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



Part VIII. ORDER; DEBATE; VOTING
Rule 68. Questions of Order

(1) A question of order may be raised at any stage of the
proceedings, except during the calling of the roll when the Ayes
and Noes are called for. Unless submitted to the Senate, such
questions shall be decided without debate by the presiding
officer, subject to an appeal to the Senate. Laying such appeal
on the table shall be held as sustaining the ruling of the
presiding officer.

(2) Any question of order may be submitted to the Senate for
its decision.

Rule 69. Debate: General Limitation

No member shall speak more than twice, unless such member be
the movant of the matter pending, in which case such member
shall not be permitted to speak in reply until every member
choosing to speak shall have spoken.

Rule 70. Voting: Methods

There shall be five methods of ascertaining the decision of
the Senate upon any matter.

(1) First, by voice or raising of hands; Second, by rising;
Third, by ballot; Fourth, by call of the roll of the members and
a record of the Clerk of the vote of each; and Fifth, by
unanimous consent.

(2) Whenever the Senate is ready to vote on any question, the
President shall rise, and after stating the question, shall
request all those in favor of the affirmative of the question to
vote "Aye." The President then shall call upon all voting in
the negative of the question to vote "No." The President then
shall announce the result to the Senate.

(3) If any member shall doubt the result, as announced, the
President again shall state the question and call upon the
members to vote by rising in their places, and they shall remain
standing until counted, and the result again shall be announced.

(4) The method of voting by ballot shall be as customary.
The President shall appoint one or more tellers, or direct the
Messengers to collect the ballots, which shall be counted by the
Clerk. On motion, the Senate may vote upon any question by
ballot.

(5) Whenever one-fifth of the members present shall request,
the Clerk shall call the roll of the members of the Senate.
Each member, when called, shall vote in a clear loud voice,
"Aye," if voting in the affirmative, or "No," if voting in the
negative. The Clerk shall record each vote and such record
shall become a part of the Journal of the Senate. The President
shall announce the results as above set forth.

(6) With the unanimous consent of the Senate, the President
may direct the Clerk to record an "Aye" vote for each member of
the Senate. If there is no objection, the Clerk shall so record
the vote. If there is objection, the President shall ask for
the names of the members voting "No" and order the Clerk to
record no votes for them.

Rule 71. Voting: Rights of Members

(1) No member, on any account, shall refrain from voting
unless excused by the President. A member may vote "Kanalua"
the first time the member's name is called by the Clerk on any
vote, but if the member votes "Kanalua" on the next call of the
member's name, the member's vote shall be recorded as "Aye."

(2) The President may excuse a member who has a monetary
interest in the question, or whose right to a seat in the Senate
will be affected by the question, or whose official conduct is
involved in the question. If a member thinks there may be a
personal interest in the question, the member shall rise and
disclose the interest to the President. The President then
shall rule whether the member has a conflict of interest. If
so, the member shall be excused from voting.

(3) Whenever the Ayes and Noes are called, no one, without
unanimous consent, shall be permitted to explain a vote.

(4) After the announcement by the President of the result, no
one shall be allowed to vote or to change a vote.


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