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90_HR0006 LRB9000646REmbF 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 3 NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that the 4 following are adopted as the Rules of the House of 5 Representatives of the Ninetieth General Assembly: 6 I. ORGANIZATION 7 1. Election of the Speaker. 8 (a) At the first meeting of the House of each General 9 Assembly, the Secretary of State shall convene the House at 10 12:00 noon, designate a Temporary Clerk of the House, and 11 preside during the nomination and election of the Speaker. 12 As the first item of business each day before the election of 13 the Speaker, the Secretary of State shall order the Temporary 14 Clerk to call the roll of the members to establish the 15 presence of a quorum as required by the Constitution. If a 16 majority of those elected are not present, the House shall 17 stand adjourned until the next calendar day, excepting 18 weekends, at the hour prescribed in Rule 29. If a quorum of 19 members elected is present, the Secretary of State shall then 20 call for nominations of members for the Office of Speaker. 21 All nominations require a second. When the nominations are 22 completed, the Secretary of State shall direct the Temporary 23 Clerk to call the roll of the members to elect the Speaker. 24 (b) The election of the Speaker requires the affirmative 25 vote of a majority of those elected. Debate is not in order 26 following nominations and preceding or during the vote. 27 (c) No legislative measure may be considered and no 28 committees may be appointed or meet before the election of 29 the Speaker. 30 (d) When a vacancy in the Office of Speaker occurs, the 31 foregoing procedure shall be employed to elect a new Speaker; 32 when the Secretary of State is of a political party other 33 than that of the majority caucus, however, the Majority -2- LRB9000646REmbF 1 Leader shall preside during the nomination and election of 2 the successor Speaker. No legislative measures, other than 3 for the nomination and election of a successor Speaker, may 4 be considered by the House during a vacancy in the Office of 5 Speaker. 6 2. Election of the Minority Leader. 7 (a) The House shall elect a Minority Leader in a manner 8 consistent with the laws of Illinois. The Minority Leader is 9 the leader of the numerically strongest political party other 10 than the party to which the Speaker belongs. 11 (b) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 12 vote of 71 members elected. 13 3. Majority and Minority Leadership. 14 (a) The Speaker and the Minority Leader shall appoint 15 from within their respective caucuses the members of the 16 Majority and Minority Leaderships as allowed by law. 17 (b) Appointments are effective upon being filed with the 18 Clerk and remain effective at the pleasure of the Speaker and 19 Minority Leader, respectively, or until a vacancy occurs by 20 reason of resignation or because a leader has ceased to be a 21 Representative. Successor leaders shall be appointed in the 22 same manner as their predecessors. Leaders have those powers 23 delegated to them by the Speaker or Minority Leader, as the 24 case may be. 25 4. The Speaker. 26 (a) The Speaker has those powers conferred upon him or 27 her by the Constitution, the laws of Illinois, and any 28 motions or resolutions adopted by the House or jointly by the 29 House and Senate. 30 (b) Except as otherwise provided by law, the Speaker is 31 the chief administrative officer of the House and has those -3- LRB9000646REmbF 1 powers necessary to carry out those functions. The Speaker 2 may delegate administrative duties as he or she deems 3 appropriate. 4 (c) The duties of the Speaker include the following: 5 (1) To preside at all sessions of the House, 6 although the Speaker may call on any member to preside 7 temporarily as Presiding Officer. 8 (2) To open the session at the time at which the 9 House is to meet by taking the chair and calling the 10 members to order. The Speaker may call on any member to 11 open the session as Presiding Officer. 12 (3) To announce the business before the House in 13 the order upon which it is to be acted. The Presiding 14 Officer shall perform this duty during the period that he 15 or she is presiding. 16 (4) To recognize those members entitled to the 17 floor. 18 (5) To state and put to a vote all questions that 19 are regularly moved or that necessarily arise in the 20 course of the proceedings, and to announce the result of 21 the vote. 22 (6) To preserve order and decorum. 23 (7) To decide all points of order, subject to 24 appeal, and to speak on these points in preference to 25 other members. 26 (8) To inform the House when necessary, or when any 27 question is raised, on any point of order or practice 28 pertinent to the pending business. 29 (9) To sign or authenticate all acts, proceedings, 30 or orders of the House. All writs, warrants, and 31 subpoenae issued by order of the House, or any of its 32 committees, shall be signed by the Speaker and attested 33 by the Clerk. 34 (10) To sign all bills passed by both chambers of -4- LRB9000646REmbF 1 the General Assembly to certify that the procedural 2 requirements for passage have been met. 3 (11) To have general supervision, including the 4 duty to protect the security and safety, of the House 5 Chamber, galleries, and adjoining and connecting hallways 6 and passages, including the power to clear them when 7 necessary. The House Chamber shall not be used without 8 permission of the Speaker. 9 (12) To have general supervision of the Clerk and 10 his or her assistants, the Doorkeeper and his or her 11 assistants, the majority caucus staff, the 12 parliamentarians, and all employees of the House except 13 the minority caucus staff. 14 (13) To determine the number of majority caucus 15 members and minority caucus members to be appointed to 16 all committees, except the Rules Committee created by 17 Rule 15, the Committee on Conflicts of Interest created 18 by Rule 71, and those committees that may be created 19 under Article XII of these Rules. 20 (14) To appoint all Chairpersons, Co-Chairpersons, 21 and Vice-Chairpersons of committees (from either the 22 majority or minority caucus), and to appoint all majority 23 caucus members of committees. 24 (15) To enforce all constitutional provisions, 25 statutes, rules, and regulations applicable to the House. 26 (16) To guide and direct the proceedings of the 27 House subject to the control and will of the members. 28 (17) To direct the Clerk to correct non-substantive 29 errors in the Journal. 30 (18) To assign meeting places and meeting times to 31 committees and subcommittees. 32 (19) To perform any other duties assigned to the 33 Speaker by these House Rules or jointly by the House and 34 Senate. -5- LRB9000646REmbF 1 (20) To decide, subject to the control and will of 2 the members, all questions relating to the priority of 3 business. 4 (21) To issue, in cooperation with the Comptroller 5 and after clearance with the United States Internal 6 Revenue Service, written regulations covering 7 administration of contingent expense allowances of 8 members of the House. 9 (22) To appoint one or more parliamentarians to 10 serve at the pleasure of the Speaker. 11 (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 12 vote of 71 members elected. 13 5. Powers and Duties of the Minority Leader. 14 (a) The Minority Leader has those powers conferred upon 15 him or her by the Constitution, the laws of Illinois, and any 16 motions or resolutions adopted by the House or jointly by the 17 House and Senate. 18 (b) The Minority Leader shall appoint to all committees 19 the members from the minority caucus and shall designate a 20 Minority Spokesperson for each committee, except that the 21 Speaker may appoint a minority caucus member to be 22 Chairperson of a standing committee or Chairperson or 23 Co-Chairperson of a special committee. 24 (c) The Minority Leader has general supervision of the 25 minority caucus staff. 26 6. Clerk of the House. 27 (a) The House shall elect a Clerk, who may adopt 28 appropriate policies or procedures for the conduct of his or 29 her office. The Speaker is the final arbiter of any dispute 30 arising in connection with the operation of the Office of the 31 Clerk. 32 (b) The duties of the Clerk include the following: -6- LRB9000646REmbF 1 (1) To have custody of all bills, papers, and 2 records of the House, which shall not be taken out of the 3 Clerk's custody except in the regular course of business 4 in the House. 5 (2) To endorse on every original bill and each copy 6 its number, the names of sponsors, the date of 7 introduction, and the several orders taken on it. When 8 reproduced, the names of the sponsors shall appear on the 9 front page of the bill in the same order they appeared 10 when introduced. 11 (3) To cause each bill to be reproduced and placed 12 on the desks of the members as soon as it is reproduced, 13 as provided in Rule 39. 14 (4) To keep the Journal of the proceedings of the 15 House and, under the direction of the Speaker, correct 16 errors in the Journal. 17 (5) To keep the transcripts of the debates of the 18 House and make them available to the public under 19 reasonable conditions. 20 (6) To keep the necessary records for the House and 21 its committees and to prepare the House Calendar for each 22 legislative day. 23 (7) To examine all House Bills and Constitutional 24 Amendment Resolutions following Second Reading and before 25 final passage for the purpose of correcting any 26 non-substantive errors, and to report the same back to 27 the Speaker promptly; to supervise the enrolling and 28 engrossing of bills and resolutions, subject to the 29 direction of the Speaker; and to attest to the passage or 30 adoption of legislative measures, and to note thereon the 31 date of final House action. Any corrections made by the 32 Clerk and approved by the Speaker shall be entered on the 33 Journal. 34 (8) To transmit bills, other documents, and -7- LRB9000646REmbF 1 messages to the Senate and secure a receipt therefor, and 2 to receive from the Senate bills, other documents, and 3 messages and give receipt therefor. 4 (9) To file with the Secretary of State debate 5 transcripts and House documents as required by law. 6 (10) To attend every session of the House; record 7 the roll; and read all bills, resolutions, and other 8 papers as directed by the Speaker. Bills shall be read 9 by title only. 10 (11) To supervise the Assistant Clerk, the 11 Doorkeeper, pages, messengers, committee clerks, and 12 other employees of his or her office. 13 (12) To establish the format for all documents, 14 forms, and committee records and tapes prepared by 15 committee clerks. 16 (13) Subject to approval by the Speaker, to 17 establish standards of decorum and other standards 18 regarding written statements filed under Rule 53. 19 (14) To perform other duties assigned by the 20 Speaker. 21 7. Assistant Clerk of the House. The House shall, in a 22 manner consistent with the laws of Illinois, elect an 23 Assistant Clerk, who shall perform those duties assigned by 24 the Clerk. 25 8. Doorkeeper. The House shall elect a Doorkeeper who 26 shall perform those duties assigned by law, or as ordered by 27 the Speaker, Presiding Officer, or Clerk. Those duties shall 28 include the following: 29 (1) To attend the House during its sessions and 30 execute the commands of the Speaker or Presiding Officer. 31 (2) To maintain order among spectators admitted 32 into the House Chamber, galleries, and adjoining or -8- LRB9000646REmbF 1 connecting hallways and passages. 2 (3) To take proper measures to prevent interruption 3 of the House. 4 (4) To remove unruly persons from the House 5 Chamber, galleries, and adjoining and connecting hallways 6 and passages. 7 (5) To ensure that only authorized persons have 8 access to the House Chamber, galleries, and adjoining 9 hallways and passages, subject to the direction of the 10 Speaker. 11 (6) To supervise any Assistant Doorkeepers. 12 (7) To perform other duties assigned by the 13 Speaker. 14 9. Schedule. 15 (a) The Speaker shall periodically establish a schedule 16 of days on which the House shall convene in regular, 17 perfunctory, and veto session, with that schedule subject to 18 revision at the discretion of the Speaker. 19 (b) The Speaker may schedule or reschedule deadlines at 20 his or her discretion for any action on any category of 21 legislative measure as the Speaker deems appropriate, 22 including deadlines for the following legislative actions: 23 (1) Final day to request bills from the Legislative 24 Reference Bureau. 25 (2) Final day for introduction of bills. 26 (3) Final day for standing committees of the House 27 to report House bills, except House appropriation bills. 28 (4) Final day for standing committees of the House 29 to report House appropriation bills. 30 (5) Final day for Third Reading and passage of 31 House bills, except House appropriation bills. 32 (6) Final day for Third Reading and passage of 33 House appropriation bills. -9- LRB9000646REmbF 1 (7) Final day for standing committees of the House 2 to report Senate appropriation bills. 3 (8) Final day for standing committees of the House 4 to report Senate bills, except appropriation bills. 5 (9) Final day for special committees to report to 6 the House. 7 (10) Final day for Third Reading and passage of 8 Senate appropriation bills. 9 (11) Final day for Third Reading and passage of 10 Senate bills, except appropriation bills. 11 (12) Final day for consideration of joint action 12 motions and conference committee reports. 13 The Speaker may schedule or reschedule any necessary 14 deadlines for legislative action during any special session 15 of the House. The Speaker may establish a Weekly Order of 16 Business or a Daily Order of Business setting forth the date 17 and approximate time at which specific legislative measures 18 may be considered by the House. The Weekly Order of Business 19 or Daily Order of Business is effective upon being filed by 20 the Speaker with the Clerk and takes the place of the 21 standing order of business for the amount of time necessary 22 for its completion. Nothing in this Rule, however, limits 23 the Speaker's or Presiding Officer's powers under Rule 24 4(c)(3) or Rule 43(a). 25 (d) The foregoing deadlines, or any revisions to those 26 deadlines, are effective upon being filed by the Speaker with 27 the Clerk. The Clerk shall journalize those deadlines. 28 (e) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 29 vote of 71 members elected. 30 II. COMMITTEES 31 10. Committees. 32 (a) The committees of the House are: (i) the standing -10- LRB9000646REmbF 1 committees listed in Rule 11; (ii) the special committees 2 created under Rule 13; (iii) subcommittees created by 3 standing committees or by special committees; (iv) the Rules 4 Committee created under Rule 15; (v) the Committee on 5 Conflicts of Interest created under Rule 71; (vi) the 6 Election Contest or Qualifications Challenge Committees, if 7 any, created under Article X; and (vii) any committees 8 created under Article XII. Subcommittees may not create 9 subcommittees. 10 (b) Except as otherwise provided in this Rule, all 11 committees, except special committees created under Rule 13, 12 shall have a Chairperson and Minority Spokesperson, who may 13 be of the same political party. Special committees created 14 under Rule 13 that have Co-Chairpersons from different 15 political parties shall not have a Minority Spokesperson. 16 Each committee may have a Vice-Chairperson appointed by the 17 Speaker. Committees of the Whole shall consist of all 18 Representatives. The number of majority caucus members and 19 minority caucus members of all committees, except the Rules 20 Committee created under Rule 15, the Committee on Conflicts 21 of Interest created under Rule 71, and any committees that 22 may be created under Article XII, shall be determined by the 23 Speaker. The Speaker shall file a notice with the Clerk 24 setting forth the number of majority caucus and minority 25 caucus members of each committee, which shall be journalized. 26 A member may be temporarily replaced on a committee due to 27 illness or if the member is otherwise unavailable. All 28 leaders are non-voting ex-officio members of each standing 29 committee and each special committee, except that the leaders 30 may also be appointed to standing committees or special 31 committees as voting members. The Speaker may also appoint 32 any member of the majority caucus, and the Minority Leader 33 may appoint any member of the minority caucus, as a 34 non-voting ex-officio member of any standing committee or -11- LRB9000646REmbF 1 special committee. 2 (c) The Chairperson of a committee has the authority to 3 call the committee to order, designate the order in which 4 bills and resolutions posted for hearing shall be taken up, 5 order a record vote to be taken on each legislative measure 6 called for a vote, preserve order and decorum during 7 committee meetings, establish procedural rules (subject to 8 approval by the Speaker) governing the presentation and 9 consideration of legislative measures, and generally 10 supervise the affairs of the committee. The Vice-Chairperson 11 of a committee or other member of the committee from the 12 majority caucus may preside over its meetings in the absence 13 or at the direction of the Chairperson. In the case of 14 special committees with Co-Chairpersons from different 15 political parties, the "Chairperson" for purposes of this 16 Rule is the Co-Chairperson from the majority caucus. 17 (d) A vacancy on a committee, or in the position of 18 Chairperson, Co-Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, or Minority 19 Spokesperson on a committee, exists when a member resigns 20 from the position or ceases to be a Representative. 21 Resignations shall be made in writing to the Clerk, who shall 22 promptly notify the Speaker and Minority Leader. Absent 23 concurrence by a majority of those elected, except as 24 otherwise provided in Rule 15 and except in connection with 25 temporary replacements under Rule 10(b), no member who 26 resigns from a committee shall be re-appointed to that 27 committee for the remainder of the term. Replacement members 28 shall be of the same political party as that of the member 29 who resigns, and shall be appointed in the same manner as the 30 original appointment, except that in the case of the 31 resignation of a Chairperson or Co-Chairperson, the 32 replacement member need not be from the same political party. 33 In the case of vacancies on subcommittees that were created 34 by committees, the parent committee shall fill the vacancy in -12- LRB9000646REmbF 1 the same manner as the original appointment. 2 (e) The Chairperson of a committee has the authority to 3 call meetings of that committee, subject to the approval of 4 the Speaker. In the case of special committees with 5 Co-Chairpersons from different political parties, the 6 Co-Chairperson from the majority caucus has the authority to 7 call meetings of the special committee, subject to the 8 approval of the Speaker. Except as otherwise provided by 9 these Rules, committee meetings shall be convened in 10 accordance with Rule 21. 11 (f) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 12 vote of 71 members elected. 13 11. Standing Committees. The Standing Committees of the 14 House are as follows: 15 AGING 16 AGRICULTURE & CONSERVATION 17 APPROPRIATIONS - EDUCATION 18 APPROPRIATIONS - GENERAL SERVICES & GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT 19 APPROPRIATIONS - HUMAN SERVICES 20 APPROPRIATIONS - PUBLIC SAFETY 21 CITIES & VILLAGES 22 CONSUMER PROTECTION 23 LABOR & COMMERCE 24 REGISTRATION & REGULATION 25 COUNTIES & TOWNSHIPS 26 ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION 27 ELECTION REFORM 28 ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY 29 EXECUTIVE 30 FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS 31 HUMAN SERVICES 32 HEALTH CARE AVAILABILITY & ACCESS 33 HIGHER EDUCATION -13- LRB9000646REmbF 1 INSURANCE 2 JUDICIARY I - CIVIL LAW 3 JUDICIARY II - CRIMINAL LAW 4 PERSONNEL & PENSIONS 5 PUBLIC UTILITIES 6 REVENUE 7 STATE GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION 8 TRANSPORTATION & MOTOR VEHICLES 9 VETERANS AFFAIRS 10 12. Members and Officers of Standing Committees. The 11 members of each standing committee shall be appointed for the 12 term by the Speaker and the Minority Leader. The Speaker 13 shall appoint the Chairperson (from either the majority or 14 minority caucus) and the remaining standing committee members 15 of the majority caucus (one of whom the Speaker may designate 16 as Vice-Chairperson), and the Minority Leader shall appoint 17 the remaining standing committee members of the minority 18 caucus (one of whom the Minority Leader may designate as 19 Minority Spokesperson). Appointments are effective upon the 20 delivery of appropriate correspondence from the respective 21 leader to the Clerk, regardless of whether the House is in 22 session. The Clerk shall journalize the appointments. 23 Committees may conduct business when a majority of the total 24 number of committee members has been appointed. 25 13. Special Committees. 26 (a) A Special Committee on Prison Management Reform and 27 a Special Committee on Electrical Utility Deregulation are 28 created. The Speaker may create additional special committees 29 by filing a notice of the creation of the special committee 30 with the Clerk. The notice creating an additional special 31 committee shall specify the subject matter of the special 32 committee and the number of members to be appointed. -14- LRB9000646REmbF 1 (b) The Speaker shall determine the number of majority 2 and minority caucus members to be appointed to special 3 committees in accordance with Rule 10(b). The Speaker, at 4 his or her discretion, shall appoint a Chairperson or 5 Co-Chairpersons. The Speaker may appoint any member as a 6 Chairperson or Co-Chairperson of a special committee. If the 7 Chairperson or Co-Chairperson is a member of the majority or 8 minority leadership or the Chairperson or Minority 9 Spokesperson of a standing committee, the member shall 10 receive no additional stipend or compensation for serving as 11 Chairperson or Co-Chairperson of the special committee. The 12 appointed members of special committees shall be designated 13 by the Speaker and the Minority Leader in a like manner as 14 provided in Rule 12 with respect to standing committees, 15 except that if the special committee has Co-Chairpersons from 16 different political parties, the special committee shall not 17 have a Minority Spokesperson. In that case, the Minority 18 Leader shall appoint the minority caucus members to the 19 special committee, except the Co-Chairperson from the 20 minority caucus who shall be appointed by the Speaker. The 21 Speaker may establish a reporting date during the term for 22 each special committee by filing a notice of the reporting 23 date with the Clerk. Unless an earlier date is specified by 24 the notice, special committees expire at the end of the term. 25 (c) Special committees are empowered to conduct business 26 when a majority of the total number of committee members has 27 been appointed. 28 (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 29 vote of 71 members elected. 30 14. Subcommittees. 31 (a) The Chairperson of a standing committee or a special 32 committee may create a subcommittee by filing a notice with 33 the committee clerk. The number of majority caucus and -15- LRB9000646REmbF 1 minority caucus members to be appointed to a subcommittee 2 shall be determined by the Committee Chairperson, and filed 3 with the committee clerk. In the case of special committees 4 with Co-Chairpersons from different political parties, the 5 creation of subcommittees and the number of majority caucus 6 and minority caucus members to be appointed to the 7 subcommittee shall be determined by the Co-Chairperson from 8 the majority caucus. Members of subcommittees must be members 9 of the creating committee, and shall be appointed in the 10 manner determined by the committee Chairperson, or in the 11 case of special committees with Co-Chairpersons from 12 different political parties, by the Co-Chairperson from the 13 majority caucus. 14 (b) The notice creating a subcommittee shall specify the 15 subject matter of the subcommittee and the number of members 16 to be appointed, and may specify a reporting date during the 17 term. Unless an earlier date is specified by the notice, 18 subcommittees expire at the end of the term. 19 (c) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 20 vote of 71 members elected. 21 15. Rules Committee. 22 (a) The Rules Committee is created as a permanent 23 committee. The Rules Committee shall consist of 5 members, 3 24 appointed by the Speaker and 2 appointed by the Minority 25 Leader. The Speaker and the Minority Leader are each 26 eligible to be appointed to the Rules Committee. The Rules 27 Committee may conduct business when a majority of the total 28 number of its members has been appointed. 29 (b) The majority caucus members of the Rules Committee 30 shall serve at the pleasure of the Speaker, and the minority 31 caucus members shall serve at the pleasure of the Minority 32 Leader. Appointments shall be by notice filed with the 33 Clerk, and shall be effective for the balance of the term or -16- LRB9000646REmbF 1 until a replacement appointment is made, whichever first 2 occurs. Appointments take effect upon filing with the Clerk, 3 regardless of whether the House is in session. 4 Notwithstanding any other provision of these Rules, any 5 Representative who is replaced on the Rules Committee may be 6 re-appointed to the Rules Committee without concurrence of 7 the House. 8 (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of these Rules, 9 the Rules Committee may meet upon reasonable public notice 10 that includes a statement of the subjects to be considered. 11 All legislative measures pending before the Rules Committee 12 are eligible for consideration at any of its meetings, and 13 all of those legislative measures are deemed posted for 14 hearing by the Rules Committee for all of its meetings. 15 (d) Upon concurrence of a majority of those appointed, 16 the Rules Committee may advance any legislative measure 17 pending before it to the House, without referral to another 18 committee; the Rules Committee, however, shall not so report 19 any bill that has never been before a standing committee or a 20 special committee of the House. 21 (e) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 22 vote of 71 members elected. 23 16. Referrals of Resolutions and Reorganization Orders. 24 (a) All resolutions, except adjournment resolutions and 25 resolutions considered under subsection (b) or (c) of this 26 Rule, after being initially read by the Clerk, are 27 automatically referred to the Rules Committee, which may 28 thereafter refer any resolution before it to the House or to 29 a standing committee or special committee. No resolution, 30 except adjournment resolutions and resolutions considered 31 under subsection (b) or (c) of this Rule, may be considered 32 by the House unless referred to the House by the Rules 33 Committee under Rule 18, or by a standing committee or -17- LRB9000646REmbF 1 special committee. An adjournment resolution is subject to 2 Rule 66. 3 (b) Any member may file a congratulatory resolution for 4 consideration by the House. The Principal Sponsor of each 5 congratulatory resolution shall pay a reasonable fee, 6 determined by the Clerk with the approval of the Speaker, to 7 offset the actual cost of producing the congratulatory 8 resolution. The fee may be paid from the office allowance 9 provided by Section 4 of the General Assembly Compensation 10 Act, or from any other funds available to the member. Upon 11 agreement of the Speaker and the Minority Leader, 12 congratulatory resolutions may be immediately considered and 13 adopted by the House without referral to the Rules Committee. 14 Those resolutions may be adopted as a group by a single 15 motion. Congratulatory resolutions shall be entered on the 16 Journal only by number, sponsorship, and subject. The 17 provisions of this subsection requiring the Principal Sponsor 18 to pay a reasonable fee may not be suspended. 19 (c) Death resolutions in memory of former members of the 20 General Assembly and former constitutional officers, upon 21 introduction, may be immediately considered by the House 22 without referral to the Rules Committee. Those resolutions 23 shall be entered on the Journal in full. 24 (d) Executive reorganization orders of the Governor 25 issued under Article V, Sec. 11 of the Constitution, upon 26 being read into the record by the Clerk, are automatically 27 referred to the Rules Committee for its referral to a 28 standing committee or a special committee, which may issue a 29 recommendation to the House with respect to the Executive 30 Order. The House may disapprove of an Executive Order only by 31 resolution adopted by a majority of those elected; no such 32 resolution is in order until a standing committee or a 33 special committee has reported to the House on the executive 34 reorganization, or until the Executive Order has been -18- LRB9000646REmbF 1 discharged under Rule 58. 2 17. Sponsorship by the Rules Committee. The Rules 3 Committee may consider any legislative measure referred to it 4 under these Rules, by motion or resolution, or by order of 5 the Presiding Officer upon initial reading. The Rules 6 Committee may, with the concurrence of a majority of those 7 appointed, sponsor motions or resolutions; notwithstanding 8 any other provision of these Rules, any motion or resolution 9 sponsored by the Rules Committee may be immediately 10 considered by the House without referral to a committee. Any 11 such motion or resolution shall be assigned standard debate 12 status, subject to Rule 52. 13 18. Referrals to Committees. 14 (a) All House Bills and Senate Bills, after being 15 initially read by the Clerk, are automatically referred to 16 the Rules Committee. 17 (b) During odd-numbered years, the Rules Committee shall 18 thereafter refer any such bill before it to a standing 19 committee or a special committee within 3 legislative days. 20 During even-numbered years, the Rules Committee shall refer 21 to a standing committee or a special committee only 22 appropriation bills implementing the budget and bills deemed 23 by the Rules Committee, by the affirmative vote of a majority 24 appointed, to be of an emergency nature or to be of 25 substantial importance to the operation of government. This 26 subsection (b) applies equally to House Bills and Senate 27 Bills introduced into or received by the House. 28 (c) A standing committee or a special committee may 29 refer a subject matter or a legislative measure pending in 30 that committee to a subcommittee of that committee. 31 (d) All legislative measures favorably reported by a 32 standing committee or a special committee, or discharged from -19- LRB9000646REmbF 1 a standing committee or a special committee under Rule 58, 2 shall be referred to the House and placed on the appropriate 3 order of business, which shall appear on the daily calendar. 4 All legislative measures, except bills or resolutions on the 5 Consent Calendar, bills or resolutions assigned short debate 6 status by a standing committee or special committee, and 7 floor amendments, so referred are automatically assigned 8 standard debate status, subject to Rule 52. 9 (e) All floor amendments, joint action motions for final 10 action, and conference committee reports, upon filing with 11 the Clerk, are automatically referred to the Rules Committee. 12 The Rules Committee may refer any floor amendment, joint 13 action motion for final action, or conference committee 14 report to the House or to a standing committee or a special 15 committee for its review and consideration (in those 16 instances, and notwithstanding any other provision of these 17 Rules, the standing committee or special committee may hold a 18 hearing on and consider those legislative measures pursuant 19 to a one-hour advance notice). Any floor amendment, joint 20 action motion for final action, or conference committee 21 report that is not referred to the House by the Rules 22 Committee is out of order, except that any floor amendment, 23 joint action motion for final action, or conference committee 24 report favorably approved by a standing committee or a 25 special committee is deemed referred to the House by the 26 Rules Committee for purposes of this Rule. All joint action 27 motions for final action and conference committee reports so 28 referred are automatically assigned standard debate status, 29 subject to Rule 52. Floor amendments referred to the House 30 under this Rule are automatically assigned amendment debate 31 status. 32 (f) The Rules Committee may at any time refer or 33 re-refer a legislative measure from a committee to a 34 Committee of the Whole or to any other committee. -20- LRB9000646REmbF 1 (g) Legislative measures may be discharged from the 2 Rules Committee only by unanimous consent of the House. Any 3 bill discharged from the Rules Committee shall be placed on 4 the order of Second Reading and assigned standard debate 5 status, subject to Rule 52. 6 (h) Except for those provisions that require unanimous 7 consent, this Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 8 vote of 71 members elected. 9 19. Re-Referrals to the Rules Committee. 10 (a) All legislative measures that fail to meet the 11 applicable deadline established under Rule 9 for reporting to 12 the House by a standing committee or a special committee, for 13 Third Reading and passage, or for consideration of joint 14 action motions and conference committee reports are 15 automatically re-referred to the Rules Committee unless: (i) 16 the deadline has been suspended or revised by the Speaker, 17 with re-referral to the Rules Committee to occur if the bill 18 has not been reported to the House in accordance with a 19 revised deadline; or (ii) the Rules Committee has issued a 20 written exception to the Clerk with respect to a particular 21 bill before the reporting deadline, with re-referral to 22 occur, if at all, in accordance with the written exception. 23 (b) All legislative measures pending before the House or 24 any of its committees are automatically re-referred to the 25 Rules Committee on the 31st consecutive day that the House 26 has not convened for session unless: (i) any deadline 27 applicable to the bill or resolution that has been designated 28 by the Speaker under Rule 9 exceeds 31 days, with re-referral 29 to occur, if at all, in accordance with that deadline; (ii) 30 this Rule is suspended under Rule 67; or (iii) the Rules 31 Committee, by the affirmative vote of a majority appointed, 32 issues a written exception to the Clerk before that 31st day. -21- LRB9000646REmbF 1 20. Reporting by Committees. Committees shall report to 2 the House, and subcommittees shall report to their parent 3 committees. 4 21. Notice. 5 (a) Except as provided in Rule 18 or unless this Rule is 6 suspended under Rule 67, no standing committee or special 7 committee may consider or conduct a hearing with respect to a 8 legislative measure absent notice first being given as 9 follows: 10 (1) The Chairperson of the committee, or the 11 Co-Chairperson from the majority caucus of a special 12 committee, shall, no later than 6 days before any 13 proposed hearing, post a notice on the House bulletin 14 board identifying each legislative measure, other than a 15 committee amendment upon initial consideration under Rule 16 40, that may be considered during that hearing. The 17 notice shall contain the day, hour, and place of the 18 hearing. 19 (2) Meetings of the Rules Committee may be called 20 under Rule 15; meetings of the standing committees and 21 special committees to consider floor amendments, joint 22 action motions for final consideration, and conference 23 committee reports may be called under Rule 18. 24 (3) The Chairperson, or Co-Chairperson from the 25 majority caucus of a special committee, shall, in advance 26 of a committee hearing, notify all Principal Sponsors of 27 legislative measures posted for that hearing of the date, 28 time, and place of hearing. When practical, the Clerk 29 shall include a notice of all scheduled hearings, 30 together with all posted bills and resolutions, in the 31 Daily Calendar of the House. Regardless of whether a 32 particular legislative measure or subject matter has been 33 posted for hearing, it is in order for a committee during -22- LRB9000646REmbF 1 any of its meetings to refer a subject matter or 2 legislative measure pending before it to a subcommittee 3 of that committee. 4 (b) Other than the Rules Committee, no committee may 5 meet during any session of the House, and no commission 6 created by Illinois law that has legislative membership may 7 meet during any session of the House. 8 (c) Regardless of whether notice has been previously 9 given, it is always in order for a committee to table any 10 legislative measure pending before it when the Principal 11 Sponsor so requests. 12 (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 13 vote of 71 members elected. 14 22. Committee Procedure. 15 (a) A committee may consider any legislative measure 16 referred to it and may make with respect to that legislative 17 measure one of the following reports to the House or to the 18 parent committee, as appropriate: 19 (1) that the bill "do pass"; 20 (2) that the bill "do not pass"; 21 (3) that the bill "do pass as amended"; 22 (4) that the bill "do not pass as amended"; 23 (5) that the resolution "be adopted"; 24 (6) that the resolution "be not adopted"; 25 (7) that the resolution "be adopted as amended"; 26 (8) that the resolution "be not adopted as 27 amended"; 28 (9) that the floor amendment, joint action motion, 29 or conference committee report referred by the Rules 30 Committee "be adopted"; 31 (10) that the floor amendment, joint action motion, 32 or conference committee report referred by the Rules 33 Committee "be not adopted"; -23- LRB9000646REmbF 1 (11) "without recommendation"; or 2 (12) "tabled". 3 Any of the foregoing reports may be made only upon the 4 concurrence of a majority of those appointed. All 5 legislative measures reported "do pass", "do pass as 6 amended", "be adopted", or "be adopted as amended" are 7 favorably reported to the House. Except as otherwise provided 8 by these Rules, any legislative measure referred or 9 re-referred to a committee and not reported under this Rule 10 shall remain in that committee. 11 (b) No bill that provides for an appropriation of money 12 from the State Treasury may be considered for passage by the 13 House unless it has first been favorably reported by an 14 Appropriations Committee or: 15 (1) the bill was discharged from an Appropriations 16 Committee under Rule 58; 17 (2) the bill was exempted from this requirement by 18 a majority of those appointed to the Rules Committee; or 19 (3) this Rule was suspended under Rule 67. 20 (c) The Chairperson of each committee, or Co-Chairperson 21 from the majority caucus of a special committee, shall keep, 22 or cause to be kept, a record in which there shall be 23 entered: 24 (1) The time and place of each meeting of the 25 committee. 26 (2) The attendance of committee members at each 27 meeting. 28 (3) The votes cast by the committee members on all 29 legislative measures acted on by the committee. 30 (4) The "Record of Committee Witness" forms 31 executed by each person appearing or registering in each 32 committee meeting, which shall include identification of 33 the witness, the person, group, or firm represented by 34 appearance and the capacity in which the representation -24- LRB9000646REmbF 1 is made (if the person is representing someone other than 2 himself or herself), his or her position on the 3 legislation under consideration, and the nature of his or 4 her desired testimony. 5 (5) A tape recording of the proceedings. 6 (6) Such additional information as may be requested 7 by the Clerk. 8 (d) The committee Chairperson, or the Co-Chairperson 9 from the majority caucus of a special committee, shall file 10 with the Clerk, along with every bill or resolution reported 11 upon, a written report containing such information as 12 required by the Clerk. The Clerk may adopt forms, policies, 13 and procedures with respect to the preparation, filing, and 14 maintenance of the reports. 15 (e) When a committee fails to report a legislative 16 measure pending before it to the House, or when a committee 17 fails to hold a public hearing on a legislative measure 18 pending before it, the exclusive means to bring that 19 legislative measure directly before the House for its 20 consideration is as provided in Rule 18 or Rule 58. 21 (f) No bill or resolution may be called for a vote in a 22 standing committee or special committee in the absence of the 23 Principal Sponsor. The Chairperson of a committee or a chief 24 co-sponsor may present a bill or resolution in committee with 25 the approval of the Principal Sponsor when the committee 26 consents. In the case of special committees with 27 Co-Chairpersons from different political parties, the 28 "Chairperson" means the Co-Chairperson from the majority 29 caucus. This subsection may not be suspended. 30 (g) No bill or resolution may be voted on more than 31 twice in any committee on motions to report the bill or 32 resolution favorably, or to reconsider the vote by which the 33 committee adopted a motion to report the bill or resolution 34 unfavorably. A bill or resolution having failed to receive a -25- LRB9000646REmbF 1 favorable recommendation after 2 such record votes shall be 2 automatically reported with the appropriate unfavorable 3 recommendation. 4 (h) A bill or resolution shall be given short debate 5 status by report of the committee if the bill or resolution 6 was favorably reported by a three-fifths vote of the members 7 present. Bills and resolutions receiving favorable reports 8 may be placed upon the Consent Calendar as provided in Rule 9 42. 10 (i) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 11 vote of 71 members elected. 12 23. Witnesses and Subpoenae. 13 (a) Standing committees may compel, by subpoena, any 14 person to appear and give testimony as a witness before the 15 standing committee and produce papers, documents, and other 16 materials relating to a legislative measure pending before 17 the standing committee. 18 (b) Special committees may compel, by subpoena, any 19 person to appear and give testimony before the special 20 committee and produce papers, documents, and other materials 21 relating to the subject matter for which the special 22 committee was created or relating to a legislative measure 23 pending before the special committee. 24 (c) Subpoenae issued under this Rule must be issued and 25 signed by the Chairperson of the committee and must comply 26 with Rule 4(c)(9). In the case of special committees with 27 Co-Chairpersons from different political parties, the term 28 "Chairperson" for purposes of this Rule means the 29 Co-Chairperson from the majority caucus. 30 (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 31 vote of 71 members elected. 32 24. Committee Reports. -26- LRB9000646REmbF 1 (a) All bills favorably reported to the House from a 2 committee, or with respect to which a committee has been 3 discharged, shall be reported to the House and shall be 4 placed on the order of Second Reading and assigned standard 5 debate status, subject to Rule 52. Bills reported to the 6 House from committee "do not pass", "do not pass as amended", 7 "without recommendation", or "tabled" shall lie on the table. 8 (b) All floor amendments, joint action motions for final 9 action, and conference committee reports favorably reported 10 from a standing committee or special committee shall be 11 referred to the House and eligible for consideration when the 12 House is on an appropriate order of business. Amendments to 13 bills that are not on the order of Second Reading are out of 14 order. All floor amendments, joint action motions for final 15 action, and conference committee reports that are reported to 16 the House from committee "be not adopted", "without 17 recommendation", or "tabled" shall lie on the table. When the 18 Rules Committee refers a floor amendment, joint action motion 19 for final action, or conference committee report to a 20 standing committee or a special committee that thereafter 21 favorably reports that legislative measure to the House, the 22 legislative measure shall be referred to the House, assigned 23 standard debate status subject to Rule 52 (except floor 24 amendments, which shall be assigned amendment debate status), 25 and eligible for consideration when the House is on an 26 appropriate order of business. 27 (c) All resolutions favorably reported to the House from 28 the Rules Committee, a standing committee, or a special 29 committee, or with respect to which the committee has been 30 discharged, shall be referred to the House and placed on the 31 order of Resolutions and assigned standard debate status, 32 subject to Rule 52. All resolutions that are reported to the 33 House from committee "be not adopted", "be not adopted as 34 amended", "without recommendation", or "tabled" shall lie on -27- LRB9000646REmbF 1 the table. Floor amendments to resolutions are subject to 2 the same procedure applicable to floor amendments to bills. 3 25. Suspension of Posting Requirements. 4 (a) A motion to suspend the posting requirements of Rule 5 21 must be in writing, specifying the committee and the bills 6 or resolutions to which the motion applies, be carried on the 7 calendar before it may be taken up by the House, and adopted 8 by the affirmative vote of 60 members elected. The calendar 9 requirements of this Rule may be suspended only by unanimous 10 consent. The requirement that the motion be in writing may 11 not be suspended. 12 (b) Except for those provisions that may not be 13 suspended or that require unanimous consent, this Rule may be 14 suspended only by the affirmative vote of 71 members elected. 15 26. Rights of the Public. 16 (a) If a bill or resolution has been properly set for 17 hearing and witnesses are present and wish to testify, the 18 committee shall hear the witnesses at the scheduled time and 19 place. 20 (b) Any person wishing to offer testimony to a committee 21 hearing of a bill or resolution shall be given a reasonable 22 opportunity to do so, orally or in writing. The Chairperson 23 may set time limits for presentation of oral testimony. No 24 testimony in writing is required of any witness, but any 25 witness may submit a statement in writing for the committee 26 record. All persons offering testimony shall complete a 27 "Record of Committee Witness" form and submit it to the 28 committee clerk before testifying. In the case of special 29 committees with Co-Chairpersons from different political 30 parties, the "Chairperson" means the Co-Chairperson from the 31 majority caucus. 32 (c) A motion to foreclose further oral testimony by -28- LRB9000646REmbF 1 witnesses on a matter before a committee may be adopted only 2 by a three-fifths majority of those voting on the motion. No 3 such motion is in order until both proponents and opponents 4 requesting to be heard have been given a fair and substantial 5 opportunity to express their positions. No one shall be 6 prohibited from filing for the record "Record of Committee 7 Witness" forms or written statements while the matter is 8 before the committee. 9 (d) Meetings of committees and subcommittees shall be 10 open to the public. Committee meetings of the House may be 11 closed to the public if two-thirds of the members elected to 12 the House determine, by a record vote, that the public 13 interest so requires. 14 (e) This Rule cannot be suspended retroactively. 15 27. Smoking. Smoking is prohibited at any official 16 committee hearing, and no committee member, staff member, or 17 member of the public is permitted to smoke in the room in 18 which the hearing is being held. 19 ARTICLE III 20 CONDUCT OF BUSINESS 21 28. Sessions of the House. 22 (a) The House is in session whenever it convenes in 23 perfunctory session, regular session, veto session, or 24 special session. Members are entitled to per diem expense 25 reimbursements only on those regular, veto, and special 26 session days that they are in attendance at the House. 27 Attendance by members is not required or recorded on 28 perfunctory session days. 29 (b) Regular and veto session days shall be scheduled 30 with notice by the Speaker under Rule 9. Special session days 31 shall be scheduled in accordance with the Constitution and -29- LRB9000646REmbF 1 laws of Illinois. 2 (c) The Speaker may schedule perfunctory session days 3 during which the Clerk may read into the House record any 4 legislative measure. Committees may meet and may consider and 5 act upon legislative measures during a perfunctory session 6 day, and the Clerk may receive and read committee reports 7 into the House record during a perfunctory day. Except for 8 automatic referral under these Rules, no further action may 9 be taken by the House with respect to a legislative measure 10 during a perfunctory session day. 11 29. Hour of Meeting. Unless otherwise ordered by the 12 Speaker or Presiding Officer or as provided in Rule 1, the 13 House shall regularly convene at 12:30 p.m. on the first day 14 of each week that the House convenes in regular, veto, or 15 special session and shall convene at noon on all other days. 16 30. Access to the House Floor. 17 (a) Except as otherwise provided in these Rules, only 18 the following persons shall be admitted to the House while it 19 is in session: members and officers of the General Assembly; 20 elected officers of the executive branch; justices of the 21 Supreme Court; the designated aide to the Governor, except as 22 limited by the Speaker; the parliamentarian; majority staff 23 members and minority staff members, except as limited by the 24 Speaker or Presiding Officer; former members, except as 25 limited by the Speaker or prohibited under subsection (d); 26 and employees of the Legislative Reference Bureau, except as 27 limited by the Speaker. Representatives of the press, while 28 the House is in session, may have access to the galleries and 29 places allotted to them by the Speaker. No person is 30 entitled to the floor unless appropriately attired. Only 31 members of the General Assembly may use telephones at the 32 members' desks or in the telephone booths at the rear of the -30- LRB9000646REmbF 1 House Chamber. Smoking is prohibited on the floor of the 2 House and in the House galleries. 3 (b) On days during which the House is in session, the 4 Doorkeeper shall clear the floor of all persons not entitled 5 to access to the floor 15 minutes before the convening time, 6 and the Doorkeeper shall enforce all other provisions of this 7 Rule. 8 (c) The Speaker may authorize the admission to the floor 9 of any other person, except as prohibited under subsection 10 (d). 11 (d) No person who is directly or indirectly interested 12 in defeating or promoting any pending legislative measure, if 13 required to be registered as a lobbyist, shall be allowed 14 access to the floor of the House at any time during the 15 session. 16 (e) When he or she deems it necessary for the 17 preservation of order, the Presiding Officer may by order 18 remove any person from the floor of the House. A 19 Representative may be removed from the floor only under 20 Article XI or XII of these Rules. 21 31. Standing Order of Business. Unless otherwise 22 determined by the Presiding Officer, the standing daily order 23 of business of the House is as follows: 24 (1) Call to Order, Invocation, Pledge of 25 Allegiance, and Roll Call. 26 (2) Approval of the Journal. 27 (3) Reading of House Bills a first time. 28 (4) Reports from committees, with reports from the 29 Rules Committee ordinarily made at any time. 30 (5) Presentation of Resolutions, Petitions, and 31 Messages. 32 (6) Introduction of House Bills. 33 (7) Messages from the Senate, not including reading -31- LRB9000646REmbF 1 Senate Bills a first time. 2 (8) Reading of House Bills a second time. 3 (9) Reading of House Bills a third time. 4 (10) Reading of Senate Bills a third time. 5 (11) Reading of Senate Bills a second time. 6 (12) Reading of Senate Bills a first time. 7 (13) House Bills on the Order of Concurrence. 8 (14) Senate Bills on the Order of Non-Concurrence. 9 (15) Conference Committee Reports. 10 (16) Motions in Writing. 11 (17) Constitutional Amendment Resolutions. 12 (18) Motions with respect to Vetoes. 13 (19) Consideration of Resolutions. 14 (20) Motions to Discharge Committee. 15 (21) Motions to Take from the Table. 16 (22) Motions to Suspend the Rules. 17 (23) Consideration of Bills on the Order of 18 Postponed Consideration. 19 32. Quorum. 20 (a) A majority of those elected constitutes a quorum of 21 the House, and a majority of those appointed constitutes a 22 quorum of a committee, but a smaller number may adjourn from 23 day to day, or recess for less than one day, and compel the 24 attendance of absent members. The attendance of absent 25 members may also be compelled by order of the Speaker. 26 (b) The question of the presence of a quorum in any 27 committee may not be raised on consideration of a legislative 28 measure by the House unless the same question was previously 29 raised before the committee with respect to that legislative 30 measure. 31 33. Approval of the Journal. The Speaker or his or her 32 designee shall periodically examine and report to the House -32- LRB9000646REmbF 1 any corrections he or she deems should be made in the Journal 2 before it is approved. If those corrections are approved by 3 the House, they shall be made by the Clerk. 4 34. Executive Sessions. The sessions of the House shall 5 be open to the public. Sessions and committee meetings of 6 the House may be closed to the public if two-thirds of the 7 members elected determine, by a record vote, that the public 8 interest so requires. 9 35. Length of Adjournment. The House, without the 10 consent of the Senate, shall not adjourn for more than 3 days 11 or to a place other than where the 2 chambers of the General 12 Assembly are sitting. The House is in session on any day in 13 which it convenes in perfunctory session, regular session, 14 veto session, or special session. 15 36. Transcript of the House. Nothing contained in the 16 official transcript of the House shall be changed or expunged 17 except by written request of a Representative to the Clerk 18 and Speaker, and that request may be approved only by the 19 record vote of 71 members elected. 20 ARTICLE IV 21 BILLS AND AMENDMENTS 22 37. Bills. 23 (a) A bill may be introduced in the House by sponsorship 24 of one or more members of the House, whose names shall be on 25 the reproduced copies of the bills, in the House Journal, and 26 in the Legislative Digest. The Principal Sponsor shall be the 27 first name to appear on the bill and may be joined by no more 28 than 4 chief co-sponsors with the approval of the Principal 29 Sponsor; other co-sponsors shall be separated from the -33- LRB9000646REmbF 1 Principal Sponsor and any chief co-sponsors by a comma. The 2 Principal Sponsor may change the sponsorship of a bill to 3 that of one or more other Representatives, or to that of the 4 standing committee or special committee to which the bill was 5 referred or from which the bill was reported. Such change 6 may be made at any time the bill is pending before the House 7 or any of its committees by filing a notice with the Clerk. 8 This subsection may not be suspended. 9 (b) The Principal Sponsor of a bill controls that bill. 10 A standing committee-sponsored bill is controlled by the 11 Chairperson of the committee, who for purposes of these Rules 12 is deemed the Principal Sponsor. A special 13 committee-sponsored bill is controlled by the Chairperson, or 14 if Co-Chairpersons have been appointed, by the Co-Chairperson 15 from the majority caucus, who for purposes of these Rules is 16 deemed the Principal Sponsor. Committee-sponsored bills may 17 not have individual co-sponsors. 18 (c) The Senate sponsor of a bill originating in the 19 Senate may request substitute House sponsorship of that bill 20 by filing a notice with the Clerk; such a notice is 21 automatically referred to the Rules Committee and deemed 22 adopted if approved by the Rules Committee. If disapproved 23 by the Rules Committee, the notice shall lie on the table. If 24 the Rules Committee fails to act on a notice, that notice may 25 be discharged by unanimous consent. 26 (d) All bills introduced in the House shall be read by 27 title a first time, ordered reproduced, and automatically 28 referred to the Rules Committee in accordance with Rule 18. 29 When a Senate Bill is received, it shall be read by title, 30 ordered reproduced, and placed on the order of Senate Bills 31 on first reading; after being read a first time, it is 32 automatically referred to the Rules Committee in accordance 33 with Rule 18. 34 (e) All bills introduced into the House shall be -34- LRB9000646REmbF 1 accompanied by 9 copies. Any bill that amends a statute 2 shall indicate the particular changes in the following 3 manner: 4 (1) All new matter shall be underscored. 5 (2) All matter that is to be omitted or superseded 6 shall be shown crossed with a line. 7 (f) No bill shall be passed by the House except on a 8 record vote of a majority of those elected. A bill that has 9 lost and has not been reconsidered may not thereafter be 10 revived. 11 38. Reading and Reproduction of Bills. Every bill shall 12 be read by title on 3 different days before passage by the 13 House, and the bill and all amendments adopted to it shall be 14 reproduced, under Rule 39, before the vote is taken on its 15 final passage. 16 39. Reproduction and Distribution. The Clerk shall, as 17 soon as any bill is reproduced, cause the bill to be placed 18 upon the desks of the members. Reproduction and distribution 19 may be done electronically, or the Clerk may establish a 20 method that any member may use to secure a copy of any bill. 21 40. Amendments. 22 (a) An amendment to a bill may be adopted by a standing 23 committee or special committee when the bill is before that 24 committee. An amendment to a bill may be adopted by the House 25 when a bill is on the order of Second Reading if: (i) the 26 Rules Committee has referred the floor amendment to the House 27 for consideration under Rule 18; or (ii) a standing committee 28 or special committee has referred the floor amendment to the 29 House. All amendments must be in writing. All committee 30 amendments that have been timely filed, as determined by the 31 Chairperson, shall be considered by the committee or a -35- LRB9000646REmbF 1 subcommittee of that committee prior to consideration by the 2 committee of the bill to which the amendment relates. All 3 amendments still pending in a committee upon the passage or 4 defeat of a bill on Third Reading are automatically tabled. 5 (b) Except as otherwise provided in these Rules, 6 committee amendments may be offered only by the Principal 7 Sponsor or a member of the committee while the affected bill 8 is before that committee, and shall be adopted by a majority 9 of those appointed. Floor amendments may be offered only by 10 a Representative while the bill is on the order of Second 11 Reading, subject to Rule 18, and shall be adopted by a 12 majority vote of the House. A committee amendment may be the 13 subject of a motion to "do adopt" or "do not adopt". A 14 committee amendment may be adopted only by a successful 15 motion to "do adopt". The Chairperson of a committee may 16 refer any committee amendment to a subcommittee of that 17 committee. 18 (c) Committee amendments shall be filed with the 19 Chairperson of the committee, and are in order only when 20 sufficient copies have been filed to provide each member of 21 the committee with a copy (which may be done in the same 22 manner as distribution of bills under Rule 39) and 9 23 additional copies for the Chairperson. Floor amendments shall 24 be filed with the Clerk, and are in order only when 9 copies 25 have been filed. 26 (d) The Clerk shall have reproduced all adopted 27 committee amendments that come before the House. The Clerk 28 shall also have reproduced all floor amendments referred to 29 the House by a committee. No floor amendment may be adopted 30 by the House unless it has been reproduced and placed on the 31 members' desks in the same manner as for bills under Rule 39. 32 (e) No floor amendment is in order unless it has been 33 first referred to the House for consideration by the Rules 34 Committee under Rule 18, or by a standing committee or -36- LRB9000646REmbF 1 special committee. 2 (f) Amendments that propose to alter any existing law 3 shall conform to the requirements of Rule 37(e). 4 (g) If a committee reports a bill "do pass as amended", 5 the committee amendments are deemed adopted by the committee 6 action and shall be reproduced and placed on the members' 7 desks (which may be done in the same manner as provided for 8 bills under Rule 39) before the bill may be read a second 9 time. 10 (h) In the case of special committees with 11 Co-Chairpersons from different political parties, the 12 "Chairperson" for the purposes of this Rule is the 13 Co-Chairperson from the majority caucus. 14 41. Fiscal and Other Notes. 15 (a) The House shall comply with all Illinois laws 16 requiring fiscal or other notes. The notes shall be filed 17 with the Clerk, who shall affix each note with a time stamp 18 endorsing the date and time received, and attached to the 19 original of the bill and available for inspection by the 20 members. As soon as practical, the Clerk shall provide a copy 21 of the note to the Legislative Reference Bureau, which shall 22 provide an informative summary of the note in subsequent 23 issues of the Legislative Digest. 24 (b) No bill authorizing or directing the conveyance by 25 the State of any particular interest in real estate to any 26 individual or entity other than a governmental unit or agency 27 may be voted upon in committee or upon Second Reading unless 28 a certified appraisal of the value of the interest has been 29 filed. The appraisal shall be filed with the clerk of the 30 committee to which the bill is assigned, and shall be part of 31 the permanent committee record, unless the bill is advanced 32 without reference to committee, or discharged under Rule 58, 33 in which event the appraisal shall be filed with the Clerk of -37- LRB9000646REmbF 1 the House. 2 42. Consent Calendar. 3 (a) The Clerk shall include a Consent Calendar on the 4 daily calendar and designate it as a separate calendar. The 5 Consent Calendar shall contain 3 orders of business: Consent 6 Calendar - Second Reading, Consent Calendar - Third Reading, 7 and Consent Calendar - Resolutions. Within each order of 8 business, bills or resolutions shall be listed in separate 9 groups according to the number of required days each has been 10 on that order of business on the Consent Calendar. No more 11 than 80 bills and resolutions shall be listed in each group. 12 All bills or resolutions to which amendments have been 13 adopted shall be so designated. 14 (b) No debate is in order regarding any item on the 15 Consent Calendar. The Presiding Officer, however, shall 16 allow a reasonable time for questions from the floor and 17 answers to those questions. No amendment from the floor is 18 in order regarding any bill or resolution on the Consent 19 Calendar. 20 (c) A bill on the Consent Calendar shall stand for 2 21 legislative days on the order of Consent Calendar - Second 22 Reading, and for at least 2 legislative days on the order of 23 Consent Calendar - Third Reading, before a vote on the final 24 passage may be taken. Resolutions on the Consent Calendar 25 shall stand for at least 4 legislative days before a vote on 26 adoption may be taken. One record vote on final passage 27 shall be taken on those bills called for final passage. 28 Immediately before a vote on the bills on the Consent 29 Calendar, the Presiding Officer shall call to the attention 30 of the members the fact that the next legislative action will 31 be the vote on the Consent Calendar. 32 (d) A bill or resolution may be placed on the Consent 33 Calendar by report of a standing committee upon a motion -38- LRB9000646REmbF 1 adopted by a unanimous vote of the members present. For 2 purposes of this subsection (d), a unanimous vote on the 3 motion is a vote with no member voting nay. 4 (e) No bill regarding revenue or appropriations may be 5 placed on the Consent Calendar. No resolution requiring more 6 than 60 affirmative votes for adoption and no bill requiring 7 more than 60 affirmative votes for passage by the House may 8 be placed on the Consent Calendar. 9 (f) The Speaker and the Minority Leader shall each 10 appoint 3 members who may challenge the presence of any bill 11 or resolution on the Consent Calendar. Before a vote on 12 final passage of any item on the Consent Calendar, an item 13 shall be removed from the Consent Calendar if (i) 4 or more 14 members, (ii) the Principal Sponsor of the bill or 15 resolution, or (iii) one or more of the appointed challengers 16 file with the Clerk written objections to the presence of the 17 bill or resolution on the Consent Calendar. Any bill or 18 resolution so removed may not be placed thereafter on the 19 Consent Calendar during that session of the General Assembly, 20 unless the member or members who objected to the presence of 21 the bill or resolution on the Consent Calendar consent in 22 writing to restoration of the bill or resolution on the 23 Consent Calendar. 24 Any bill removed from the Consent Calendar shall stand on 25 the order of Second Reading with short debate status, subject 26 to Rule 52, and any resolution so removed shall stand on the 27 order of Resolutions with short debate status, subject to 28 Rule 52. 29 43. Changing Order of Business. 30 (a) Any order of business may be changed at any time by 31 the Speaker or Presiding Officer. 32 (b) Any order of business may be changed at any time 33 upon the motion of any member, supported by 5 additional -39- LRB9000646REmbF 1 members, if the motion is adopted by an affirmative vote of 2 71 members elected. 3 (c) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 4 vote of 71 members elected. 5 44. Special Orders; Rules Committee. 6 (a) A special order of business may be set by the Rules 7 Committee or by the Speaker. The Principal Sponsor of a bill 8 or resolution must consent to the placement of the bill or 9 resolution on a special order. A special order shall fix the 10 day to which it applies and the matters to be included. The 11 Speaker, or the Rules Committee by a vote of a majority of 12 the members appointed, may establish time limits for a 13 special order and may establish limitations on debate during 14 a special order (notwithstanding Rule 52), in which event the 15 allotted time shall be fairly divided between proponents and 16 opponents of the legislation to be considered. A special 17 order of business takes the place of the standing order for 18 such time as may be necessary for its completion. Only 19 matters that may otherwise properly be before the House may 20 be included in a special order. 21 (b) A special order shall appear on the Daily Calendar 22 for 3 legislative days. This subsection (b) may be 23 suspended only by the affirmative vote of 71 members elected. 24 (c) A special order may be suspended, amended, or 25 modified by motion adopted by an affirmative vote of 60 26 members. A special order shall be suspended by a written 27 objection signed by 3 members of the Rules Committee and 28 filed during the first legislative day on which the special 29 order appears on the calendar. 30 ARTICLE V 31 RESOLUTIONS AND CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION -40- LRB9000646REmbF 1 45. Resolutions. 2 (a) A resolution may be introduced in the House by 3 sponsorship of one or more members of the House, and the 4 names of all sponsors shall be included in the House Journal 5 and in the Legislative Digest. Each resolution introduced 6 shall be accompanied by 9 copies. Consideration of 7 resolutions shall be governed by Rule 16 and Rule 66. 8 (b) Any resolution calling for the expenditure of State 9 funds may be adopted only by a record vote of a majority of 10 those elected. 11 46. State Constitutional Amendments. All resolutions 12 introduced in the House proposing amendments to the Illinois 13 Constitution shall be reproduced and distributed in the same 14 manner in which bills are reproduced and distributed under 15 Rule 39. Every such resolution that originated in the Senate 16 and is presented to the House shall be ordered reproduced and 17 distributed in like manner. No such resolution may be adopted 18 unless read in full in its final form on 3 different days. 19 Amendments are in order only on First Reading and Second 20 Reading. 21 47. Federal Constitutional Amendments and Constitutional 22 Conventions. The affirmative vote of 71 of the members 23 elected is required to adopt any resolution: 24 (1) requesting Congress to call a federal 25 constitutional convention; 26 (2) ratifying a proposed amendment to the 27 Constitution of the United States; or 28 (3) calling a State convention to ratify a proposed 29 amendment to the Constitution of the United States. 30 48. Certificates of Recognition. Any member may sponsor 31 a certificate of recognition to be signed by the Speaker and -41- LRB9000646REmbF 1 attested by the Clerk to recognize any person, organization, 2 or event worthy of public commendation. The form of the 3 Certificate of Recognition shall be determined by the Clerk 4 with the approval of the Speaker. 5 ARTICLE VI 6 PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE 7 49. Voting. The Presiding Officer shall put all 8 questions distinctly, as follows: "All those in favor vote 9 AYE, and those opposed vote NAY." No member of a committee 10 may vote except in person at the time of the call of the 11 committee vote. Any vote of the House shall be by record 12 vote whenever 5 Representatives shall so request or whenever 13 the Presiding Officer shall so order. 14 50. Announcing a Record Vote. When a record vote is 15 requested, the Presiding Officer shall put the question and 16 then announce to the House: "The voting is open." While the 17 vote is being taken, the Presiding Officer shall state: "Have 18 all voted who wish?" The voting is closed when the Presiding 19 Officer announces: "Take the Record." The Presiding 20 Officer, unless an intervening motion to postpone 21 consideration by the Principal Sponsor is made, shall then 22 announce the results of the record vote. After the record is 23 taken, no member may vote, change his or her vote, or remove 24 his or her vote as recorded. 25 51. Decorum. 26 (a) When any member is about to speak to the House, he 27 or she shall rise and address the Presiding Officer as 28 "Speaker". The Presiding Officer, upon recognizing the 29 member, shall address him or her by name, and thereupon the 30 engineer in charge of operating the microphones in the House -42- LRB9000646REmbF 1 shall give the use of the microphone to the member who has 2 been so recognized. The member in speaking shall confine 3 himself or herself to the subject matter under discussion and 4 avoid personalities. 5 (b) Questions affecting the rights, reputation, and 6 conduct of members of the House in their representative 7 capacity are questions of personal privilege. A matter of 8 personal explanation does not constitute a question of 9 personal privilege. 10 (c) If 2 or more members rise at once, the Presiding 11 Officer shall name the member who is to speak first. 12 (d) No person shall give any signs of approbation or 13 disapprobation while the House is in session. 14 (e) Recognition of guests by any member is prohibited, 15 except that the Speaker or Presiding Officer may recognize an 16 honored guest. 17 (f) While the Presiding Officer is putting a question, 18 no member shall leave or walk across the House Chamber. When 19 a member is addressing the House, no member or other person 20 entitled to the floor shall entertain private discourse or 21 pass between the member speaking and the Presiding Officer. 22 (g) In case of any disturbance or disorderly conduct, 23 the Speaker or Presiding Officer may order that the lobby, 24 gallery, or hallways adjoining the House Chamber be cleared. 25 (h) No literature may be distributed on the House floor. 26 (i) No member may be absent from a session of the House 27 unless he or she has leave or is sick or his or her absence 28 is unavoidable. The switch to the electrical roll call 29 recording equipment located on the desk of any member who has 30 been excused or is absent shall be locked by the Clerk and 31 shall not be unlocked until the member returns and files with 32 the Clerk a request to be shown as present on the quorum roll 33 call. -43- LRB9000646REmbF 1 52. Debate. 2 (a) All legislative measures, except those legislative 3 measures placed on the Consent Calendar under Rule 42, are 4 subject to a debate status as follows: 5 (1) Short Debate: Debate is limited to a 2-minute 6 presentation by the Principal Sponsor or a member 7 designated by the Principal Sponsor, a 2-minute 8 presentation by a member in response, and one minute for 9 the Principal Sponsor to close debate, or yield to other 10 members; provided that at the request of 7 members before 11 the close of debate, the debate status shall be opened to 12 standard debate; 13 (2) Standard Debate: Debate is limited to a 14 5-minute presentation by the Principal Sponsor or a 15 member designated by the Principal Sponsor, debate by 16 each of 2 additional proponents of the legislative 17 measure and by 3 members in response to the legislative 18 measure, and 3 minutes for the Principal Sponsor to close 19 debate, or yield to other members; 20 (3) Extended Debate: Debate is limited to a 21 5-minute presentation by the Principal Sponsor or a 22 member designated by the Principal Sponsor, debate by 23 each of 4 proponents of the legislative measure and 5 24 members in response, and 5 minutes for the Principal 25 Sponsor to close debate, or yield to other members; 26 (4) Unlimited Debate: Debate shall consist of a 27 10-minute presentation by the Principal Sponsor or a 28 member designated by the Principal Sponsor, debate by 29 each proponent and member in response who seeks 30 recognition, and 5 minutes for the Principal Sponsor to 31 close debate, or yield to other members; or 32 (5) Amendment Debate: Debate on floor amendments 33 referred to the House from a committee, or discharged 34 from a committee, is limited to a 3-minute presentation -44- LRB9000646REmbF 1 by the Principal Sponsor, or a member designated by the 2 Principal Sponsor, debate by one proponent, debate by 3 each of 2 members in response, and 3 minutes for the 4 Principal Sponsor to close debate, or yield to other 5 members. 6 No debate is in order on bills or resolutions on the 7 order of First Reading or Second Reading, except for debate 8 on floor amendments as provided in this Rule. 9 (b) All legislative measures, except floor amendments, 10 referred to the House from a committee, or discharged from a 11 committee, are automatically assigned standard debate status, 12 subject to subsection (c) of this Rule, except those assigned 13 to the Consent Calendar or short debate status by a standing 14 committee or a special committee. All floor amendments 15 referred to the House from a committee, or discharged from a 16 committee, are automatically assigned amendment debate 17 status, subject to subsection (c) of this Rule. 18 (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of these Rules 19 to the contrary, the debate status of any legislative measure 20 may be changed only (i) by the Speaker, as defined in item 21 (27) of Rule 102, by filing a notice with the Clerk, or (ii) 22 by the Rules Committee by motion approved by a majority of 23 those appointed. While a legislative measure is being 24 considered by the House, the debate status may also be 25 changed by unanimous consent. No legislative measure, 26 however, may be placed on the Consent Calendar under this 27 Rule. No legislative measure, except a floor amendment, may 28 be assigned amendment debate status under this Rule. 29 (d) The Speaker or Rules Committee, as the case may be, 30 shall notify the Clerk of any action to change the debate 31 status of any legislative measure. The Clerk shall cause 32 that information to be reflected on the Daily Calendar on 33 subsequent legislative days, provided the legislative measure 34 is still before the House. -45- LRB9000646REmbF 1 (e) No member shall speak longer than 5 minutes at one 2 time or more than once on the same question except by leave 3 of the House. The Principal Sponsor of a measure or a 4 member designated by the Principal Sponsor, however, shall be 5 allowed to open the debate and to close the debate in 6 accordance with subsection (a) of this Rule. The provisions 7 of this subsection (e) are subject to and limited by 8 subsections (a), (b), and (c) of this Rule. A member may 9 yield to another member the time allotted for the member's 10 debate. 11 (f) The Presiding Officer shall allocate the debate on 12 each legislative measure alternately, if possible, between 13 proponents and opponents of the legislative measure under 14 debate. 15 (g) This Rule may not be suspended. 16 53. Written Statements. 17 (a) Any member may submit a written statement regarding 18 any bill, resolution, or floor amendment considered by the 19 House, by submitting that statement to the Clerk within one 20 legislative day after the day on which the bill, resolution, 21 or floor amendment to which the comments relate was 22 considered by the House. The Clerk shall affix a time stamp 23 to each statement indicating the date on which the statement 24 was submitted. Each statement shall indicate the member or 25 members on whose behalf the statement is submitted, the bill, 26 resolution, or floor amendment to which it applies, and the 27 person who actually submits the statement to the Clerk. Each 28 statement shall comply with standards as may be established 29 by the Clerk with the approval of the Speaker. The standards 30 established by the Clerk, however, shall not relate to the 31 contents of the written statement. The Clerk shall maintain 32 statements that comply with this Rule and established 33 standards in files for each bill and resolution. A statement -46- LRB9000646REmbF 1 is not considered filed until the Clerk has determined that 2 it complies with this Rule and established standards. The 3 Clerk shall notify the member or members on whose behalf a 4 statement was submitted if the statement is determined not to 5 comply. Statements filed under this Rule shall be considered 6 part of the transcript and made available to the public. 7 (b) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 8 vote of 71 members elected. 9 54. Motions. 10 (a) The following are general rules for all motions: 11 (1) Every motion, except to adjourn, recess, or 12 postpone consideration, shall be reduced to writing if 13 ordered by the Presiding Officer. Unless otherwise 14 provided in these Rules, no second is required to any 15 motion presented to the House, or in any committee. The 16 Presiding Officer may refer any motion to the Rules 17 Committee. 18 (2) Before the House debates a motion, the 19 Presiding Officer shall state an oral motion and the 20 Clerk shall read aloud a written motion. Each motion, 21 unless otherwise provided in these Rules, is assigned 22 standard debate status, subject to Rule 52. 23 (3) After a motion is stated by the Presiding 24 Officer or read by the Clerk, it is deemed in the 25 possession of the House, but may be withdrawn at any time 26 before decision with consent of a majority of the members 27 elected. 28 (4) If a motion is divisible, any member may call 29 for a division of the question. 30 (5) Any question taken under consideration may be 31 withdrawn, postponed, or tabled by unanimous consent or, 32 if unanimous consent is denied, by a motion adopted by a 33 majority of the members elected. -47- LRB9000646REmbF 1 (b) The Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 2 vote of 71 members elected. 3 55. Precedence of Motions. 4 (a) When a question is under debate, no motion may be 5 entertained except: 6 (1) to adjourn to a time certain; 7 (2) to adjourn; 8 (3) to question the presence of a quorum; 9 (4) to recess; 10 (5) to lay on the table; 11 (6) for the previous question; 12 (7) to postpone consideration; 13 (8) to commit or recommit; or 14 (9) to amend, except as otherwise provided in these 15 Rules. 16 The foregoing motions have precedence in the order in 17 which they are listed. 18 (b) During a record vote, no motion (except a motion to 19 postpone consideration) is in order until after the 20 announcement of the result of the vote. 21 (c) A motion to commit or re-commit, until it is 22 decided, precludes all amendments and debate on the main 23 question. A motion to postpone consideration, until it is 24 decided, precludes all amendments and debate on the main 25 question. 26 56. Verification. 27 (a) After any record vote, except for a vote that 28 requires a specific number of affirmative votes and that has 29 not received the required votes, and before intervening 30 business, it is in order for any member to request 31 verification of the results of the record vote. 32 (b) In verifying a record vote, the Presiding Officer -48- LRB9000646REmbF 1 shall instruct the Clerk to call the names of those members 2 whose votes are to be verified. The member requesting the 3 verification may thereafter identify those members he or she 4 wishes to verify. If a member does not answer, his or her 5 vote shall be stricken; the member's vote shall be restored 6 to the roll, however, if his or her presence is recognized 7 before the Presiding Officer announces the final result of 8 the verification. The Presiding Officer shall determine the 9 presence or absence of each member whose name is called, and 10 shall then announce the results of the verification. 11 (c) While the results of any record vote are being 12 verified, it is in order for any member to announce his or 13 her presence on the floor and thereby have his or her vote 14 verified. 15 (d) A request for a verification of the affirmative and 16 negative results of a record vote may be made only once on 17 each record vote. 18 57. Appealing a Ruling. 19 (a) If any appeal is taken from a ruling of the 20 Presiding Officer, the Presiding Officer shall be sustained 21 unless 71 of the members elected vote to overrule the 22 Presiding Officer. A motion to appeal is not in order if the 23 House has conducted intervening business since the ruling at 24 issue was made. 25 (b) If any appeal is taken from a ruling of a committee 26 Chairperson, the Chairperson shall be sustained unless 27 three-fifths of those appointed vote to overrule the 28 Chairperson. A motion to appeal is not in order if the 29 committee has adjourned or recessed, or if intervening 30 business has occurred. In the case of special committees 31 with Co-Chairpersons from different political parties, the 32 "Chairperson" for purposes of this Rule is the Co-Chairperson 33 from the majority caucus. -49- LRB9000646REmbF 1 (c) In an appeal of a ruling of the Presiding Officer or 2 Chairperson, the question is: "Shall the ruling of the Chair 3 be sustained?" 4 (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 5 vote of 71 members elected. 6 58. Discharge of Committee. 7 (a) Any member may move that a standing committee or a 8 special committee be discharged from consideration of any 9 legislative measure assigned to it and not reported back 10 unfavorably. 11 (b) The motion must be in writing and shall be carried 12 on the Daily Calendar for the next legislative day under the 13 order of "Motions". No action shall be taken on the motion 14 until it is on the calendar. 15 (c) If the motion receives an affirmative vote of 60 16 members, the legislative measure subject to the motion shall 17 be referred to the House and placed on the appropriate order 18 of business. 19 (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 20 vote of 71 members elected. 21 59. Previous Question. 22 (a) A motion for the previous question may be made at 23 any time. A motion for the previous question is not 24 debatable and requires the affirmative vote of 71 members 25 elected. 26 (b) The previous question shall be stated in the 27 following form: "Shall the main question be put?" Until the 28 previous question is decided, all amendments and debate are 29 precluded. When it is decided that the main question shall 30 not be put, the main question remains under debate. 31 (c) The effect of the main question being ordered is to 32 put an end to all debate and bring the House to a direct vote -50- LRB9000646REmbF 1 on the immediately pending motion. After a motion for the 2 previous question has been approved, unless the vote on that 3 motion suggests the absence of a quorum, it is not in order 4 to move for adjournment or to make any other motion before a 5 decision on the main question. 6 (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 7 vote of 71 members elected. 8 60. Tabling. 9 (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (d), a 10 motion to lay on the table applies only to the particular 11 proposition and is neither debatable nor amendable. 12 (b) A motion to table a bill or resolution shall 13 identify the bill or resolution by number. The Principal 14 Sponsor of a bill or resolution may, with leave of the House, 15 table that bill or resolution at any time. A motion to table 16 a committee bill that is before the House may be adopted only 17 by the affirmative vote of a majority of those elected. 18 (c) The Principal Sponsor of a bill or resolution before 19 a committee may, with leave of the committee, table the bill 20 or resolution. Upon tabling, the Chairperson of the 21 committee shall return the bill or resolution to the Clerk, 22 noting thereon that it has been tabled. 23 (d) A motion to table a committee amendment has priority 24 over a floor amendment. Motions to table amendments are 25 debatable and may be adopted by the affirmative vote of a 26 majority vote of those elected. 27 61. Motion to Take from Table. 28 (a) A motion to take from the table requires the 29 affirmative vote of a majority of those elected if the Rules 30 Committee has previously recommended that action by written 31 notice filed with the Clerk; otherwise, a motion to take from 32 the table requires the affirmative vote of 71 members -51- LRB9000646REmbF 1 elected. 2 (b) A bill taken from the table shall be placed on the 3 Daily Calendar on the order on which it appeared before it 4 was tabled. 5 (c) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 6 vote of 71 members elected. 7 62. Motion to Postpone Consideration. A motion to 8 postpone consideration on a bill or resolution may not be 9 made more than once on the same bill or resolution. Unless 10 otherwise provided by these Rules, a motion to postpone 11 consideration shall be granted as a matter of privilege; no 12 motion to postpone consideration is in order, however, if the 13 bill or resolution initially received a vote of fewer than 47 14 of the members elected. 15 63. Motion on Different Subject. No motion or other 16 legislative measure on a subject different from that under 17 consideration shall be admitted under color of amendment. 18 64. Division of Question. If the question in debate 19 contains several points, any member may have the question 20 divided. On a motion to strike out and insert, it is not in 21 order to move for a division of the question. The rejection 22 of a motion to strike out and insert one proposition does not 23 prevent a motion to strike out and insert a different 24 proposition. 25 65. Reconsideration. 26 (a) A member who voted on the prevailing side of a 27 record vote on a legislative measure still within the control 28 of the House may on the same or the following legislative 29 day move to reconsider the vote. The motion to reconsider 30 may be laid on the table without affecting the vote to which -52- LRB9000646REmbF 1 it refers. When the motion to reconsider is made during the 2 last 3 days of April or any time thereafter during the 3 regular session, or at any time during a veto or special 4 session, any member may move that the vote on reconsideration 5 be taken immediately. A question that requires the 6 affirmative vote of a majority of those elected or more to 7 carry requires a majority of those elected to reconsider. 8 (b) A motion to reconsider a record vote on the adoption 9 of an amendment to a bill may be made only on Second Reading. 10 (c) If a motion to reconsider is made under this Rule 11 and the motion is later tabled, the question shall not be 12 further reconsidered. This subsection (c) may be suspended 13 only by the affirmative vote of 71 members elected. 14 (d) When a motion to reconsider is made within the time 15 prescribed by these Rules, the Clerk shall not allow the bill 16 or other subject matter of the motion to pass out of the 17 possession of the House until after the motion has been 18 decided or withdrawn. Such a motion shall be deemed rejected 19 if laid on the table. 20 (e) A Representative who voted "present" or failed to 21 vote on a question does not have the right to move for 22 reconsideration. 23 (f) Upon a motion to reconsider the vote on the final 24 passage of any bill, the affirmative vote of a majority of 25 those elected is required to reconsider. 26 66. Motion to Adjourn. 27 (a) A motion to adjourn is in order at any time, except 28 when a prior motion to adjourn has been defeated and no 29 intervening business has transpired. 30 (b) A motion to adjourn is neither debatable nor 31 amendable. 32 (c) The Clerk shall enter in the Journal the hour at 33 which every motion to adjourn is made. -53- LRB9000646REmbF 1 (d) Unless the Presiding Officer otherwise orders, the 2 standing hour to which the House adjourns is 12:00 noon, 3 except on the last day of a week in which the House convenes 4 in regular, veto, or special session, in which case the 5 standing hour to which the House adjourns is 12:30 p.m. 6 (e) A motion to adjourn for more than 3 days is not in 7 order unless both chambers of the General Assembly have 8 adopted a joint resolution permitting that adjournment. 9 Notwithstanding any other provision of these Rules, a 10 resolution filed under this Rule may be referred to the Rules 11 Committee by the Presiding Officer or may be immediately 12 considered and adopted by the House. 13 67. Adoption and Amendment to or Suspension of Rules. 14 (a) Adoption of Rules. At the commencement of a term, 15 the House shall adopt new rules of organization and procedure 16 by resolution setting forth those rules in their entirety. 17 The resolution must be adopted by the affirmative vote of a 18 majority of those elected. These Rules of the House of 19 Representatives of the 90th General Assembly are subject to 20 revision or amendment only in accordance with this Rule. 21 (b) Rules may be amended only by resolution. Any 22 resolution to amend these Rules shall show the proposed 23 changes in the existing rules by underscoring all new matter 24 and by crossing out with a line all matter that is to be 25 omitted or superseded. 26 (c) Any resolution proposing to amend a House Rule or 27 any Joint House-Senate Rule, upon initial reading by the 28 Clerk, is automatically referred to the Rules Committee. 29 Resolutions to amend the House Rules or any Joint 30 House-Senate Rules may be initiated and sponsored by the 31 Rules Committee; those resolutions shall not be referred to a 32 committee and may be immediately considered and adopted by 33 the House. Those resolutions shall be assigned standard -54- LRB9000646REmbF 1 debate status, subject to Rule 52. 2 (d) A resolution to amend the House Rules or any Joint 3 House-Senate Rules that has been reported "do adopt" or "do 4 adopt as amended" by a majority of those appointed to the 5 Rules Committee requires the affirmative vote of a majority 6 of those elected for adoption by the House. Any other 7 resolution proposing to amend the House Rules or any Joint 8 House-Senate Rules requires the affirmative vote of 71 of the 9 members elected for adoption by the House. 10 (e) No House Rule or any Joint House-Senate Rule may be 11 suspended except by unanimous consent of the members present 12 or upon a motion supported by affirmative vote of a majority 13 of those elected unless a higher number is required in the 14 Rule sought to be suspended. A committee may not suspend any 15 Rule. 16 (f) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 17 vote of 71 members elected. 18 68. Motion to Commit or Recommit. No motion to commit 19 or recommit a legislative measure to committee, being decided 20 in the negative, shall again be allowed on the same day, or 21 at the same stage of the legislative measure. 22 69. Effective Date. 23 (a) A bill passed after May 31 of a calendar year shall 24 not become effective prior to June 1 of the next calendar 25 year unless an earlier effective date is specified in the 26 bill and it is approved by the affirmative vote of 71 members 27 elected. 28 (b) If a majority of those elected, but fewer than 71, 29 vote affirmatively for a bill on Third Reading after May 31 30 and the bill specifies an effective date earlier than the 31 following June 1, the bill has not passed, but the Principal 32 Sponsor has the right to have the bill automatically -55- LRB9000646REmbF 1 reconsidered and returned to the order of Second Reading for 2 an amendment to remove the earlier effective date. The 3 amendment, if offered and referred to the House by a 4 committee, shall be reproduced and placed on the desks of the 5 members, in the same manner as provided for bills under Rule 6 39, before the bill is taken up again on the order of Third 7 Reading. 8 70. Home Rule. No bill denies or limits any power or 9 function of a home rule unit under paragraph (g), (h), (i), 10 (j), or (k) of Sec. 6 of Article VII of the Constitution 11 unless there is specific language limiting or denying the 12 power or function and the language specifically sets forth in 13 what manner and to what extent it is a denial or limitation 14 of the power or function of a home rule unit. If a majority 15 of those elected, but fewer than 71, vote affirmatively for a 16 bill on Third Reading that requires the affirmative vote of 17 71 members elected to deny or limit a power of a home rule 18 unit, the bill has not passed, but the Principal Sponsor has 19 the right to have the bill automatically reconsidered and 20 returned to the order of Second Reading for an amendment to 21 remove those effects of the bill. The amendment, if referred 22 to the House by a committee, shall be reproduced and placed 23 on the desks of the members, in the same manner as provided 24 for bills under Rule 39, before the bill is taken up again on 25 the order of Third Reading. 26 ARTICLE VII 27 CONFLICTS OF INTEREST 28 71. Conflicts of Interest. 29 (a) A Committee on Conflicts of Interest is created. It 30 shall consist of 4 members appointed by the Speaker and 4 31 members appointed by the Minority Leader. The Speaker shall -56- LRB9000646REmbF 1 designate one of the members as Chairperson. The Minority 2 Leader shall designate one of the minority caucus members as 3 Minority Spokesperson. The Committee shall not have a 4 Vice-Chairperson. 5 (b) The Committee shall study the problems of conflicts 6 of interest in relation to the responsibilities of 7 legislators and the laws relating thereto, including the 8 Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. The Committee shall 9 develop guidelines for the conduct of members in regard to 10 conflicts of interest, including procedures for appropriate 11 disclosure of the existence of conflicts. The Committee 12 shall also recommend changes in the law determined to be 13 desirable to assure members appropriate guidance in their 14 conduct. Any report of the Committee shall be filed with the 15 Clerk, who shall reproduce the report and distribute it to 16 each member, in the same manner as provided for bills under 17 Rule 39. 18 ARTICLE VIII 19 JOINT ACTION 20 72. Concurring in or Receding from Amendments. 21 (a) If a bill or resolution is received back in the 22 House with one or more amendments added by the Senate, it is 23 in order for the Principal Sponsor to present a motion "to 24 concur" or "not to concur and to ask the Senate to recede" 25 with respect to each, several, or all of those amendments. 26 Any 2 members may demand a separate record vote on any of 27 those amendments. 28 (b) When the Senate has refused to concur in one or more 29 amendments added to a bill or resolution by the House and has 30 returned the bill or resolution to the House with a message 31 requesting the House to recede from one or more of its 32 amendments, it is in order for the Principal Sponsor to -57- LRB9000646REmbF 1 present a motion "to recede" from the House amendments or 2 "not to recede and to request a conference". Any 2 members 3 may demand a separate record vote on any of those amendments. 4 73. Conference Committees. 5 (a) A disagreement between the House and Senate exists 6 with respect to any bill or resolution in the following 7 situations: 8 (1) when the Senate refuses to recede from the 9 adoption of any amendment, after the House has previously 10 refused to concur in the amendment; or 11 (2) when the House refuses to recede from the 12 adoption of any amendment, after the Senate has 13 previously refused to concur in the amendment. 14 In those cases of disagreement between the House and 15 Senate, the House may request a conference. When such a 16 request is made, both chambers of the General Assembly shall 17 appoint members to a committee to confer on the subject of 18 the bill or resolution giving rise to the disagreement. The 19 combined membership of the 2 chambers appointed for that 20 purpose is the conference committee. 21 (b) The conference committee shall consist of 5 members 22 from each chamber of the General Assembly. The number of 23 majority caucus members from each chamber shall be one more 24 than the number of minority caucus members from each chamber. 25 (c) Each conference committee shall be comprised of 5 26 members of the House, 3 appointed by the Speaker and 2 27 appointed by the Minority Leader. No conference committee 28 report may be filed with the Clerk until a majority of the 29 House conferees has been appointed. 30 74. Conference Committee Reports. 31 (a) No subject matter shall be included in any 32 conference committee report on any bill unless that subject -58- LRB9000646REmbF 1 matter directly relates to the matters of difference between 2 the House and Senate that have been referred to the 3 conference committee unless the Rules Committee, by a 4 majority vote of the members appointed, determines that the 5 proposed subject matter is of an emergency nature, is of 6 substantial importance to the operation of government, or is 7 in the best interests of Illinois. 8 (b) No conference committee report shall be received by 9 the Clerk or acted upon by the House unless it has been 10 signed by at least 6 conferees. The report shall be signed in 11 duplicate. One of the reports shall be filed with the 12 Secretary of the Senate and one with the Clerk. The report 13 shall contain the agreements reached by the committee. 14 (c) If the conference committee determines that it is 15 unable to reach agreement, the committee shall so report to 16 each chamber of the General Assembly and request appointment 17 of a second conference committee. If there is agreement, the 18 committee shall so report to each chamber. 19 75. House Consideration of Joint Action. 20 (a) No joint action motion for final action or 21 conference committee report may be considered by the House 22 unless it has first been referred to the House by the Rules 23 Committee or a standing committee or special committee in 24 accordance with Rule 18, or unless the joint action motion or 25 conference committee report has been discharged from the 26 Rules Committee under Rule 18. Joint action motions for final 27 consideration and conference committee reports referred to a 28 standing committee or special committee by the Rules 29 Committee may not be discharged from the standing committee 30 or special committee. This subsection (a) may be suspended 31 by unanimous consent. 32 (b) No conference committee report may be considered by 33 the House unless it has been reproduced and placed on the -59- LRB9000646REmbF 1 members' desks, in the same manner as provided for bills 2 under Rule 39, for one full session day before May 1st, or 3 one full hour on or after May 1st. 4 (c) Before any conference committee report on an 5 appropriation bill is considered by the House, the conference 6 committee report shall first be the subject of a public 7 hearing by a standing Appropriations Committee or a special 8 committee (the conference committee report need not be 9 referred to an Appropriations Committee or special committee, 10 but instead may remain before the Rules Committee or the 11 House, as the case may be). The hearing shall be held 12 pursuant to not less than one hour advance notice by 13 announcement on the House floor, or one day advance notice by 14 posting on the House bulletin board. An Appropriations 15 Committee or special committee shall not issue any report 16 with respect to the conference committee report following the 17 hearing. 18 (d) Any House Bill amended in the Senate and returned to 19 the House for concurrence in the Senate amendment shall lie 20 upon the desk of the Clerk for not less than one hour before 21 being further considered. 22 (e) No House Bill that is returned to the House with 23 Senate amendments may be called except by the Principal 24 Sponsor, or by a chief co-sponsor with the consent of the 25 Principal Sponsor. This subsection may not be suspended. 26 (f) Except as otherwise provided in Rule 74, the report 27 of a conference committee on a non-appropriation bill or 28 resolution shall be confined to the subject of the bill or 29 resolution referred to the conference committee. The report 30 of a conference committee on an appropriation bill shall be 31 confined to the subject of appropriations. 32 76. Action on Conference Committee Reports. 33 (a) Each chamber of the General Assembly shall inform -60- LRB9000646REmbF 1 the other by message of any action taken with respect to a 2 conference committee report. Copies of all papers necessary 3 for a complete understanding of the action shall accompany 4 the message. The original bill or resolution shall remain in 5 the chamber of origin. 6 (b) No conference committee report may be called except 7 by the Principal Sponsor of the bill for which the conference 8 committee was appointed. A chief co-sponsor may call a 9 conference committee report with the consent of the Principal 10 Sponsor. This subsection may not be suspended. 11 (c) If either chamber refuses to adopt the report of the 12 conference committee, or the first conference committee is 13 unable to reach agreement, either chamber may request a 14 second conference committee. When such a request is made, 15 each chamber shall again appoint a conference committee. If 16 either chamber refuses to adopt the report of a second 17 conference committee, the 2 chambers shall have adhered to 18 their disagreement, and the bill or resolution is lost. 19 ARTICLE IX 20 VETOES 21 77. Recording of Vetoes. Upon the receipt by the House 22 of any bill returned by the Governor under any of the 23 provisions of Article IV, Sec. 9 of the Constitution, the 24 Clerk shall enter the objections of the Governor on the 25 Journal, and shall distribute copies of all veto messages to 26 each member's desk, together with copies of the vetoed bill 27 or item, as soon as practical, in the same manner as for 28 bills under Rule 39. 29 78. Amendatory Vetoes. 30 (a) The Principal Sponsor of a bill that has been passed 31 by the General Assembly may request the Clerk to notify the -61- LRB9000646REmbF 1 Governor that the Principal Sponsor wishes to be consulted by 2 the Governor or his or her designee before the Governor 3 returns the bill together with specific recommendations for 4 change under subsection (e) of Section 9 of Article IV of the 5 Illinois Constitution. 6 (b) Any bill returned by the Governor together with 7 specific recommendations for change under subsection (e) of 8 Section 9 of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution is 9 automatically referred to the Rules Committee and shall be 10 considered as provided in this Rule. 11 (c) The Governor's specific recommendations for change 12 with respect to a bill returned under subsection (e) of 13 Section 9 of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution shall be 14 limited to addressing the Governor's objections to portions 15 of a bill the general merit of which the Governor recognizes 16 and shall not alter the fundamental purpose or legislative 17 scheme set forth in the bill as passed. 18 (d) Any bill returned by the Governor together with 19 specific recommendations for change shall be reviewed by the 20 Rules Committee. The Rules Committee shall examine the 21 Governor's specific recommendations for change and determine 22 by a majority of the members appointed whether those 23 recommendations comply with the standard set forth in 24 subsection (c). Any bill that the Rules Committee determines 25 is in compliance with subsection (c) of this Rule shall be 26 subject to action by the Rules Committee in the same manner 27 as floor amendments, joint action motions, and conference 28 committee reports under Rule 18(e). 29 (e) This rule may not be suspended. 30 79. Motions to Consider Vetoes. For purposes of this 31 Article, the term "motions" means motions to accept or 32 override a veto of the Governor. Motions with respect to 33 bills returned by the Governor may be made by the Principal -62- LRB9000646REmbF 1 Sponsor, the committee Chairperson in the case of a 2 committee-sponsored bill, or if Co-Chairpersons have been 3 appointed, by the Co-Chairperson of the majority caucus in 4 the case of special committee-sponsored bills. Motions shall 5 be filed in writing with the Clerk. All motions shall be 6 assigned standard debate status, subject to Rule 52. 7 80. Consideration of Motions. 8 (a) The vote to override a veto of a bill vetoed in its 9 entirety shall be by record vote and shall be entered on the 10 Journal. The form of motion with respect to these bills shall 11 be: "I move that ________ Bill _____ do pass, 12 notwithstanding the veto of the Governor." 13 (b) The vote to override an item veto shall be by record 14 vote as to each item separately and shall be entered on the 15 Journal. The form of motion with respect to an item shall 16 be: "I move that the item on page ____, line ____, of ____ 17 Bill _____ do pass, notwithstanding the item veto of the 18 Governor." 19 (c) The vote to restore an item that has been reduced 20 shall be by record vote as to each item separately and shall 21 be entered on the Journal. The form of motion with respect 22 to an item shall be: "I move that the item on page ____, 23 line ____, of ____ Bill ____ be restored, notwithstanding the 24 item reduction of the Governor." 25 (d) A bill returned together with specific 26 recommendations of the Governor may be acted upon, by record 27 vote, in either of the following manners: 28 (1) By a motion to accept the specific 29 recommendations of the Governor. The form of motion shall 30 be: "I move to accept the specific recommendations of 31 the Governor as to _____ Bill _____ in manner and form as 32 follows: (inserting herein the language deemed necessary 33 to effectuate the specific recommendations)."; or -63- LRB9000646REmbF 1 (2) By considering the bill as a vetoed bill and 2 overriding the recommendation and passing the bill in its 3 original form. The form of motion shall be: "I move 4 that _____ Bill _____ do pass, notwithstanding the 5 specific recommendations of the Governor.". 6 81. Vetoed Bills Considered in Entirety. If a bill is 7 returned by the Governor containing more than one item veto, 8 reduction veto, specific recommendation for change, or 9 combination of them, the bill shall be acted upon in its 10 entirety before the bill is released from the custody of the 11 House. 12 82. Disposition of Vetoes. When a bill or item has 13 received the affirmative vote of the number of members 14 elected necessary under the Constitution, the Presiding 15 Officer shall declare that the bill or item has been passed 16 or restored over the veto of the Governor, or that the 17 specific recommendations for change have been approved, as 18 the case may be. The bill shall then be attested to by the 19 Clerk who shall note thereon the day the bill passed. The 20 bill and the objections of the Governor shall then be 21 immediately delivered to the Senate. When specific 22 recommendations have been accepted, then the accepting 23 language shall be attached to the original bill, and the bill 24 shall be delivered to the Senate. 25 ARTICLE X 26 ELECTION CONTESTS AND QUALIFICATIONS CHALLENGES 27 83. Election Contests and Qualifications Challenges. 28 (a) An election contest places in issue only the 29 validity of the results of an election of a member to the 30 House in a representative district. An election contest may -64- LRB9000646REmbF 1 result only in a determination of which candidate in that 2 election was properly elected to the House and shall be 3 seated. 4 (b) A qualifications challenge places in issue only the 5 qualifications of an incumbent member of the House under the 6 Constitution, or the legality of an appointment of a person 7 as a member of the House to fill a vacancy. A qualifications 8 challenge may result only in a determination of whether a 9 member of the House is properly seated. 10 (c) Election contests and qualifications challenges 11 shall be brought and conducted as provided in these Rules. 12 (d) If an election contest or qualifications challenge 13 is filed with the Clerk, the Speaker shall create an Election 14 Contest or Qualifications Challenge Committee, as the case 15 may be, within 3 legislative days by filing a notice with the 16 Clerk. The creation of any committee under this Rule shall 17 be governed by Rule 10. The election contest or 18 qualifications challenge shall be automatically referred to 19 the Election Contest or Qualifications Challenge Committee, 20 as the case may be. For purposes of this Article, the term 21 "committee" means only the Election Contest or Qualifications 22 Challenge Committees created under this Rule. This 23 subsection may not be suspended. 24 (e) The committee may adopt rules to govern election 25 contests and qualifications challenges, but those committee 26 rules must be consistent with these Rules, must be filed with 27 the Clerk, and must be made available to all parties and to 28 the public. Any committee rule shall be subject to 29 amendment, suspension, or repeal by House resolution. 30 84. Initiating Election Contests. 31 (a) Election contests may be brought only by a 32 registered voter of the representative district or by a 33 member of the House. -65- LRB9000646REmbF 1 (b) Election contests may be brought only by the 2 procedures and within the time limits established by the 3 Election Code. Notice of intention to contest shall be 4 served on the person certified as elected to the House from 5 the representative district within the time limits 6 established by the Election Code. The requirements of this 7 subsection apply to a member of the House appointed to fill a 8 vacancy the same as if that member had been elected to the 9 House. 10 (c) Within 10 days after the convening of the House in 11 January following the general election contested, each 12 contestant shall file with the Clerk a petition of election 13 contest and shall serve the petition on the incumbent member 14 of the House from the representative district. A petition of 15 election contest shall allege the contestant's qualifications 16 to bring the contest and to serve as a member of the House, 17 that he or she believes that a mistake or fraud has been 18 committed in specified precincts in the counting, return, or 19 canvass of the votes, or that there was some other specified 20 irregularity in the conduct of the election in specified 21 precincts. A petition of election contest shall contain a 22 prayer specifying the relief requested and the precincts in 23 which a recount or other inquiry is desired. A petition of 24 election contest shall be verified by affidavit swearing to 25 the truth of the allegations or based upon information and 26 belief, and shall be accompanied by proof of service on all 27 respondents. 28 (d) A notice of intent to contest may not be amended to 29 cure a defect under the statutory requirements. A petition 30 of election contest, if filed and served after the notice of 31 intention to contest, may not raise points not expressed in 32 the notice. 33 (e) The incumbent member of the House from the 34 representative district is a necessary party to the -66- LRB9000646REmbF 1 initiation of an election contest. 2 85. Initiating Qualifications Challenges. 3 (a) Qualifications challenges may be brought only by a 4 registered voter of the representative district of the 5 representative challenged or by a member of the House. 6 (b) Qualifications challenges must be brought within 90 7 days after the day the challenged member takes his or her 8 oath of office as a member of the House, or within 90 days 9 after the day the petitioner first learns of the information 10 on which the challenge is based, whichever occurs later. 11 (c) A qualifications challenge shall be brought by 12 filing a petition of qualifications challenge with the Clerk, 13 and by serving a copy of the petition on the respondent 14 member of the House. The petition must be accompanied by 15 proof of personal service upon the respondent member and must 16 be verified by affidavit swearing to the truth of the 17 allegations or based upon information and belief. A petition 18 of qualifications challenge shall set forth the grounds on 19 which the respondent member is alleged to be constitutionally 20 unqualified, or on which his or her appointment to the House 21 is claimed to be legally improper, the qualifications of the 22 petitioner to bring the challenge, and a prayer for relief. 23 86. Contests and Challenges; Due Process. 24 (a) Election contests and challenges shall be heard and 25 determined as expeditiously as possible under adversary 26 procedures wherein each party to the proceedings has a 27 reasonable opportunity to present his or her claim, to 28 present any defense and arguments, and to respond to those of 29 his or her opponents. All parties may be represented by 30 counsel. 31 (b) Election contests and qualifications challenges 32 shall be heard and determined in accordance with the -67- LRB9000646REmbF 1 applicable provisions of the Election Code and other Illinois 2 statutes, the Illinois Constitution, and the United States 3 Constitution. Judicial decisions that bear on a point of law 4 in a contest or challenge shall be admissible in the 5 arguments of the parties and the deliberations and decisions 6 of the committee. Judicial decisions applicable to a point 7 of law or to a fact situation to the committee shall be given 8 weight as precedent. 9 (c) In addition to notice of meetings required under 10 these Rules, the committee and any subcommittee shall give 11 notice to all parties reasonably in advance of each meeting 12 or other proceeding. The committee shall also give notice of 13 all rules, timetables, or deadlines adopted by the committee. 14 Notice under this subsection shall be in writing and shall be 15 given either personally with receipt, or by certified mail 16 (return receipt requested) addressed to the party at his or 17 her place of residence, and to his or her attorney of record 18 at the attorney's office if so requested by the party. 19 87. Committee Proceedings and Powers in Contests and 20 Challenges. 21 (a) All proceedings of the committee and any 22 subcommittees concerning election contests and qualifications 23 challenges shall be transcribed by a certified court 24 reporter. Copies of the transcript shall be made available 25 to the members of the committee and to the parties. 26 (b) The committee may dismiss an election contest or 27 qualifications challenge, or may determine to proceed to a 28 recount or other inquiry. The committee may limit the issues 29 to be determined in a contest or challenge, except that when 30 a recount is conducted in an election contest, any precinct 31 timely requested by any party to be recounted shall be 32 recounted by the committee. 33 (c) In conducting inquiries, investigations, and -68- LRB9000646REmbF 1 recounts in election contests and qualifications challenges, 2 the committee has the power to send for and compel the 3 attendance of witnesses and the production of books, papers, 4 ballots, documents, and records by subpoena signed by the 5 Chairperson of the committee as provided by law and subject 6 to Rule 4(c)(9). In conducting proceedings in election 7 contests and qualifications challenges, the Chairperson of 8 the committee and the Chairperson of any subcommittee may 9 administer oaths to witnesses, as provided by law, and for 10 this purpose a subcommittee is deemed to be a committee of 11 the House. 12 (d) The committee may issue commissions by its 13 Chairperson to any officer authorized to take depositions of 14 any necessary witnesses as may be permitted by law. In 15 recounting the ballots in any election contest, however, no 16 person other than a member of the committee shall handle any 17 ballots, tally sheets, or other election materials without 18 consent of the committee or subcommittee. The responsibility 19 for the actual recounting of ballots may not be delegated. 20 (e) The committee shall maintain an accurate and 21 complete record of proceedings in every election contest and 22 qualifications challenge. That record shall include all 23 notices and pleadings, the transcripts and roll call votes, 24 all reports and dissents, and all documents that were 25 admitted into the proceeding. The committee shall file the 26 record with the Clerk of the House upon the adoption of its 27 final report. The record shall then be available for 28 examination in the Clerk's office. 29 (f) With the approval of the Speaker, the committee may 30 employ clerks, stenographers, court reporters, professional 31 staff, and messengers. 32 88. Adoption of Reports in Contests and Challenges. 33 (a) All final decisions of the committee regarding an -69- LRB9000646REmbF 1 election contest or qualification challenge shall be approved 2 by a majority of the members appointed to the committee and 3 reported in writing to the House. Reports shall include a 4 specific recommendation to the House as to the disposition of 5 the contest or challenge. Final reports following full 6 inquiry on the merits of a contest or challenge shall contain 7 findings of fact and, when necessary, conclusions of law. 8 (b) Any member of the committee may file a dissent from 9 a report of the committee, a minority report, or a special 10 concurrence with the majority report or with any minority 11 report. 12 (c) A subcommittee shall report to the committee in 13 writing in the same form as required for the committee 14 report. Subcommittee members may file dissents, reports, and 15 special concurrences. 16 (d) Reports shall not be adopted by the committee or a 17 subcommittee until a hearing has been held thereon, with 18 notice to all parties and a reasonable opportunity to examine 19 and respond to a proposed majority report. 20 (e) Reports of the committee shall be filed with the 21 Clerk, reproduced, and placed on the members' desks, along 22 with any dissents, minority reports, or special concurrences, 23 in the same manner as provided for bills under Rule 39. The 24 report shall be listed on the calendar under the heading 25 "Report of Election Contest" or "Report of Qualifications 26 Challenge". The report shall be carried on the Daily 27 Calendar for 2 legislative days before any action by the 28 House. 29 (f) The House shall adopt the majority report or a 30 minority report in an election contest or qualifications 31 challenge or shall refuse to adopt any report filed and 32 re-refer the contest or challenge to the committee for 33 further proceedings or for a modified report. A report that 34 has the effect of unseating an incumbent member of the House -70- LRB9000646REmbF 1 shall be adopted only by the affirmative vote of 60 members 2 elected. 3 (g) Each party to a contest or challenge shall file with 4 the Clerk of the committee within 10 days after the filing of 5 the final report a detailed statement of attorney's fees and 6 expenses incurred by that party in connection with the case. 7 The committee shall make recommendations to the House 8 concerning reimbursement of attorney's fees and the expenses 9 of the parties. The recommendation shall not exceed a sum 10 that is reasonable, just, and proper. 11 ARTICLE XI 12 DISCIPLINE AND PROTEST 13 89. Disorderly Behavior. 14 (a) In accordance with Article IV, Sec. 6(d) of the 15 Constitution, the House may punish any of its members for 16 disorderly behavior and, with the concurrence of two-thirds 17 of the members elected, expel a member (but not for a second 18 time for the same offense). The reason for expulsion shall 19 be entered upon the Journal with the names and votes of those 20 members voting on the question. 21 (b) In accordance with Article IV, Sec. 6(d) of the 22 Constitution, the House during its session may punish by 23 imprisonment any person, not a member, guilty of disrespect 24 to the House by disorderly or contemptuous behavior in its 25 presence. That imprisonment shall not extend beyond 24 hours 26 at one time unless the person persists in disorderly or 27 contemptuous behavior. 28 90. Protest. Any 2 members have the right to dissent 29 and protest, in respectful language, against any act or 30 resolution that they may think injurious to the public or to 31 any individual, and have the reason of their protest entered -71- LRB9000646REmbF 1 upon the Journal. When by motion a majority of members 2 determines that the language of a protest is not respectful, 3 the protest shall be referred back to the protesting members. 4 ARTICLE XII 5 DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS 6 91. Initiating Disciplinary Proceedings. 7 (a) Disciplinary proceedings may be commenced by filing 8 with the Speaker a petition for a special investigating 9 committee. The petition must be signed by at least one member 10 of the House, and shall contain suggested charges which, if 11 true, may subject the member named in the petition to 12 disciplinary action by the House. If the petition is signed 13 by 3 or more members of the House, the Speaker shall appoint 14 3 members of the majority caucus and the Minority Leader 15 shall appoint 3 members of the minority caucus to a special 16 investigating committee. If the petition is signed by fewer 17 than 3 members of the House, the Speaker shall consult the 18 member named in the petition, and unless that member objects 19 in writing, the Speaker and the Minority Leader shall appoint 20 a special investigating committee. If the member named in 21 the petition objects to the appointment of a special 22 investigating committee, any member who signed a petition for 23 an investigation under this Rule may introduce a resolution 24 to initiate disciplinary proceedings. Unless a resolution 25 initiating disciplinary proceedings is introduced under this 26 Rule, the contents of a petition for a special investigating 27 committee shall be confidential except as to the member 28 named, the members signing it, the Speaker, and the members 29 of a special investigating committee. 30 (b) A resolution to initiate disciplinary proceedings 31 shall be substantially in the following form: 32 "BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE -72- LRB9000646REmbF 1 ______________ GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, 2 that a Special Investigating Committee be appointed to 3 investigate allegations concerning the conduct of 4 Representative _______________________, which, if true, may 5 subject that member to disciplinary action by the House of 6 Representatives." 7 A resolution to initiate disciplinary proceedings may be 8 introduced only as permitted under this Rule. It is improper 9 to attempt to initiate disciplinary proceedings in any manner 10 not authorized by this Rule. 11 (c) A resolution to initiate disciplinary proceedings 12 shall not be assigned to committee, notwithstanding the 13 provisions of Rule 15. The resolution shall lie on the 14 Speaker's Table and shall be called within 5 legislative 15 days. 16 (d) A resolution to initiate disciplinary proceedings is 17 debatable. 18 (e) A resolution initiating disciplinary proceedings may 19 be adopted only by the affirmative vote of 60 members 20 elected. 21 (f) This Rule may be suspended only by unanimous 22 consent. 23 92. Preliminary Investigation. 24 (a) Pursuant to a petition or upon the adoption of a 25 resolution initiating disciplinary proceedings, as provided 26 in Rule 91, a special investigating committee consisting of 6 27 members shall be appointed, of whom 3 shall be appointed by 28 the Speaker from the majority caucus and 3 shall be appointed 29 by the Minority Leader from the minority caucus. The Speaker 30 shall appoint the Chairperson of the special investigating 31 committee from among the 6 members. Sponsors of the 32 initiating resolution may not be appointed to the special 33 investigating committee. -73- LRB9000646REmbF 1 (b) The special investigating committee shall conduct a 2 thorough investigation of all allegations and charges of 3 impropriety concerning the member named in the initiating 4 resolution that are brought to its attention to determine if 5 reasonable grounds exist to bring charges against the member 6 for formal disciplinary proceedings by the House. The 7 special investigating committee shall meet with the Principal 8 Sponsor of the initiating resolution at its initial meeting. 9 At the initial meeting, the Principal Sponsor of the 10 initiating resolution shall submit to the special 11 investigating committee a written list of suggested charges. 12 The list shall define the scope of the inquiry or 13 investigation pursuant to the initiating resolution. If the 14 Principal Sponsor of the initiating resolution fails to 15 submit a list, the special committee shall report a 16 resolution of exoneration. 17 The Principal Sponsor of the initiating resolution shall 18 also submit to the special investigating committee all 19 information he or she may have relevant to the charges and 20 allegations. 21 (c) The special investigating committee shall conduct 22 all of its proceedings in executive session, and shall 23 maintain strict confidence as to all of its proceedings and 24 all witnesses, testimony, information, and exhibits that may 25 come before it. No transcript or record of proceedings shall 26 be taken. This subsection shall be adopted and effective 27 upon an affirmative vote of 79 members. This subsection may 28 not be suspended. 29 (d) Except for its initial meeting, any posting or 30 notice requirements do not apply to meetings of the special 31 investigating committee, but the Chairperson shall give 32 notice of all meetings to the member named in and the 33 Principal Sponsor of the initiating resolution and shall give 34 reasonable notice to the public. The member who is the -74- LRB9000646REmbF 1 subject of the initiating resolution has the right to counsel 2 during proceedings of the special investigating committee. 3 (e) Except for subsection (c), this Rule may be 4 suspended only by the affirmative vote of 71 members elected. 5 93. Report of Special Investigating Committee. 6 (a) The special investigating committee shall report in 7 writing. All reports shall be signed by the members 8 supporting the report. 9 (b) If a majority of the members of the special 10 committee determines to prefer charges, it shall file with 11 the Clerk a formal statement of charges and specifications, 12 and shall appoint 2 members of the House, one from the 13 majority caucus and one from the minority caucus, who are not 14 members of the special investigating committee to be managers 15 for the House at the hearing on the charges. The statement 16 of charges shall constitute the report of the special 17 committee, but the special committee in its discretion may 18 file a supplementary report stating its reasons for not 19 bringing any other charges that may have been suggested to 20 it. 21 (c) If the special committee determines not to prefer 22 charges, it shall file with the Clerk a resolution 23 exonerating the member named in the initiating resolution 24 together with a report stating its reasons for not preferring 25 charges. 26 (d) If the special committee cannot by majority vote of 27 its members determine whether to prefer charges, the 28 committee shall file with the Clerk a resolution of 29 exoneration and a report stating the affirmative reasons for 30 not preferring charges. That report shall be signed by all 31 members of the special investigating committee, regardless of 32 their original vote in the committee proceedings on whether 33 to prefer charges. -75- LRB9000646REmbF 1 (e) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 2 vote of 71 members elected. 3 94. Select Committee on Discipline. 4 (a) When charges are preferred against any member of the 5 House under Rule 93, the Speaker and the Minority Leader 6 shall appoint a committee, to be known as a select committee 7 on discipline, to hear and determine the charges. The select 8 committee shall consist of 12 members of the House, 6 of whom 9 shall be appointed by the Speaker from the majority caucus 10 and 6 of whom shall be appointed by the Minority Leader from 11 the minority caucus. The Speaker shall appoint a Chairperson 12 of the select committee from among the 12 members. No member 13 who served on the special investigating committee or any 14 sponsor of the initiating resolution may be appointed to the 15 select committee. 16 (b) All appointments to a select committee on discipline 17 shall be completed and the select committee shall convene 18 within 30 days after the filing of charges for which the 19 committee is appointed. 20 (c) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 21 vote of 79 members elected. 22 95. Hearings on Disciplinary Charges. 23 (a) Proceedings before the select committee on 24 discipline shall be adversary in form, with the managers for 25 the House presenting the case for disciplinary action. The 26 respondent member may be represented by counsel. 27 (b) Stipulations of fact shall be encouraged by the 28 select committee. 29 (c) The rules of evidence applicable to criminal 30 proceedings apply except as may be waived by the managers or 31 respondent, as may be appropriate. -76- LRB9000646REmbF 1 96. Report of Select Committee. 2 (a) The committee shall vote on each specification and 3 charge, except that a vote of exoneration on a charge shall 4 be a vote as to all specifications under that charge. All 5 final votes on the merits of a charge or specification shall 6 be by record vote. 7 (b) A finding of fault or exoneration on any 8 specification or charge requires an affirmative vote of a 9 majority of the members appointed to the select committee. 10 (c) The committee shall file a report of its findings on 11 each specification and charge and a recommendation as to 12 penalty with the Clerk. The report shall state the reasons 13 for each conclusion and recommendation. If the committee 14 finds the respondent member exonerated regarding any charge, 15 it shall report a resolution of exoneration together with its 16 report. If the select committee finds the respondent member 17 at fault regarding any charge, it shall report a resolution 18 embodying its findings and recommended penalty. 19 (d) If a select committee reports a finding of fault 20 regarding any charge, any member of the select committee may 21 file a minority report with the Clerk either dissenting from 22 a finding, reason, or recommendation in the majority report 23 or stating a concurrence on different grounds. A dissenting 24 report may include a resolution of exoneration as to any 25 charge or specifications. 26 (e) When a select committee has found a member at fault 27 regarding a charge, the committee shall adopt a 28 recommendation for disciplinary action. The committee may 29 recommend a reprimand, a censure, expulsion from the House, 30 or that no penalty be invoked. The recommendation on 31 disciplinary action requires an affirmative vote of the 32 majority of the members appointed to the select committee. 33 (f) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 34 vote of 71 members elected. -77- LRB9000646REmbF 1 97. House Action on Disciplinary Reports. 2 (a) The report of a select committee, together with any 3 dissenting or concurring reports, and any accompanying 4 resolution, shall be reproduced and placed on the members' 5 desks, in the same manner as for bills under Rule 39. The 6 report shall be placed on the calendar under the heading 7 "Report of Select Committee on Discipline". The report shall 8 be carried on the Daily Calendar for 2 legislative days 9 before any action by the House. 10 (b) If the report of a select committee or a special 11 investigating committee exonerates the respondent member, the 12 House shall take up the resolution or re-refer the case to 13 the committee for further proceedings. 14 (c) If the select committee reports a finding of fault 15 as to any charge, the House shall take up the resolution for 16 disciplinary action together with any minority resolutions. 17 The House may amend a resolution for disciplinary action to 18 decrease the recommended penalty. 19 (d) The House shall take action by a record vote on each 20 resolution. Adoption of a resolution finding the respondent 21 member at fault regarding charges and specifications shall 22 dispose of any minority resolution of exoneration on those 23 charges and specifications. If the House adopts a resolution 24 of exoneration as to any charge or specification, a majority 25 resolution shall be amended in accord with that disposition 26 of those charges and specifications before it may be called 27 for a final vote. If the adoption of exoneration resolutions 28 disposes of all the charges and specifications in a majority 29 resolution for disciplinary action, the majority resolution 30 shall be tabled. 31 (e) Following record votes on all majority and minority 32 resolutions arising out of a select committee finding of 33 fault on a charge or specification, if there remains any 34 charge or specification on which the House has neither -78- LRB9000646REmbF 1 exonerated the member or adopted a finding of fault, then any 2 member may introduce and move a resolution of exoneration on 3 that charge or specification. 4 (f) A resolution finding a member at fault regarding a 5 charge may be adopted only by the affirmative vote of 71 6 members elected, except that a resolution the effect of which 7 is to expel a member may be adopted only by the affirmative 8 vote of 79 members elected. 9 (g) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative 10 vote of 79 members elected. 11 ARTICLE XIII 12 FORCE AND EFFECT 13 98. Applicability. The meetings and actions of the 14 House, including all of its committees, are governed by these 15 House Rules. 16 99. Parliamentary Authority. The rules of parliamentary 17 practice appearing in the latest edition of Robert's Rules of 18 Order govern the House in all cases to which they apply so 19 long as they are not inconsistent with these Rules. 20 100. Certification by Speaker. With respect to each 21 bill that is certified by the Speaker in accordance with 22 Article IV, Sec. 8(d) of the Constitution, there is an 23 irrebuttable presumption that the procedural requirements for 24 passage have been met. 25 101. Effective Date. These rules are in full force and 26 effect upon their adoption, and shall remain in full force 27 and effect except as amended in accordance with these Rules, 28 or until superseded by new rules adopted as part of the 29 organization of a newly-constituted General Assembly at the -79- LRB9000646REmbF 1 commencement of a term. 2 ARTICLE XIV 3 DEFINITIONS 4 102. Definitions. As used in these Rules, terms have 5 the meanings ascribed to them as follows, unless the context 6 clearly requires a different meaning: 7 (1) Chairperson. "Chairperson" means that 8 Representative designated by the Speaker to serve as 9 chair of a committee. 10 (2) Co-Chairperson. "Co-Chairperson" means a 11 Representative designated by the Speaker to serve as 12 co-chair of a special committee. 13 (3) Clerk. "Clerk" means the elected Clerk of the 14 House. 15 (4) Committee. "Committee" means a committee of 16 the House and includes a standing committee, the Rules 17 Committee, a special committee, the Committee on 18 Conflicts of Interest, committees created under Article X 19 and Article XII of these Rules, and a subcommittee of a 20 committee. "Committee" does not mean a conference 21 committee, and the procedural and notice requirements 22 applicable to committees do not apply to conference 23 committees. 24 (5) Constitution. "Constitution" means the 25 Constitution of the State of Illinois. 26 (6) General Assembly. "General Assembly" means the 27 90th General Assembly of the State of Illinois. 28 (7) House. "House" means the House of 29 Representatives of the General Assembly. 30 (8) Joint Action Motions. "Joint action motions" 31 means the following motions before the House: to concur 32 in a Senate amendment, to non-concur in a Senate -80- LRB9000646REmbF 1 amendment, to recede from a House amendment, to refuse to 2 recede from a House amendment, to request that a 3 conference committee be appointed, and to adopt a 4 conference committee report. 5 (9) Legislative Digest. "Legislative Digest" means 6 the Legislative Synopsis and Digest that is prepared by 7 the Legislative Reference Bureau of the General Assembly. 8 (10) Legislative Measures. "Legislative measures" 9 means all matters brought before the House for 10 consideration, whether originated in the House or Senate, 11 and includes bills, amendments, resolutions, conference 12 committee reports, motions, messages, notices, and 13 Executive Orders from the executive branch. 14 (11) Majority. "Majority" means a majority of 15 those members present and voting on a question. Unless 16 otherwise specified with respect to a particular House 17 Rule, for purposes of determining the number of members 18 present and voting on a question, a "present" vote shall 19 not be counted. 20 (12) Majority Caucus. "Majority caucus" means that 21 group of Representatives from the numerically strongest 22 political party in the House. 23 (13) Majority of those Appointed. "Majority of 24 those appointed" means a majority of the total number of 25 Representatives authorized under these Rules to be 26 appointed to a committee. 27 (14) Majority of those Elected. "Majority of those 28 elected" means a majority of the total number of 29 Representatives entitled to be elected to the House, 30 regardless of the number of elected or appointed 31 Representatives actually serving in office. So long as 32 118 Representatives are entitled to be elected to the 33 House, "majority of those elected" means 60 affirmative 34 votes; 71 affirmative votes means three-fifths of the -81- LRB9000646REmbF 1 members elected; and 79 affirmative votes means 2 two-thirds of the members elected. 3 (15) Member. "Member" means a Representative. 4 Where the context so requires, "member" may also mean a 5 Senator of the Illinois Senate. 6 (16) Members Appointed. "Members appointed" means 7 the total number of Representatives authorized under 8 these Rules to be appointed to a committee. 9 (17) Members Elected. "Members elected" means the 10 118 Representatives entitled to be elected to the House, 11 regardless of the number of elected or appointed 12 Representatives actually serving in office. 13 (18) Minority Caucus. "Minority caucus" means that 14 group of Representatives from the second numerically 15 strongest political party in the House. 16 (19) Minority Leader. "Minority Leader" means the 17 Minority Leader of the House elected under Rule 2. 18 (20) Minority Spokesperson. "Minority 19 spokesperson" means that Representative designated by the 20 Minority Leader to serve as the minority spokesperson of 21 a committee. 22 (21) Perfunctory Session. "Perfunctory session" 23 means the convening of the House, pursuant to the 24 scheduling of the Speaker, for purposes consistent with 25 Rule 28. 26 (22) Presiding Officer. "Presiding Officer" means 27 that Representative serving as the presiding officer of 28 the House, whether that Representative is the Speaker or 29 another Representative designated by the Speaker under 30 Rule 4. 31 (23) Principal Sponsor. "Principal sponsor" means 32 the first listed House sponsor of any legislative 33 measure; with respect to a standing committee-sponsored 34 bill or resolution, it means the Chairperson of the -82- LRB9000646REmbF 1 committee; with respect to a special committee-sponsored 2 bill or resolution, it means the Co-Chairperson from the 3 majority caucus. 4 (24) Record Vote. "Record vote" means a vote by 5 ayes and nays entered on the journal. 6 (25) Representative. "Representative" means any 7 duly elected or duly appointed Illinois State 8 Representative, and means the same as "member". 9 (26) Senate. "Senate" means the Senate of the 10 General Assembly. 11 (27) Speaker. "Speaker" means the Speaker of the 12 House elected as provided in Rule 1. 13 (28) Term. "Term" means the 2-year term of a 14 General Assembly. 15 (29) Vice-Chairperson. "Vice-Chairperson" means 16 that Representative designated by the Speaker to serve as 17 Vice-Chairperson of a committee.
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