Rule 60. Resolutions and Motions: Form

All resolutions shall be typewritten, dated and signed by the
introducer, otherwise they shall not be considered. The Senate
shall not introduce any congratulatory, commemorative or
memorial resolution but shall express the sentiment contained in
such resolutions by means of a suitable certificate. Motions
and amendments may be verbal but shall be reduced to writing if
requested by the President, and shall be read from the desk if
so ordered.

Rule 61. Motions: Second Required

No motion shall be received and considered by the Senate
until the motion is seconded.

Rule 62. Motions: Disposition

After a motion is stated or read by the President, it shall
be deemed to be in the possession of the Senate, and shall be
disposed of by vote of the Senate; however, it may be withdrawn
by the movant at any time before an amendment has been adopted
or before the decision on the motion if not amended.

Rule 63. Motions Applicable to Pending Matters

Whenever any bill or resolution or other matter shall be
under discussion, the only motions relative thereto shall be:

(1) To lay upon the table,

(2) To postpone to a certain time,

(3) To postpone indefinitely,

(4) To commit, and

(5) To amend,

which motions shall have precedence in the order named.

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

When any of the motions shall be decided in the negative,
they shall not be revived the same day relative to the main
question under discussion. If all are negative as aforesaid,
the only remaining question shall be as to the adoption of the
bill, resolution or other main question.

Rule 64. Matters Postponed Indefinitely

When a question is postponed indefinitely, the question shall
not be acted upon again during the session in which it was

Rule 65. Motion for Previous Question

The object of the motion for the previous question is to cut
off debate. It shall always be in order. It shall require a
three-fifths vote to carry it.

Whenever the motion shall be carried, the author of the
resolution or introducer of the bill under discussion shall be
permitted to close the debate, after which the main question,
subject to Rule 63, shall be put. The author or introducer may
delegate to another such right to close.

Rule 66. Motion for Reconsideration

(1) When a motion has been once made and carried in the
affirmative or negative, it shall not be in order for any member
who voted in the minority to move for a reconsideration thereof;
but any member who voted with the majority may move to
reconsider it on the same or the succeeding day of session, or,
with the consent of the Senate, on any subsequent day and such
motion shall take precedence of all other questions, except a
motion to adjourn.

(2) When a motion for reconsideration has been decided by
vote, that vote shall not be reconsidered.

(3) When a bill or resolution or other matter upon which a
vote has been taken shall have gone out of the possession of the
Senate, and shall have been transmitted to the House of
Representatives, a motion to reconsider shall be deemed to
include a request to the House to return the same. If not
complied with by the House, then the vote on the motion to
reconsider shall be set aside. If such motion shall pass, the
Clerk shall promptly communicate to the House the request for
return of the matter to be reconsidered.

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