The Senate met agreeable to adjournment.
Mr. Terrell reported that the joint committee to whom was referred the examination and report the most convenient rooms that can be obtained, as well as the terms on which such rooms can be had; reported that the room now occupied by the Repre-
sentative branch, can only be retained a few days at two dollars per day.
Two rooms sufficiently spacious, having one chimney place each, within the Huntsville Inn, have been examined, neither of which will be rented, unless both are taken, at sixteen dollars per day, chairs and fuel included.
Two large sheet iron stoves, with a small one (if necessary) for the use of the Speaker can be procured in this place, fitted up for use by Monday next, on the lower floor of the court house for sixty dollars.
A large cast iron stove is prepared for the Senatorial chamber, now occupied, and which on the suggestion of the representative house, can be exchanged for one of sheet iron.
Your committee therefore can have no hesitancy in reporting the lower floor of the court house to be the most proper apartment for the reception of the representative branch, and the room now occupied by the Senate to be the most convenient for the accommodation of that body: which on motion of Mr. Terrell was received, and agreed to.
Ordered, that a message be sent to the House of Representatives informing them thereof.
Mr. Thomas Ringold , senator from Marengo county appeared and took his seat.
Mr. Hodges presented the petition of Alle Kyle a citizen of Lawrence county, praying the passage of a law authorizing her as the widow and relief of John Kyle, deceased, to execute a deed of conveyance for the N. E. quarter section of land of section 22, in range 5, and in township 7, to Jonathan Sanderland, said land having been sold by said John in his lifetime to said Jonathan.
Ordered that said petition be referred to a select committee whereupon messrs Hodges, Hanby and Garth were appointed.
On motion according to the order of the day the
Senate resolved itself into a committee of the whole, on the report of the select committee appointed to prepare and draft rules for the government of the Senate, Mr. Moore in the chair, and after some time spent therein Mr. President, resumed the chair, and Mr Moore reported that according to order the committee have had the report of the select committee appointed to prepare and draft rules of order and decorum for the government of the Senate, and that the committee had made sundry amendments thereunto, which being agreed to by the Senate, said rules were read as follows, to-wit:
1. The President shall take the chair precisely at the hour every day to which the senate shall have adjourned the preceding day, and on the appearance of a quorum shall call to order.
2. Immediately after the President shall have taken the chair, the journal of the preceding day shall be read to the end that any mistakes therein may be corrected.
3. The President shall preserve order and decorum, and shall decide questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Senate.
4. Every member previous to his speaking, shall rise in his place, uncovered and address himself to the President, confine himself to the question, avoid personality, and shall not call any member by his name, but refer to him by the Gentleman from such a county, who spoke last, &c., &c.
5. When two or more members rise at the same time, the President shall name the member who is first to speak.
6. No member shall speak more than twice to the same question, without leave of the senate, not more than once until every member choosing to speak shall have spoken, unless permitted to explain.
7. No motion shall be debated or put unless the same be seconded; where a motion is seconded it
shall be stated by the president before debate and every such motion shall be reduced to writing if the president or any number request it.
8. After a question is stated by the president it shall be deemed to be in possession of the senate, but may be withdrawn at any time before decision or amendment.
9. When a question is under debate no motion shall be received unless to adjourn to lie on the table, for the previous question, to postpone indefinitely, to postpone to a day certain, to commit, or amend - which several motions shall have precedence in the order in which they stand arranged.
10. Every question shall be determined by a majority of voices and after the determination the same shall not be resumed, but with the consent of two thirds of the members present at some subsequent day of the session; and that upon notice given of the motion for resuming such matter at least one day before such motion is made.
11. That no motion shall be determined on the day that it is introduced if one third of the members shall request that it be deferred to the next day.
12. A motion to adjourn shall always be in order and shall be decided without debate.
13. The previous question until it is decided shall preclude amendments and debate on the main question and shall be in form, "shall the main question be now put"
14. No member shall speak more than once on the previous question.
15. A motion for commitment, until it is decided shall preclude all amendments of the main question
16. Petitions, memorials and other papers addressed to the legislature, shall be presented to the President by a member in his place, and read by the secretary.
17. Every senator who shall be present when a
question is put shall vote for or against the same unless the senate excuse him, or unless he is immediately interested in the question, in which case he shall not vote.
18. When the President is putting a question no member shall walk out, or across the house, nor when a member is speaking pass between him and the char.
19. A senator when called to order shall immediately sit down, 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.
20. Every bill shall be introduced by motion for leave, one day's previous notice being given, unless of a local nature, or by an order of the senate, or on the report of a committee.
21. No bill shall be amended or committed until it shall have been twice read.
22. In forming a committee of the whole the President shall leave the chair, and a chairman shall be named by the President to preside.
23. 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.
24. A similar mode of proceeding shall be observed with bills which have originated or passed the house of representatives, as with bills originated in the senate.
25. The rules of the senate shall be observed, in the committee of the whole so far as they may be applicable, except the rule limiting the times of speaking.
26. A motion that the committee report shall always be in order, and shall be decided without debate.
27. No member shall absent himself from the senate, without leave obtained on motion.
28. Bills committed to 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 - 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 is taken.
29. When the senate adjourns no member shall move from his seat until the President has left the chair.
30. The President may appoint any other member to perform the duties of the chair; provided said appointment shall not continue beyond an adjournment.
31. On the meeting of the house after the reading of the journals, the presentation of petitions shall be first in order; after petition are disposed of, reports first from standing committees, and select committees shall be called for, and the above business shall be done at no other time of the day except by permission of the senate.
Mr. Moore proposed the following as additional rules, which were adopted.
32. All ordinary committees shall consist of three members and be appointed by the President unless otherwise directed by the senate, and on motion one or more members may be added to any committee
33. All memorials and addresses shall be signed by the President, and all warrants or subpoenas issued by order of the senate shall be under his hand and seal, attested by the secretary -- In cases of any disturbance or disorderly conduct in the lobby, the President or chairman shall have power to order the same to be cleared.
34. The ayes and noes shall be taken when called for by any two members. The president shall vote in all cases, except in the cases heretofore excepted.
On motion of Mr. Watkins, the following resolution was adopted: Resolved that the secretary have printed for the use of the senate, fifty copies of the rules of order and decorum.
On motion of Mr. Watkins, the following resolution was adopted: Resolved that a joint committee be appointed on the part of the senate, to join such committee as may be appointed by the house of representatives on so much of his Excellency the Governor's message as relates to the division of counties- whereupon Messrs Watkins, Herbert and Casey were appointed.
Ordered that a message be sent to the house of representatives informing them thereof and desire their concurrence.
Received from the house of representatives by Messrs. Burney and Perkins, a message concurring in said resolution -- Naming as a committee on their part, P. Fitzpatrick, Dale, Lee, Creagh and King.
On motion, leave was granted Mr. Casey to withdraw the petition of sundry citizens of Dallas county presented yesterday.
Mr. Farmer, moved the adoption of the following resolution: Resolved, that --- members be appointed on the part of the senate, to act with such members as may be appointed on the part of the house of representatives as a committee on divorce and alimony - which was negatived.
Mr Moore, gave notice that on Monday next he would move for leave to introduce a bill, having for its object the repeal of the law passed at the first session of the General Assembly of the Alabama Territory holden at St. Stephens.
And also a bill having for its object the repeal of a law of the same session of the General Assembly repealing the law limiting the rates of interest.
Received from the house of representatives by Messrs Burney and Perkins, a message.
Mr. President, the house of representatives concur with the senate respecting the appointment of a committee of finance and name on their past, Messrs. Everett, Dillahunty, Chapman, Cleveland and Isaac Brown.
Received a message from the house of representatives, by Messrs Burney and Perkins.
The house of representatives do concur in the resolution of the senate, respecting the appointment of a committee on enrolled bills, and have appointed Messrs. Vaughan, Sims, Jones and Everett.
Message from the house of representatives by Messrs Burney and Perkins:
Mr. President, we are instructed to inform your body, that on tomorrow at 1 o'clock, the house of representatives will proceed to count out the votes for Governor, for the State of Alabama.
On motion of Mr. Farmer, that the following resolution was adopted: Resolved, that
On motion of Mr. Trotter ordered that Ringold be added to the committee on that part of the Governor's message which relates to the division of counties.
The senate adjourned until to-morrow morning 10 o'clock.