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A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, and shall be decided without debate. When a question made once and carried in the affirmative or negative, it shall be in order for any member of the majority to move for the reconsideration thereof. The Convention shall have the power to compel the attendance of absent members. No member shall absent himself from the service of the Convention, unless he has leave, or be sick and unable to attend. The first member named on a Committee shall be Chairman of the same. The Convention may be resolved into a Committee of the Whole for the discussion of any question that may be pending before the Convention. The Convention, at all times, shall be considered in session when the President takes the Chair, and the roll shall not be called unless on application of a member. The previous question shall be in this form : “Shall the main question now be put 2" and may be demanded by any member if seconded ; and if sustained by a majority, shall prevail; and, until it is decided, shall preclude all amendment and further debate of the main question. The unfinished business in which the Convention was engaged at the last preceding adjournment, shall have preference in the orders of the day; and no motion on any other business shall be received, without special leave of the Convention, until the former is disposed of. . On a motion made and seconded a call of the Convention shall be had. No member shall vote on any question touching his own conduct in, or rights and privileges, as a member of this Convention. The Secretary shall not suffer any records or papers to be taken from the table, or out of his custody, by any member or any other person, without leave of the Convention. It shall be a standing rule of the Convention that the President be authorised to call any member of the Convention to occupy the Chair, and exercise the functious of President until he may resume the Chair; with this proviso, that the power given by this rule shall not be construed to confer on the President a right to place any member in the Chair for a longer period than one day.
Upon the motion of any member, if seconded, the ayes and noes may be called for and spread upon the Journal. Any person voting in the negative of any proposition, shall have the right of entering his protest and reasons for such vote upon the Journal, provided he shall use no disrespectful personalities, in such protest, against any member of this Convention. After the question is put and the affirmative vote taken, there shall be no further debate.
The preceding rules shall be observed in Committee of the Whole, so far as they are applicable, except that part of the rule which restricts members from speaking more than twice upon the same question, and except the rule in regard to the previous question.
All resolutions shall lie on the table for one day for consideration, unless in special cases when the Covention shall think proper to suspend the rule. - All of which is respectfully submitted
- ALEX. W. CAMPBELL,
- Chairman. On motion of Mr. CAMPBELL the rules reported by the committee were adopted, and one hundred copies ordered to be printed for the use of the Convention. . Mr. JoWEs, of Lincoln, moved to reconsider the vote ordering one hundred copies to be printed, which motion was rejected.
STANDING COMMITTEES. The President announced the following as the Standing Committees of the Convention :
COMMITTEE ON THE BILL OF RIGHTS.
COMMITTEE ON THE LEGISLATIVE DEPARTMENT.
W. H. STEPHENs,
COMMITTEE ON THE EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT.
GEORGE W. Jon Es, of Lincoln.
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY DEPARTMENT
J. B. HEISKELL,
COMMITTEE ON ELECTIONS AND RIGHT OF SUFFRAGE
A. O. P. NICHOLSON,
D. M. KEY,
COMMITTEE ON FINANCE, INTERNAL IMPOVEMENTS AND CORPOFATIONS.
JOHN A. GARDNER,
JAMES A. COFFIN,
coMMITTEE ON MISCELLANEOUS SUBJECTS.
JAMES J. TURNER,
Mr. TURNER offered the following amendments to the Constitution, which were read and referred to the Committee on the Judicial Department.
Resolved, That Art. VI, Sec. 2 of the Constitution be amended as follows, viz: by striking out the first sentence and inserting in lieu of the same: The Supreme Court shall be composed of six judges, two of whom shall reside in each of the grand Divisions of the State. Said Court shall meet at least once each year in each grand Division of the State. And three of them shall hear and determine all questions coming up from the Chancery Courts, and the other three shall hear and determine all causes coming up from other than the Chancery Courts. . The concurrence of two of the judges trying the cause, shall in every case be necessary to a decision. The three judges trying the cause may, in writing, ask the other branch of the Court to sit with them on questions of great and general importance, and in such cases a majority of the Court shall determine them. The Governor, with the concurrence of the Senate, shall designate the judges composing each Court.
The said Courts shall sit at the same time and place, and an election shall be held on the first Saturday of May, 1870, to supply the number of judges required by this section.
Mr. Hous E, of Williamson, offered the following resolution which was referred to the Committee on the Legislative Department:
Resolved, That the General Assembly shall have no power to make or change election precincts; nor to establish bridges or ferries; nor to change names, or legitimate children; but it shall prescribe by law the manner in which said powers shall be exercised by the Courts.
Mr. MoRRIs, offered the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on the Legislative Department:
Resolved, That the Constitution of the State, be so amended that there shall be but one regular session of the General Assembly in three (3) years, with power to the Governor to convene them in extra session when necessary; that the members be allowed per diem, at the regular session for not exceeding one hundred (100) days; and in extra session not exceeding (30) thirty days.
Mr. WARNER offered the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on the Legislative Department:
Resolved, That Article II, Section 19, of the Constitution of Ten
nessee be so amended as to allow the words “after being considered and acted upon by both Houses, or in each House,” to be inserted between the words “rejected ” and “no.”
Mr. MARTIN offered the following, which was referred to the Committee on Miscellaneous Provisions: - .
Resolved, That no member of the Legislature, or Executive, or Judicial Officer of this State, shall receive while in office, either directly or indirectly, any gift, gratuity, fee or reward from any person or corporation. -- w
LIST OF MEMBERS.
Mr. GARNER offered the following resolution:
Resolved, That the Principal Doorkeeper be directed to make out and have printed for the use of the Convention 300 copies of an accurate statement of the name, age, occupation, postoffice, place of nativity, and whether married or single, of the officers and delegates of this Convention.
On motion of Mr. GIBSON, the resolution was laid on the table. AMENDMENTS PROPOSED.
Mr. Ivi E offered the following, which was referred to the Committee on the Legislative Department: