CHAPTER 477

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

ADOPTING PERMANENT JOINT RULES FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE SENATE.

BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring therein, that the joint rules heretofore adopted as the temporary joint rules governing the present session of the 117th General Assembly of the State of Delaware are hereby declared inoperative as to future rules for the government of the present session; and that the joint rules, attached to this resolution in full text, are hereby adopted as the permanent joint rules of the House of Representatives and of the Senate of the 117th General Assembly of the State of Delaware.

JOINT RULES-1953

RULE 1--Messages from one House of the General Assembly to the other shall be conveyed by such person as a sense of propriety in each House may determine. Announcements shall be made by the Sargent-at-Arms of the House to which the message is being conveyed, and the message shall be respectfully communicated to the presiding officer by the person or persons conveying the same.

RULE 2--Every bill and resolution upon being messaged from one House to the other shall be receipted for by the Chief Clerk of the House receiving same, and all papers on which the said bill or resolution may be based shall be transmitted at the same time.

RULE 3--Every bill and resolution to which the concurrence of both Houses of the General Assembly may be necessary shall upon its final passage in both Houses be delivered by the Chief Clerk of the House and/or the Secretary of the Senate, as the case may be, in which such bill or resolution originated, into the custody of the Bill Clerk of said House, and it shall be the duty of the Bill Clerk of the Senate and the Bill Clerk of the House of Representatives jointly to see that such bill or resolution has attached to it a proper parchment backing and that each and every page of the said bill or resolution has been properly initialed, sealed, or stamped, unless otherwise ordered, and, upon being assured that such is the case, shall immediately, if the Houses be in session, and, if not, at the earliest opportunity, present the said bill or resolution to the presiding officer of each House for his signature, the presiding officer of the House in which the bill or resolution originated signing first. Said Bill Clerks shall then certify with the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House on the backing of said bill or resolution that such bill or resolution is the same as that which passed both Houses of the General Assembly, and the said bill or resolution shall then be delivered by the Bill Clerk of the House in which such bill or resolution originated to the Chairman of the Committee on Passed Bills of said House.

RULE 4--Disagreement between the two Houses on a bill or resolution, or an amendment to a bill or resolution or over any other matter shall be made subject for conference at the request of either House. A committee, composed of members who voted in the majority on the point or points of difference, shall be appointed in each House, and, at a convenient hour agreed on by their chairmen, shall meet in the conference chamber and state to each other, verbally or in writing, the reasons of their respective House for and against the substitution, amendment or other matter of disagreement, and confer freely thereon. Conferences shall not have power or control over any part of the bill or resolutions or other matter save such point or points over which the Houses disagree.

RULE 5--Every bill and/or resolution, which shall have passed one House and been rejected by the other, shall be returned to the House which had approved it and notice given of its rejection and the same entered on the Journal.

RULE 6--Neither the Senate nor the House shall be permitted to substitute a bill or joint resolution for a bill or joint resolution originating in the other House of the General Assembly.

SENATE RULES COMMITTEE

THOMAS L. JOHNSON, Chairman

WILMER F. WILLIAMS

THOMAS E. PEENEY

CHARLES G. MOORE

WALTER HANDSBERRY

HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE

GEORGE J. PYOTT, Chairman

NORMAN E. BATTERSBY

DALE E. WHEATLEY

THOMAS C. ROWAN

JOSEPH H. PRETTYMAN

Approved March 5, 1953.