Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Sixtieth Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1 Page: 39
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January 10, 1967
shall be regarded as determined and
Section 8. A motion for reconsider-
ation cannot be withdrawn, except
by permission being given by a maj-
ority vote of the House, and it may
be called up by any member.
Section 9. The double motion to re-
consider and table shall be in order.
It shall be undebatable. When car-
ried, the motion to reconsider shall
be tabled. When it fails, the question
shall then be on the motion to recon-
sider, and the motion to reconsider
shall, without further action, be
spread upon the Journal, but it may
be called up by any member in ac-
cordance with the provisions of Sec-
tion 4 of this rule.
Section 10. A motion to reconsider
shall be debatable only when the
question to be reconsidered is debat-
able. Even though the previous ques-
tion was in force before the vote on
a debatable question is taken, debate
is permissible on the reconsideration
of such debatable question.
ROLL CALLS AND CALLS
OF THE HOUSE
Section 1. Upon every roll call or
registration, the names of the mem-
bers shall be called or listed, as the
case may be, alphabetically by sur-
name, except when two or more have
the same surname, in which case the
initials of the member shall be add-
Section 2. It shall be in order to
move a call of the House at any
time to secure and maintain a quorum
for either of the following purposes:
(a) For the consideration of a speci-
fic bill, resolution, motion or other
(b) For a definite period of time
or for the consideration of any desig-
nated class of bills.
Section 3. Motions for, and incident-
al to, a call of the House are not
Section 4. The point of order of
"No Quorum" shall not be accepted
by the Chair if the last roll call
showed the presence of a quorum.
Section 5. When a call of the House
is moved for one of the above pur-
poses and seconded by fifteen mem-
bers (of whom the Speaker may be
one) and ordered by a majority vote,
the Doorkeeper shall close the main
entrance to the Hall, and all other
doors leading out of the Hall shall
be locked and no member permitted
to leave the House without the writ-
ten permission of the Speaker. Such
permission cards shall be taken up
by the Doorkeeper as the member
leaves the House. The names of mem-
bers present shall be recorded. All
absentees for whom no sufficient ex-
cuse is made may, by order of a
majority of those present, be sent for
and arrested, wherever they may be
found, by the Sergeant-At-Arms or
officer appointed by him for that pur-
pose, and their attendance secured and
retained. The House shall determine
upon what conditions they shall be
discharged. Members who voluntarily
appear shall, unless the House other-
wise directs, be immediately admit-
ted to the Hall of the House and shall
report their names to the Clerk to be
entered upon the Journal as present.
Until a quorum appears, should the
roll call fail to show one present, no
business shall be transacted, except
to compel the attendance of absent
members or to adjourn.
Section 6. Any member who is pre-
sent and shall fail or refuse to record
himself after being requested to do
so by the Speaker shall be recorded
as present by the Speaker and shall
be counted for the purpose of making
Section 7. When a quorum is shown
to be present, the House may proceed
with the matters upon which the call
was ordered, or may enforce the call
and await the attendance of as many
of the absentees as it desires. When
the House proceeds to the business
upon which the call was ordered, it
may, by a majority vote, direct the
Sergeant-At-Arms to cease bringing
in absent members.
Section 8. When a record vote re-
veals the lack of a quorum and a call
is ordered to secure one, a record
vote shall again be taken when the
House resumes business with a quor-
Section 9. If a registration or record
vote reveals a quorum is not pre-
sent, no motion shall be in order
except to adjourn, or for a call of
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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/m1/43/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.