Journal of the House of Representatives of the Regular Session of the Sixtieth Legislature of the State of Texas, Volume 1 Page: 44
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44 HOUS JOUNA
tions shall be printed initially on
order of the House or as directed by
these Rules. By majority vote, the
House may order both the original
bill or resolution and the committee
substitute to be printed. Amendments
by a committee which strike out all
below the enacting clause shall be
regarded as committee substitutes.
Section 21. After a bill has been
taken up and read, amendments
thereto shall be in order. If no amend
ment is made, or if those proposed
are disposed of, then the final ques-
tion upon its second reading shall be,
in the case of a House bill, whether
it shall be engrossed, or, in the case
of a Senate bill, whether it shall pas-
to its third reading; and all bills
ordered engrossed or passed to a
third reading shall remain on the
calendar to which assigned, but with
future priority over bills on the same
calendar which have not passed
Section 22. No bill shall have the
force of law until it has been read on
three several legislative days in each
House, and free discussion allowed
thereon; but in case of imperative
public necessity (which necessity
shall be stated in the preamble or in
the body of the bill), four-fifths of
the House may suspend this rule, the
yeas and nays being taken on the
question of suspension and entered
upon the Journal. By four-fifths of
the House, as used herein, is meant
four-fifths of those members present
and voting, a quorum being present.
As used in this rule, "an imperative
public necessity" shall mean only
such condition or state of affairs
which, if not immediately remedied,
shall cause great loss of life or prop-
erty; and the Speaker shall not
entertain a motion to suspend such
Constitutional Rule unless it defi-
nitely appears that such condition or
state of affairs actually exists.
Section 23. When a bill has been
taken up on its third reading, amend-
ments thereto shall be in order, but
shall require a two-thirds vote of the
members present for their adoption;
or the bill may be recommitted to a
committee and later reported to the
House with amendments, in which
case the bill shall take the course of
a bill at its second reading. After all
amendments have been disposed of,
the question shall be upon the final
passage of the bill.
Section 24. The Chief Clerk shall
certify to the final passage of each
bill, noting thereon the date of its
passage, and the vote by which it
passed, if by a yea and nay vote.
Section 25. No law passed by the
Legislature, except the general appro-
priation bill, shall take effect or go
into force until ninety days after the
adjournment of the session at which
it was enacted; except that in case
of an emergency, which emergency
must be expressed in a preamble or
in the body of the act, the Legisla-
ture may direct that the law take
effect immediately, which vote must
be taken by yeas and nays and
entered upon the Journal.
Section 26. After a bill has been
considered and defeated by either
House of the Legislature, no bill con-
taining the same substance shall be
passed into law during the same
session. After a resolution has been
considered and defeated, no resolu-
tion containing the same substance
shall be passed during the same
Section 27. No law shall be passed
except by bill, and no bill shall be
amended in its passage through either
House so as to change its original
Section 28. When a bill is before
the House on its second or third read-
ing, any Member may call for a full
reading thereof; but such reading
may be dispensed with by a majority
vote of the House.
Section 29. Emergency measures
submitted by the Governor, and
emergency appropriation bills, shall
have precedence on their appropriate
calendar over all other bills during
the first sixty calendar days of a
Regular Session of the Legislature.
Section 30. A resolution to recall a
bill from the Senate shall not be in
order unless a motion to reconsider
the vote by which the bill finally
passed has been made and adopted
within the time prescribed by these
Section 31. During the considera-
tion of any bill or resolution, the
House may, by a majority vote, order
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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/m1/48/: accessed September 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.