RULES OF THE HOUSE
STATE OF HAWAII
THE NINETEENTH STATE LEGISLATURE
(1997-1998)



PART V. ORDER; DECORUM
Rule 26. Questions of Order

Any member may raise a question of order at any stage in
the proceedings of the House, except during a roll call
vote. The Speaker shall decide questions of order without
debate, subject to an appeal of the House. Laying an
appeal on the table shall sustain the Speaker's ruling.


Rule 27. Decorum: Punishment for Violations

27.1. No person shall sit at the desk of the Speaker or
Clerk, except by permission of the Speaker.

27.2. No one shall walk out of the House chamber or across
the floor of the House while the Speaker is
addressing the House. No one shall maintain a
private discourse while the Speaker is addressing the
House or a member is speaking. No one shall walk
between a chair and a member who is speaking.

27.3. The Speaker shall order any member who conducts
himself or herself in a disorderly manner during any
session of the House to stay in his or her seat and
be in order. The Speaker shall order the Sergeant-
at-Arms to remove any member who persists in
disorderly conduct from the House for the remainder
of the day's session, unless the member who has been
disorderly pledges to the House that he or she will
maintain a good behavior.

27.4. Any member who wishes to speak shall rise from his or
her seat and address the Speaker, saying, "Mr.
Speaker" or "Madam Speaker". When recognized, the
member shall face the Speaker, address the question
under debate, and avoid personalities.

27.5. The Speaker shall call to order any member who
violates the rules of the House while in session, and
the member shall then immediately sit down. The
Speaker shall then decide the question of order
without debate, subject to an appeal to the House.
The Speaker may call for the sense of the House on
any question of order.

27.6. A member who is called to order while speaking shall
retain the floor while the question of order is
decided, and may proceed with the matter under
discussion.

27.7. Any member may demand that the Clerk take down the
words or actions objected to when a member is called
to order for words spoken or actions taken during
debate, and may ask that they be read for the
information of the House.

27.8. No one shall smoke in the House chamber during any
sessions of the House.

27.9. The House may censure its members for disorderly
conduct or neglect of duty. The House may also, by a
two-thirds vote of the total membership of the House,
suspend or expel a member.

27.10. The House may establish an investigating committee
pursuant to chapter 21, Hawaii Revised Statutes, for
the purposes therein mentioned.


Rule 28. Disclosures and Punishment of Members

28.1. Each member shall file with the Ethics Commission of
the State of Hawaii a disclosure of his or her
private financial interests, as prescribed by law.
Each member shall file with the Ethics Commission any
change in his or her financial interests.

28.2. If a legislative matter which affects a member's
interests arises before the member has made a
disclosure to the Ethics Commission, the member shall
orally disclose his or her interest to the House
before voting. The member then shall immediately
make the written disclosure required by law and the
Rules of the House.

28.3. The Speaker may appoint a special committee to
investigate any member for misconduct, disorderly
conduct, neglect of duty, violation of chapter 84,
H.R.S., or violation of the Rules of the House. The
House may punish any member found guilty by such a
committee by censure, suspension or expulsion.
Censure shall require the approval of a majority of
the members to which the House is entitled.
Suspension or expulsion shall require the approval of
two-thirds of the members to which the House is
entitled.


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