Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Sixtieth Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1 Page: 32
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32 HOUSE JOURNAL
the members to order at the expira-
tion of their time. If the House by a
majority vote extends the time of any
member, such extension shall be for
ten minutes only. A second extension
of time shall be granted only by un-
animous consent. During the last ten
calendar days of the Regular Session,
and the last five calendar days of a
Special Session, Sundays excepted, all
speeches shall be limited to ten min-
utes and shall not be extended. The
time limits established by this rule
shall include time consumed in yield-
ing to questions from the Floor.
Section 8. No member shall speak
more than twice on the same question
without leave of the House, nor more
than once until every member choos-
ing to speak shall have spoken, nor
shall any member be permitted to
consume the time of another member
without leave of the House being giv-
en by a majority vote.
Section 9. If a pending question
is not disposed of because of an ad-
journment of the House, a member
who has spoken twice on the sub-
ject shall not be allowed to speak
again without leave of the House.
Section 10. When the reading of a
paper is called for, and objection is
made, the matter shall be determined
by a majority vote of the House, with-
Section 11. If any member, in speak-
ing or otherwise, transgresses the
Rules of the House, the Speaker shall,
or any member may, call him to ord-
er, in which case the member so called
to order shall immediately take his
seat; provided, however, such member
may move for an appeal to the House,
and if such appeal is duly seconded
by ten members, the matter shall be
submitted to the House for decision
by majority vote. In such cases, the
Speaker shall not be required to re-
linquish the Chair, as he is required
to do in cases of appeals from his
decisions. The House shall, if appealed
to, decide the matter without debate.
If the decision be in favor of the
member called to order, he shall
be at liberty to proceed, but if the
decision be against him, he shall not
be allowed to proceed, and if the
case requires it, he shall be liable
to the censure of the House, or for
such other punishment as the House
may deem proper.
Section 1. A registration or vote
taken on the voting machine of the
House shall in all instances be con-
sidered the equivalent of a roll call
or yea and nay vote, which might
be had for the same purpose.
Section 2. Any member who has a
personal or private interest in any
measure or bill proposed or pending
before the House shall disclose the
fact and not vote thereon.
Section 3. Any member who is pre-
sent and shall fail or refuse to vote
after being requested to do so by the
Speaker shall be recorded as present
but not voting, and shall be counted
for the purpose of making a quorum.
Section 4. A member must be on
the Floor of the House in order to
vote; but members who are out of the
House when a record vote is taken
and who wish to be recorded shall
be permitted to do so provided:
(a) They were out of the House
temporarily, having been recorded
earlier as present; and
(b) Permission to so vote is grant-
ed by unanimous consent; and
(c) The recording of their votes
does not change the result as an-
nounced by the Chair.
Section 5. On non-record votes mem-
bers may have their votes recorded
in the Journal as "Yea" or "Nay" by
filing such information with the
Section 6. No member shall be
allowed to interrupt the vote or to
make any explanation of a vote he is
about to give, after the voting ma-
chine has been opened, but may re-
cord in the Journal his reasons for
giving such a vote.
Section 7. A "Reason for Vote"
must be in writing and filed with the
Journal Clerk immediately after a
vote is taken. Such "Reason for Vote"
shall not deal in personalities or con-
tain any personal reflection on any
member of the Legislature, the
Speaker, the Lieutenant Governor or
the Governor, and shall not in any
other manner transgress the Rules
of the House relating to decorum and
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Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Sixtieth Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1, legislative document, 1967; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth193874/m1/36/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.