9    the proceedings, and to announce the result of the vote.
10        (6) To preserve order and decorum.
11        (7) To decide all points of order, subject to appeal,
12    and to speak on these points in preference to other
13    members.
14        (8) To inform the House when necessary, or when any
15    question is raised, on any point of order or practice
16    pertinent to the pending business.
17        (9) To sign or authenticate all acts, proceedings, or
18    orders of the House. All writs, warrants, and subpoenae
19    issued by order of the House, or any of its committees,
20    shall be signed by the Speaker and attested by the Clerk.
21        (10) To sign all bills passed by both chambers of the
22    General Assembly to certify that the procedural
23    requirements for passage have been met.
24        (11) To have general supervision of the House Chamber,
25    House galleries, House committee rooms and chapel, and
26    adjoining and connecting hallways and passages, including



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1    the duty to protect their security and safety and the power
2    to clear them when necessary. The House Chamber shall not
3    be used without permission of the Speaker.
4        (12) To have general supervision of the Clerk and his
5    or her assistants, the Doorkeeper and his or her
6    assistants, the majority caucus staff, the
7    parliamentarians, and all employees of the House except the
8    minority caucus staff.
9        (13) To determine the number of majority caucus members
10    and minority caucus members to be appointed to all
11    committees, except the Rules Committee created by Rule 15
12    and those committees that may be created under Article XII
13    of these Rules.
14        (14) To appoint all Chairpersons, Co-Chairpersons, and
15    Vice-Chairpersons of committees (from either the majority
16    or minority caucus), and to appoint all majority caucus
17    members of committees.
18        (15) To enforce all constitutional provisions,
19    statutes, rules, and regulations applicable to the House.
20        (16) To guide and direct the proceedings of the House
21    subject to the control and will of the members.
22        (17) To direct the Clerk to correct non-substantive
23    errors in the Journal.
24        (18) To assign meeting places and meeting times to
25    committees and subcommittees.
26        (19) To perform any other duties assigned to the



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1    Speaker by these House Rules or jointly by the House and
2    Senate.
3        (20) To decide, subject to these House Rules and the
4    control and will of the members, all questions relating to
5    the priority of business.
6        (21) To issue, in cooperation with the Comptroller and
7    after clearance with the United States Internal Revenue
8    Service, written regulations covering administration of
9    contingent expense allowances of members of the House.
10        (22) To appoint one or more parliamentarians to serve
11    at the pleasure of the Speaker.
12    (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
13of 71 members elected.
14    (House Rule 9)
15    9. Schedule.
16    (a) The Speaker shall periodically establish a schedule of
17days on which the House shall convene in regular, perfunctory,
18and veto session, with that schedule subject to revision at the
19discretion of the Speaker.
20    (b) The Speaker may schedule or reschedule deadlines at his
21or her discretion for any action on any category of legislative
22measure as the Speaker deems appropriate, including deadlines
23for the following legislative actions:
24        (1) Final day to request bills from the Legislative
25    Reference Bureau.



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1        (2) Final day for introduction of bills.
2        (3) Final day for standing committees of the House to
3    report House bills, except House appropriation bills.
4        (4) Final day for standing committees of the House to
5    report House appropriation bills.
6        (5) Final day for Third Reading and passage of House
7    bills, except House appropriation bills.
8        (6) Final day for Third Reading and passage of House
9    appropriation bills.
10        (7) Final day for standing committees of the House to
11    report Senate appropriation bills.
12        (8) Final day for standing committees of the House to
13    report Senate bills, except appropriation bills.
14        (9) Final day for special committees to report to the
15    House.
16        (10) Final day for Third Reading and passage of Senate
17    appropriation bills.
18        (11) Final day for Third Reading and passage of Senate
19    bills, except appropriation bills.
20        (12) Final day for consideration of joint action
21    motions and conference committee reports.
22    Deadlines do not apply to legislative measures on the
23Petition Calendar.
24    (c) The Speaker may schedule or reschedule any necessary
25deadlines for legislative action during any special session of
26the House. The Speaker may establish a Weekly Order of Business



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1or a Daily Order of Business setting forth the date and
2approximate time at which specific legislative measures may be
3considered by the House. The Weekly Order of Business or Daily
4Order of Business is effective upon being filed by the Speaker
5with the Clerk and takes the place of the standing order of
6business for the amount of time necessary for its completion.
7Nothing in this Rule, however, limits the Speaker's or
8Presiding Officer's powers under Rule 4(c)(3) or Rule 43(a);
9however, this Rule is subject to the limitations of Rule 31.
10    (d) The foregoing deadlines, or any revisions to those
11deadlines, are effective upon being filed by the Speaker with
12the Clerk. The Clerk shall journalize those deadlines.
13    (e) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
14of 71 members elected.
15    (House Rule 15)
16    15. Rules Committee.
17    (a) The Rules Committee is created as a permanent
18committee. The Rules Committee shall consist of 5 members, 3
19appointed by the Speaker and 2 appointed by the Minority
20Leader. The Speaker and the Minority Leader are each eligible
21to be appointed to the Rules Committee. The Rules Committee may
22conduct business when a majority of the total number of its
23members has been appointed.
24    (b) The majority caucus members of the Rules Committee
25shall serve at the pleasure of the Speaker, and the minority



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1caucus members shall serve at the pleasure of the Minority
2Leader. Appointments shall be by notice filed with the Clerk,
3and shall be effective for the balance of the term or until a
4replacement appointment is made, whichever first occurs.
5Appointments take effect upon filing with the Clerk, regardless
6of whether the House is in session. Notwithstanding any other
7provision of these Rules, any Representative who is replaced on
8the Rules Committee may be re-appointed to the Rules Committee
9without concurrence of the House.
10    (c) The Rules Committee shall not consider or conduct a
11hearing with respect to a subject matter or a legislative
12measure absent notice first being given as follows:
13        (1) One hour advance notice for the consideration of
14    any floor amendment, joint action motion for final action,
15    conference committee report, or motion to table a committee
16    amendment.
17        (2) Seventy-two hours advance notice to consider the
18    referral of bills to committees of the House or joint
19    committees of the House and Senate.
20        (3) Twenty-four hours advance notice for hearings held
21    for purposes not specified in items (1) and (2) of this
22    subsection (c).
23    (c-1) The Chairperson of the Rules Committee shall post the
24notice required under subsection (c) on the House bulletin
25board identifying each subject matter and each legislative
26measure that may be considered during the hearing. The notice



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1shall contain the day, hour, and place of the hearing. This
2subsection may not be suspended.
3    (c-2) The posting requirements of items (2) and (3) of
4subsection (c) of this Rule may be reduced to a one-hour
5advance notice upon the adoption of a motion by 71 members
6elected. The posting requirement of item (1) of subsection (c)
7of this Rule may not be suspended.
8    Notice requirements for hearings may be suspended only as
9authorized by this subsection, and no hearing shall be
10conducted with less than a one-hour advance notice. This
11subsection may not be suspended. Notwithstanding any other
12provision of these Rules, the Rules Committee may meet upon
13reasonable public notice that includes a statement of the
14subjects to be considered. All legislative measures pending
15before the Rules Committee are eligible for consideration at
16any of its meetings, and all of those legislative measures are
17deemed posted for hearing by the Rules Committee for all of its
19    (d) Upon concurrence of a majority of those appointed, the
20Rules Committee may advance any legislative measure pending
21before it to the House, without referral to another committee;
22except that (i) the Rules Committee, however, shall not so
23report any bill that has never been favorably reported by or
24discharged from a standing committee or a special committee of
25the House or recommended for action by a joint committee of the
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1to the Rules Committee shall be required to refer to the House
2any floor amendment, joint action motion for final action,
3conference committee report, or motion to table a committee
4amendment. A bill advanced to the House shall be placed on the
5Daily Calendar on the order on which it appeared before it was
6re-referred to the Rules Committee.
7    (e) Except for those provisions that cannot be suspended,
8this This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote of
971 members elected.
10    (House Rule 16)
11    16. Referrals of Resolutions and Reorganization Orders.
12    (a) All resolutions, except adjournment resolutions and
13resolutions considered under subsection (b) or (c) of this
14Rule, after being initially read by the Clerk, shall be ordered
15reproduced and automatically referred to the Rules Committee,
16which may thereafter refer any resolution before it to the
17House or to a standing committee or special committee. No
18resolution, except adjournment resolutions and resolutions
19considered under subsection (b) or (c) of this Rule, may be
20considered by the House unless (i) referred to the House by the
21Rules Committee under Rule 18, (ii) favorably reported by a
22standing committee or special committee, (iii) authorized
23under Article XII, or (iv) discharged from committee pursuant
24to Rule 18(g) or Rule 58. An adjournment resolution is subject
25to Rule 66.



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1    (b) Any member may file a congratulatory or death
2resolution for consideration by the House. The Principal
3Sponsor of each congratulatory or death resolution shall pay a
4reasonable fee, determined by the Clerk with the approval of
5the Speaker, to offset the actual cost of producing the
6congratulatory or death resolution. The fee may be paid from
7the office allowance provided by Section 4 of the General
8Assembly Compensation Act, or from any other funds available to
9the member. Upon agreement of the Speaker and the Minority
10Leader, congratulatory or death resolutions may be immediately
11considered and adopted by the House without referral to the
12Rules Committee, unless a member removes a resolution from
13consideration under this subsection (b) by filing an objection
14with the Clerk before the vote of the House. Any resolution
15that is removed under this subsection (b) shall be
16automatically referred to the Rules Committee and shall be
17eligible for consideration under subsection (a). The remaining
18Those resolutions, not removed from consideration under this
19subsection (b), may be adopted as a group by a single motion.
20Congratulatory and death resolutions shall be entered on the
21Journal only by number, sponsorship, and subject. The
22provisions of this subsection requiring the Principal Sponsor
23to pay a reasonable fee may not be suspended.
24    (c) Death resolutions in memory of former members of the
25General Assembly and former constitutional officers, upon
26introduction, may be immediately considered by the House



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1without referral to the Rules Committee. Those resolutions
2shall be entered on the Journal in full.
3    (d) Executive reorganization orders of the Governor issued
4under Article V, Sec. 11 of the Constitution, upon being read
5into the record by the Clerk, are automatically referred to the
6Rules Committee for its referral to a standing committee or a
7special committee, which may issue a recommendation to the
8House with respect to the Executive Order. The House may
9disapprove of an Executive Order only by resolution adopted by
10a majority of those elected; no such resolution is in order
11until a standing committee or a special committee has reported
12to the House on the executive reorganization, or until the
13Executive Order has been discharged under Rule 58.
14    (House Rule 18)
15    18. Referrals to Committees.
16    (a) All House Bills and Senate Bills, after being initially
17read by the Clerk, are automatically referred to the Rules
19    (b) During odd-numbered years, the Rules Committee shall
20thereafter refer any such bill before it to a standing
21committee or a special committee within 3 legislative days,
22provided that referral shall not be required for a House bill
23that is introduced after the introduction deadline for House
24bills or a Senate bill that is referred to the Rules Committee
25after the deadline for House committee consideration of Senate



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1bills. During even-numbered years, the Rules Committee shall
2refer to a standing committee or a special committee only
3appropriation bills implementing the budget and bills deemed by
4the Rules Committee, by the affirmative vote of a majority
5appointed, to be of an emergency nature or to be of substantial
6importance to the operation of government. This subsection (b)
7applies equally to House Bills and Senate Bills introduced into
8or received by the House.
9    (b-5) Notwithstanding subsection (b), the Rules Committee
10may refer bills to a joint committee of the House and Senate
11created by joint resolution. That joint committee shall report
12back to the Rules Committee any recommendation for action made
13by that joint committee. The Rules committee may, at any time,
14however, refer the bill to a standing or special committee of
15the House.
16    (c) A standing committee or a special committee may refer a
17subject matter or a legislative measure pending in that
18committee to a subcommittee of that committee.
19    (d) All legislative measures favorably reported by a
20standing committee or a special committee, or discharged from a
21standing committee or a special committee under Rule 58, shall
22be referred to the House and placed on the appropriate order of
23business, which shall appear on the daily calendar. All
24legislative measures, except bills or resolutions on the
25Consent Calendar, bills or resolutions assigned short debate
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1amendments, so referred are automatically assigned standard
2debate status, subject to Rule 52.
3    (e) All floor amendments, joint action motions for final
4action, conference committee reports, and motions to table
5committee amendments, upon filing with the Clerk, are
6automatically referred to the Rules Committee. The Rules
7Committee may refer any floor amendment, joint action motion
8for final action, conference committee report, or motion to
9table a committee amendment to the House or to a standing
10committee or a special committee for its review and
11consideration (in those instances, and notwithstanding any
12other provision of these Rules, the standing committee or
13special committee may hold a hearing on and consider those
14legislative measures pursuant to a one-hour advance notice
15given no later than the calendar day before the date of the
16hearing). Any floor amendment, joint action motion for final
17action, conference committee report, or motion to table a
18committee amendment that is not referred to the House by, or
19discharged from, the Rules Committee is out of order, except
20that any floor amendment, joint action motion for final action,
21conference committee report, or motion to table a committee
22amendment favorably reported by, or discharged from, a standing
23committee or a special committee is deemed referred to the
24House by the Rules Committee for purposes of this Rule. All
25joint action motions for final action, conference committee
26reports and motions to table committee amendments so referred



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1are automatically assigned standard debate status, subject to
2Rule 52. Floor amendments referred to the House under this Rule
3are automatically assigned amendment debate status.
4    (f) The Rules Committee may at any time refer or re-refer a
5legislative measure from a committee to a Committee of the
6Whole or to any other committee.
7    (g) Legislative measures may be discharged from the Rules
8Committee upon the affirmative vote of 71 members elected only
9by unanimous consent of the House. Any bill discharged from the
10Rules Committee shall be placed on the order of Second Reading
11and assigned standard debate status, subject to Rule 52.
12    (h) Except for those provisions that require unanimous
13consent, this Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative
14vote of 71 members elected.
15    (House Rule 19)
16    19. Re-Referrals to the Rules Committee.
17    (a) All legislative measures that fail to meet the
18applicable deadline established under Rule 9 for reporting to
19the House by a standing committee or a special committee, for
20Third Reading and passage, or for consideration of joint action
21motions and conference committee reports are automatically
22re-referred to the Rules Committee unless: (i) the deadline has
23been suspended or revised by the Speaker, with re-referral to
24the Rules Committee to occur if the bill has not been reported
25to the House in accordance with a revised deadline; or (ii) the



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1Rules Committee has issued a written exception to the Clerk
2with respect to a particular bill before the reporting
3deadline, with re-referral to occur, if at all, in accordance
4with the written exception; or (iii) the bill or resolution is
5pending before the House on the Petition Calendar.
6    (b) All legislative measures pending before the House or
7any of its committees are automatically re-referred to the
8Rules Committee on the 31st consecutive day that the House has
9not convened for session unless: (i) any deadline applicable to
10the bill or resolution that has been designated by the Speaker
11under Rule 9 exceeds 31 days, with re-referral to occur, if at
12all, in accordance with that deadline; (ii) this Rule is
13suspended under Rule 67; or (iii) the Rules Committee, by the
14affirmative vote of a majority appointed, issues a written
15exception to the Clerk before that 31st day; or (iv) the bill
16or resolution is pending before the House on the Petition
18    (House Rule 21)
19    21. Notice.
20    (a) Except as provided in Rule 18(e) or unless this Rule is
21suspended under Rule 67 or unless the Rules Committee by
22majority vote waives the notice requirement for a subject
23matter hearing of any committee, standing committees, special
24committees, committees created under Article X of these Rules,
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1conduct a hearing with respect to a subject matter or a
2legislative measure absent notice first being given as follows:
3        (1) The Chairperson of the committee, or the
4    Co-Chairperson from the majority caucus of a standing or
5    special committee, shall, no later than 6 days before any
6    proposed hearing, post a notice on the House bulletin board
7    identifying each subject matter and each legislative
8    measure, other than a committee amendment upon initial
9    consideration under Rule 40, that may be considered during
10    that hearing. The notice shall contain the day, hour, and
11    place of the hearing. Legislative measures and subject
12    matters posted for hearing as provided in this item (1) may
13    also be considered at any committee hearing re-convened
14    following a recess of the committee for which notice was
15    posted, but only if the House has met or was scheduled to
16    meet in regular, veto, or special session on each calendar
17    day from the time of the original committee hearing to the
18    re-convened committee hearing.
19        (2) Meetings of the Rules Committee may be called under
20    Rule 15; meetings of the standing committees and special
21    committees to consider floor amendments, joint action
22    motions for final action consideration, conference
23    committee reports, and motions to table committee
24    amendments may be called under Rule 18.
25        (3) The Chairperson, or Co-Chairperson from the
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1    in advance of a committee hearing, notify all Principal
2    Sponsors of legislative measures posted for that hearing of
3    the date, time, and place of hearing. When practical, the
4    Clerk shall include a notice of all scheduled hearings,
5    together with all posted bills and resolutions, in the
6    Daily Calendar of the House. Regardless of whether a
7    particular legislative measure or subject matter has been
8    posted for hearing, it is in order for a committee during
9    any of its meetings to refer a subject matter or
10    legislative measure pending before it to a subcommittee of
11    that committee.
12    (b) Other than the Rules Committee, no committee may meet
13during any session of the House, and no commission created by
14Illinois law that has legislative membership may meet during
15any session of the House.
16    (c) Each standing appropriations committee shall meet at
17least once during each month of the calendar year. When the
18House is not in session, each standing appropriations committee
19shall hold each month at least one hearing in Illinois at a
20location other than the City of Springfield or the City of
22    (d) (c) Regardless of whether notice has been previously
23given, it is always in order for a committee to table any
24legislative measure pending before it when the Principal
25Sponsor so requests, subject to Rule 60.
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1vote of 71 members elected, subject to Rule 25.
2    (House Rule 22)
3    22. Committee Procedure.
4    (a) A committee may consider any legislative measure
5referred to it, except as provided in subsection (b), and may
6make with respect to that legislative measure one of the
7following reports to the House or to the parent committee, as
9        (1) that the bill "do pass";
10        (2) that the bill "do not pass";
11        (3) that the bill "do pass as amended";
12        (4) that the bill "do not pass as amended";
13        (5) that the resolution "be adopted";
14        (6) that the resolution "be not adopted";
15        (7) that the resolution "be adopted as amended";
16        (8) that the resolution "be not adopted as amended";
17        (9) that the floor amendment, joint action motion,
18    conference committee report, or motion to table a committee
19    amendment referred by the Rules Committee "be adopted";
20        (10) that the floor amendment, joint action motion,
21    conference committee report, or motion to table a committee
22    amendment referred by the Rules Committee "be not adopted";
23        (11) "without recommendation"; or
24        (12) "tabled".
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1concurrence of a majority of those appointed. All legislative
2measures reported "do pass", "do pass as amended", "be
3adopted", or "be adopted as amended" are favorably reported to
4the House. Except as otherwise provided by these Rules, any
5legislative measure referred or re-referred to a committee and
6not reported under this Rule shall remain in that committee.
7    (b) No bill or committee amendment that provides for an
8appropriation of money from the State Treasury may be
9considered by an Appropriations Committee unless the bill or
10committee amendment is limited to appropriations to a single
11department, office, or institution; this provision does not
12apply to floor amendments, joint action motions, or conference
13committee reports.
14    No bill that provides for an appropriation of money from
15the State Treasury may be considered for passage by the House
16unless it has first been favorably reported by an
17Appropriations Committee or:
18        (1) the bill was discharged from an Appropriations
19    Committee under Rule 58;
20        (2) the bill was exempted from this requirement by a
21    majority of those appointed to the Rules Committee; or
22        (3) this Rule was suspended under Rule 67.
23    Standing appropriations committees shall conduct hearings
24for the purpose of reviewing (i) performance data compiled by
25departments of State government pursuant to Section 50-15 of
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1Illinois and (ii) other performance data that is requested by
2the committees from departments of State government and other
3recipients of State appropriations.
4    (c) The Chairperson of each committee, or Co-Chairperson
5from the majority caucus of a standing or special committee,
6shall keep, or cause to be kept by the Clerk's Office, a record
7in which there shall be entered:
8        (1) The time and place of each meeting of the
9    committee.
10        (2) The attendance of committee members at each
11    meeting.
12        (3) The votes cast by the committee members on all
13    legislative measures acted on by the committee.
14        (4) The "Record of Committee Witness" forms executed by
15    each person appearing or registering in each committee
16    meeting, which shall include identification of the
17    witness, the person, group, or firm represented by
18    appearance and the capacity in which the representation is
19    made (if the person is representing someone other than
20    himself or herself), his or her position on the legislation
21    under consideration, and the nature of his or her desired
22    testimony.
23        (5) An audio recording of the proceedings.
24        (6) Such additional information as may be requested by
25    the Clerk.
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1the majority caucus of a standing or special committee, shall
2file with the Clerk, along with every legislative measure
3reported upon, a written report containing such information as
4required by the Clerk. The Clerk may adopt forms, policies, and
5procedures with respect to the preparation, filing, and
6maintenance of the reports.
7    (e) When a committee fails to report a legislative measure
8pending before it to the House, or when a committee fails to
9hold a public hearing on a legislative measure pending before
10it, the exclusive means to bring that legislative measure
11directly before the House for its consideration is as provided
12in Rule 18 or Rule 58.
13    (f) No legislative measure may be called for a vote in a
14standing committee or special committee in the absence of the
15Principal Sponsor. The committee Chairperson, the committee
16Minority Spokesperson, or a chief co-sponsor may present a bill
17or resolution in committee with the approval of the Principal
18Sponsor when the committee consents. In the case of standing or
19special committees with Co-Chairpersons from different
20political parties, the "Chairperson" means the Co-Chairperson
21from the majority caucus, and the "Minority Spokesperson" means
22the Co-Chairperson from the minority caucus. This subsection
23may not be suspended.
24    (g) Motions for committee approval of bills and resolutions
25are renewable, provided that no bill or resolution may be voted
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1bill or resolution favorably, or to reconsider the vote by
2which the committee adopted a motion to report the bill or
3resolution unfavorably. A bill or resolution having failed to
4receive a favorable recommendation after 2 such record votes
5shall be automatically reported with the appropriate
6unfavorable recommendation.
7    (h) A bill or resolution shall be given short debate status
8by report of the committee if the bill or resolution was
9favorably reported by a three-fifths vote of the members
10present and voting, including those voting "present". Bills and
11resolutions receiving favorable reports may be placed upon the
12Consent Calendar as provided in Rule 42.
13    (i) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
14of 71 members elected.
15    (House Rule 31)
16    31. Standing Order of Business. The Unless otherwise
17determined by the Presiding Officer, the standing daily order
18of business of the House is as follows:
19        (1) Call to Order, Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance,
20    and Roll Call.
21        (2) Petition Calendar.
22        (3) (2) Approval of the Journal.
23        (4) (3) Reading of House Bills a first time.
24        (5) (4) Reports from committees, with reports from the
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1        (6) (5) Presentation of Resolutions, Petitions, and
2    Messages.
3        (7) (6) Introduction of House Bills.
4        (8) (7) Messages from the Senate, not including reading
5    Senate Bills a first time.
6        (9) (8) Reading of House Bills a second time.
7        (10) (9) Reading of House Bills a third time.
8        (11) (10) Reading of Senate Bills a third time.
9        (12) (11) Reading of Senate Bills a second time.
10        (13) (12) Reading of Senate Bills a first time.
11        (14) (13) House Bills on the Order of Concurrence.
12        (15) (14) Senate Bills on the Order of Non-Concurrence.
13        (16) (15) Conference Committee Reports.
14        (17) (16) Motions in Writing.
15        (18) (17) Constitutional Amendment Resolutions.
16        (19) (18) Motions with respect to Vetoes.
17        (20) (19) Consideration of Resolutions.
18        (21) (20) Motions to Discharge Committee.
19        (22) (21) Motions to Take from the Table.
20        (23) (22) Motions to Suspend the Rules.
21        (24) (23) Consideration of Bills on the Order of
22    Postponed Consideration.
23    The Presiding Officer may vary the daily order of business
24of the House, but only with respect to items (3) through (24);
25items (1) and (2) must always be the first orders of business.
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1(2) at the direction of the Presiding Officer or upon the
2adoption of a motion to change the order of business.
3    This rule may not be suspended.
4    (House Rule 37)
5    37. Bills.
6    (a) A bill may be introduced in the House by sponsorship of
7one or more members of the House, whose names shall be on the
8reproduced copies of the bills, in the House Journal, and in
9the Legislative Digest. The Principal Sponsor shall be the
10first name to appear on the bill and may be joined by no more
11than 4 chief co-sponsors with the approval of the Principal
12Sponsor; other co-sponsors shall be separated from the
13Principal Sponsor and any chief co-sponsors by a comma. The
14Principal Sponsor may change the sponsorship of a bill to that
15of one or more other Representatives, or to that of the
16standing committee or special committee to which the bill was
17referred or from which the bill was reported. Such change may
18be made at any time the bill is pending before the House or any
19of its committees by filing a notice with the Clerk, provided
20that the addition of any member as a Principal Sponsor, chief
21co-sponsor, or co-sponsor must be with that member's consent.
22This subsection may not be suspended.
23    (b) The Principal Sponsor of a bill controls that bill. A
24committee-sponsored bill is controlled by the Chairperson, or
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1from the majority caucus, who for purposes of these Rules is
2deemed the Principal Sponsor. Committee-sponsored bills may
3not have individual co-sponsors.
4    (c) The Senate sponsor of a bill originating in the Senate
5may request substitute House sponsorship of that bill by filing
6a notice with the Clerk; such a notice is automatically
7referred to the Rules Committee and deemed adopted if approved
8by the Rules Committee. If disapproved by the Rules Committee,
9the notice shall lie on the table. If the Rules Committee fails
10to act on a notice, that notice may be discharged by unanimous
12    (d) All bills introduced in the House shall be read by
13title a first time, ordered reproduced, and automatically
14referred to the Rules Committee in accordance with Rule 18.
15After a Senate Bill is received and a House member has
16submitted notification to the Clerk of sponsorship of that
17bill, it shall be read by title, ordered reproduced, and
18automatically referred to the Rules Committee in accordance
19with Rule 18.
20    (e) All bills introduced into the House shall be
21accompanied by 6 copies. Any bill that amends a statute shall
22indicate the particular changes in the following manner:
23        (1) All new matter shall be underscored.
24        (2) All matter that is to be omitted or superseded
25    shall be shown crossed with a line.
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1government shall make appropriations pursuant to the
2standardized line items identified as items (1) through (18) of
3Section 13 of the State Finance Act with specific appropriation
4amounts for each item. Appropriations for other purposes may be
5included in an appropriation bill only if required by law or if
6it has been a custom and practice as documented by
7appropriations enacted for State fiscal year 2009.
8    This subsection (e-5) may be suspended only by the
9affirmative vote of 71 members elected.
10    (f) No bill shall be passed by the House except on a record
11vote of a majority of those elected, subject to Rule 69. A bill
12that has lost on third reading and has not been reconsidered
13may not thereafter be revived. If a motion for the adoption of
14a first conference committee report fails and the motion is not
15reconsidered, then a second conference committee may be
16appointed as provided in Rule 76(c). If a motion for the
17adoption of a second conference committee report fails and is
18not reconsidered, then the bill may not thereafter be revived.
19    (g) An appropriation bill that is amended in the House may
20not be considered on Third Reading until the third calendar day
21following the adoption or tabling of any House committee or
22House floor amendments to the bill.
23    This subsection (g) may be suspended only by the
24affirmative vote of 71 members elected.
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1    39. Reproduction and Distribution. The Clerk shall, as soon
2as any bill or amendment is reproduced, cause the bill to be
3placed upon the desks of the members. Reproduction and
4distribution may be done electronically, or the Clerk may
5establish a method that any member may use to secure a copy of
6any bill. The Clerk shall record the date and time at which
7each amendment is filed and distributed.
8    (House Rule 40)
9    40. Amendments.
10    (a) An amendment to a bill may be adopted by a standing
11committee or special committee when the bill is before that
12committee. An amendment to a bill may be adopted by the House
13when a bill is on the order of Second Reading if: (i) the Rules
14Committee has referred the floor amendment to the House for
15consideration under Rule 18; (ii) a standing committee or
16special committee has referred the floor amendment to the
17House; or (iii) the floor amendment has been discharged from
18committee pursuant to Rule 18(g) or Rule 58. All amendments
19must be in writing. All committee amendments that are in
20compliance with the requirements of these House Rules have been
21timely filed, as determined by the Chairperson, shall be
22considered by the committee or a subcommittee of that committee
23prior to consideration by the committee of the bill to which
24the amendment relates. All amendments not adopted to a bill and
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1the passage or defeat of a bill on Third Reading are
2automatically tabled.
3    (b) Except as otherwise provided in these Rules, committee
4amendments may be offered only by the Principal Sponsor or a
5member of the committee while the affected bill is assigned to
6before that committee, and shall be adopted by a majority of
7those appointed. If a committee amendment is filed by a member
8who is not authorized to do so, that amendment shall be
9recorded by the Clerk as out of order. Floor amendments may be
10offered for adoption only by a Representative while the bill is
11on the order of Second Reading, subject to Rule 18, and shall
12be adopted by a majority vote of the House. The sponsor of a
13committee or floor amendment may change the sponsorship of the
14amendment to that of another member, with that other member's
15consent. Such change may be made at any time the amendment is
16pending before the House or any of its committees by filing
17notice with the Clerk. A committee amendment may be the subject
18of a motion to "do adopt" or "do not adopt". A committee
19amendment may be adopted only by a successful motion to "do
20adopt". The Chairperson of a committee may refer any committee
21amendment to a subcommittee of that committee.
22    (c) Committee amendments shall be filed with the Clerk of
23the House and shall be automatically referred to the committee
24before which the underlying bill or resolution is pending
25Chairperson of the committee, and are in order only when
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1committee with a copy (which may be done in the same manner as
2distribution of bills under Rule 39) and 6 additional copies
3for the Chairperson. Floor amendments shall be filed with the
4Clerk only while the bill is on the order of Second Reading or
5Third Reading. Amendments shall not be considered filed until
6they are entered into the General Assembly's computer system by
7the Clerk as a filed amendment. Amendments , and are in order
8only when 6 copies have been filed. The Clerk shall number
9amendments sequentially in the order submitted, and all
10amendments that are in order shall be considered in ascending
11numerical order.
12    (d) The Clerk shall have reproduced, as expeditiously as
13possible, all adopted committee amendments that are filed
14pursuant to these Rules come before the House. The Clerk shall
15also have reproduced all floor amendments referred to the House
16by a committee. No committee or floor amendment may be adopted
17by the House unless it has been reproduced and placed on the
18members' desks pursuant to in the same manner as for bills
19under Rule 39, except that no committee amendment may be
20adopted by a committee during the 24-hour time period
21immediately following the filing of the amendment.
22    This subsection (d) may be suspended only by the
23affirmative vote of 71 members elected.
24    (e) No floor amendment is in order unless it has been first
25referred to the House for consideration by the Rules Committee
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1standing committee or special committee. A floor amendment may
2be referred to the House for consideration, or to a standing or
3special committee, only while the bill is on the order of
4Second Reading or Third Reading.
5    (f) Amendments that propose to alter any existing law shall
6conform to the requirements of Rule 37(e).
7    (g) If a committee reports a bill "do pass as amended", the
8committee amendments are deemed adopted by the committee action
9and shall be reproduced and placed on the members' desks (which
10may be done in the same manner as provided for bills under Rule
1139) before the bill may be read a second time.
12    (h) In the case of special committees with Co-Chairpersons
13from different political parties, the "Chairperson" for the
14purposes of this Rule is the Co-Chairperson from the majority
16    (i) No committee amendment shall be filed with the Clerk
17while a bill is assigned to the Rules Committee. Committee
18amendments may be filed for a resolution pending in the Rules
19Committee only if the resolution would adopt or amend House
20Rules or Joint House-Senate Rules pursuant to Rule 67.
21    (House Rule 42.1 new)
22    42.1. Petition Motion Calendar.
23    (a) The Principal Sponsor of a bill or resolution may file
24with the Clerk a motion signed by 71 members requesting
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1with regard to any bill or resolution pending in a House
2Committee or pending on an order of business on the Daily
4    (b) The Clerk shall include a Petition Calendar on the
5Daily Calendar and designate it as a separate part of the Daily
6Calendar. A bill that is pending in a committee when a petition
7motion is filed shall be placed on the Petition Calendar order
8of Second Reading. A resolution that is pending in a committee
9when a petition motion is filed shall be placed on the Petition
10Calendar order of Resolutions. A bill or resolution that is on
11an order of business on the Daily Calendar when a petition
12motion is filed shall be placed on the same order of business
13on the Petition Calendar.
14    (c) A legislative measure on the Petition Calendar shall be
15moved between the orders of Second Reading, Third Reading, and
16Postponed Consideration at the request of the Principal
17Sponsor, except as limited by Rule 41.
18    (d) Whenever the House is on this order of business, the
19principal sponsor of each legislative measure on the Petition
20Calendar shall have the right to call that measure for
21consideration by the House.
22    (e) This rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
23of 71 members elected.
24    (House Rule 43)
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1    (a) Any order of business may be changed at any time by the
2Speaker or Presiding Officer, except as limited by Rule 31.
3    (b) Any order of business may be changed at any time upon
4the motion of any member, supported by 5 additional members, if
5the motion is adopted by an affirmative vote of 71 members
7    (c) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
8of 71 members elected.
9    (House Rule 44)
10    44. Special Orders; Rules Committee.
11    (a) A special order of business may be set by the Rules
12Committee or by the Speaker. The Principal Sponsor of a bill or
13resolution must consent to the placement of the bill or
14resolution on a special order. A special order shall fix the
15day to which it applies and the matters to be included. The
16Speaker, or the Rules Committee by a vote of a majority of the
17members appointed, may establish time limits for a special
18order and may establish limitations on debate during a special
19order (notwithstanding Rule 52), in which event the allotted
20time shall be fairly divided between proponents and opponents
21of the legislation to be considered. A special order of
22business takes the place of the standing order for such time as
23may be necessary for its completion but may occur no earlier
24than after the completion of standing order (2) of Rule 31.
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1may be included in a special order.
2    (b) A special order shall appear on the Daily Calendar for
33 legislative days. This subsection (b) may be suspended only
4by the affirmative vote of 71 members elected.
5    (c) A special order may be suspended, amended, or modified
6by motion adopted by an affirmative vote of 60 members. A
7special order shall be suspended by a written objection signed
8by 3 members of the Rules Committee and filed during the first
9legislative day on which the special order appears on the
11    (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
12of 71 members elected.
13    (House Rule 51)
14    51. Decorum.
15    (a) When any member is about to speak to the House, he or
16she shall rise and address the Presiding Officer as "Speaker".
17The Presiding Officer, upon recognizing the member, shall
18address him or her by name, and thereupon the engineer in
19charge of operating the microphones in the House shall give the
20use of the microphone to the member who has been so recognized.
21The member in speaking shall confine himself or herself to the
22subject matter under discussion and avoid personalities.
23    (b) Questions affecting the rights, reputation, and
24conduct of members of the House in their representative
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1personal explanation does not constitute a question of personal
3    (c) If 2 or more members rise at once, the Presiding
4Officer shall name the member who is to speak first.
5    (d) No person shall give any signs of approbation or
6disapprobation while the House is in session.
7    (e) Recognition of guests by any member is prohibited,
8except that the Speaker or Presiding Officer may recognize an
9honored guest.
10    (f) While the Presiding Officer is putting a question, no
11member shall leave or walk across the House Chamber. When a
12member is addressing the House, no member or other person
13entitled to the floor shall entertain private discourse or pass
14between the member speaking and the Presiding Officer. No
15messages from individuals located outside the House Chamber
16shall be delivered in the Chamber by a doorkeeper, page, or any
17other person while the House is on any of the following orders
18of business: Reading of House Bills a third time, Reading of
19Senate Bills a third time, House Bills on the Order of
20Concurrence, Senate Bills on the Order of Non-Concurrence, and
21Conference Committee Reports.
22    (g) In case of any disturbance or disorderly conduct, the
23Speaker or Presiding Officer may order that the lobby, gallery,
24or hallways adjoining the House Chamber be cleared.
25    (h) No literature may be distributed on the House floor.
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1unless he or she has leave or is sick or his or her absence is
2unavoidable. The switch to the electrical roll call recording
3equipment located on the desk of any member who has been
4excused or is absent shall be locked by the Clerk and shall not
5be unlocked until the member returns and files with the Clerk a
6request to be shown as present on the quorum roll call as
7provided in Rule 32(c).
8    (House Rule 75)
9    75. House Consideration of Joint Action.
10    (a) No joint action motion for final action or conference
11committee report may be considered by the House unless it has
12first been referred to the House by the Rules Committee or a
13standing committee or special committee in accordance with Rule
1418, or unless the joint action motion or conference committee
15report has been discharged from the Rules Committee under Rule
1618. Joint action motions for final action consideration and
17conference committee reports referred to a standing committee
18or special committee by the Rules Committee may not be
19discharged from the standing committee or special committee.
20This subsection (a) may be suspended by unanimous consent.
21    (b) No conference committee report may be considered by the
22House unless it has been reproduced and placed on the members'
23desks, in the same manner as provided for bills under Rule 39,
24for one full day during the period beginning with the convening
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1ending on the 30th day prior to the scheduled adjournment of
2the regular session established each year by the Speaker
3pursuant to Rule 9(a), and for one full hour on any other day.
4    (c) Before any conference committee report on an
5appropriation bill is considered by the House, the conference
6committee report shall first be the subject of a public hearing
7by a standing Appropriations Committee or a special committee
8(the conference committee report need not be referred to an
9Appropriations Committee or special committee, but instead may
10remain before the Rules Committee or the House, as the case may
11be). The hearing shall be held pursuant to not less than one
12hour advance notice by announcement on the House floor, or one
13day advance notice by posting on the House bulletin board. An
14Appropriations Committee or special committee shall not issue
15any report with respect to the conference committee report
16following the hearing.
17    (d) Any House Bill amended in the Senate and returned to
18the House for concurrence in the Senate amendment shall lie
19upon the desk of the Clerk for not less than one hour before
20being further considered.
21    (e) No House Bill that is returned to the House with Senate
22amendments may be called except by the Principal Sponsor, or by
23a chief co-sponsor with the consent of the Principal Sponsor.
24This subsection may not be suspended.
25    (f) Except as otherwise provided in Rule 74, the report of
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1resolution shall be confined to the subject of the bill or
2resolution referred to the conference committee. The report of
3a conference committee on an appropriation bill shall be
4confined to the subject of appropriations.
5    (House Rule 76.5 new)
6    76.5. Appropriation Bills. Joint action motions for final
7action on the order of Concurrence regarding an appropriation
8bill shall not be considered by the House until the third
9calendar day following the day that the bill was received back
10in the House with one or more amendments added by the Senate.
11Joint action motions for final action on the order of
12Non-concurrence regarding an appropriation bill shall not be
13considered by the House until the third calendar day following
14the day that the bill was received back in the House with a
15message requesting the House to recede from one or more of its
16amendments. Joint action motions for final action on the order
17of Conference Committee Reports regarding an appropriation
18bill shall not be considered by the House until the third
19calendar day following the day that the conference report to
20which the motion applies was filed with the Clerk.
21    Nothing in this Rule limits consideration of a joint action
22motion for final action by a committee of the House or a joint
23committee of the House and Senate.
24    This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote of
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1    (House Rule 102)
2    102. Definitions. As used in these Rules, terms have the
3meanings ascribed to them as follows, unless the context
4clearly requires a different meaning:
5        (1) Chairperson. "Chairperson" means that
6    Representative designated by the Speaker to serve as chair
7    of a committee.
8        (2) Co-Chairperson. "Co-Chairperson" means a
9    Representative designated by the Speaker to serve as
10    co-chair of a standing or special committee.
11        (3) Clerk. "Clerk" means the elected Clerk of the
12    House.
13        (4) Committee. "Committee" means a committee of the
14    House and includes a standing committee, the Rules
15    Committee, a special committee, committees created under
16    Article X and Article XII of these Rules, and a
17    subcommittee of a committee. "Committee" does not mean a
18    conference committee, and the procedural and notice
19    requirements applicable to committees do not apply to
20    conference committees.
21        (5) Constitution. "Constitution" means the
22    Constitution of the State of Illinois.
23        (6) General Assembly. "General Assembly" means the
24    current General Assembly of the State of Illinois.
25        (7) House. "House" means the House of Representatives



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1    of the General Assembly.
2        (8) Joint Action Motions. "Joint action motions" means
3    the following motions before the House: to concur in a
4    Senate amendment, to non-concur in a Senate amendment, to
5    recede from a House amendment, to refuse to recede from a
6    House amendment, to request that a conference committee be
7    appointed, and to adopt a conference committee report.
8        (8.5) Joint Action Motions for Final Action. "Joint
9    action motions for final action" means the following
10    motions before the House: to concur in a Senate amendment,
11    to recede from a House amendment, and to adopt a conference
12    committee report.
13        (9) Legislative Digest. "Legislative Digest" means the
14    Legislative Synopsis and Digest that is prepared by the
15    Legislative Reference Bureau of the General Assembly.
16        (10) Legislative Measures. "Legislative measures"
17    means all matters brought before the House for
18    consideration, whether originated in the House or Senate,
19    and includes bills, amendments, resolutions, conference
20    committee reports, motions, messages, notices, and
21    Executive Orders from the executive branch.
22        (11) Majority. "Majority" means a majority of those
23    members present and voting on a question. Unless otherwise
24    specified with respect to a particular House Rule, for
25    purposes of determining the number of members present and
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1    counted.
2        (12) Majority Caucus. "Majority caucus" means that
3    group of Representatives from the numerically strongest
4    political party in the House.
5        (13) Majority of those Appointed. "Majority of those
6    appointed" means a majority of the total number of
7    Representatives authorized under these Rules to be
8    appointed to a committee.
9        (14) Majority of those Elected. "Majority of those
10    elected" means a majority of the total number of
11    Representatives entitled to be elected to the House,
12    regardless of the number of elected or appointed
13    Representatives actually serving in office. So long as 118
14    Representatives are entitled to be elected to the House,
15    "majority of those elected" means 60 affirmative votes; 71
16    affirmative votes means three-fifths of the members
17    elected; and 79 affirmative votes means two-thirds of the
18    members elected.
19        (15) Member. "Member" means a Representative. Where
20    the context so requires, "member" may also mean a Senator
21    of the Illinois Senate.
22        (16) Members Appointed. "Members appointed" means the
23    total number of Representatives authorized under these
24    Rules to be appointed to a committee.
25        (17) Members Elected. "Members elected" means the 118
26    Representatives entitled to be elected to the House,



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1    regardless of the number of elected or appointed
2    Representatives actually serving in office.
3        (18) Minority Caucus. "Minority caucus" means that
4    group of Representatives from the second numerically
5    strongest political party in the House.
6        (19) Minority Leader. "Minority Leader" means the
7    Minority Leader of the House elected under Rule 2.
8        (20) Minority Spokesperson. "Minority spokesperson"
9    means that Representative designated by the Minority
10    Leader to serve as the minority spokesperson of a
11    committee.
12        (21) Perfunctory Session. "Perfunctory session" means
13    the convening of the House, pursuant to the scheduling of
14    the Speaker, for purposes consistent with Rule 28.
15        (22) Presiding Officer. "Presiding Officer" means that
16    Representative serving as the presiding officer of the
17    House, whether that Representative is the Speaker or
18    another Representative designated by the Speaker under
19    Rule 4.
20        (23) Principal Sponsor. "Principal sponsor" means the
21    first listed House sponsor of any legislative measure; with
22    respect to a committee-sponsored bill or resolution, it
23    means the Chairperson of the committee or the
24    Co-Chairperson from the majority caucus.
25        (24) Record Vote. "Record vote" means a vote by ayes
26    and nays entered on the journal.



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1        (25) Representative. "Representative" means any duly
2    elected or duly appointed Illinois State Representative,
3    and means the same as "member".
4        (26) Senate. "Senate" means the Senate of the General
5    Assembly.
6        (27) Speaker. "Speaker" means the Speaker of the House
7    elected as provided in Rule 1.
8        (28) Term. "Term" means the 2-year term of a General
9    Assembly.
10        (29) Vice-Chairperson. "Vice-Chairperson" means that
11    Representative designated by the Speaker to serve as
12    Vice-Chairperson of a committee.