WEDNESDAY, 7th July 1819.

The Convention met pursuant to adjournment. Mr. Toulmin the member from the county of Baldwin appeared and took his seat.
Mr. Pickens from the committee appointed to draft Rules of order and decorum for the Government of this Convention, made a report which was received.
On motion of Mr. Clay the Convention resolved itself into a committee of the whole on the said report, Mr. Murphy in the chair, and after some time spent therein, Mr. President resumed the chair and Mr. Murphy reported that the committee had according to order had the said report under consideration and had made several amendments therein with which they desired the concurrence of the Convention.
And the questions being taken thereon, they were determined in the affirmative.
The question was then taken on the adoption of said report as amended, and passed in the affirmative.


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Standing Rules of Order and Decorum for conducting business in the Convention.

TOUCHING THE DUTIES OF PRESIDENT

1.  The President shall take the chair every day, at the hour to which the Convention shall have adjourned, on the preceding day; shall immediately call the members to order, and on the appearance of a quorum, shall cause the journal of the preceding day to be read.
2.  He shall preserve order and decorum; may speak to points of order, in preference to other members, rising from his seat for that purpose, and shall decide questions of order subject to an appeal to the Convention by any two members, on which appeal no member shall speak more than once unless by leave of the Convention. He shall rise to put a question, but may state it sitting.
3.  Questions shall be distinctly put in this form, viz: As many as are of opinion that {as the question may be} say, aye; and after the affirmative voice is expressed, As many as are of the contrary opinion say, no. If the President doubts, or a division be called for, the Convention shall divide; those of the affirmative of the question shall first rise from their seats, and afterwards those of the negative.
4.  The President shall have a general direction of the Convention. He shall have a right to name any member to perform the duties of the chair, but such substitution shall not extend beyond an adjournment.
5.  Twelve members shall have power to call a house and send for absent members. A majority shall be a quorum to transact business, and five members, after the hour of twelve, may adjourn from day to day.
6.  When a member is about to speak, debate, or deliver any matter to the Convention, he shall rise from his seat and respectfully address himself to Mr. President.
7.  If any member, in speaking or otherwise, transgress the rules, the President shall, or any member may call to order, in which case the member so called to order, shall immediately sit down, unless permitted to explain; and the Convention shall, if applied to decide on the case, but without debate. If the decision be in favor of the member so called to order, he shall be at liberty to proceed; if otherwise, and the case require it, he shall be liable to the censure of the Convention.
8.  When two or more happen to rise at the same time, the President shall name the person who is first to speak.


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9.  No member shall speak more than twice to the same question without leave of the Convention; nor more than once, until every member choosing to speak shall have spoken.
10.  Whilst the President is putting a question, or addressing the Convention, none shall walk across the room, nor, when a member is speaking, enter on private discourse; or pass between him and the chair.
11.  Upon calls of the Convention for taking the yeas and nays on any question, the names of the members shall be called alphabetically, and each member shall answer from his seat.
12.  Any two members shall have a right to call for the yeas and nay of any question.
13.  When a motion is made and seconded, it shall be stated by the President, or if in writing shall be read aloud by the Secretary, and every motion shall be reduced to writing, if the President or any member requests it.
14.  Any member may call for a division of the question when the sense will admit it.
15.  Each member shall particularly forbear personal reflections, nor shall any member name another in argument or debate.
16.  After a motion is stated by the President, or read by the Secretary, it shall be deemed in possession of the convention, but may be withdrawn at any time before the decision or amendment.
17.  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, to postpone indefinitely, to commit or amend, which several motions shall have precedence in the order they stand arranged.
18.  A motion to adjourn shall always be in order and shall be decided without debate.
19.  The previous question shall be in this form, shall the main question be now put. It shall only be admitted when demanded by a majority of the members present, and until it is decided shall preclude all amendments and further debate of the main question-On a previous question there shall be no debate.
20.  In taking the sense of the Convention a majority of the votes of the members present shall govern.
21.  No resolution, section or article in the Constitution shall be finally concluded and agreed upon until the same shall have been read on three several days, unless a majority of two thirds may think it necessary to dispense with this rule, which vote shall be decided without debate.


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22.  When any question shall have been decided, it shall not be reconsidered but on motion of a member who voted in the majority, provided that if such motion be made after two days from such decision, a majority of the whole Convention shall be necessary to reconsideration.
23.  The Convention shall resolve itself in to a committee of the whole when deemed necessary, and when in committee of the whole, shall be governed by the foregoing rules, except that in committee of the whole an member may speak as often as he may think proper.
24.  The President may appoint committee, unless otherwise directed by the convention
25.  On all questions when the yeas and nays are demanded the President shall vote.
26.  No member shall absent himself from the service of the Convention unless he have leave, be sick or unable to attend.
27.  Upon a call of the Convention, the names of the members shall be called over by the Secretary, and the absentees without leave, noted; one hour after which, the names of the absentees shall again be called over, and those for whom no excuse, or an insufficient excuse is made, may, by order of those present if twelve in number, be taken into custody as they appear or may be sent for and taken into custody where to be found.

COMMITTEES-THEIR DUTY.

28.  It shall be the duty of the committee of elections to examine and report upon the certificates of elections and other credentials of members returned to serve in this Convention, and to take into their consideration all such petitions and other matters, touching elections and returns as shall or may be presented, or come in question and be referred to them by the Convention.
29.  No committee shall sit during the sitting of the Convention without special leave.
30.  The Secretary of the Convention shall take an oath, to be administered by the President, for the due and faithful discharge of the duties of his office to the best of his knowledge & abilities. It shall be his duty to keep and preserve all records and papers introduced and submitted to the consideration of the Convention: to furnish such papers as may be committed, with the names of the members that compose such committee, to the chairman thereof and in all things to perform his duty as Secretary of this Convention, under the direction of the President.
31.  All questions relating to the priority or business to be acted on shall be decided without debate.


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On motion ordered that one hundred copies of the foregoing rules be printed for the use of the members of this Convention.
Mr. Toulmin offered the following resolution Resolved, that a committee be appointed to take into consideration and report to this Convention, their opinion on the propositions offered by the Congress of the United States for their free acceptance or rejection of this Convention in the sixth section of the Act entitled “an act to enable the people of the Alabama Territory to form a Constitution and State Government, and for the admission of such State into the union on an equal footing with the original States.”
And on motion ordered that said resolution lie upon the table.
Mr. Townes offered the following resolution; Resolved, that the Secretary of this Convention be and he is hereby authorized to employ one or two assistants or clerks, to aid him in the duties of his office; whose duties shall commence from and after the instant.
And on motion ordered that the said resolution lie upon the table.
On motion of Mr. Bibb (of Montgomery) Resolved, that the Door keeper be directed to employ in the service of this Convention a suitable person to aid him in the discharge of his duties.
And on the question being put, will the Convention now consider the said Resolution. It was determined in the affirmative.
And on the question being put, will the Convention agree to the said Resolution. It was passed in the affirmative.
Mr. Taylor offered the following resolution: Resolved, that the Secretary be authorized, under the direction of the President to purchase such stationary, as may be necessary for the use of the Convention during the session.
And upon the question being put, will the Convention consider the said resolution. It was determined in the affirmative.
And on the question, will the Convention agree to the said resolution. It was passed in the affirmative.
On motion ordered that the Convention do now adjourn till 10 o'clock tomorrow morning.