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



PART IX. MOTIONS; DEBATE
Rule 45. Motions: Generally

45.1. No motion shall be received and considered by the
House until the same shall have been seconded.

45.2. After a motion is stated and determined to be in
order by the Speaker, it shall be disposed of by vote
of the House. However, the motion may be withdrawn
by the movant at any time before a decision or
amendment.

45.3. Whenever any question whatsoever shall be under
discussion, the only permanent motions shall be:

First: To lay on the table;
Second: To postpone to a certain time;
Third: To commit;
Fourth: To amend; and
Fifth: To postpone indefinitely;

which motions shall have precedence in the order
named.

45.4. The first two motions shall be decided without debate
and shall be put as soon as made.

45.5. Whenever any of the first four motions mentioned
above shall be decided in the negative, it shall not
be revived the same calendar day in regard to the
main question under discussion. If a motion to amend
in a specific manner is defeated, it shall not be
revived on the same calendar day.


Rule 46. Indefinite Postponement

When a question is postponed indefinitely, the same shall
not be acted upon again during the regular or special
session in which it was introduced without the consent of
two-thirds of the members to which the House is entitled.


Rule 47. Matters Tabled

When a question has been laid on the table, it shall not
thereafter be taken from and be considered or restored to a
place upon the calendar of the House without the consent of
the majority upon a motion made on the day the question was
tabled or on the next day that the House is in session;
thereafter, no motion to take any question from the table
shall be made without the consent, in writing, of the
majority. A motion to take any question from the table, if
decided in the negative, may not again be made on the same
day.


Rule 48. Motions: Previous Question

The purpose of the motion for the previous question is to
end debate. The motion shall always be in order, except as
otherwise provided herein. It shall require a majority
vote of the members present in the House at the time the
motion is made. Whenever the motion is carried, the movant
of the main subject under discussion shall be permitted to
close the debate, after which the main question, subject to
the order of priority, shall be put; provided that the
movant may delegate the right to close to another member.


Rule 49. Motions: Reconsideration

49.1. When a motion has been made once and carried in the
affirmative or negative, it shall not be in order for
any members who voted in the minority to move for
reconsideration, but any member who voted with the
majority may move to reconsider it on the same or
succeeding day of the session. A motion to
reconsider shall take precedence over all other
questions except a motion to adjourn.

49.2. The House shall not reconsider a motion to
reconsider.

49.3. If the House wishes to reconsider a bill, resolution,
or other matter which it already has passed or
adopted and sent to the Senate, the motion to
reconsider shall be accompanied by a motion to
request the Senate to return the bill. The House
shall act first on the motion for return of the bill,
without debate. If this motion fails, it is an end
of the matter, and the movant and seconder of the
motion to reconsider shall withdraw their motion.


Rule 50. Debate: Limits

50.1. No member shall speak more than twice on the same
question without leave of the House; provided,
however, that the movant of the matter pending shall
be permitted to speak in reply, but not until every
member choosing to speak shall have spoken. No
member shall speak longer than five minutes the first
time and three minutes the second time on the same
question; provided however, that any member may yield
his or her speaking time to another member.

50.2. When a member yields the floor to another member, the
yielding member's time shall continue to run, except
when such yielding shall be to allow a specific
question to be asked and when in response to the
specific question asked.


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