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ASSEMBLY STANDING RULES
I. OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES
Duties of Officers
Rule No. 1
Rule No. 1. Speaker of the Assembly.
1. All officers of the Assembly are subordinate to the Speaker in all that relates to the prompt, efficient and correct discharge of their official duties under the Speaker’s supervision.
2. Possessing the powers and performing the duties described in this Rule, the Speaker shall:
(a) Take the chair at the hour to which the Assembly stands adjourned, call the members to order, and upon the appearance of a quorum, proceed to business.
(b) Preserve order and decorum and have general direction of the Chamber of the Assembly and the approaches thereto. In the event of any disturbance or disorderly conduct therein, order the same to be cleared.
(c) Decide all questions of order, subject to a member’s right to appeal to the Assembly. On appeal from such decisions, the Speaker has the right, in the Speaker’s place, to assign the reason for the decision.
(d) Have the right to name any member to perform the duties of the Chair, but such substitution must not extend beyond one legislative day.
(e) When the Assembly resolves itself into Committee of the Whole, name a Chairman to preside thereover and call him to the Chair.
(f) Have the power to accredit the persons who act as representatives of the news media and assign them seats.
(g) Sign all bills and resolutions passed by the Legislature as provided by law.
(h) Sign all subpoenas issued by the Assembly.
(i) Receive all messages and communications from other departments of the government and announce them to the Assembly.
(j) Represent the Assembly, declare its will and in all things obey its commands.
(k) Vote on final passage of a bill or resolution, but the Speaker shall not be required to vote in ordinary legislative proceedings except where the Speaker’s vote would be decisive. In all yea and nay votes, the Speaker’s name must be called last.
3. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Speaker, through death, resignation or disability of the Speaker, the Speaker pro Tempore shall temporarily and for the period of vacancy or disability conduct the necessary business of the Assembly.
4. If a permanent vacancy occurs in the office of Speaker, the Assembly shall select a new Speaker.
[Statutes of Nevada 1975, 1912; A 1995, 2845; 1997, 3538; 1999, 3834; 2001, 3295]
Rule No. 2. Reserved.
Rule No. 3. Reserved.
Rule No. 4. Reserved.
Rule No. 5. Reserved.
Rule No 6. Reserved.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1886; R 1985, 2315]
The next rule is 10.
II. SESSIONS AND MEETINGS
Rule No. 10
Rule No. 10. Time of Meeting.
The Assembly shall meet each day at 11 a.m., unless the Assembly adjourns to some other hour.
[Statutes of Nevada 1975, 1857]
Rule No. 11. Open Meetings.
All meetings of the Assembly and its committees must be open to the public.
[Statutes of Nevada 1975, 1907; A 1999, 3835; 2001, 3296]
Rule No. 12. Reserved.
The next rule is 20.
III. DECORUM AND DEBATE
Rule No. 20. Points of Order.
If any member, in speaking or otherwise, transgresses the rules of the Assembly, the Speaker 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 if called to order by a member, such member shall immediately state the point of order. If the point of order be sustained by the presiding officer, the member shall not be allowed to proceed; but if it be not sustained, then he shall be permitted to go on. Every such decision from the presiding officer shall be subject to an appeal to the House; but no discussion of the question of order shall be allowed unless an appeal be taken from the decision of the presiding officer.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1886; A 1993, 2913; 1995, 2847; 1997, 3540]
Rule No. 21. Portable electronic communication devices.
1. A person who is within the Assembly Chambers or within an Assembly committee room shall not engage in a telephone conversation via the use of a portable telephone.
2. Before entering the Assembly Chambers or an Assembly committee room, any person who possesses a portable electronic communication device, such as a pager or telephone, that emits an audible alert, such as a ringing or beeping sound, to signal an incoming message or call, shall turn the audible alert off. A device that contains a nonaudible alert, such as a silent vibration, may be operated in a nonaudible manner within the Assembly Chambers or within an Assembly committee room.
[Statutes of Nevada 2001, 3296; A Assembly Resolution No. 3 of the 2003 Session]
Rule No. 22. Reserved.
Rule No. 23. Committee on Ethics; Legislative Ethics.
1. The Committee on Ethics consists of:
(a) Two members of the Assembly appointed by the Speaker from the majority political party;
(b) One member of the Assembly appointed by the Minority Leader from the minority political party; and
(c) Two qualified electors of the State chosen by the members of the Committee who are appointed pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (b), neither of whom is a present or former member of the Legislature or employed by the State of Nevada.
2. The Speaker shall appoint two members of the Assembly, one from the majority political party and one from the minority political party to serve as alternate members of the Committee. If a member is disqualified, the alternate appointed from the same political party shall serve as a member of the Committee during the consideration of a specific question.
3. A member is disqualified if he is the requester of advice concerning a question of ethics or conflict of interest, or if the advice is requested by another member of the Assembly and a reasonable person in his situation could not exercise independent judgment on the matter in question.
4. The Committee shall hear complaints on alleged breaches of ethics and conflicts of interest, brought by Legislators and others, and it may advise Legislators on questions of breaches of ethics and conflicts of interest. All proceedings held to consider the character, alleged misconduct, professional competence or physical or mental health of any person by the Committee on matters of ethics or conflicts of interest are confidential unless a Legislator:
(a) Against whom a complaint is brought requests a public hearing;
(b) Discloses the opinion of the Committee at any time after his hearing; or
(c) Discloses the content of an advisory opinion issued to him by the Committee.
5. A complaint which alleges a breach of ethics or a conflict of interest must be in writing and signed by the person making the allegation. The complaint must be filed with the Chairman. The Chairman shall send a copy of the complaint, within 24 hours after receiving it, to the Legislator against whom the complaint is brought.
6. The criterion to be applied by the Committee in determining whether a Legislator has a conflict of interest is whether the independence of judgment of a reasonable person in his position upon the matter in question would be materially affected by:
(a) His acceptance of a gift or loan; or
(b) His private economic interest.
7. A Legislator who determines that he has a conflict of interest may vote upon, advocate or oppose any measure as to which a potential conflict exists if he makes a general disclosure of the conflict. In determining whether to vote upon, advocate or oppose the measure, the Legislator should consider whether:
(a) The conflict impedes his independence of judgment;
(b) His participation will produce a negative effect on the public’s confidence in the integrity of the Legislature;
(c) His participation is likely to have any significant effect on the disposition of the measure; and
(d) His interest is greater than the interests of an entire class of persons similarly situated.
[Statutes of Nevada 1977, 1706; A 1987, 2325, 2336; 1995, 2847; 1997, 3540]
The next rule is 30.
IV. QUORUM, VOTING, ELECTIONS
Rule No. 30
Rule No. 30. Manner of Voting.
1. The presiding officer shall declare all votes, but the yeas and nays must be taken when called for by three members present, and the names of those calling for the yeas and nays must be entered in the Journal by the Chief Clerk.
2. The presiding officer shall call for yeas and nays by a division or by a roll call, either electronic or oral.
3. When taking the yeas and nays on any question, the electronic roll call system may be used, and when so used shall have the force and effect of any roll call under these rules.
4. When taking the yeas and nays by oral roll call, the Chief Clerk shall take the names of members alphabetically, except that the Speaker’s name must be called last.
5. The electronic roll call system may be used to determine the presence of a quorum.
6. The yeas and nays must not be taken with the electronic roll call system until all members present are at their desks. The presiding officer may vote at the rostrum.
7. Only a member who:
(a) Has been certified by the Committee on Elections, Procedures, and Ethics or special committee of the Assembly; and
(b) Is physically present within the Assembly Chambers,
may cast a vote in the Assembly.
8. A member shall not vote for another member on any roll call, either electronic or oral. Any member who votes for another member may be punished in any manner deemed appropriate by the Assembly.
[Statutes of Nevada 1975, 1879; A 1995, 2848; 1997, 3542; 1999, 3837; 2001, 3298]
Rule No. 31
Rule No. 31. Reserved.
Rule No. 32. Announcement of the Vote.
1. A member may change his vote at any time before the announcement of the vote if the voting is by voice, or at any time before the votes are electronically recorded if the voting is conducted electronically.
2. The announcement of the result of any vote shall not be postponed.
[Statutes of Nevada 1975, 1876]
Rule No. 33. Voting by Division.
Upon a division and count of the Assembly on any question, no person without the bar shall be counted.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1887]
The next rule is 40.
V. LEGISLATIVE BODIES
Rule No. 40. Standing Committees.
The standing committees of the Assembly are as follows:
1. Ways and Means, fourteen members.
2. Judiciary, fifteen members.
3. Taxation, twelve members.
4. Education, twelve members.
5. Elections, Procedures, and Ethics, ten members.
6. Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining, twelve members.
7. Transportation, twelve members.
8. Commerce and Labor, fourteen members.
9. Health and Human Services, ten members.
10. Government Affairs, thirteen members.
11. Constitutional Amendments, five members.
[Statutes of Nevada 1975, 1857; A 1977, 1728; 1981, 2059, 2064; 1983, 2103; 1985, 2315; 1987, 2326, 2399; 1989, 2204; 1991, 2479; 1993, 2915, 2967; 1995, 2849, 2878; 1997, 3543, 3682, 3712; 1999, 3838; 2001, 3298; Assembly Resolution No. 3 of the 2003 Session]
Rule No. 41. Appointment of Committees.
1. Except as otherwise provided in Assembly Standing Rule No. 23, all committees must be appointed by the Speaker, unless otherwise directed by the Assembly. The Speaker shall designate the chairman and vice chairman of each committee.
2. To facilitate the full participation of the members during an adjournment called pursuant to NRS 218.115, the Speaker may temporarily appoint a member to a standing committee that is scheduled to meet during the adjournment if none of the committees to which the member is regularly assigned will be meeting during the adjournment.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1903; A 1977, 1707; 1985, 2314; 1993, 2916; 1995, 2850; 1997, 3543]
Rule No. 42. Committee Action.
1. The committee shall have regular meetings scheduled by the Assembly leadership. A quorum of the committee is a majority of its members and may transact business except as limited by this Rule.
2. Except as limited by this Rule, a simple majority of those present may move, second and pass a motion by voice vote.
3. Definite action on a bill or resolution will require a majority of the entire committee.
4. A two-thirds majority of the entire committee is required to reconsider action on a bill or resolution.
5. Committee introduction of legislative measures which are not prefiled requires concurrence of two-thirds of the entire committee and does not imply commitment to support final passage.
6. The chairman shall vote on all final action regarding bills or resolutions.
7. No member of the committee may vote by proxy under any circumstances.
8. A committee shall not take a vote on the question of whether to exercise its statutory authority to issue a legislative subpoena unless the chairman has informed the Speaker of the intention of the committee to consider such a question.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1903; A 1995, 2850; 1997, 3543; 2001, 3299]
Rule No. 43. Subcommittees.
Subcommittees made up of committee members may be appointed by the chairman to consider and report back on specific subjects or bills.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1903; A 1995, 2850; 1997, 3544]
Rule No. 44. Committee on Elections, Procedures, and Ethics.
The Committee on Elections, Procedures, and Ethics has jurisdiction over matters relating to personnel. It shall recommend by resolution the appointment of all attaches and employees of the Assembly not otherwise provided for by law. It may suspend or remove any such attache or employee for incompetency or dereliction of duty. It shall function as the Committee on Rules and as the Committee on Credentials of the Assembly.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1885; A 1977, 1707; 1981, 2059, 2171; 1985, 2316; 1991, 2480; 1993, 2916; 1997, 3544]
Rule No. 45
Rule No. 45. Procedure for Election Contests.
1. Upon receipt of a statement of contest from the Secretary of State pursuant to NRS 293.427, the Speaker shall, as soon as practicable, appoint a special committee to hear the contest or refer the contest to the Standing Committee on Elections, Procedures, and Ethics. The committee shall conduct a hearing to consider the contest. The committee shall keep written minutes of the hearing. The contestant has the burden of proving that any irregularities shown were of such a nature as to establish that the result of the election was changed thereby.
2. The contest must be submitted so far as may be possible upon depositions or by written or oral arguments as the Assembly may order. Any party to a contest may take the deposition of any witness at any time after the statement of contest is filed with the Secretary of State and before the contest is finally decided. At least 3 days’ notice must be given to the prospective deponent and to the other party. If oral statements are made at any hearing before the Assembly or a committee thereof which purport to establish matters of fact, they must be made under oath. Strict rules of evidence do not apply.
3. The committee shall, not later than 5 calendar days after the contest was referred to the committee, report to the Assembly its findings on whether the contestant has met the burden of proving that any irregularities shown were of such a nature as to establish that the result of the election was changed thereby. The committee shall then report to the Assembly its recommendation on which person should be declared elected or report that it has no recommendation. The Assembly shall, as soon as practicable thereafter but not later than 7 calendar days after the Speaker received the statement of contest, vote whether to accept or reject the committee’s recommendation without amendment, if a recommendation is made. If the recommendation is accepted, the Speaker shall declare the recommended person elected. If the recommendation is rejected or the committee did not make a recommendation, the Assembly shall consider immediately which person should be declared elected. The Speaker shall not adjourn the Assembly until it has declared a person to be elected.
4. If a person other than the person initially seated as a member of the Assembly pursuant to subsection 2 of NRS 293.427 is declared to be elected by the Assembly as a result of the contest, the Speaker shall inform the Governor of the identity of the person declared to be elected by the Assembly.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1885; R 1987, 2326; Readopted 1989, 2204; A 1991, 2480; 1993, 2917; 1995, 2851; 1997, 3544; Assembly Resolution No. 3 of the 2003 Session]
Rule No. 46
Rule No. 46. Committee Action on Reports.
Committee reports must be adopted at a committee session actually assembled and meeting as a committee with a quorum present. Every committee vote on a matter pertaining to a bill or resolution must be recorded. The vote may be taken by roll call at the discretion of the chairman.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1903; A 1995, 2852; 1997, 3545; 1999, 3840]
Rule No. 47. Committee Records.
The chairman of each committee shall keep, or cause to be kept, a complete record of the committee proceedings in which there must be entered:
1. The time and place of each meeting;
2. The attendance and absence of members;
3. The names of all persons appearing before the committee, with the names of persons, firms, corporations or associations in whose behalf such appearance is made; and
4. The subjects or measures considered and action taken.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1903; A 1995, 2852; 1997, 3545; 1999, 3840]
Rule No. 48. Disposition of Committee Records.
All minutes, records and documents in the possession of committees and their chairmen must be filed in the offices of the Legislative Counsel Bureau upon adjournment sine die.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1904; A 1999, 3840]
Rule No. 49. Committee Hearings.
1. The presence of a quorum of the committee is desirable but not required to conduct a public hearing. At the discretion of the chairman, members of the committee may attend, participate in and, if applicable, vote during the hearing via simultaneous telephone or video conference.
2. Public hearings are opened by the chairman who announces the subject under consideration and provides for those wishing to address the committee to be heard. These persons shall rise in an order determined by the chairman, address the chair and furnish their names, addresses and firms or other organizations represented. Committee members may address the chairman for permission to question the witness.
[Statutes of Nevada 1975, 1914; A 1995, 2852; 1997, 3546; 1999, 3840; 2001, 3301]
Rule No. 50. Reserved.
Rule No. 51. Reserved.
Rule No. 52. Concurrent Referrals.
When a bill or resolution is referred to two committees, the bill or resolution must go to the first committee named. If the first committee votes to amend the bill or resolution, it must be reprinted with amendments and then returned to the first committee or sent immediately to the next committee. If there is no amendment proposed by the first committee, or if the first committee acts upon the bill or resolution after amendment, the bill or resolution must be sent with the committee recommendation immediately to the second committee.
[Statutes of Nevada 1975, 1909; A 1987, 2326; 1989, 2205; 1999, 3840]
The next rule is 60.
VI. RULES GOVERNING MOTIONS
Rule No. 60. Entertaining.
No motion may be debated until it is distinctly announced by the presiding officer. The presiding officer, upon his own motion or at the request of a member, may direct that the motion be reduced to writing and be read by the Chief Clerk before the motion is debated. A motion may be withdrawn by the maker at any time before amendment or before the motion is put to vote.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1889; A 1995, 2853; 1997, 3547; 1999, 3841; Assembly Resolution No. 3 of the 2003 Session]
Rule No. 61. Reserved.
Rule No. 62. Reserved.
Rule No. 63. Reserved.
Rule No. 64. Reserved.
Rule No. 65. Indefinite Postponement.
When a question is postponed indefinitely, the same question must not be considered again during the session and the question is not subject to a motion for reconsideration.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1889; A 1999, 3841]
Rule No. 66. To Strike Enacting Clause.
A motion to strike out the enacting clause of a bill or resolution does not take precedence over any other subsidiary motion. If the motion is carried, it shall be considered equivalent to the rejection of such bill or resolution.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1889; A 1999, 3841]
Rule No. 67. Division of Question.
Any member may call for a division of the question, which shall be divided, if it comprehends propositions in substance so distinct that, one being taken away, a substantive proposition shall remain for the decision of the Assembly. A motion to strike out being lost shall preclude neither amendment nor a motion to strike out and insert. A motion to strike out and insert shall be deemed indivisible.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1889]
Rule No. 68
Rule No. 68. To Reconsider—Precedence of.
A motion to reconsider shall have precedence over every other motion, except a motion to adjourn, or to fix the time to which to adjourn; and when the Assembly adjourns, while a motion to reconsider is pending, or before passing the order of business of Motions, Resolutions and Notices, the right to move a reconsideration shall continue to the next day of sitting. No notice of reconsideration of any final vote shall be in order on the:
1. Last day on which final action is allowed; or
2. Day preceding the last day of the session.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1890; A 1999, 3841; 2001, 3302]
The next rule is 80.
Rule No. 80
Rule No. 80. Speaking on Question.
No member shall speak more than twice during the consideration of any one question, on the same day, and at the same stage of proceedings, without leave. Members who have once spoken shall not again be entitled to the floor (except for explanation) to the exclusion of others who have not spoken.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1890]
Rule No. 81. Previous Question.
The previous question shall be put only when demanded by three members. The previous question shall not be moved by the member last speaking on the question.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1890]
Rule No. 82. Privilege of Closing Debate.
The author of a bill, a resolution or a main question shall have the privilege of closing the debate, unless the previous question has been sustained.
[Statutes of Nevada 2001, 3302]
The next rule is 90.
VIII. CONDUCT OF BUSINESS
A. Rules and Procedure
Rule No. 90. Mason’s Manual.
The rules of parliamentary practice contained in Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure shall govern the Assembly in all cases in which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the Standing Rules and orders of the Assembly, and the Joint Rules of the Senate and Assembly.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1890]
Rule No. 91. Rescission, Change or Suspension of Rule.
No standing rule or order of the Assembly shall be rescinded or changed without a vote of two-thirds of the members elected, and one day’s notice being given of the motion therefor; but a rule or order may be suspended temporarily by a vote of two-thirds of the members present.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1890; A 2001, 3303]
Rule No. 92. Notices of Bills, Topics and Public Hearings.
1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, all committees shall provide adequate notice of public hearings on bills, resolutions or other topics which are to come before the committees. The notice must include the date, time, place and agenda to be covered. The notice must be posted conspicuously in the legislative building, appear in the Daily History and be made available to the news media. The Daily History must include the most current version of the notice that is available at the time the Daily History is created and an informational statement informing the public where more current information, if any, regarding such notices may be found.
2. The noticing requirements of this Rule may be suspended for emergency situations but only after approval by a two-thirds vote of a committee.
3. Subsection 1 does not apply to:
(a) Committee meetings held on the floor of the Assembly during a recess; or
(b) Conference committee meetings.
[Statutes of Nevada 1975, 1915; A 1995, 2855; 1997, 3549; 1999, 3842]
Rule No. 93. Reserved.
Rule No. 94. Privilege of the Floor and Lobbying.
No person, except Senators, former Assemblymen and state officers, may be admitted at the bar of the Assembly, except by special invitation on the part of some member; but a majority may authorize the Speaker to have the Assembly cleared of all such persons. No person may do any lobbying upon the floor of the Assembly at any time, and it is the duty of the Sergeant at Arms to remove any person violating any of the provisions of this Rule.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1891; A 1983, 2152; 1995, 2856; 1997, 3549]
Rule No. 95. Material Placed on Legislators’ Desks.
All papers, letters, notes, pamphlets and other written material placed upon an Assemblyman’s desk shall contain the signature of the Legislator requesting the placement of such material on the desk or shall contain a designation of the origin of such material. This Rule does not apply to books containing the legislative bills and resolutions, the legislative Daily Histories, the legislative Daily Journals or Legislative Counsel Bureau material.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1891]
Rule No. 96. Peddling, Begging and Soliciting.
1. Peddling, begging and soliciting are strictly forbidden in the Assembly Chamber, and in the lobby, gallery and halls adjacent thereto.
2. No part of the Assembly Chamber may be used for, or occupied by signs or other devices for any kind of advertising.
3. No part of the hallways adjacent to the Assembly Chamber may be used for or occupied by signs or other devices for any kind of advertising for commercial or personal gain. Notices for nonprofit, nonpartisan, civic or special legislative events may be posted in a designated area of the hallways adjacent to the Assembly Chamber with the approval of the Chief Clerk.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1891; A 1999, 3843; 2001, 3303]
Rule No. 97. Petitions and Memorials.
Petitions, memorials and other papers addressed to the Assembly, shall be presented by the Speaker, or by a member in the Speaker’s place. A brief statement of the contents thereof shall be made by the introducer. They shall not be debated on the day of their being presented, but shall be on the table, or be referred, as the Assembly shall determine.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1891; A 1995, 2856; 1997, 3550]
Rule No. 98. Request of Purpose.
A member may request the purpose of a bill or joint resolution upon its introduction.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1891]
Rule No. 99. Remarks.
It shall be in order for members to make remarks and to have such remarks entered in the Journal.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1891]
Rule No. 100
Rule No. 100. Precedence of Parliamentary Authority.
The precedence of parliamentary authority in the Assembly is:
1. The Constitution of the State of Nevada.
2. The Statutes of the State of Nevada.
3. The Standing Rules of the Assembly and the Joint Standing Rules of the Senate and Assembly.
4. Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1891; A 1999, 3843]
Rule No. 101
Rule No. 101. Reserved.
[Statutes of Nevada 1987, 2327; R 1989, 2206]
Rule No. 102. Privileged Questions.
Privileged questions have precedence of all others in the following order:
1. Motions to fix the time to which the Assembly shall adjourn.
2. Motions to adjourn.
3. Questions relating to the rights and privileges of the Assembly or any of its members.
4. A call of the House.
5. Motions for special orders.
[Statutes of Nevada 2001, 3304]
Rule No. 103. Reserved.
Rule No. 104. Reserved.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1883; A 1973, 1911; R 1983, 2106]
Rule No. 105. Substitute Bills.
A substitute bill shall be deemed and held to be an amendment, and treated in all respects as such. However, a substitute bill may be amended after its adoption, in the same manner as if it were an original bill.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1893]
Rule No. 106. Skeleton Bills.
The introduction of skeleton bills is authorized when, in the opinion of the sponsor and the Legislative Counsel, the full drafting of the bill would entail extensive research or be of considerable length. A skeleton bill will be provided for purposes of introduction and committee referral. Such a bill will be a presentation of ideas or statements of purpose, sufficient in style and expression to enable the Legislature and the committee to which the bill may be referred to consider the substantive merits of the legislation proposed.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1893; A 1999, 3844]
Rule No. 107. Reserved.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1893; R 1985, 2316]
Rule No. 108. Reserved.
[Statutes of Nevada 1985, 2316; R 1987, 2327]
Rule No. 109. Reading of Bills.
The presiding officer shall announce at each reading of a bill whether it be the first, second or third reading. The first reading of a bill shall be for information. If there is objection, the question shall be, “Shall the bill be rejected?” If the question to reject fails to receive a majority vote by the members present, or if there is no objection, the bill shall take the proper course. No bill shall be referred to a committee until after the first reading, nor amended until after the second reading.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1894; A 1995, 2858]
Rule No. 110. Second Reading and Amendment of Bills.
1. All bills must be read the second time on the first legislative day after which they are reported by committee, unless a different day is designated by motion. Upon second reading, Assembly bills reported without amendments shall be placed on the General File and Senate bills reported without amendments shall be placed on the General File. Committee amendments reported with bills shall be considered upon their second reading, and such amendments may be adopted by a majority vote of the members present. Any amendment which is numbered, copied and made available to all members must be moved and voted upon by number unless any member moves that it be read in full. Assembly bills so amended must be reprinted, engrossed, and placed on the General File. Senate bills so amended must be reprinted, then engrossed or reengrossed, as applicable, and placed on the General File.
2. Any member may move to amend a bill during its second or third reading, and such a motion to amend may be adopted by a majority vote of the members present. Bills so amended on second reading must be treated the same as bills with committee amendments. Any bill so amended upon the General File must be reprinted and then engrossed or reengrossed, as applicable.
3. The reprinting of amended bills may be dispensed with only in accordance with the provisions of law.
[Statutes of Nevada 1975, 1915; A 1997, 3552; 1999, 3844]
Rule No. 111. Consent Calendar.
1. A standing committee may by unanimous vote of the members present report a bill with the recommendation that it be placed on the Consent Calendar. The question of recommending a bill for the Consent Calendar may be voted upon in committee only after the bill has been recommended for passage and only if no amendment is recommended.
2. The Chief Clerk shall maintain a list of bills recommended for the Consent Calendar. The list must be printed in the Daily History and must include the summary of each bill, and the date the bill is scheduled for consideration on final passage.
3. At any time before the presiding officer calls for a vote on the passage of the Consent Calendar, a member may give written notice to the Chief Clerk or state orally from the floor of the Assembly in session that he requests the removal of a particular bill from the Consent Calendar. If a member so requests, the Chief Clerk shall remove the bill from the Consent Calendar and transfer it to the Second Reading File. A bill removed from the Consent Calendar may not be restored to that Calendar.
4. During floor consideration of the Consent Calendar, members may ask questions and offer explanations relating to the respective bills.
5. When the Consent Calendar is brought to a vote, the bills remaining on the Consent Calendar must be read by number and summary and the vote must be taken on their final passage as a group.
[Statutes of Nevada 1977, 1660; A 1987, 2328; 1997, 3552; 1999, 3845; 2001, 3305]
Rule No. 112. Reserved.
Rule No. 113
Rule No. 113. General File.
All bills reported to the Assembly, by either standing or special committees, after receiving their second readings must be placed upon a General File, to be kept by the Chief Clerk. Bills must be taken from the General File and acted upon in the order in which they were reported, unless otherwise specially ordered by the Assembly. But engrossed bills shall be placed at the head of the file, in the order in which they are received. The Chief Clerk shall post a daily statement of the bills on the General File, setting forth the order in which they are filed, and specifying the alterations arising from the disposal of business each day. The Chief Clerk shall likewise post notices of special orders as made.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1895; A 1997, 3553; 1999, 3845; 2001, 3305]
Rule No. 114. Reserved. Rule No. 114
Rule No. 115. Reconsideration of Vote on Bill.
On the first legislative day that the Assembly is in session succeeding that on which a final vote on any bill or resolution has been taken, a vote may be reconsidered on the motion of any member. Notice of intention to move such reconsideration must be given on the day on which the final vote was taken by a member voting with the prevailing party. It is not in order for any member to move a reconsideration on the day on which the final vote was taken, except by unanimous consent. There may be no reconsideration of a vote on a motion to indefinitely postpone. Motions to reconsider a vote upon amendments to any pending question may be made at once.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1895; A 1999, 3845]
Rule No. 116. Vetoed Bills.
Bills that have passed both Houses of the Legislature and are transmitted to the Assembly accompanied by a message or statement of the Governor’s disapproval or veto of the same must be taken up and considered immediately upon the coming in of the message transmitting the same, or become the subject of a special order. When the message is received, or (if made a special order) when the special order is called, the said message or statement must be read together with the bill or bills so disapproved or vetoed. The message and bill must be read by the Chief Clerk without interruption, consecutively, one following the other, and not upon separate occasions. No such bill or message may be referred to any committee, or otherwise acted upon save as provided by law and custom; that is to say, that immediately following such reading the only question (except as hereinafter stated) which may be put by the Speaker is, “Shall the bill pass, notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?” It shall not be in order, at any time, to vote upon such a vetoed bill unless the same shall first have been read, from the first word of its title to and including the last word of its final section. No motion may be entertained after the Speaker has stated the question, save a motion to adjourn or a motion for the previous question, but the merits of the bill itself may be debated. The message or statement containing the objections of the Governor to the bill must be entered in the Journal of the Assembly. The consideration of a vetoed bill, and the objections of the Governor thereto, shall be a privileged question, and shall take precedence over all others.
[Statutes of Nevada 2001, 3306]
Rule No. 117. Reserved.
Rule No. 118. Treated as Bills—Joint Resolutions.
The procedure of enacting joint resolutions must be identical to that of enacting bills, except that:
1. Joint resolutions, upon enrollment, must be delivered to the Secretary of State; and
2. Joint resolutions proposing amendments to the Constitution must be entered in the Journal in their entirety.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1895; A 1999, 3846; Assembly Resolution No. 3 of the 2003 Session]
Rule No. 119. Reserved.
D. Order of Business
Rule No. 120. Order of Business.
The Order of Business must be as follows:
1. Call to Order.
2. Reading and Approval of Journal.
3. Presentation of Petitions.
4. Reports of Standing Committees.
5. Reports of Select Committees.
7. Messages from the Senate.
8. Motions, Resolutions and Notices.
9. Introduction, First Reading and Reference.
10. Consent Calendar.
11. Second Reading and Amendment.
12. General File and Third Reading.
13. Unfinished Business of Preceding Day.
14. Special Orders of the Day.
15. Remarks from the Floor, limited to 10 minutes.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1895; A 1977, 1660; 1985, 2316; 1987, 2328; 1989, 2206; 1999, 3846; 2001, 3307]
Rule No. 121. Reserved.
Rule No. 122. Renumbered as Rule No. 102 and reserved for future use.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1896; A 1999, 3846; R 2001, 3307]
Rule No. 123. Renumbered as Rule No. 82 and reserved for future use.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1896; R 2001, 3307]
Rule No. 124. Reserved.
Rule No. 125. Reserved.
Rule No. 126. Renumbered as Rule No. 116 and reserved for future use.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1896; A 1995, 2861; 1997, 3555; 1999, 3847; R 2001, 3307]
Rule No. 127. Reserved.
Rule No. 128. Reserved.
The next rule is 140.
IX. LEGISLATIVE INVESTIGATIONS AND MISCELLANEOUS
Rule No. 140. Compensation of Witnesses.
Witnesses summoned to appear before the Assembly or any of its committees must be compensated as provided by law for witnesses required to attend in the courts of the State of Nevada.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1897; A 1999, 3847]
Rule No. 141
Rule No. 141. Use of the Assembly Chamber.
The Assembly Chamber shall not be used for any public or private business other than legislative, except by permission of the Assembly.
[Statutes of Nevada 1973, 1897]
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