House Rules

Rules Relating to the Clerk and the Journal

General Rules of Order and Procedure
Rules Relating to Members of the House
Rules Relating to the Presiding Officer
Rules Relating to Committees
Rules Relating to the Clerk and the Journal
Joint Rules of the Two Houses


Rule 80. A member who introduces a bill or joint resolution shall endorse the same, and the member's name shall be inscribed by the Clerk upon the engrossed and enrolled copies when transmitted to the Senate or the Governor.

Rule 81. The Clerk shall, upon introduction of a bill, immediately make a photocopy to be designated as a second official copy and to be used as a replacement in the event the original bill is lost, misplaced, or destroyed.

Rule 82. When a bill passes, it shall be certified by the Clerk, who shall note the date of its passage at the foot thereof.

Rule 83. Communications from the House to the Senate shall be under the signature of the Clerk. When House Bills are signed by the Speaker, the Clerk shall, by message, notify the Senate and request the signature of the President.

Rule 84. All bills acted upon by the committees shall be endorsed as follows:

This bill having been referred by the House to its standing Committee on __________ was acted upon by such committee in session and returned therefrom to the House with the recommendation that it be passed.

Rule 85. The Clerk shall furnish to the members daily a calendar of all bills on third reading and a listing and description of all resolutions which have been reported from the Committee on Rules, which bills and resolutions shall be arranged in the order in which they are entitled to consideration.

Rule 86. Any member may receive a copy of a bill from the Clerk's Office upon request.

Rule 87. Every bill making an appropriation from the State Treasury or increasing or decreasing state revenue shall, before any vote is taken thereon by a committee, have endorsed thereon or attached thereto a fiscal note prepared by a legislative fiscal officer estimating the amount of money involved, and the anticipated increase or decrease in public spending or the increase or decrease in revenue collections under the provisions of the bill. The fiscal note shall be part of the calendar of bills on third reading following the title of the bill.

Rule 88. There shall be listed on the calendar of bills on third reading, immediately following the title of every bill which would amend a section or part of the code by reference to its number only, a brief statement of the general subject to which such section or part of the code relates.

Rule 89. Whenever the House calendar contains more than twenty-five pages, either the first or last page thereof shall have listed thereon a numerical list of all House bills and all Senate bills on the day's calendar with the number of the page on which the bill appears listed opposite the number of the bill.

Rule 90. If a resolution or a substitute to a bill or resolution is not adopted, it shall be printed in the journal by title only.

Rule 91. If the office of Clerk is vacant, the Speaker shall designate an Acting Clerk who shall serve until the House elects a Clerk.

Rule 92. Rules shall be enforced either by the Speaker or by the Clerk, as appropriate.

Rule 93. On all matters not specifically addressed in these rules, Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure, 2010 Edition, shall apply.