Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Sixtieth Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1 Page: 35
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January 10, 1967
have been voted on and lost; and then
the same procedure shall be followed
for motions to recess.
Section 10. When motions are made
for the reference of a subject to a
select or standing committee, the
question for the reference to a stand-
ing committee shall be put first.
Section 11. A motion to recommit a
bill, which motion has been defeated
at the routine motion period, may
again be made when the bill itself is
under consideration; however, a mo-
tion to recommit a bill shall not be
in order at the routine motion period
if such bill is then before the House
as either pending business or unfin-
Section 12. A motion to refer, re-
refer, commit, or recommit is debat-
able within narrow limits, but the
merits of the proposition may not be
brought into the debate. A motion to
refer, rerefer, commit, or recommit
with instructions is fully debatable.
Section 13. After a bill has been
recommitted, it shall be considered by
the committee as a new subject.
Section 14. A motion to recommit
a bill or resolution can be made and
voted upon even though the author,
sponsor or principal proponent there-
of is not present.
Section 15. A motion to lay on the
table, if carried, shall have the effect
of killing the bill, resolution, amend-
ment or other immediate proposition
to which it was applied. Such motion
shall not be debatable, but the mover
of the proposition proposed to be
tabled, or the member reporting it
from committee, shall be allowed to
close the debate thereon after the mo-
tion to table is made, and before it is
put to a vote. When a motion to table
is made to a debatable main motion,
the main motion mover shall be al-
lowed twenty minutes to close the de-
bate, whereas the movers of other
debatable motions sought to be tabled
shall be allowed only ten minutes to
close. The vote by which a motion to
table is carried or lost cannot be re-
considered. After the previous ques-
tion has been ordered, a motion to
table is not in order. The provisions
of this section do not apply to mo-
tions to "lay upon the table subject
to call"; however, a motion to lay
upon the table subject to call cannot
be made after the previous question
has been ordered.
Section 16. A bill or proposition
postponed to a day certain shall be
laid before the House at the time on
the calendar day to which it was
postponed, provided it is otherwise
eligible under the Rules, and no other
business is then pending. If business
is pending the postponed matter shall
be deferred until the pending business
is disposed of without prejudice
otherwise to its right of priority.
When a privileged matter is post-
poned to a particular time, and that
time arrives, the matter, still retain-
ing its privileged nature, shall be
taken up even though another matter
Section 17. If two or more bills,
resolutions, or other propositions are
postponed to the same time, and are
otherwise eligible for consideration
at that time, they shall be considered
in the chronological order of their
Section 18. A motion to postpone to
a day certain may be amended and is
debatable within narrow limits, but
the merits of the proposition sought
to be postponed cannot be debated.
A motion to postpone indefinitely
opens to debate the entire proposition
to which it applies.
Section 19. The following motions,
in addition to any elsewhere provided
herein, shall be decided without de-
bate, except as otherwise provided in
(1) To adjourn.
(2) To lay on the table.
(3) To lay on the table subject to
(4) For the previous question.
(5) To suspend the rule as to the
time for introduction of bills.
(6) To order a call of the House,
and all motions incidental thereto.
(7) An appeal by a member called
(8) All questions relating to prior-
ity of business.
(9) To amend the caption of a bill
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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/m1/39/: accessed May 25, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.