Saturday, November 23.

The Senate met pursuant to adjournment.

Mr. Crabb presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of Blount county, praying the passage of a law authorizing and his associates, to lay out and establish a turnpike road;  which was read, and on motion was referred to a select committee; Messrs. Crabb, Coats, and McVay, were appointed said committee.

Mr. Moore from the committee appointed to draft rules of order and decorum for the government of the Senate, made a report; which was received by the Senate.

On motion of Mr. Moore, the Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole on said report, Mr. Moore in the chair; and after some time spent in the consideration thereof, the committee rose, Mr. President resumed the chair, and Mr. Moore reported, that the committee of the whole had had said report under consideration, and beg leave to propose the adoption of the following rules of order and decorum for the government of the Senate.

Rule 1.  The President shall take the chair precisely at the hour every day to which the Senate have adjourned the preceding day; and on the appearance of a quorum, shall call the Senate to order; and cause the journals of the preceding day to be read.

2.  The President shall preserve order and decorum, may speak to points of order in preference to other members, and shall decide questions of order subject to an appeal to the Senate, he may rise to put a question, but may state it sitting.

3.  Every member speaking in debates, shall first rise from his seat uncovered, respectfully address himself to Mr. President, confine himself to the question, avoiding personalities, and shall not call any members by his name but refer to him by the county of his resident, or the gentleman that spoke last, &c.

4.  When two or more members rise at the same time the President shall name the persons entitled to the floor; but in all cases, the member first rising shall speaker first.

5.  No member shall speak more than twice to the same question without leave of Senate, nor more than once until every member choosing to speak shall have spoken, unless permitted to explain.

6.  When a motion shall be make and seconded, it shall be reduced to writing if desired by the President or any member, delivered in at the table, and read by the President before the same shall be debated.

7.  After a question is state by the President, it shall be deemed in possession of the Senate; but may be withdrawn by leave of Senate, at any time before decision or amendment.


8.  When a question is under debate no motion shall be received, but to adjourn, to postpone to a day certain, to lie on the table, for the previous question, to commit or amend, or to postpone indefinitely; which several motions shall have precedence in the order in which they stand arranged.

9.  No motion shall be determined on the day it is introduced, if one third of the members request that it be deferred to the next day.

10.  A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, and shall be decided without debate.

11.  A motion for commitment, until it is decided, shall preclude all amendments of the main question.

12.  The previous question until it is decided, shall preclude amendment and debate on the main question, and shall be in this form, Shall the main question be now put?

13.  Every senator who shall be present when a question is put, shall voted, unless the Senate for special reasons excuse him, but no senator shall vote on any question, unless he be within the bar of the House, when the same is put.

14.  When the President is putting a question, no member shall walk out of, or across the house; nor when a member is speaking, enter into private discourse, or pass between him and the chair.

15.  A member when called to order, shall immediately take his seat, and the Senate if appealed to shall decide the case, but without debate.  If there be no appeal, the decision of the chair shall be conclusive.

16.  After the Journals are read on each day petitions shall be called for by the President, next reports of Standing Committees; and lastly the reports of Special Committees; but the committee on enrolled bills may report at any time during the session of the Senate if not precluded by some privileged motion.

17.  Every bill shall be introduced by motion for leave, or by order of the Senate, which bill may on its second reading be committed to a standing committee, a special committee, or a committee of the whole house, but commitment to one shall not preclude commitment to either of the others.

18.  No bill shall be amended or committed until it shall have been twice read.

19.  In forming a committee of the whole, the President shall leave the chair naming some persons as chairman to preside.

20.  All questions whether in the Senate or in committee of the whole, shall be put in the order they were moved; except in cases of amendment, and except that in filling up blanks, the largest sum and the longest time shall be first put.

21.  A similar moved of proceedings shall be observed with bills, which have originated in and passed the House of Representatives, as with bills originated in the Senate.

22.  The rules of the Senate shall be observed in committee of the whole, so far as they be applicable, except the rule limiting the times of speaking.

23.  A motion that the committee rise shall always be in order, and shall be decided without debate.

24.  No member shall absent himself from the Senate without leave of absence on motion.

25.  Bills committed to a committee of the whole house shall be first read through by the Secretary, and then read and debated by clauses; leaving the preamble and caption to be last considered.

26.  All amendments shall be entered on a separate piece of paper and so reported by the chairman standing in his place; after the report the bill shall be subject to debate and amendment before the question to engross be taken.

27.  When the Senate adjourns no member shall move from his seat until the President has left his chair.

28.  The President may appoint any other member to perform the duties of the chair, provided said appointment shall not continue beyond an adjournment.


29.  All ordinary committees shall consist of three members to be appointed by the President, unless otherwise directed by the Senate; and on motion, one or more members may be added to any committee.

30.  All memorials and addresses shall be signed by the President, and all warrants and subpoenas issued by order of the Senate, shall be under his hand and seal, attested by the Secretary.

31.  In case of disturbance or disorderly conduct in the lobby, the President or Chairman shall have power to order the same to be cleared.

32.  A bill once rejected, another of the same substance shall not be introduced during the session.

33.  When a motion has been once made and carried in the affirmative or negative, it shall be in order for any member of the majority to move for the reconsideration thereof on the same or succeeding day; provided, the paper be then in possession of the Senate.

34.  Nothing shall be introduced by way of rider which is irrelevant to the matter contained in the main body of the bill before the Senate.

35.  In all cases if there be an equal number of votes in the affirmative and in the negative, the question shall be lost.

36.  The President of the Senate shall vote in all cases in which his vote would make a tie or be a casting vote; and when the Ayes and Nays are called, the President shall vote first.

37.  No rule shall be rescinded or amended, or a new rule added to the rules of the Senate, without a least a day’s notice of the intention to rescind, amend, or add a new rule.

All of which were severally read and adopted.

On motion of Mr.  Shackleford, ordered that fifty copies of the rules of order and decorum be printed for the use of the Senate.

A bill to be entitled 'an act to authorize John Chandler, administrator of N. L. Hayden, deceased, to sell certain real estate,’ was read the second time.

On motion, ordered, that said bill be referred to the Judiciary committee.

Mr. Powell from the select committee, to whom was referred the petition of Augustus Baudry, reported a bill to be entitled ‘an act to authorize Augustus Baudry to emancipate a certain slave therein named;’ which was read the first time.

Ordered, that said bill be made the order of the day for a second reading on Monday next.

Agreeably to notice, Mr. McVay asked for and obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled, ‘an act to authorize the administrator of John Dixon, to sell and transfer certain real estate;’ which was read the first time.  Ordered, that said bill be made the order of the day, for a second reading on Monday next.

On motion of Mr. Smith, Resolved, that the Judiciary committee be instructed to inquire into the expediency of framing some general law respecting the emancipation of salves, and report by bill or otherwise.

Mr. McVay obtained leave to introduce a bill, to be entitled ‘an act to change the name of, and legitimate a certain person therein named;' which was read the first time.

Ordered, that said bill be make the order of the day for a second reading on Monday next.

On motion the Senate adjourned till Monday 10 o’clock.