Bill Text: IL HR0047 | 2017-2018 | 100th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Adopts the House Rules for the 100th General Assembly.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 50-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-01-24 - Added Co-Sponsor Rep. Christine Winger [HR0047 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2017-HR0047-Introduced.html


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HOUSE RESOLUTION
2 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE
3HUNDREDTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that the
4following (which are the same as the Rules of the House of
5Representatives of the Ninety-Ninth General Assembly except as
6indicated by striking and underscoring) are adopted as the
7Rules of the House of Representatives of the One Hundredth
8General Assembly:
9
ARTICLE I
10
ORGANIZATION
11 (House Rule 1)
12 1. Election of the Speaker.
13 (a) At the first meeting of the House of each General
14Assembly, the Secretary of State shall convene the House at
1512:00 noon, designate a Temporary Clerk of the House, and
16preside during the nomination and election of the Speaker. As
17the first item of business each day before the election of the
18Speaker, the Secretary of State shall order the Temporary Clerk
19to call the roll of the members to establish the presence of a
20quorum as required by the Constitution. If a majority of those
21elected are not present, the House shall stand adjourned until
22the next calendar day, excepting weekends, at the hour

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1prescribed in Rule 29. If a quorum of members elected is
2present, the Secretary of State shall then call for nominations
3of members for the Office of Speaker. All nominations require a
4second. When the nominations are completed, the Secretary of
5State shall direct the Temporary Clerk to call the roll of the
6members to elect the Speaker.
7 (b) The election of the Speaker requires the affirmative
8vote of a majority of those elected. Debate is not in order
9following nominations and preceding or during the vote.
10 (c) No legislative measure may be considered and no
11committees may be appointed or meet before the election of the
12Speaker.
13 (d) When a vacancy in the Office of Speaker occurs, the
14foregoing procedure shall be employed to elect a new Speaker;
15when the Secretary of State is of a political party other than
16that of the majority caucus, however, the Majority Leader shall
17preside during the nomination and election of the successor
18Speaker. No legislative measures, other than for the nomination
19and election of a successor Speaker, may be considered by the
20House during a vacancy in the Office of Speaker.
21 (House Rule 2)
22 2. Election of the Minority Leader.
23 (a) The House shall elect a Minority Leader in a manner
24consistent with the laws of Illinois. The Minority Leader is
25the leader of the numerically strongest political party other

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1than the party to which the Speaker belongs.
2 (b) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
3of 71 members elected.
4 (House Rule 3)
5 3. Majority and Minority Leadership.
6 (a) The Speaker and the Minority Leader shall appoint from
7within their respective caucuses the members of the Majority
8and Minority Leaderships as allowed by law.
9 (b) Appointments are effective upon being filed with the
10Clerk and remain effective at the pleasure of the Speaker and
11Minority Leader, respectively, or until a vacancy occurs by
12reason of resignation or because a leader has ceased to be a
13Representative. Successor leaders shall be appointed in the
14same manner as their predecessors. Leaders have those powers
15delegated to them by the Speaker or Minority Leader, as the
16case may be.
17 (House Rule 4)
18 4. The Speaker.
19 (a) The Speaker has those powers conferred upon him or her
20by the Constitution, the laws of Illinois, and any motions or
21resolutions adopted by the House or jointly by the House and
22Senate.
23 (b) Except as otherwise provided by law, the Speaker is the
24chief administrative officer of the House and has those powers

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1necessary to carry out those functions. The Speaker may
2delegate administrative duties as he or she deems appropriate.
3 (c) The duties of the Speaker include the following:
4 (1) To preside at all sessions of the House, although
5 the Speaker may call on any member to preside temporarily
6 as Presiding Officer.
7 (2) To open the session at the time at which the House
8 is to meet by taking the chair and calling the members to
9 order. The Speaker may call on any member, or the Clerk in
10 the case of perfunctory session, to open the session as
11 Presiding Officer.
12 (3) To announce the business before the House in the
13 order upon which it is to be acted except as limited by
14 these House Rules. The Presiding Officer shall perform this
15 duty during the period that he or she is presiding.
16 (4) To recognize those members entitled to the floor.
17 (5) To state and put to a vote all questions that are
18 regularly moved or that necessarily arise in the course of
19 the proceedings, and to announce the result of the vote.
20 (6) To preserve order and decorum.
21 (7) To decide all points of order, subject to appeal,
22 and to speak on these points in preference to other
23 members.
24 (8) To inform the House when necessary, or when any
25 question is raised, on any point of order or practice
26 pertinent to the pending business.

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1 (9) To sign or authenticate all acts, proceedings, or
2 orders of the House. All writs, warrants, and subpoenae
3 issued by order of the House, or any of its committees,
4 shall be signed by the Speaker and attested by the Clerk.
5 (10) To sign all bills passed by both chambers of the
6 General Assembly to certify that the procedural
7 requirements for passage have been met.
8 (11) To have general supervision of the House Chamber,
9 House galleries, House committee rooms and chapel, and
10 adjoining and connecting hallways and passages, including
11 the duty to protect their security and safety and the power
12 to clear them when necessary. The House Chamber shall not
13 be used without permission of the Speaker.
14 (12) To have general supervision of the Clerk and his
15 or her assistants, the Doorkeeper and his or her
16 assistants, the majority caucus staff, the
17 parliamentarians, and all employees of the House except the
18 minority caucus staff.
19 (13) To determine the number of majority caucus members
20 and minority caucus members to be appointed to all
21 committees, except as otherwise provided by these Rules.
22 (14) To appoint all Chairpersons, Co-Chairpersons, and
23 Vice-Chairpersons of committees (from either the majority
24 or minority caucus), and to appoint all majority caucus
25 members of committees.
26 (15) To enforce all constitutional provisions,

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1 statutes, rules, and regulations applicable to the House.
2 (16) To guide and direct the proceedings of the House
3 subject to the control and will of the members.
4 (17) To direct the Clerk to correct non-substantive
5 errors in the Journal.
6 (18) To assign meeting places and meeting times to
7 committees and subcommittees.
8 (19) To perform any other duties assigned to the
9 Speaker by these House Rules or jointly by the House and
10 Senate.
11 (20) To decide, subject to the control and will of the
12 members, all questions relating to the priority of
13 business.
14 (21) To issue, in cooperation with the Comptroller and
15 after clearance with the United States Internal Revenue
16 Service, written regulations covering administration of
17 contingent expense allowances of members of the House.
18 (22) To appoint one or more parliamentarians to serve
19 at the pleasure of the Speaker.
20 (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
21of 71 members elected.
22 (House Rule 5)
23 5. Powers and Duties of the Minority Leader.
24 (a) The Minority Leader has those powers conferred upon him
25or her by the Constitution, the laws of Illinois, and any

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1motions or resolutions adopted by the House or jointly by the
2House and Senate.
3 (b) The Minority Leader shall appoint to all committees the
4members from the minority caucus and shall designate a Minority
5Spokesperson for each committee, except that the Speaker may
6appoint a minority caucus member to be Chairperson or
7Co-Chairperson of a standing committee or a special committee.
8 (c) The Minority Leader has general supervision of the
9minority caucus staff.
10 (House Rule 6)
11 6. Clerk of the House.
12 (a) The House shall elect a Clerk, who may adopt
13appropriate policies or procedures for the conduct of his or
14her office. The Speaker is the final arbiter of any dispute
15arising in connection with the operation of the Office of the
16Clerk.
17 (b) The duties of the Clerk include the following:
18 (1) To have custody of all bills, papers, and records
19 of the House, which shall not be taken out of the Clerk's
20 custody except in the regular course of business in the
21 House.
22 (2) To endorse on every original bill and each copy its
23 number, the names of sponsors, the date of introduction,
24 and the several orders taken on it. When reproduced, the
25 names of the sponsors shall appear on the front page of the

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1 bill in the same order they appeared when introduced.
2 (3) To cause each measure subject to such a requirement
3 to be reproduced and placed on the desks of the members as
4 soon as it is reproduced, as provided in Rule 39.
5 (4) To keep the Journal of the proceedings of the House
6 and, under the direction of the Speaker, correct errors in
7 the Journal.
8 (5) To keep the transcripts of the debates of the House
9 and make them available to the public under reasonable
10 conditions.
11 (6) To keep the necessary records for the House and its
12 committees; and to prepare the House Calendar for each
13 legislative day, except perfunctory session days.
14 (7) To examine all House Bills and Constitutional
15 Amendment Resolutions following Second Reading and before
16 final passage for the purpose of correcting any
17 non-substantive errors, and to report the same back to the
18 Speaker promptly; to supervise the enrolling and
19 engrossing of bills and resolutions, subject to the
20 direction of the Speaker; and to attest to the passage or
21 adoption of legislative measures, and to note thereon the
22 date of final House action. Any corrections made by the
23 Clerk and approved by the Speaker shall be entered on the
24 Journal.
25 (8) To transmit bills, other documents, and messages to
26 the Senate and secure a receipt therefor, and to receive

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1 from the Senate bills, other documents, and messages and
2 give receipt therefor.
3 (9) To file with the Secretary of State debate
4 transcripts and House documents as required by law.
5 (10) To attend every session of the House; record the
6 roll; and read all bills, resolutions, and other papers as
7 directed by the Speaker. Bills shall be read by title only.
8 (11) To supervise the Assistant Clerk, the Doorkeeper,
9 pages, messengers, committee clerks, and other employees
10 of his or her office.
11 (12) To establish the format for all documents, forms,
12 and committee records and audio recordings prepared by
13 committee clerks.
14 (13) Subject to approval by the Speaker, to establish
15 standards of decorum and other standards regarding written
16 statements filed under Rule 53.
17 (14) To serve as the Speaker's authorized designee for
18 purposes of the Freedom of Information Act. The Clerk shall
19 provide copies of all requests for information under the
20 Freedom of Information Act to the member or staff subject
21 to the request, as well as any responses, notifications, or
22 public records included with responses and notifications.
23 (15) To ensure each motion under consideration for a
24 roll call vote is accurately displayed on the public
25 viewing board. Accurate and appropriate display of items
26 shall be determined by the standard practices set forth by

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1 the Speaker within the technological abilities and
2 limitations of the system.
3 (16) To review vouchers to be presented to the
4 Comptroller for payment of expenditures related to the
5 operations of the House, including vouchers for payment
6 from members' office allowances under the General Assembly
7 Compensation Act. The Clerk shall have the authority to
8 deny any such voucher if the expenditure or payment is not
9 properly authorized.
10 (17) To perform other duties assigned by the Speaker.
11 (c) The Clerk and those under the supervision of the Clerk,
12including the Assistant Clerk, committee clerks, and other
13employees, may accept a bill, amendment, conference committee
14report, amendatory veto acceptance motion, or resolution for
15filing only if (i) it is a document entered into the General
16Assembly's computer system, at the direction of or with the
17approval of a member, by the Legislative Reference Bureau, the
18House or the Senate Democratic staff, the House or the Senate
19Republican staff, or House or Senate Enrolling and Engrossing
20or, with respect to appropriation documents only, entered into
21the General Assembly's computer system by the Governor's Office
22of Management and Budget, (ii) it bears a bar coded document
23number of the drafting entity that is compatible with the
24computer system used by the House, and (iii) the bar coded
25document number does not duplicate one on another document that
26has already been filed in the House or the Senate.

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1 (House Rule 7)
2 7. Assistant Clerk of the House. The House shall, in a
3manner consistent with the laws of Illinois, elect an Assistant
4Clerk, who shall perform those duties assigned by the Clerk.
5 (House Rule 8)
6 8. Doorkeeper. The House shall elect a Doorkeeper who shall
7perform those duties assigned by law, or as ordered by the
8Speaker, Presiding Officer, or Clerk. Those duties shall
9include the following:
10 (1) To attend the House during its sessions and execute
11 the commands of the Speaker or Presiding Officer.
12 (2) To maintain order among spectators admitted into
13 the House Chamber, galleries, and adjoining or connecting
14 hallways and passages.
15 (3) To take proper measures to prevent interruption of
16 the House.
17 (4) To remove unruly persons from the House Chamber,
18 galleries, and adjoining and connecting hallways and
19 passages.
20 (5) To ensure that only authorized persons have access
21 to the House Chamber, galleries, and adjoining hallways and
22 passages, subject to the direction of the Speaker.
23 (6) To supervise any Assistant Doorkeepers.
24 (7) To perform other duties assigned by the Speaker.

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1 (House Rule 9)
2 9. Schedule.
3 (a) The Speaker shall periodically establish a schedule of
4days on which the House shall convene in regular, perfunctory,
5and veto session, with that schedule subject to revision at the
6discretion of the Speaker.
7 (b) The Speaker may schedule or reschedule deadlines at his
8or her discretion for any action on any category of legislative
9measure as the Speaker deems appropriate, including deadlines
10for the following legislative actions:
11 (1) Final day to request bills from the Legislative
12 Reference Bureau.
13 (2) Final day for introduction of bills.
14 (3) Final day for standing committees of the House to
15 report House bills, except House appropriation bills.
16 (4) Final day for standing committees of the House to
17 report House appropriation bills.
18 (5) Final day for Third Reading and passage of House
19 bills, except House appropriation bills.
20 (6) Final day for Third Reading and passage of House
21 appropriation bills.
22 (7) Final day for standing committees of the House to
23 report Senate appropriation bills.
24 (8) Final day for standing committees of the House to
25 report Senate bills, except appropriation bills.

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1 (9) Final day for special committees to report to the
2 House.
3 (10) Final day for Third Reading and passage of Senate
4 appropriation bills.
5 (11) Final day for Third Reading and passage of Senate
6 bills, except appropriation bills.
7 (12) Final day for consideration of joint action
8 motions and conference committee reports.
9 Deadlines do not apply to legislative measures on the
10Petition Calendar.
11 (c) The Speaker may schedule or reschedule any necessary
12deadlines for legislative action during any special session of
13the House.
14 (d) The foregoing deadlines, or any revisions to those
15deadlines, are effective upon being filed by the Speaker with
16the Clerk. The Clerk shall journalize those deadlines.
17 (e) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
18of 71 members elected.
19
ARTICLE II
20
COMMITTEES
21 (House Rule 10)
22 10. Committees.
23 (a) The committees of the House are: (i) the standing
24committees listed in Rule 11; (ii) the special committees

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1created under Rule 13; (iii) any subcommittees created under
2these Rules; (iv) the Rules Committee created under Rule 15;
3(v) any committees created under Article X or Article XII; and
4(vi) any Committee of the Whole. Committees of the Whole shall
5consist of all Representatives.
6 (b) Except as otherwise provided in this Rule and subject
7to Rules 12 and 13, all committees shall have a Chairperson and
8Minority Spokesperson, who may be of the same political party.
9A Minority Spokesperson may not be appointed until after a
10Chairperson has been appointed. Standing committees that have
11Co-Chairpersons from different political parties shall not
12have a Minority Spokesperson. Special committees that have
13Co-Chairpersons from different political parties shall not
14have a Minority Spokesperson. No member may be appointed to
15serve as a Chairperson, Minority Spokesperson, or
16Co-Chairperson of any committee unless the member is serving in
17at least his or her third term as a member of the General
18Assembly, including any terms in which the member was appointed
19to fill a vacancy in the office of Representative or Senator;
20provided that this requirement does not apply if the member
21received a stipend or additional amount during a previous
22General Assembly as an "officer", "committee chairman", or
23"committee minority spokesman" as provided in Section 1 of the
24General Assembly Compensation Act (25 ILCS 115/1) and in Rule
2513(b). No member initially appointed or elected on and after
26January 28, 2015 may be appointed to serve as a Chairperson,

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1Minority Spokesperson, or Co-Chairperson of any committee
2unless the member is serving in at least his or her third
3elected term as a member of the General Assembly. Each
4committee may have a Vice-Chairperson appointed by the Speaker.
5The number of majority caucus members and minority caucus
6members of all committees, except the Rules Committee created
7under Rule 15 and as otherwise provided by these Rules, shall
8be determined by the Speaker. The Speaker shall file a notice
9with the Clerk setting forth the number of majority caucus and
10minority caucus members of each committee, which shall be
11journalized. A member may be temporarily replaced on a
12committee due to illness or if the member is otherwise
13unavailable. All leaders are non-voting ex-officio members of
14each standing committee and each special committee, except that
15the leaders may also be appointed to standing committees or
16special committees as voting members. The Speaker may also
17appoint any member of the majority caucus, and the Minority
18Leader may appoint any member of the minority caucus, as a
19non-voting member of any standing committee or special
20committee.
21 (c) The Chairperson of a committee has the authority to
22call the committee to order, designate which bills and
23resolutions posted for hearing shall be taken up and in what
24order, order a record vote to be taken on each legislative
25measure called for a vote, preserve order and decorum during
26committee meetings, establish procedural rules (subject to

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1approval by the Speaker) governing the presentation and
2consideration of legislative measures, and generally supervise
3the affairs of the committee. Any such procedural rules must be
4filed with the Clerk and copies provided to all members of the
5committee. The Vice-Chairperson of a committee or other member
6of the committee from the majority caucus may preside over its
7meetings in the absence or at the direction of the Chairperson.
8In the case of standing or special committees with
9Co-Chairpersons from different political parties, the
10"Chairperson" for purposes of this Rule is the Co-Chairperson
11from the majority caucus.
12 (d) A vacancy on a committee, or in the position of
13Chairperson, Co-Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, or Minority
14Spokesperson on a committee, exists when a member resigns from
15the position, ceases to be a Representative, or changes
16political party affiliation. Resignations and notices of a
17change in political party affiliation shall be made in writing
18to the Clerk, who shall promptly notify the Speaker and
19Minority Leader. Replacement members shall be of the same
20political party as that of the member who resigns, and shall be
21appointed in the same manner as the original appointment,
22except that in the case of the resignation of a Chairperson or
23Co-Chairperson, the replacement member need not be from the
24same political party. In the case of vacancies on
25subcommittees, the parent committee shall fill the vacancy in
26the same manner as the original appointment.

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1 (e) The Chairperson of a committee has the authority to
2call meetings of that committee, subject to the approval of the
3Speaker. In the case of standing or special committees with
4Co-Chairpersons from different political parties, the
5Co-Chairperson from the majority caucus has the authority to
6call meetings of the special committee, subject to the approval
7of the Speaker. Except as otherwise provided by these Rules,
8committee meetings shall be convened in accordance with Rule
921.
10 (f) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
11of 71 members elected.
12 (House Rule 11)
13 11. Standing Committees. The Standing Committees of the
14House are as follows:
15 AGRICULTURE & CONSERVATION
16 APPROPRIATIONS-ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION
17 APPROPRIATIONS-GENERAL SERVICES
18 APPROPRIATIONS-HIGHER EDUCATION
19 APPROPRIATIONS-HUMAN SERVICES
20 APPROPRIATIONS-PUBLIC SAFETY
21 BUSINESS & OCCUPATIONAL LICENSES
22 CITIES & VILLAGES
23 COMMUNITY COLLEGE ACCESS & AFFORDABILITY
24 CONSUMER PROTECTION
25 COUNTIES & TOWNSHIPS

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1 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & HOUSING
2 ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION: SCHOOL CURRICULUM &
3POLICIES
4 ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION: CHARTER SCHOOL POLICY
5 ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION: LICENSING OVERSIGHT
6 ENERGY
7 ENVIRONMENT
8 EXECUTIVE
9 FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
10 HEALTH CARE AVAILABILITY & ACCESSIBILITY
11 HEALTH CARE LICENSES
12 HIGHER EDUCATION
13 HUMAN SERVICES
14 INSURANCE
15 INTERNATIONAL TRADE & COMMERCE
16 JUDICIARY - CIVIL
17 JUDICIARY - CRIMINAL
18 JUVENILE JUSTICE & SYSTEM-INVOLVED YOUTH
19 LABOR & COMMERCE
20 PERSONNEL & PENSIONS
21 PUBLIC UTILITIES
22 REVENUE & FINANCE
23 SMALL BUSINESS EMPOWERMENT & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
24 STATE GOVERNMENT ADMINISTRATION
25 TRANSPORTATION: REGULATION, ROADS & BRIDGES
26 TRANSPORTATION: VEHICLES & SAFETY

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1 (House Rule 12)
2 12. Members and Officers of Standing Committees. The
3members of each standing committee shall be appointed for the
4term by the Speaker and the Minority Leader. The Speaker, at
5his or her discretion, shall appoint a Chairperson or
6Co-Chairpersons. The Speaker may appoint any member as a
7Chairperson or Co-Chairperson of a standing committee, subject
8to Rule 10(b). If the Chairperson or Co-Chairperson is a member
9of the majority or minority leadership or the Chairperson or
10Minority Spokesperson of any other standing committee or of a
11special committee, the member shall receive no additional
12stipend or compensation for serving as Chairperson or
13Co-Chairperson of the standing committee. For purposes of
14Section 1 of the General Assembly Compensation Act (25 ILCS
15115/1), one Co-Chairperson of a standing committee shall be
16considered "Chairman" and the other shall be considered
17"Minority Spokesman" unless both Co-Chairpersons are members
18of the majority caucus. The Speaker shall appoint the remaining
19standing committee members of the majority caucus (one of whom
20the Speaker may designate as Vice-Chairperson), and the
21Minority Leader shall appoint the remaining standing committee
22members of the minority caucus (one of whom the Minority Leader
23may designate as Minority Spokesperson), except that if the
24standing committee has Co-Chairpersons from different
25political parties, the standing committee shall not have a

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1Minority Spokesperson. In that case, the Minority Leader shall
2appoint the minority caucus members to the standing committee,
3except the Co-Chairperson from the minority caucus, who shall
4be appointed by the Speaker. Appointments are effective upon
5the delivery of appropriate correspondence from the respective
6leader to the Clerk, regardless of whether the House is in
7session, and shall remain effective for the duration of the
8term, subject to Rule 10(d). The Clerk shall journalize the
9appointments. Committees may conduct business when a majority
10of the total number of committee members has been appointed.
11 (House Rule 13)
12 13. Special Committees.
13 (a) The following Special Committees are created:
14 ADOPTION REFORM
15 BUSINESS GROWTH & INCENTIVES
16 HEALTH & HEALTHCARE DISPARITIES
17 INTERMODAL INFRASTRUCTURE
18 MUSEUMS, ARTS, & CULTURAL ENHANCEMENT
19 RENEWABLE ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY
20 RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
21 SPECIAL NEEDS SERVICES
22 TOLLWAY OVERSIGHT
23 TOURISM & CONVENTIONS
24 VETERANS' AFFAIRS
25 YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS

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1 The Speaker may create additional special committees by
2filing a notice of the creation of the special committee with
3the Clerk. The notice creating an additional special committee
4shall specify the subject matter of the special committee and
5the number of members to be appointed. Any committee created by
6a House resolution shall be deemed a special committee, unless
7otherwise provided, for purposes of these Rules. Such a
8resolution must be approved by a majority of those elected and
9may include the number of majority and minority caucus members
10to be appointed.
11 (b) The Speaker shall determine the number of majority and
12minority caucus members to be appointed to special committees
13in accordance with Rule 10(b). The Speaker, at his or her
14discretion, shall appoint a Chairperson or Co-Chairpersons.
15The Speaker may appoint any member as a Chairperson or
16Co-Chairperson of a special committee, subject to Rule 10(b).
17If the Chairperson or Co-Chairperson is a member of the
18majority or minority leadership or the Chairperson or Minority
19Spokesperson of a standing committee, the member shall receive
20no additional stipend or compensation for serving as
21Chairperson or Co-Chairperson of the special committee. For
22purposes of Section 1 of the General Assembly Compensation Act
23(25 ILCS 115/1), (i) a special committee under these rules is
24considered a "select committee" and (ii) one Co-Chairperson of
25a special committee shall be considered "Chairman" and the
26other shall be considered "Minority Spokesman" unless both

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1Co-Chairpersons are members of the majority caucus. The
2appointed members of special committees shall be designated by
3the Speaker and the Minority Leader in a like manner as
4provided in Rule 12 with respect to standing committees. If the
5special committee has Co-Chairpersons from different political
6parties, the special committee shall not have a Minority
7Spokesperson. In that case, the Minority Leader shall appoint
8the minority caucus members to the special committee, except
9the Co-Chairperson from the minority caucus who shall be
10appointed by the Speaker. The Speaker may establish a reporting
11date during the term for each special committee by filing a
12notice of the reporting date with the Clerk. Unless an earlier
13date is specified by the notice, special committees expire at
14the end of the term.
15 (c) Special committees are empowered to conduct business
16when a majority of the total number of committee members has
17been appointed.
18 (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
19of 71 members elected.
20 (House Rule 14)
21 14. Subcommittees.
22 (a) The Chairperson of a standing committee, a special
23committee, or a committee created under Article X may create a
24subcommittee by filing a notice with the Clerk. The notice
25shall specify the subject matter, the number of majority caucus

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1and minority caucus members to be appointed to a subcommittee,
2and the manner in which appointments shall be made, and may
3specify a reporting date during the term. In the case of
4standing or special committees with Co-Chairpersons from
5different political parties, the creation of subcommittees and
6the number of majority caucus and minority caucus members to be
7appointed to the subcommittee shall be determined by the
8Co-Chairperson from the majority caucus. Members of
9subcommittees and any temporary replacements must be members of
10the parent committee. Subcommittees shall not create
11subcommittees.
12 Unless an earlier date is specified by the notice,
13subcommittees expire at the end of the term.
14 (b) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
15of 71 members elected.
16 (House Rule 15)
17 15. Rules Committee.
18 (a) The Rules Committee is created as a permanent
19committee. The Rules Committee shall consist of 5 members, 3
20appointed by the Speaker and 2 appointed by the Minority
21Leader. The Speaker and the Minority Leader are each eligible
22to be appointed to the Rules Committee. The Rules Committee may
23conduct business when a majority of the total number of its
24members has been appointed.
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1shall serve at the pleasure of the Speaker, and the minority
2caucus members shall serve at the pleasure of the Minority
3Leader. Appointments shall be by notice filed with the Clerk,
4and shall be effective for the balance of the term or until a
5replacement appointment is made, whichever first occurs.
6Appointments take effect upon filing with the Clerk, regardless
7of whether the House is in session.
8 (c) The Rules Committee shall not consider or conduct a
9hearing with respect to a subject matter or a legislative
10measure absent notice first being given as follows:
11 (1) One hour advance notice for the consideration of
12 any floor amendment, joint action motion for final action,
13 conference committee report, or motion to table a committee
14 amendment.
15 (2) Seventy-two hours advance notice to consider the
16 referral of bills to committees of the House or joint
17 committees of the House and Senate.
18 (3) Twenty-four hours advance notice for hearings held
19 for purposes not specified in items (1) and (2) of this
20 subsection (c).
21 (c-1) The Chairperson of the Rules Committee shall post the
22notice required under subsection (c) on the House bulletin
23board identifying each subject matter and each legislative
24measure that may be considered during the hearing. The notice
25shall contain the day, hour, and place of the hearing. This
26subsection may not be suspended.

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1 (c-2) The posting requirements of items (2) and (3) of
2subsection (c) of this Rule may be reduced to a one-hour
3advance notice upon the adoption of a motion by 71 members
4elected. The posting requirement of item (1) of subsection (c)
5of this Rule may not be suspended. Notice requirements for
6hearings may be suspended only as authorized by this
7subsection, and no hearing shall be conducted with less than a
8one-hour advance notice. This subsection may not be suspended.
9Notwithstanding any other provision of these Rules, the Rules
10Committee may meet upon reasonable public notice that includes
11a statement of the subjects to be considered. All legislative
12measures pending before the Rules Committee are eligible for
13consideration at any of its meetings, and all of those
14legislative measures are deemed posted for hearing by the Rules
15Committee for all of its meetings.
16 (d) Upon concurrence of a majority of those appointed, the
17Rules Committee may advance any legislative measure pending
18before it to the House, without referral to another committee;
19except that (i) the Rules Committee, however, shall not so
20report (i) any committee amendment, or (ii) any bill that has
21never been favorably reported by or discharged from a standing
22committee or a special committee of the House or recommended
23for action by a joint committee of the House and Senate, and
24(ii) a two-thirds vote of those appointed shall be required to
25refer to the House any floor amendment, joint action motion for
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1committee amendment. A bill advanced to the House shall be
2placed on the Daily Calendar on the order on which it appeared
3before it was re-referred to the Rules Committee.
4Notwithstanding any other provision of these Rules, a floor
5amendment, joint action motion for final action, or conference
6committee report advanced to the House by the Rules Committee
7may be considered for adoption no sooner than one hour after
8the Clerk announces the report of the Rules Committee referring
9such a legislative measure to the House.
10 (e) Except for those provisions that cannot be suspended,
11this This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote of
1271 members elected.
13 (House Rule 16)
14 16. Referrals of Resolutions and Reorganization Orders.
15 (a) All resolutions, except adjournment resolutions and
16resolutions considered under subsection (b) or (c) of this
17Rule, after being initially read by the Clerk, shall be ordered
18reproduced and distributed as provided in Rule 39 and
19automatically referred to the Rules Committee, which may
20thereafter refer any resolution before it to the House or to a
21standing committee or special committee. No resolution, except
22adjournment resolutions and resolutions considered under
23subsection (b), (c), or (d) of this Rule or Rule 42.1, may be
24considered by the House unless (i) referred to the House by the
25Rules Committee under Rule 18, (ii) favorably reported by a

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1standing committee or special committee, (iii) authorized
2under Article XII, or (iv) discharged from committee pursuant
3to Rule 18(g) or Rule 58. An adjournment resolution is subject
4to Rule 66.
5 (b) Any member may file a congratulatory or death
6resolution for consideration by the House. The Principal
7Sponsor of each congratulatory or death resolution shall pay a
8reasonable fee, determined by the Clerk with the approval of
9the Speaker, to offset the actual cost of producing the
10congratulatory or death resolution. The fee may be paid from
11the office allowance provided by Section 4 of the General
12Assembly Compensation Act, or from any other funds available to
13the member. Upon agreement of the Speaker and the Minority
14Leader, congratulatory or death resolutions may be immediately
15considered and adopted by the House without referral to the
16Rules Committee. Those resolutions may be adopted as a group by
17a single motion pursuant to a voice vote. A member may record a
18vote of "present" or "no" for a particular resolution by filing
19a notice with the Clerk to be included in the House Journal.
20Congratulatory and death resolutions shall be entered on the
21Journal only by number, sponsorship, and subject. The
22provisions of this subsection requiring the Principal Sponsor
23to pay a reasonable fee may not be suspended.
24 (c) Death resolutions in memory of former members of the
25General Assembly and former constitutional officers, upon
26introduction, may be immediately considered by the House

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1without referral to the Rules Committee. Those resolutions
2shall be entered on the Journal in full.
3 (d) Executive reorganization orders of the Governor issued
4under Article V, Sec. 11 of the Constitution, upon being read
5into the record by the Clerk, are automatically referred to the
6Rules Committee for its referral to a standing committee or a
7special committee, which may issue a recommendation to the
8House with respect to the Executive Order. The Rules Committee
9may refer a resolution to disapprove an Executive Order to the
10House if a standing committee or a special committee has
11reported to the House on the Executive Order, or if the
12Executive Order has been discharged under Rule 58. The House
13may disapprove of an Executive Order by resolution adopted by a
14majority of those elected.
15 (House Rule 17)
16 17. Sponsorship by the Rules Committee. The Rules Committee
17may consider any legislative measure referred to it under these
18Rules, by motion or resolution, or by order of the Presiding
19Officer upon initial reading. The Rules Committee may, with the
20concurrence of a majority of those appointed, sponsor motions
21or resolutions; notwithstanding any other provision of these
22Rules, any motion or resolution sponsored by the Rules
23Committee may be immediately considered by the House without
24referral to a committee. Any such motion or resolution shall be
25assigned standard debate status, subject to Rule 52.

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1 (House Rule 18)
2 18. Referrals to Committees.
3 (a) All House Bills and Senate Bills, after being initially
4read by the Clerk, are automatically referred to the Rules
5Committee. All bills must be reproduced and distributed as
6provided in Rule 39.
7 (b) During odd-numbered years, the The Rules Committee
8shall thereafter may refer any such bill before it to a
9standing committee or a special committee. During
10even-numbered years, the Rules Committee shall refer to a
11standing committee or a special committee only appropriation
12bills implementing the budget and bills deemed by the Rules
13Committee, by the affirmative vote of a majority of those
14appointed, to be of an emergency nature or to be of substantial
15importance to the operation of government. This subsection (b)
16applies equally to House Bills and Senate Bills introduced into
17or received by the House.
18 (b-5) Notwithstanding subsection (b), the Rules Committee
19may refer any legislative measure to a joint committee of the
20House and Senate created by joint resolution. That joint
21committee shall report back to the Rules Committee any
22recommendation for action made by that joint committee. The
23Rules committee may, at any time, however, refer the
24legislative measure to a standing or special committee of the
25House.

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1 (c) A standing committee or a special committee may refer a
2subject matter or a legislative measure pending in that
3committee to a subcommittee of that committee.
4 (d) All legislative measures favorably reported by a
5standing committee or a special committee, or discharged from a
6standing committee or a special committee under Rule 58, shall
7be referred to the House and placed on the appropriate order of
8business, which shall appear on the daily calendar. All
9legislative measures, except bills or resolutions on the
10Consent Calendar, bills or resolutions assigned short debate
11status by a standing committee or special committee, and floor
12amendments, so referred are automatically assigned standard
13debate status, subject to Rule 52.
14 (e) All committee amendments, floor amendments, joint
15action motions for final action, conference committee reports,
16and motions to table committee amendments, upon filing with the
17Clerk, are automatically referred to the Rules Committee. The
18Rules Committee may refer any committee amendment to the
19standing committee or the special committee to which the bill
20or resolution it amends has been referred for its review and
21consideration, provided the committee amendment is filed no
22later than 3:00 p.m. the business day before a meeting at which
23that bill or resolution may be considered. "Business day" does
24not include Saturday, Sunday, or State or federal holidays
25unless the House is in session or the Clerk's office is
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1may refer any floor amendment, joint action motion for final
2action, conference committee report, or motion to table a
3committee amendment to the House or to a standing committee or
4a special committee for its review and consideration (in those
5instances, and notwithstanding any other provision of these
6Rules, the standing committee or special committee may hold a
7hearing on and consider those legislative measures pursuant to
8a one-hour advance notice given no later than the calendar day
9before the date of the hearing, and referrals to the House
10shall be subject to the notice requirements of Rule 15(d)). Any
11floor amendment, joint action motion for final action,
12conference committee report, or motion to table a committee
13amendment that is not referred to the House by, or discharged
14from, the Rules Committee is out of order, except that any
15floor amendment, joint action motion for final action,
16conference committee report, or motion to table a committee
17amendment favorably reported by, or discharged from, a standing
18committee or a special committee is deemed referred to the
19House by the Rules Committee for purposes of this Rule. All
20joint action motions for final action, conference committee
21reports and motions to table committee amendments so referred
22are automatically assigned standard debate status, subject to
23Rule 52. Floor amendments referred to the House under this Rule
24are automatically assigned amendment debate status.
25 (f) The Rules Committee may at any time refer or re-refer
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1committee to a Committee of the Whole or to any other
2committee. If a bill or resolution is re-referred from a
3standing or special committee to a Committee of the Whole or to
4any other committee pursuant to this Rule, any committee
5amendments pending in the standing or special committee shall
6be automatically re-referred with the bill or resolution.
7 (g) Legislative measures may be discharged from the Rules
8Committee upon the affirmative vote of 71 members elected. Any
9bill or resolution discharged from the Rules Committee shall be
10placed on the appropriate order of business of the Petition
11Calendar as provided in Rule 42.1. Notwithstanding any other
12provision of these Rules, any bill pending before the Rules
13Committee shall be immediately discharged and referred to a
14standing committee, special committee, or order of the Daily
15Calendar, as provided in this Rule, if the Principal Sponsor of
16the bill files a motion that is signed by no less than
17three-fifths of the members of both the majority and minority
18caucuses, provided each member signing the motion is a sponsor
19of the underlying bill subject to the motion and the motion
20specifies the appropriate standing committee, special
21committee, or order on the Daily Calendar to which the bill
22shall be referred. Such a motion shall be filed, in writing,
23with the Clerk. All other legislative measures may be
24discharged from the Rules Committee only by unanimous consent
25of the House. A bill or resolution discharged from the Rules
26Committee shall be referred as follows: (i) a bill or

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1resolution that was not previously referred shall be referred
2to the standing committee or special committee designated on
3the motion, subject to the notice requirement of Rule 21; (ii)
4a bill or resolution re-referred to the Rules Committee from a
5standing committee or special committee shall be re-referred to
6that committee, subject to the notice requirement of Rule 21;
7and (iii) a bill or resolution re-referred to the Rules
8Committee from an order of business on the Daily Calendar shall
9be re-referred to the same order of business, provided the bill
10or resolution shall be carried on the Daily Calendar for at
11least one legislative day prior to consideration by the House.
12Legislative measures, other than bills or resolutions, that are
13discharged from the Rules Committee shall be referred as
14follows: (i) an amendment, joint action motion for final
15action, or conference committee report shall be referred to the
16committee that considered the underlying bill or resolution and
17(ii) any other legislative measure shall be referred to the
18proper order of business on the Daily Calendar, provided the
19legislative measure shall be carried on the Daily Calendar for
20at least one legislative day prior to consideration by the
21House. Rulings of the Presiding Officer related to this
22subsection (g) may not be appealed. This subsection may not be
23suspended.
24 (h) Except for those provisions that may not be suspended,
25this Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote of 71
26members elected.

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1 (House Rule 19)
2 19. Re-Referrals to the Rules Committee.
3 (a) All legislative measures that fail to meet the
4applicable deadline established under Rule 9 for reporting to
5the House by a standing committee or a special committee, for
6Third Reading and passage, or for consideration of joint action
7motions and conference committee reports are automatically
8re-referred to the Rules Committee unless: (i) the deadline has
9been suspended or revised by the Speaker, with re-referral to
10the Rules Committee to occur if the bill has not been reported
11to the House in accordance with a revised deadline; or (ii) the
12Rules Committee has issued a written exception to the Clerk
13with respect to a particular bill before the reporting
14deadline, with re-referral to occur, if at all, in accordance
15with the written exception; or (iii) the deadline has been
16automatically suspended because the bill has been passed, but
17remains subject to further consideration pursuant to Rule 65;
18or (iv) the bill or resolution is pending before the House on
19the Petition Calendar. When a bill is re-referred to the Rules
20Committee after failure to meet a committee reporting or Third
21Reading deadline, any amendment to the bill remaining in a
22standing or special committee shall also be re-referred to the
23Rules Committee.
24 (b) All legislative measures pending before the House or
25any of its committees are automatically re-referred to the

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1Rules Committee on the 31st consecutive day that the House has
2not convened for session unless: (i) any deadline applicable to
3the bill or resolution that has been designated by the Speaker
4under Rule 9 exceeds 31 days, with re-referral to occur, if at
5all, in accordance with that deadline; (ii) this Rule is
6suspended under Rule 67; or (iii) the Rules Committee, by the
7affirmative vote of a majority of those appointed, issues a
8written exception to the Clerk before that 31st day; or (iv)
9the bill or resolution is pending before the House on the
10Petition Calendar.
11 (House Rule 20)
12 20. Reporting by Committees. Committees shall report to the
13House, and subcommittees shall report to their parent
14committees.
15 (House Rule 21)
16 21. Notice.
17 (a) Except as otherwise provided in these Rules or unless
18this Rule is suspended under Rule 67 or unless the Rules
19Committee by majority vote waives the notice requirement for a
20subject matter hearing of any committee, standing committees,
21special committees, committees created under Article X of these
22Rules, and subcommittees of those committees shall not consider
23or conduct a hearing with respect to a subject matter or a
24legislative measure absent notice first being given as follows:

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1 (1) The Chairperson of the committee, or the
2 Co-Chairperson from the majority caucus of a standing or
3 special committee, shall, no later than 6 days before any
4 proposed hearing, post a notice on the House bulletin board
5 identifying each subject matter and each legislative
6 measure, other than a committee amendment upon initial
7 consideration under Rule 40, that may be considered during
8 that hearing. Committee amendments filed no later than the
9 deadline established in Rule 40 may be considered pursuant
10 to two hours advance notice. The notice shall contain the
11 day, hour, and place of the hearing. Legislative measures
12 and subject matters posted for hearing as provided in this
13 item (1) may also be considered at any committee hearing
14 re-convened following a recess of the committee for which
15 notice was posted, but only if the House has met or was
16 scheduled to meet in regular, veto, or special session on
17 each calendar day from the time of the original committee
18 hearing to the re-convened committee hearing.
19 (2) Meetings of the Rules Committee may be called under
20 Rule 15; meetings of the standing committees and special
21 committees to consider floor amendments, joint action
22 motions for final action, conference committee reports,
23 and motions to table committee amendments may be called
24 under Rule 18.
25 (3) The Chairperson, or Co-Chairperson from the
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1 in advance of a committee hearing, notify all Principal
2 Sponsors of legislative measures posted for that hearing of
3 the date, time, and place of hearing. When practical, the
4 Clerk shall include a notice of all scheduled hearings,
5 together with all posted bills and resolutions, in the
6 Daily Calendar of the House. Regardless of whether a
7 particular legislative measure or subject matter has been
8 posted for hearing, it is in order for a committee during
9 any of its meetings to refer a subject matter or
10 legislative measure pending before it to a subcommittee of
11 that committee.
12 (b) Except as authorized under Rule 28, no committee, other
13than the Rules Committee, may meet during any session of the
14House, and no commission created by Illinois law that has
15legislative membership may meet during any session of the
16House.
17 (b-5) Each standing appropriations committee shall meet at
18least once during each month of the calendar year. When the
19House is not in session, each standing appropriations committee
20shall hold each month at least one hearing in Illinois at a
21location other than the City of Springfield or the City of
22Chicago.
23 (c) Regardless of whether notice has been previously given,
24it is always in order for a committee to table any legislative
25measure pending before it when the Principal Sponsor so
26requests, subject to Rule 60.

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1 (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
2of 71 members elected, subject to Rule 25.
3 (House Rule 22)
4 22. Committee Procedure.
5 (a) A committee may consider any legislative measure
6referred to it, except as provided in subsection (b), and may
7make with respect to that legislative measure one of the
8following reports to the House or to the parent committee, as
9appropriate:
10 (1) that the bill "do pass";
11 (2) that the bill "do not pass";
12 (3) that the bill "do pass as amended";
13 (4) that the bill "do not pass as amended";
14 (5) that the resolution "be adopted";
15 (6) that the resolution "be not adopted";
16 (7) that the resolution "be adopted as amended";
17 (8) that the resolution "be not adopted as amended";
18 (9) that the floor amendment, joint action motion,
19 conference committee report, or motion to table a committee
20 amendment "be adopted";
21 (10) that the floor amendment, joint action motion,
22 conference committee report, or motion to table a committee
23 amendment "be not adopted";
24 (11) that the Executive Order "be disapproved";
25 (12) that the Executive Order "be not disapproved";

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1 (13) "without recommendation"; or
2 (14) "tabled".
3 Any of the foregoing reports may be made only upon the
4concurrence of a majority of those appointed. All legislative
5measures reported "do pass", "do pass as amended", "be
6adopted", or "be adopted as amended" are favorably reported to
7the House. Except as otherwise provided by these Rules, any
8legislative measure referred or re-referred to a committee and
9not reported under this Rule shall remain in that committee.
10 (b) No bill that provides for an appropriation of money
11from the State Treasury may be considered for passage by the
12House unless it has first been favorably reported by an
13Appropriations Committee or:
14 (1) the bill was discharged from an Appropriations
15 Committee under Rule 58;
16 (2) the bill was exempted from this requirement by a
17 majority of those appointed to the Rules Committee; or
18 (3) this Rule was suspended under Rule 67.
19 (c) The Clerk shall keep a record in which there shall be
20entered:
21 (1) The time and place of each meeting of the
22 committee.
23 (2) The attendance of committee members at each
24 meeting.
25 (3) The votes cast by the committee members on all
26 legislative measures acted on by the committee.

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1 (4) The "Record of Committee Witness" forms executed by
2 each person appearing or registering in each committee
3 meeting, which shall include identification of the
4 witness, the person, group, or firm represented by
5 appearance and the capacity in which the representation is
6 made (if the person is representing someone other than
7 himself or herself), his or her position on the legislation
8 under consideration, and the nature of his or her desired
9 testimony.
10 (5) An audio recording of the proceedings.
11 (6) Documents submitted to the committee by persons
12 providing testimony or registering in each committee
13 meeting.
14 (7) Such additional information as may be requested by
15 the Clerk.
16 (d) The committee Chairperson, or the Co-Chairperson from
17the majority caucus of a standing or special committee, shall
18file with the Clerk, along with every legislative measure
19reported upon, a written report containing such information as
20required by the Clerk. The Clerk may adopt forms, policies, and
21procedures with respect to the preparation, filing, and
22maintenance of the reports.
23 (e) When a committee fails to report a legislative measure
24pending before it to the House, or when a committee fails to
25hold a public hearing on a legislative measure pending before
26it, the exclusive means to bring that legislative measure

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1directly before the House for its consideration is as provided
2in Rule 18 or Rule 58.
3 (f) No legislative measure may be called for a vote in a
4standing committee or special committee in the absence of the
5Principal Sponsor. The committee Chairperson, the committee
6Minority Spokesperson, or a chief co-sponsor may present a bill
7or resolution in committee with the approval of the Principal
8Sponsor when the committee consents. In the case of standing or
9special committees with Co-Chairpersons from different
10political parties, the "Chairperson" means the Co-Chairperson
11from the majority caucus, and the "Minority Spokesperson" means
12the Co-Chairperson from the minority caucus. This subsection
13may not be suspended.
14 (g) Motions for committee approval of bills and resolutions
15are renewable, provided that no bill or resolution may be voted
16on more than twice in any committee on motions to report the
17bill or resolution favorably, or to reconsider the vote by
18which the committee adopted a motion to report the bill or
19resolution unfavorably. A bill or resolution having failed to
20receive a favorable recommendation after 2 such record votes
21shall be automatically reported with the appropriate
22unfavorable recommendation.
23 (h) A bill or resolution shall be given short debate status
24by report of the committee if the bill or resolution was
25favorably reported by a three-fifths vote of the members
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1resolutions receiving favorable reports may be placed upon the
2Consent Calendar as provided in Rule 42.
3 (i) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
4of 71 members elected.
5 (House Rule 23)
6 23. Witnesses, Oaths, and Subpoenae.
7 (a) At the discretion of the Chairperson, standing
8committees may administer oaths and may compel, by subpoena,
9any person to appear and give testimony as a witness before the
10standing committee and produce papers, documents, and other
11materials relating to a legislative measure pending before the
12standing committee.
13 (b) At the discretion of the Chairperson, special
14committees may administer oaths and may compel, by subpoena,
15any person to appear and give testimony before the special
16committee and produce papers, documents, and other materials
17relating to the subject matter for which the special committee
18was created or relating to a legislative measure pending before
19the special committee.
20 (c) At the discretion of the Speaker, a Committee of the
21Whole may administer oaths and may compel, by subpoena, any
22person to appear and give testimony before the committee of the
23whole and produce papers, documents, and other materials
24relating to the subject matter for which the committee of the
25whole was created or relating to a legislative measure pending

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1before the committee of the whole.
2 (d) Oaths may be administered under this Rule by the
3Presiding Officer or by the Chairperson of a committee or any
4person sitting in his or her stead.
5 (e) Subpoenae issued under this Rule must be issued and
6signed by the Chairperson of the committee and must comply with
7Rule 4(c)(9).
8 (f) In the case of special committees with Co-Chairpersons
9from different political parties, the term "Chairperson" for
10purposes of this Rule means the Co-Chairperson from the
11majority caucus.
12 (g) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
13of 71 members elected.
14 (House Rule 24)
15 24. Committee Reports.
16 (a) All bills favorably reported to the House from a
17committee, or with respect to which a committee has been
18discharged, shall be reported to the House and shall be placed
19on the order of Second Reading and assigned standard debate
20status, subject to Rule 52. Bills reported to the House from
21committee "do not pass", "do not pass as amended", "without
22recommendation", or "tabled" shall lie on the table.
23 (b) All floor amendments, joint action motions for final
24action, conference committee reports, and motions to table
25committee amendments favorably reported from a standing

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1committee or special committee shall be referred to the House
2and eligible for consideration when the House is on an
3appropriate order of business. Amendments to bills that are not
4on the order of Second Reading are out of order. All floor
5amendments, joint action motions for final action, conference
6committee reports, and motions to table committee amendments
7that are reported to the House from committee "be not adopted",
8"without recommendation", or "tabled" shall lie on the table.
9When the Rules Committee refers a floor amendment, joint action
10motion for final action, conference committee report, or motion
11to table a committee amendment to a standing committee or a
12special committee that thereafter favorably reports that
13legislative measure to the House, the legislative measure shall
14be referred to the House, assigned standard debate status
15subject to Rule 52 (except floor amendments, which shall be
16assigned amendment debate status), and eligible for
17consideration when the House is on an appropriate order of
18business.
19 (c) All resolutions favorably reported to the House from
20the Rules Committee, a standing committee, or a special
21committee, or with respect to which the committee has been
22discharged, shall be referred to the House and placed on the
23order of Resolutions and assigned standard debate status,
24subject to Rule 52. All resolutions that are reported to the
25House from committee "be not adopted", "be not adopted as
26amended", "without recommendation", or "tabled" shall lie on

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1the table.
2 (House Rule 25)
3 25. Suspension of Posting Requirements.
4 (a) A motion to suspend the posting requirements of Rule 21
5must be in writing, specifying the committee and the bills or
6resolutions to which the motion applies, and adopted by the
7affirmative vote of 60 members elected. The requirement that
8the motion be in writing may not be suspended.
9 (b) Except for those provisions that may not be suspended
10or that require unanimous consent, this Rule may be suspended
11only by the affirmative vote of 71 members elected.
12 (House Rule 26)
13 26. Rights of the Public.
14 (a) If a legislative measure or subject matter has been
15properly set for hearing and witnesses are present and wish to
16testify, the committee shall hear the witnesses at the
17scheduled time and place, subject to Rule 10(c).
18 (b) Any person wishing to offer testimony to a committee
19hearing of a legislative measure or subject matter shall be
20given a reasonable opportunity to do so, orally or in writing.
21The Chairperson may set time limits for presentation of oral
22testimony. No testimony in writing is required of any witness,
23but any witness may submit a statement in writing for the
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1complete a "Record of Committee Witness" form and submit it to
2the committee clerk before testifying. In the case of standing
3or special committees with Co-Chairpersons from different
4political parties, the "Chairperson" means the Co-Chairperson
5from the majority caucus.
6 (c) A motion to foreclose further oral testimony by
7witnesses on a matter before a committee may be adopted only by
8a three-fifths majority of those voting on the motion. No such
9motion is in order until both proponents and opponents
10requesting to be heard have been given a fair and substantial
11opportunity to express their positions. No one shall be
12prohibited from filing for the record "Record of Committee
13Witness" forms or written statements while the matter is before
14the committee.
15 (d) Meetings of committees and subcommittees shall be open
16to the public. Committee meetings of the House may be closed to
17the public if two-thirds of the members elected to the House
18determine, by a record vote, that the public interest so
19requires.
20 (e) This Rule cannot be suspended retroactively.
21 (House Rule 27)
22 27. Smoking. Smoking is prohibited at any official
23committee hearing, and no committee member, staff member, or
24member of the public is permitted to smoke in the room in which
25the hearing is being held.

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1
ARTICLE III
2
CONDUCT OF BUSINESS
3 (House Rule 28)
4 28. Sessions of the House.
5 (a) The House is in session whenever it convenes in
6perfunctory session, regular session, veto session, special
7session, or joint session with the Senate. Members are entitled
8to per diem expense reimbursements authorized by law only on
9those regular, veto, special session, and joint session days
10that they are in attendance at the House and either (i) are
11recorded as present on the quorum roll call or (ii) personally
12appear before the Clerk or the Clerk's designee after the
13quorum roll call but prior to the close of the Clerk's Office
14for the day. Attendance by members is not required or recorded
15on perfunctory session days.
16 (b) Regular and veto session days shall be scheduled with
17notice by the Speaker under Rule 9. Special session days shall
18be scheduled in accordance with the Constitution and laws of
19Illinois. The Speaker may convene the House when deemed
20necessary, regardless of whether a different date or time has
21been established.
22 (c) The Speaker may schedule perfunctory session days
23during which the Clerk may read into the House record any
24legislative measure, except that no bill shall be read for a

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1second time during perfunctory session. Committees may meet and
2may consider and act upon legislative measures during a
3perfunctory session day, and the Clerk may receive and read
4committee reports into the House record during a perfunctory
5day. Except for automatic referral under these Rules, no
6further action may be taken by the House with respect to a
7legislative measure during a perfunctory session day.
8 (House Rule 29)
9 29. Hour of Meeting. Unless otherwise ordered by the
10Speaker or Presiding Officer or as provided in Rule 1, the
11House shall regularly convene at 12:30 p.m. on the first day of
12each week that the House convenes in regular, veto, or special
13session and shall convene at noon on all other days.
14 (House Rule 30)
15 30. Access to the House Floor.
16 (a) Except as otherwise provided in these Rules, only the
17following persons shall be admitted to the House while it is in
18session: members and officers of the General Assembly; elected
19officers of the executive branch; justices of the Supreme
20Court; the designated aide to the Governor, except as limited
21by the Speaker; the parliamentarian; majority staff members and
22minority staff members, except as limited by the Speaker or
23Presiding Officer; former members, except as limited by the
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1the Legislative Reference Bureau, except as limited by the
2Speaker. Representatives of the press, while the House is in
3session, may have access to the galleries and places allotted
4to them by the Speaker. No person is entitled to the floor
5unless appropriately attired. Only members of the General
6Assembly may use telephones at the members' desks. Smoking is
7prohibited on the floor of the House and in the House
8galleries.
9 (b) On days during which the House is in session, the
10Doorkeeper shall clear the floor of all persons not entitled to
11access to the floor 15 minutes before the convening time, and
12the Doorkeeper shall enforce all other provisions of this Rule.
13 (c) The Speaker may authorize the admission to the floor of
14any other person, except as prohibited under subsection (d).
15 (d) No person who is directly or indirectly interested in
16defeating or promoting any pending legislative measure, if
17required to be registered as a lobbyist or compensated by an
18entity required to register as a lobbyist, shall be allowed
19access to the floor of the House at any time during the
20session. The Speaker, or his or her designee, shall have the
21authority to determine whether a person may be granted or
22denied access in accordance with this subsection.
23 (e) When he or she deems it necessary for the preservation
24of order, the Presiding Officer may by order remove any person
25from the floor of the House. A Representative may be removed
26from the floor only under Article XI or XII of these Rules.

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1 (House Rule 31)
2 31. Standing Order of Business.
3 (a) Unless otherwise determined by the Presiding Officer,
4the standing daily order of business of the House is as
5follows:
6 (1) Call to Order, Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance,
7 and Roll Call.
8 (2) Petition Calendar.
9 (3) (2) Approval of the Journal.
10 (4) (3) Reading of House Bills a first time.
11 (5) (4) Reports from committees, with reports from the
12 Rules Committee ordinarily made at any time.
13 (6) (5) Presentation of Resolutions, Petitions, and
14 Messages.
15 (7) (6) Introduction of House Bills.
16 (8) (7) Messages from the Senate, not including reading
17 Senate Bills a first time.
18 (9) (8) Reading of House Bills a second time.
19 (10) (9) Reading of House Bills a third time.
20 (11) (10) Reading of Senate Bills a third time.
21 (12) (11) Reading of Senate Bills a second time.
22 (13) (12) Reading of Senate Bills a first time.
23 (14) (13) House Bills on the Order of Concurrence.
24 (15) (14) Senate Bills on the Order of Non-Concurrence.
25 (16) (15) Conference Committee Reports.

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1 (17) (16) Motions in Writing.
2 (18) (17) Constitutional Amendment Resolutions.
3 (19) (18) Motions with respect to Vetoes.
4 (20) (19) Consideration of Resolutions.
5 (21) (20) Motions to Discharge Committee.
6 (22) (21) Motions to Take from the Table.
7 (23) (22) Motions to Suspend the Rules.
8 (24) (23) Consideration of Bills on the Order of
9 Postponed Consideration.
10 The Presiding Officer may vary the daily order of business
11of the House, but only with respect to items (3) through (24);
12items (1) and (2) must always be the first and second orders of
13business. The House may also return to the order of business
14under item (2) at the direction of the Presiding Officer or
15upon the adoption of a motion to change the order of business.
16This subsection may not be suspended.
17 (b) The Speaker may establish a Weekly Order of Business or
18a Daily Order of Business setting forth the date and
19approximate time at which specific legislative measures may be
20considered by the House. The Weekly Order of Business or Daily
21Order of Business is effective upon being filed by the Speaker
22with the Clerk and takes the place of the standing order of
23business for the amount of time necessary for its completion.
24Nothing in this Rule, however, limits the Speaker's or
25Presiding Officer's powers under Rule 4(c)(3) or Rule 43(a).
26 (c) A special order of business may be set by the Rules

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1Committee or by the Speaker as provided in Rule 44.
2 (d) Except for those provisions that cannot be suspended,
3this This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote of
471 members elected.
5 (House Rule 32)
6 32. Quorum.
7 (a) A majority of those elected constitutes a quorum of the
8House, and a majority of those appointed constitutes a quorum
9of a committee, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to
10day, or recess for less than one day, and compel the attendance
11of absent members. The attendance of absent members may also be
12compelled by order of the Speaker. This subsection may not be
13suspended.
14 (b) The question of the presence of a quorum in any
15committee may not be raised on consideration of a legislative
16measure by the House unless the same question was previously
17raised before the committee with respect to that legislative
18measure.
19 (c) Any member not answering the quorum roll call of the
20House on any session day who is in attendance and wishes to be
21added to that quorum roll call must file a request to be shown
22present on the quorum roll call with the Clerk. The request
23must be in writing and filed in person by the member on the
24same calendar day the quorum roll call was taken.

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1 (House Rule 33)
2 33. Approval of the Journal. The Speaker or his or her
3designee shall periodically examine and report to the House any
4corrections he or she deems should be made in the Journal
5before it is approved. If those corrections are approved by the
6House, they shall be made by the Clerk.
7 (House Rule 34)
8 34. Executive Sessions. The sessions of the House shall be
9open to the public. Sessions and committee meetings of the
10House may be closed to the public if two-thirds of the members
11elected determine, by a record vote, that the public interest
12so requires.
13 (House Rule 35)
14 35. Length of Adjournment. The House, without the consent
15of the Senate, shall not adjourn for more than 3 days or to a
16place other than where the 2 chambers of the General Assembly
17are sitting. The House is in session on any day in which it
18convenes in perfunctory session, regular session, veto
19session, special session, or joint session with the Senate.
20 (House Rule 36)
21 36. Transcript of the House. Nothing contained in the
22official transcript of the House shall be changed or expunged
23except by written request of a Representative to the Clerk and

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1Speaker, and that request may be approved only by the record
2vote of 71 members elected.
3
ARTICLE IV
4
BILLS AND AMENDMENTS
5 (House Rule 37)
6 37. Bills.
7 (a) A bill may be introduced in the House by sponsorship of
8one or more members of the House, whose names shall be on the
9reproduced copies of the bills, in the House Journal, and in
10the Legislative Digest. The Principal Sponsor shall be the
11first name to appear on the bill and may be joined by no more
12than 4 chief co-sponsors with the approval of the Principal
13Sponsor; other co-sponsors shall be separated from the
14Principal Sponsor and any chief co-sponsors by a comma. The
15Principal Sponsor may change the sponsorship of a bill to that
16of one or more other Representatives, or to that of the
17standing committee or special committee to which the bill was
18referred or from which the bill was reported. Such change may
19be made at any time the bill is pending before the House or any
20of its committees by filing a notice with the Clerk, provided
21that the addition of any member as a Principal Sponsor, chief
22co-sponsor, or co-sponsor must be with that member's consent.
23This subsection may not be suspended.
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1committee-sponsored bill is controlled by the Chairperson, or
2if Co-Chairpersons have been appointed, by the Co-Chairperson
3from the majority caucus, who for purposes of these Rules is
4deemed the Principal Sponsor. Committee-sponsored bills may
5not have individual co-sponsors.
6 (c) The Senate sponsor of a bill originating in the Senate
7may request substitute House sponsorship of that bill by filing
8a notice with the Clerk. Such notice is automatically referred
9to the Rules Committee. The notice shall include the bill
10number, signature of the Senate sponsor, signature of the
11substitute House sponsor, and a statement that the original
12House sponsor was provided with notice of intent to request a
13substitute House sponsor. A notice that satisfies the
14requirements of this subsection shall be approved by the Rules
15Committee. If the Rules Committee does not act on a notice that
16satisfies the requirements of this subsection within 3
17legislative days after its referral, then the notice is deemed
18approved and the Clerk shall substitute sponsorship. This
19subsection shall be in effect if, and only for so long as, the
20Rules of the Senate include a reciprocal privilege for House
21sponsors and the Senate complies with the rule. This subsection
22may not be suspended.
23 (d) All bills introduced in the House shall be read by
24title a first time, ordered reproduced and distributed in
25accordance with Rule 39, and automatically referred to the
26Rules Committee in accordance with Rule 18. After a Senate Bill

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1is received and a House member has submitted notification to
2the Clerk of sponsorship of that bill, it shall be read by
3title, ordered reproduced and distributed in accordance with
4Rule 39, and automatically referred to the Rules Committee in
5accordance with Rule 18.
6 (e) All bills introduced into the House shall be
7accompanied by 1 copy. Any bill that amends a statute shall
8indicate the particular changes in the following manner:
9 (1) All new matter shall be underscored.
10 (2) All matter that is to be omitted or superseded
11 shall be shown crossed with a line.
12 (f) No bill shall be passed by the House except on a record
13vote of a majority of those elected, subject to Rule 69. A bill
14that has lost on third reading and has not been reconsidered
15may not thereafter be revived. If a motion for the adoption of
16a first conference committee report fails and the motion is not
17reconsidered, then a second conference committee may be
18appointed as provided in Rule 76(c). If a motion for the
19adoption of a second conference committee report fails and is
20not reconsidered, then the bill may not thereafter be revived.
21 (g) An appropriation bill that is amended in the House may
22not be considered on Third Reading until the third calendar day
23following the adoption or tabling of any House Committee or
24House floor amendments to the bill.
25 This subsection (g) may be suspended only by the
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1 (House Rule 37.5)
2 37.5. Amendments to Taxpayer Accountability and Budget
3Stabilization Act.
4 (a) From the commencement of the 97th General Assembly
5until June 30, 2015, no bill that amends or refers to Section
6201.5 of the Illinois Income Tax Act, or that seeks to
7appropriate or transfer money pursuant to a declaration of a
8fiscal emergency under Section 201.5 of that Act, may be moved
9from the order of Second Reading to the order of Third Reading
10unless a motion to approve such measure for consideration has
11been adopted by a record vote of 71 members. If such a bill is
12on the order of concurrence or in the form of a conference
13committee report, no motion to concur or to adopt that
14conference committee report is in order unless a motion to
15approve such measure for consideration has been adopted by a
16record vote of 71 members. Nothing in this House Rule shall be
17deemed to alter the vote requirement for final passage of a
18legislative measure required by the Illinois Constitution.
19 (b) Any motion made pursuant to subsection (a) to approve a
20legislative measure for consideration must be in writing. Upon
21receipt of the written motion, the Clerk shall immediately
22notify the Speaker and the Minority Leader. The motion shall
23not be referred to a committee. The motion must be carried on
24the calendar before it may be taken up by the House and may
25then be immediately considered and adopted by the House. The

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1motion is renewable and may be reconsidered, provided that once
2that motion is adopted, it shall not be reconsidered.
3 (c) This Rule may not be suspended except by unanimous
4consent.
5 (House Rule 37.6)
6 37.6. Amendments to State Pension Funds Continuing
7Appropriation Act.
8 (a) From the commencement of the 97th General Assembly
9until June 30, 2015, no bill that amends or refers to the State
10Pension Funds Continuing Appropriation Act may be moved from
11the order of Second Reading to the order of Third Reading
12unless a motion to approve such measure for consideration has
13been adopted by a record vote of 71 members. If such a bill is
14on the order of concurrence or in the form of a conference
15committee report, no motion to concur or to adopt that
16conference committee report is in order unless a motion to
17approve such measure for consideration has been adopted by a
18record vote of 71 members. Nothing in this House Rule shall be
19deemed to alter the vote requirement for final passage of a
20legislative measure required by the Illinois Constitution.
21 (b) Any motion made pursuant to subsection (a) to approve a
22legislative measure for consideration must be in writing. Upon
23receipt of the written motion, the Clerk shall immediately
24notify the Speaker and the Minority Leader. The motion shall
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1the calendar before it may be taken up by the House and may
2then be immediately considered and adopted by the House. The
3motion is renewable and may be reconsidered, provided that once
4that motion is adopted, it shall not be reconsidered.
5 (c) This Rule may not be suspended except by unanimous
6consent.
7 (House Rule 37.7 new)
8 37.7. Consideration of Bills and Resolutions on or after
9date of General Election.
10 (a) The House shall not consider any bill or resolution on
11the order of Third Reading, the order of resolutions, or the
12order of postponed consideration during the time period
13beginning on the Tuesday following the first Monday of November
14in even-numbered years until adjournment sine die unless a
15motion to approve such measure for consideration has been
16adopted by a record vote of 71 members elected. If a bill or
17resolution is on the order of concurrence, the order of
18non-concurrence, or in the form of a conference committee
19report, no motion to concur, motion to recede, or conference
20committee report is in order unless a motion to approve such
21measure for consideration has been adopted by a record vote of
2271 members elected. Nothing in this Rule shall be deemed to
23alter the vote requirement for final passage of a legislative
24measure required by the Illinois Constitution.
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1legislative measure for consideration must be in writing. Upon
2receipt of the written motion, the Clerk shall immediately
3notify the Speaker and the Minority Leader. The motion shall
4not be referred to a committee. The motion must be carried on
5the calendar before it may be taken up by the House and may
6then be immediately considered and adopted by the House. The
7motion is renewable and may be reconsidered, provided that once
8that motion is adopted, it shall not be reconsidered.
9 (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of these Rules, any
10resolution proposing to amend or delete this Rule requires the
11affirmative vote of 71 members elected for adoption by the
12House. This Rule may not be suspended except by unanimous
13consent.
14 (House Rule 38)
15 38. Reading of Bills. Every bill shall be read by title on
163 different days before passage by the House.
17 (House Rule 39)
18 39. Reproduction and Distribution. The Clerk shall cause
19any measure subject to this Rule to be reproduced and
20distributed to the members. Reproduction and distribution may
21be done electronically, or the Clerk may establish a method
22that any member may use to secure a copy.
23 (House Rule 40)

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1 40. Amendments.
2 (a) A committee amendment to a bill may be adopted by a
3standing committee or special committee when the bill is before
4that committee. A floor amendment to a bill may be adopted by
5the House when a bill is on the order of Second Reading if: (i)
6the Rules Committee has referred the floor amendment to the
7House for consideration under Rule 18; (ii) a standing
8committee or special committee has referred the floor amendment
9to the House; or (iii) the floor amendment has been discharged
10from committee pursuant to Rule 58. All amendments filed in the
11House must be accompanied by 1 copy and reproduced and
12distributed as provided in Rule 39. All committee amendments
13for which advance notice was given pursuant to Rule 21 that
14have been referred to a standing committee or special committee
15by the Rules Committee shall be considered by the committee or
16a subcommittee of that committee prior to consideration by the
17committee of the bill to which the amendment relates. All
18committee amendments not adopted to a bill prior to the
19favorable reporting of the bill by a standing committee or
20special committee are automatically tabled. All floor
21amendments not adopted to a bill and that are still pending in
22a committee or before the House upon the passage or defeat of a
23bill on Third Reading are automatically tabled, provided that
24any floor amendment tabled pursuant to this Rule shall
25automatically be taken from the table upon the adoption of a
26motion to reconsider the vote for the passage or defeat of the

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1bill on Third Reading.
2 (b) Except as otherwise provided in these Rules, committee
3amendments: (i) may be offered only by the Principal Sponsor or
4a member of the committee while the affected bill is before
5that committee, (ii) shall be automatically referred to such
6committee, and (iii) shall be adopted by a majority of those
7appointed. Floor amendments may be offered for adoption only by
8a Representative while the bill is on the order of Second
9Reading, subject to Rule 18, and shall be adopted by a majority
10vote of the House. The sponsor of a committee or floor
11amendment may change the sponsorship of the amendment to that
12of another member, with that other member's consent. Such
13change may be made at any time the amendment is pending before
14the House or any of its committees by filing notice with the
15Clerk. A committee amendment may be the subject of a motion to
16"do adopt" or "do not adopt". A committee amendment may be
17adopted only by a successful motion to "do adopt". The
18Chairperson of a committee may refer any committee amendment to
19a subcommittee of that committee.
20 (c) Committee amendments shall be filed with the Clerk no
21later than 3:00 p.m. the business day before a meeting at which
22the bill or resolution it amends may be considered. "Business
23day" does not include Saturday, Sunday, or State or federal
24holidays unless the House is in session or the Clerk's office
25is otherwise open to the public on that day. Floor amendments
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1order of Second Reading or Third Reading. The Clerk shall
2number amendments sequentially in the order submitted, and all
3amendments that are in order shall be considered in ascending
4numerical order.
5 (d) No amendment shall be filed with the Clerk while a bill
6is assigned to the Rules Committee. Committee amendments may be
7filed for a resolution pending in the Rules Committee only if
8the resolution would adopt or amend House Rules or Joint
9House-Senate Rules pursuant to Rule 67.
10 (e) No floor amendment is in order unless it has been first
11referred to the House for consideration by the Rules Committee
12under Rule 18, or favorably reported by, or discharged from, a
13standing committee or special committee. A floor amendment may
14be referred to the House for consideration, or to a standing or
15special committee, only while the bill is on the order of
16Second Reading or Third Reading.
17 (f) Amendments that propose to alter any existing law shall
18conform to the requirements of Rule 37(e).
19 (g) If a committee reports a bill "do pass as amended", the
20committee amendments are deemed adopted by the committee
21action.
22 (h) Floor amendments to resolutions are subject to the same
23procedure applicable to floor amendments to bills.
24 (i) In the case of special committees with Co-Chairpersons
25from different political parties, the "Chairperson" for the
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1caucus.
2 (House Rule 41)
3 41. Note Requests; Quick Takes.
4 (a) The House shall comply with all Illinois laws requiring
5fiscal or other notes. The notes shall be filed with the Clerk,
6who shall affix each note with a time stamp endorsing the date
7and time received, and attached to the original of the bill and
8available for inspection by the members. As soon as practical,
9the Clerk shall provide a copy of the note to the Legislative
10Reference Bureau, which shall provide an informative summary of
11the note in subsequent issues of the Legislative Digest.
12 At the request of the principal sponsor of a bill, a note
13request for the bill as introduced into the House or received
14from the Senate shall be automatically deemed inapplicable if
15(i) one or more House amendments to the bill have been adopted,
16and (ii) a note of the same type for the bill as amended by each
17adopted House amendment has been filed with the Clerk. If any
18such adopted House amendment is later tabled, the note request
19for the bill as introduced into or received by the House shall
20immediately become applicable.
21 (b) No bill authorizing or directing the conveyance by the
22State of any particular interest in real estate to any
23individual or entity other than a governmental unit or agency
24may be voted upon in committee or upon Second Reading unless a
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1filed. The appraisal shall be filed with the Clerk of the
2House, and shall be part of the permanent record for that bill.
3 (c) No bill authorizing the State or a unit of local
4government to acquire property by eminent domain using
5"quick-take" powers under the Eminent Domain Act may be voted
6upon in committee or on Second Reading unless the State or the
7unit of local government, as applicable, has complied with all
8of the following procedures:
9 (1) The State or the unit of local government must
10 notify each owner of an interest in the property, by
11 certified mail, of the intention of the State or the unit
12 of local government to request approval of legislation by
13 the General Assembly authorizing the State or the unit of
14 local government to acquire the property by eminent domain
15 using "quick-take" powers under Section 20-5-5 of the
16 Eminent Domain Act.
17 (2) The State or the unit of local government must
18 cause notice of its intention to request authorization to
19 acquire the property by eminent domain using "quick-take"
20 powers to be published in a newspaper of general
21 circulation in the territory sought to be acquired by the
22 State or the unit of local government.
23 (3) Following the notices required under paragraphs
24 (1) and (2), the State or the unit of local government must
25 hold at least one public hearing, at the place where the
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1 meetings (or, in the case of property sought to be acquired
2 by the State: (i) at a location in the county in which the
3 property sought to be acquired by the State is located, or
4 (ii) if the property is located in Cook County, at a
5 location in the township in which the property is located,
6 or (iii) if the property is located in 2 adjacent counties
7 other than Cook County or in 2 adjacent townships in Cook
8 County, at a location in the county or in the township in
9 Cook County in which the majority of the property is
10 located, or (iv) if the property is located in Cook County
11 and an adjacent county, at a location in the other county
12 or in the township in Cook County in which the majority of
13 the property is located), on the question of the
14 acquisition of the property by the State or the unit of
15 local government by eminent domain using "quick-take"
16 powers.
17 (4) In the case of property sought to be acquired by a
18 unit of local government, following the public hearing or
19 hearings held under paragraph (3), the unit of local
20 government must adopt, by recorded vote, a resolution to
21 request approval of legislation by the General Assembly
22 authorizing the unit of local government to acquire the
23 property by eminent domain using "quick-take" powers under
24 the Eminent Domain Act. The resolution must include a
25 statement of the time period within which the unit of local
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1 powers, which may not exceed one year.
2 (5) Following the public hearing or hearings held under
3 paragraph (3), the head of the appropriate State office,
4 department, or agency or the chief elected official of the
5 unit of local government, as applicable, must submit to the
6 Chairperson and Minority Spokesperson of the House
7 Executive Committee a sworn, notarized affidavit that
8 contains, or has attached as an incorporated exhibit, all
9 of the following:
10 (A) The legal description of the property.
11 (B) The street address of the property.
12 (C) The name of each State Senator and State
13 Representative who represents the territory that is
14 the subject of the proposed taking.
15 (D) The date or dates on which the State or the
16 unit of local government contacted each such State
17 Senator and State Representative concerning the
18 intention of the State or the unit of local government
19 to request approval of legislation by the General
20 Assembly authorizing the State or the unit of local
21 government to acquire the property by eminent domain
22 using "quick-take" powers.
23 (E) The current name, address, and telephone
24 number of each owner of an interest in the property.
25 (F) A summary of all negotiations between the State
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1 of the property concerning the sale of the property to
2 the State or the unit of local government.
3 (G) A statement of the date and location of each
4 public hearing held under paragraph (3).
5 (H) A statement of the public purpose for which the
6 State or the unit of local government seeks to acquire
7 the property.
8 (I) The certification of the head of the
9 appropriate State office, department, or agency or the
10 chief elected official of the unit of local government,
11 as applicable, that (i) the property is located within
12 the territory under the jurisdiction of the State or
13 the unit of local government and (ii) the State or the
14 unit of local government seeks to acquire the property
15 for a public purpose.
16 (J) A map of the area in which the property to be
17 acquired is located, showing the location of the
18 property.
19 (K) Photographs of the property.
20 (L) An appraisal of the property by a real estate
21 appraiser who is certified or licensed under the Real
22 Estate Appraiser Licensing Act of 2002.
23 (M) In the case of property sought to be acquired
24 by a unit of local government, a copy of the resolution
25 adopted by the unit of local government under paragraph
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1 (N) Documentation of the public purpose for which
2 the State or the unit of local government seeks to
3 acquire the property.
4 (O) A copy of each notice sent to an owner of an
5 interest in the property under paragraph (1).
6 A request for quick-take authority shall not be considered
7by a House committee fewer than 30 days after the date of the
8notice to each property owner as required by paragraph (1).
9 Every affidavit submitted by the State or a unit of local
10government pursuant to this Rule 41(c), together with all
11documents and other items submitted with the affidavit, must be
12made available to any person upon request for inspection and
13copying.
14 (House Rule 42)
15 42. Consent Calendar.
16 (a) The Clerk shall include a Consent Calendar on the daily
17calendar and designate it as a separate calendar. The Consent
18Calendar shall contain 3 orders of business: Consent Calendar -
19Second Reading, Consent Calendar - Third Reading, and Consent
20Calendar - Resolutions. Within each order of business, bills or
21resolutions shall be listed in separate groups according to the
22number of required days each has been on that order of business
23on the Consent Calendar. No more than 80 bills and resolutions
24shall be listed in each group. All bills or resolutions to
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1 (b) No debate is in order regarding any item on the Consent
2Calendar. The Presiding Officer, however, shall allow a
3reasonable time for questions from the floor and answers to
4those questions. No amendment from the floor is in order
5regarding any bill or resolution on the Consent Calendar.
6 (c) A bill on the Consent Calendar shall stand for 2
7legislative days on the order of Consent Calendar - Second
8Reading, and for at least 2 legislative days on the order of
9Consent Calendar - Third Reading, before a vote on the final
10passage may be taken. Resolutions on the Consent Calendar shall
11stand for at least 4 legislative days before a vote on adoption
12may be taken. One record vote on final passage shall be taken
13on those bills called for final passage. Immediately before a
14vote on the bills on the Consent Calendar, the Presiding
15Officer shall call to the attention of the members the fact
16that the next legislative action will be the vote on the
17Consent Calendar.
18 (d) A bill or resolution may be placed on the Consent
19Calendar by report of a standing committee upon a motion
20adopted by a unanimous vote of the members present. For
21purposes of this subsection (d), a unanimous vote on the motion
22is a vote with no member voting nay.
23 (e) No bill regarding revenue or appropriations may be
24placed on the Consent Calendar. No resolution requiring more
25than 60 affirmative votes for adoption and no bill requiring
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1placed on the Consent Calendar.
2 (f) The Speaker and the Minority Leader shall each appoint
33 members who may challenge the presence of any bill or
4resolution on the Consent Calendar. Before a vote on final
5passage of any item on the Consent Calendar, an item shall be
6removed from the Consent Calendar if (i) 4 or more members,
7(ii) the Principal Sponsor of the bill or resolution, or (iii)
8one or more of the appointed challengers file with the Clerk
9written objections to the presence of the bill or resolution on
10the Consent Calendar. Any bill or resolution so removed may not
11be placed thereafter on the Consent Calendar during that
12session of the General Assembly, unless the member or members
13who objected to the presence of the bill or resolution on the
14Consent Calendar consent in writing to restoration of the bill
15or resolution on the Consent Calendar.
16 Any bill removed from the Consent Calendar shall stand on
17the order of Second Reading with short debate status, subject
18to Rule 52, and any resolution so removed shall stand on the
19order of Resolutions with short debate status, subject to Rule
2052.
21 (House Rule 42.1 new)
22 42.1. Petition Calendar.
23 (a) The Principal Sponsor of a bill or resolution may file
24with the Clerk a motion signed by 71 members requesting
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1with regard to any bill or resolution pending in a House
2Committee or pending on an order of business on the Daily
3Calendar.
4 (b) The Clerk shall include a Petition Calendar on the
5Daily Calendar and designate it as a separate part of the Daily
6Calendar. A bill or joint resolution for a constitutional
7amendment that is pending in a committee when a petition motion
8is filed shall be placed on the Petition Calendar order of
9Second Reading. Any other type of resolution that is pending in
10a committee when a petition motion is filed shall be placed on
11the Petition Calendar order of Resolutions. A bill or
12resolution that is on an order of business on the Daily
13Calendar when a petition motion is filed shall be placed on the
14same order of business on the Petition Calendar.
15 (c) A legislative measure on the Petition Calendar shall be
16moved between Petition Calendar orders of business at the
17request of the Principal Sponsor, except as otherwise limited
18by these Rules.
19 (d) Whenever the House is on this order of business, the
20Principal Sponsor of each legislative measure on the Petition
21Calendar shall have the right to call that measure for
22consideration by the House.
23 (e) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
24of 71 members elected.
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1 43. Changing Order of Business.
2 (a) Any order of business may be changed at any time by the
3Speaker or Presiding Officer except as limited by Rule 31.
4 (b) Any order of business may be changed at any time upon
5the motion of any member, supported by 5 additional members, if
6the motion is adopted by an affirmative vote of 71 members
7elected.
8 (c) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
9of 71 members elected.
10 (House Rule 44)
11 44. Special Orders; Rules Committee.
12 (a) A special order of business may be set by the Rules
13Committee or by the Speaker. The Principal Sponsor of a bill or
14resolution must consent to the placement of the bill or
15resolution on a special order. A special order shall fix the
16day to which it applies and the matters to be included. The
17Speaker, or the Rules Committee by a vote of a majority of
18those appointed, may establish time limits for a special order
19and may establish limitations on debate during a special order
20(notwithstanding Rule 52), in which event the allotted time
21shall be fairly divided between proponents and opponents of the
22legislation to be considered. A special order of business takes
23the place of the standing order for such time as may be
24necessary for its completion but may occur no earlier than
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1matters that may otherwise properly be before the House may be
2included in a special order.
3 (b) A special order shall appear on the Daily Calendar for
43 legislative days. This subsection (b) may be suspended only
5by the affirmative vote of 71 members elected.
6 (c) A special order may be suspended, amended, or modified
7by motion adopted by an affirmative vote of 60 members. A
8special order shall be suspended by a written objection signed
9by 3 members of the Rules Committee and filed during the first
10legislative day on which the special order appears on the
11calendar.
12 (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
13of 71 members elected.
14
ARTICLE IX
15
VETOES
16
ARTICLE V
17
RESOLUTIONS AND CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION
18 (House Rule 45)
19 45. Resolutions.
20 (a) A resolution may be introduced in the House by
21sponsorship of one or more members of the House. The name of
22the Principal Sponsor shall be included in the House Journal,
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1Legislative Digest. The Principal Sponsor of a resolution, or
2the sponsor of an amendment to a resolution, may change the
3sponsorship of the resolution or amendment, as applicable, to
4that of another member, with that other member's consent, by
5filing notice with the Clerk. Each resolution introduced shall
6be accompanied by 1 copy.
7 (b) The Principal Sponsor of a resolution controls that
8resolution. A standing committee-sponsored resolution is
9controlled by the Chairperson of the committee, or if
10Co-Chairpersons have been appointed, by the Co-Chairperson
11from the majority caucus, who for purposes of these Rules is
12deemed the Principal Sponsor. A special committee-sponsored
13resolution is controlled by the Chairperson, or if
14Co-Chairpersons have been appointed, by the Co-Chairperson
15from the majority caucus, who for purposes of these Rules is
16deemed the Principal Sponsor. Committee-sponsored resolutions
17may not have individual co-sponsors.
18 (c) Any resolution calling for the expenditure of State
19funds may be adopted only by a record vote of a majority of
20those elected.
21 (House Rule 46)
22 46. State Constitutional Amendments. All resolutions
23introduced in the House proposing amendments to the Illinois
24Constitution shall be reproduced and distributed as provided in
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1and is presented to the House shall be ordered reproduced and
2distributed in like manner. No such resolution shall pass
3unless read in full in its final form on 3 different days.
4Amendments are in order only on First Reading and Second
5Reading. Upon adoption of any amendment, the Clerk shall read
6the amended resolution in full form on 3 different days. Final
7passage requires the affirmative vote of 71 members elected. No
8resolution proposing a change in the Constitution of the State
9of Illinois may be considered for passage after the last day
10preceding the day marking the beginning of the last 6 months
11before the general election occurring during the term of this
12General Assembly, and all such resolutions still pending shall
13be tabled at the end of business on that day.
14 (House Rule 47)
15 47. Federal Constitutional Amendments and Constitutional
16Conventions.
17 (a) The affirmative vote of 71 of the members elected is
18required to adopt any resolution:
19 (1) requesting Congress to call a federal
20 constitutional convention;
21 (2) ratifying a proposed amendment to the Constitution
22 of the United States; or
23 (3) calling a State convention to ratify a proposed
24 amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
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1of 71 members elected.
2 (House Rule 48)
3 48. Certificates of Recognition. Any member may sponsor a
4certificate of recognition to be signed by the Speaker and
5attested by the Clerk to recognize any person, organization, or
6event worthy of public commendation. The form of the
7Certificate of Recognition shall be determined by the Clerk
8with the approval of the Speaker.
9
ARTICLE VI
10
PARLIAMENTARY PRACTICE
11 (House Rule 49)
12 49. Voting. The Presiding Officer shall put all questions
13distinctly, as follows: "All those in favor vote AYE, and those
14opposed vote NAY." No member may vote on any question before
15the House unless on the floor before the vote is announced. No
16member of a committee may vote except in person at the time of
17the committee vote, provided the member is on the committee
18roll before the vote is announced. Any vote of the House shall
19be by record vote whenever 5 Representatives shall so request
20or whenever the Presiding Officer shall so order.
21 (House Rule 50)
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1requested, the Presiding Officer shall put the question and
2then announce to the House: "The voting is open." While the
3vote is being taken, the Presiding Officer shall state: "Have
4all voted who wish?" The voting is closed when the Presiding
5Officer announces: "Take the Record." The Presiding Officer,
6unless an intervening motion to postpone consideration by the
7Principal Sponsor is made, shall then announce the results of
8the record vote. After the record is taken, no member may vote,
9change his or her vote, or remove his or her vote as recorded;
10except that when a record vote is taken on more than one
11legislative measure at the same time, each member has the right
12to have his or her votes recorded separately for each of those
13legislative measures by filing a signed document with the Clerk
14on the same legislative day.
15 (House Rule 51)
16 51. Decorum.
17 (a) When any member is about to speak to the House, he or
18she shall rise and address the Presiding Officer as "Speaker".
19The Presiding Officer, upon recognizing the member, shall
20address him or her by name, and thereupon the engineer in
21charge of operating the microphones in the House shall give the
22use of the microphone to the member who has been so recognized.
23The member in speaking shall confine himself or herself to the
24subject matter under discussion and avoid personalities.
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1conduct of members of the House in their representative
2capacity are questions of personal privilege. A matter of
3personal explanation does not constitute a question of personal
4privilege.
5 (c) If 2 or more members rise at once, the Presiding
6Officer shall name the member who is to speak first.
7 (d) No person shall give any signs of approbation or
8disapprobation while the House is in session.
9 (e) Recognition of guests by any member is prohibited
10during debate on a legislative measure or motion, except that
11the Speaker or Presiding Officer may recognize an honored
12guest.
13 (f) While the Presiding Officer is putting a question, no
14member shall leave or walk across the House Chamber. When a
15member is addressing the House, no member or other person
16entitled to the floor shall entertain private discourse or pass
17between the member speaking and the Presiding Officer.
18 (g) In case of any disturbance or disorderly conduct, the
19Speaker or Presiding Officer may order that the lobby, gallery,
20or hallways adjoining the House Chamber be cleared.
21 (h) No literature may be distributed on the House floor,
22except staff may distribute documents to caucus members at the
23direction of the Speaker or Minority Leader.
24 (i) No member may be absent from a session of the House
25unless he or she has leave or is sick or his or her absence is
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1equipment located on the desk of any member who has been
2excused or is absent shall be locked by the Clerk and shall not
3be unlocked until the member returns and files with the Clerk a
4request to be shown as present on the quorum roll call as
5provided in Rule 32(c).
6 (House Rule 52)
7 52. Debate.
8 (a) All legislative measures, except those legislative
9measures that are not debatable as provided in these Rules, are
10subject to a debate status as follows:
11 (1) Short Debate: Debate is limited to a 2-minute
12 presentation by the Principal Sponsor or a member
13 designated by the Principal Sponsor, a 2-minute
14 presentation by a member in response, and one minute for
15 the Principal Sponsor to close debate, or yield to other
16 members; provided that at the request of 7 members before
17 the close of debate, the debate status shall be opened to
18 standard debate;
19 (2) Standard Debate: Debate is limited to a 5-minute
20 presentation by the Principal Sponsor or a member
21 designated by the Principal Sponsor, debate by each of 2
22 additional proponents of the legislative measure and by 3
23 members in response to the legislative measure, and 3
24 minutes for the Principal Sponsor to close debate, or yield
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1 (3) Extended Debate: Debate is limited to a 5-minute
2 presentation by the Principal Sponsor or a member
3 designated by the Principal Sponsor, debate by each of 4
4 proponents of the legislative measure and 5 members in
5 response, and 5 minutes for the Principal Sponsor to close
6 debate, or yield to other members;
7 (4) Unlimited Debate: Debate shall consist of a
8 10-minute presentation by the Principal Sponsor or a member
9 designated by the Principal Sponsor, debate by each
10 proponent and member in response who seeks recognition, and
11 5 minutes for the Principal Sponsor to close debate, or
12 yield to other members; or
13 (5) Amendment Debate: Debate on floor amendments
14 referred to the House from a committee, or discharged from
15 a committee, is limited to a 3-minute presentation by the
16 Principal Sponsor, or a member designated by the Principal
17 Sponsor, debate by one proponent, debate by each of 2
18 members in response, and 3 minutes for the Principal
19 Sponsor to close debate, or yield to other members.
20 No debate is in order on bills or resolutions on the order
21of First Reading or Second Reading, except for debate on floor
22amendments as provided in this Rule.
23 (b) All legislative measures, except floor amendments,
24that are (i) referred to the House from a committee, (ii) or
25discharged from a committee, or (iii) on the Petition Calendar
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1subsection (c) of this Rule, except those assigned to the
2Consent Calendar or short debate status by a standing committee
3or a special committee. All floor amendments referred to the
4House from a committee, or discharged from a committee, are
5automatically assigned amendment debate status, subject to
6subsection (c) of this Rule.
7 (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of these Rules to
8the contrary (except Rule 44), the debate status of any
9legislative measure may be changed only (i) by the Speaker, as
10defined in item (27) of Rule 102, by filing a notice with the
11Clerk, or (ii) by the Rules Committee by motion approved by a
12majority of those appointed. While a legislative measure is
13being considered by the House, the debate status may also be
14changed by unanimous consent. No legislative measure, however,
15may be placed on the Consent Calendar under this Rule. No
16legislative measure, except a floor amendment, may be assigned
17amendment debate status under this Rule.
18 (d) The Speaker or Rules Committee, as the case may be,
19shall notify the Clerk of any action to change the debate
20status of any legislative measure. The Clerk shall cause that
21information to be reflected on the Daily Calendar on subsequent
22legislative days, provided the legislative measure is still
23before the House.
24 (e) No member shall speak longer than 5 minutes at one time
25or more than once on the same question except by leave of the
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1designated by the Principal Sponsor, however, shall be allowed
2to open the debate and to close the debate in accordance with
3subsection (a) of this Rule. The provisions of this subsection
4(e) are subject to and limited by subsections (a), (b), and (c)
5of this Rule. A member may yield to another member the time
6allotted for the member's debate.
7 (f) The Presiding Officer shall allocate the debate on each
8legislative measure alternately, if possible, between
9proponents and opponents of the legislative measure under
10debate.
11 (g) This Rule may not be suspended.
12 (House Rule 53)
13 53. Written Statements.
14 (a) Any member may submit a written statement regarding any
15bill, resolution, or floor amendment considered by the House,
16by submitting that statement to the Clerk within one
17legislative day or 3 business days, whichever is shorter, after
18the day on which the bill, resolution, or floor amendment to
19which the comments relate was considered by the House. The
20Clerk shall affix a time stamp to each statement indicating the
21date on which the statement was submitted. Each statement shall
22indicate the member or members on whose behalf the statement is
23submitted, the bill, resolution, or floor amendment to which it
24applies, the names of any other members mentioned in the
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1the Clerk. Each member on whose behalf a statement is submitted
2is under an obligation to ensure that all required information,
3specifically including the names of any other members mentioned
4in the statement, is indicated at the time a statement is
5submitted. Each statement shall comply with standards as may be
6established by the Clerk with the approval of the Speaker. The
7standards established by the Clerk, however, shall not relate
8to the contents of the written statement. The Clerk shall
9maintain statements that comply with this Rule and established
10standards in files for each bill and resolution. A statement is
11not considered filed until the Clerk has determined that it
12complies with this Rule and established standards. The Clerk
13shall notify the member or members on whose behalf a statement
14was submitted if the statement is determined not to comply.
15Statements filed under this Rule shall be considered part of
16the transcript and made available to the public.
17 (b) If a statement mentions another member, the statement
18shall not be considered filed until the member mentioned has an
19opportunity to respond as a matter of personal privilege. The
20Clerk shall notify each member who is identified at the time a
21statement is submitted as being mentioned in the statement. The
22member identified as mentioned in the statement shall have one
23legislative day or 3 business days, whichever is shorter, after
24notification by the Clerk in which to file a written response
25to the statement. The original statement and any responsive
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1business on the final day on which a response may be filed. If,
2however, a statement is submitted mentioning another member and
3the name of the member mentioned is not indicated to the Clerk
4at the time of submission, the statement shall be stricken at
5the request of the member mentioned in the statement. The Clerk
6shall notify each member on whose behalf the statement was
7submitted that the statement has been stricken from the record.
8 (c) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
9of 71 members elected.
10 (House Rule 54)
11 54. Motions.
12 (a) The following are general rules for all motions:
13 (1) Every motion, except to adjourn, recess, or
14 postpone consideration, shall be reduced to writing if
15 ordered by the Presiding Officer. Unless otherwise
16 provided in these Rules, no second is required to any
17 motion presented to the House, or in any committee. The
18 Presiding Officer may refer any motion to the Rules
19 Committee.
20 (2) Before the House debates a motion, the Presiding
21 Officer shall state an oral motion and the Clerk shall read
22 aloud a written motion. Each motion, unless otherwise
23 provided in these Rules, is assigned standard debate
24 status, subject to Rule 52.
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1 or read by the Clerk, it is deemed in the possession of the
2 House, but may be withdrawn at any time before decision
3 with consent of a majority of the members elected.
4 (4) If a motion is divisible, any member may call for a
5 division of the question.
6 (5) Any question taken under consideration may be
7 withdrawn, postponed, or tabled by unanimous consent or, if
8 unanimous consent is denied, by a motion adopted by a
9 majority of the members elected.
10 (b) The Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
11of 71 members elected.
12 (House Rule 55)
13 55. Precedence of Motions.
14 (a) When a question is under debate, no motion may be
15entertained except:
16 (1) to adjourn to a time certain;
17 (2) to adjourn;
18 (3) to question the presence of a quorum;
19 (4) to recess;
20 (5) to lay on the table;
21 (6) for the previous question;
22 (7) to postpone consideration;
23 (8) to commit or recommit; or
24 (9) to amend, except as otherwise provided in these
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1 The foregoing motions have precedence in the order in which
2they are listed.
3 (b) During a record vote, no motion (except a motion to
4postpone consideration) is in order until after the
5announcement of the result of the vote.
6 (c) A motion to commit or re-commit, until it is decided,
7precludes all amendments and debate on the main question. A
8motion to postpone consideration, until it is decided,
9precludes all amendments and debate on the main question.
10 (House Rule 56)
11 56. Verification.
12 (a) After any record vote, except for a vote that requires
13a specific number of affirmative votes and that has not
14received the required votes, and before intervening business,
15it is in order for any member to request verification of the
16results of the record vote, except that (i) a member voting in
17the affirmative may not request verification of the affirmative
18votes and (ii) a member voting in the negative may not request
19a verification of the negative votes. If a member is
20disqualified from requesting a verification because of his or
21her vote, a qualifying member who makes a subsequent request
22for a verification shall be allowed to proceed with the
23verification.
24 (b) In verifying a record vote, the Presiding Officer shall
25instruct the Clerk to call the names of those members whose

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1votes are to be verified. The member requesting the
2verification may thereafter identify those members he or she
3wishes to verify. If a member does not answer, his or her vote
4shall be stricken; the member's vote shall be restored to the
5roll, however, if his or her presence is recognized before the
6Presiding Officer announces the final result of the
7verification. The Presiding Officer shall determine the
8presence or absence of each member whose name is called, and
9shall then announce the results of the verification.
10 (c) While the results of any record vote are being
11verified, it is in order for any member to announce his or her
12presence on the floor and thereby have his or her vote
13verified.
14 (d) A request for a verification of the affirmative and
15negative results of a record vote may be made only once on each
16record vote.
17 (House Rule 57)
18 57. Appealing a Ruling.
19 (a) If any appeal is taken from a ruling of the Presiding
20Officer, the Presiding Officer shall be sustained unless 71 of
21the members elected vote to overrule the Presiding Officer.
22Notwithstanding Rule 52, debate on a motion to appeal is
23limited to a 2-minute presentation by the Principal Sponsor or
24a member designated by the Principal Sponsor, a 2-minute
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1Principal Sponsor to close debate, or yield to other members. A
2motion to appeal is not in order if the House has conducted
3intervening business since the ruling at issue was made.
4 (b) If any appeal is taken from a ruling of a committee
5Chairperson, the Chairperson shall be sustained unless
6three-fifths of those appointed vote to overrule the
7Chairperson. A motion to appeal is not in order if the
8committee has adjourned or recessed, or if intervening business
9has occurred. In the case of special committees with
10Co-Chairpersons from different political parties, the
11"Chairperson" for purposes of this Rule is the Co-Chairperson
12from the majority caucus.
13 (c) In an appeal of a ruling of the Presiding Officer or
14Chairperson, the question is: "Shall the ruling of the Chair be
15sustained?"
16 (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
17of 71 members elected.
18 (House Rule 58)
19 58. Discharge of Committee.
20 (a) Any member may move that a standing committee or a
21special committee be discharged from consideration of any
22legislative measure assigned to it and not reported back
23unfavorably.
24 (b) The motion must be in writing and shall be carried on
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1of "Motions". No action shall be taken on the motion until it
2is on the calendar.
3 (c) If the motion receives an affirmative vote of 60
4members, the legislative measure subject to the motion shall be
5referred to the House and placed on the appropriate order of
6business.
7 (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
8of 71 members elected.
9 (House Rule 59)
10 59. Previous Question.
11 (a) A motion for the previous question may be made at any
12time, except that a member may not move the previous question
13while participating in debate pursuant to Rule 52. A motion for
14the previous question is not debatable and requires the
15affirmative vote of 60 members elected.
16 (b) The previous question shall be stated in the following
17form: "Shall the main question be put?" Until the previous
18question is decided, all amendments and debate are precluded.
19When it is decided that the main question shall not be put, the
20main question remains under debate.
21 (c) The effect of the main question being ordered is to put
22an end to all debate and bring the House to a direct vote on the
23immediately pending motion. After a motion for the previous
24question has been approved, it is not in order to move for
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1the main question.
2 (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
3of 71 members elected.
4 (House Rule 60)
5 60. Tabling.
6 (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsections (d) and
7(e), a motion to lay on the table applies only to the
8particular proposition and is neither debatable nor amendable.
9 (b) A motion to table a bill or resolution shall identify
10the bill or resolution by number. The Principal Sponsor of a
11bill or resolution may, with leave of the House, table that
12bill or resolution at any time. A motion to table a committee
13bill that is before the House may be adopted only by the
14affirmative vote of a majority of those elected.
15 (c) The Principal Sponsor of a bill or resolution before a
16committee may, with leave of the committee, table the bill or
17resolution. Upon tabling, the Chairperson of the committee
18shall return the bill or resolution to the Clerk, noting
19thereon that it has been tabled.
20 (d) If a floor amendment to a bill has been adopted by the
21House, then a motion to table that amendment is in order and
22may be adopted only when the bill is on Second Reading. If a
23floor amendment to a resolution has been adopted by the House,
24then a motion to table that amendment is in order and may be
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1Motions to table floor amendments are debatable and may be
2adopted by the affirmative vote of a majority of those elected.
3 (e) If a committee amendment to a bill has been adopted by
4a committee, then a motion to table that amendment is in order
5and may be adopted (i) by that committee at any time while the
6bill is before that committee or (ii) by the House only when
7the bill is on Second Reading. If a committee amendment to a
8resolution has been adopted by a committee, then a motion to
9table that amendment is in order and may be adopted (i) by the
10committee at any time while the resolution is before that
11committee or (ii) by the House only when the resolution is
12pending before the House. No motion to table a committee
13amendment to a bill or resolution before the House is in order
14unless it has been first referred to the House for
15consideration by the Rules Committee under Rule 18, or by a
16standing or special committee. Motions to table committee
17amendments are debatable and may be adopted by the affirmative
18vote of a majority of the members elected to the House or
19appointed to the committee, as applicable.
20 (House Rule 61)
21 61. Motion to Take from Table.
22 (a) A motion to take from the table requires the
23affirmative vote of a majority of those elected if the Rules
24Committee has previously recommended that action by written
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1the table requires the affirmative vote of 71 members elected.
2 (b) A bill taken from the table shall, as applicable, (i)
3be placed on the Daily Calendar on the order on which it
4appeared before it was tabled or (ii) be returned to the
5committee to which it was assigned before it was tabled.
6 (b-5) An amendment taken from the table shall be returned
7to the position it held before it was tabled, provided that an
8amendment may be taken from the table while the bill is on the
9order of Second Reading or in a committee, but a committee
10amendment that has been tabled by a committee may be taken from
11the table only while the bill is in committee.
12 (c) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
13of 71 members elected.
14 (House Rule 62)
15 62. Motion to Postpone Consideration. A motion to postpone
16consideration on a bill or resolution may not be made more than
17once on the same bill or resolution. Unless otherwise provided
18by these Rules, a motion to postpone consideration shall be
19granted as a matter of privilege; no motion to postpone
20consideration is in order, however, if the bill or resolution
21initially received an affirmative vote of fewer than 47 of the
22members elected.
23 (House Rule 63)
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1legislative measure on a subject different from that under
2consideration shall be admitted under color of amendment.
3 (House Rule 64)
4 64. Division of Question. If the question under
5consideration contains several points, any member may have the
6question divided. On a motion to strike out and insert, it is
7not in order to move for a division of the question. The
8rejection of a motion to strike out and insert one proposition
9does not prevent a motion to strike out and insert a different
10proposition.
11 (House Rule 65)
12 65. Reconsideration.
13 (a) A member who voted on the prevailing side of a record
14vote on a legislative measure still within the control of the
15House may on the same or the following legislative day move to
16reconsider the vote. The motion to reconsider may be laid on
17the table without affecting the vote to which it refers. When
18the motion to reconsider is made during the last 3 days of
19April or any time thereafter during the regular session, or at
20any time during a veto or special session, any member may move
21that the vote on reconsideration be taken immediately. The
22member who filed the motion to reconsider may withdraw the
23motion at any time by filing a notice of withdrawal with the
24Clerk. A question that requires the affirmative vote of a

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1majority of those elected or more to carry requires a majority
2of those elected to reconsider. A question in committee that
3requires the affirmative vote of a majority of those appointed
4or more to carry requires a majority of those appointed to
5reconsider; any other question in committee requires a majority
6of those voting to reconsider.
7 (b) A motion to reconsider a record vote on the adoption of
8a floor amendment to a bill may be made only on Second Reading.
9 (c) If a motion to reconsider is made under this Rule and
10the motion is later tabled, the question shall not be further
11reconsidered. This subsection (c) may be suspended only by the
12affirmative vote of 71 members elected.
13 (d) When a motion to reconsider is made within the time
14prescribed by these Rules, the Clerk shall not allow the bill
15or other subject matter of the motion to pass out of the
16possession of the House until after the motion has been decided
17or withdrawn. Such a motion shall be deemed rejected if laid on
18the table.
19 (e) A Representative who voted "present" or failed to vote
20on a question does not have the right to move for
21reconsideration.
22 (House Rule 66)
23 66. Motion to Adjourn.
24 (a) A motion to adjourn is in order at any time, except
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1intervening business has transpired.
2 (b) A motion to adjourn is neither debatable nor amendable.
3 (c) The Clerk shall enter in the Journal the hour at which
4every motion to adjourn is made.
5 (d) Unless the Presiding Officer otherwise orders, the
6standing hour to which the House adjourns is 12:00 noon, except
7on the last day of a week in which the House convenes in
8regular, veto, or special session, in which case the standing
9hour to which the House adjourns is 12:30 p.m.
10 (e) A motion to adjourn for more than 3 days is not in
11order unless both chambers of the General Assembly have adopted
12a joint resolution permitting that adjournment.
13Notwithstanding any other provision of these Rules, any such
14resolution filed in the House or received from the Senate may
15be referred to the Rules Committee by the Presiding Officer or
16may be immediately considered and adopted by the House.
17 (House Rule 67)
18 67. Adoption and Amendment to or Suspension of Rules.
19 (a) Adoption of Rules. At the commencement of a term, the
20House shall adopt new rules of organization and procedure by
21resolution setting forth those rules in their entirety. The
22resolution must be adopted by the affirmative vote of a
23majority of those elected. These Rules of the House of
24Representatives are subject to revision or amendment only in
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1 (b) Rules may be amended only by resolution. Any resolution
2to amend these Rules shall show the proposed changes in the
3existing rules by underscoring all new matter and by crossing
4out with a line all matter that is to be omitted or superseded.
5 (c) Any resolution proposing to amend a House Rule or any
6Joint House-Senate Rule, upon initial reading by the Clerk, is
7automatically referred to the Rules Committee. Resolutions to
8amend the House Rules or any Joint House-Senate Rules may be
9initiated and sponsored by the Rules Committee and may be
10amended by the Rules Committee; those resolutions shall not be
11referred to a committee and may be immediately considered and
12adopted by the House. Those resolutions shall be assigned
13standard debate status, subject to Rule 52.
14 (d) A resolution to amend the House Rules or any Joint
15House-Senate Rules that has been reported "be adopted" or "be
16adopted as amended" by a majority of those appointed to the
17Rules Committee requires the affirmative vote of a majority of
18those elected for adoption by the House. Any other resolution
19proposing to amend the House Rules or any Joint House-Senate
20Rules requires the affirmative vote of 71 of the members
21elected for adoption by the House.
22 (e) No House Rule or any Joint House-Senate Rule may be
23suspended except by unanimous consent of the members present or
24upon a motion supported by the affirmative vote of a majority
25of those elected unless a higher number is required in the Rule
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1 (f) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
2of 71 members elected.
3 (House Rule 68)
4 68. Motion to Commit or Recommit. A motion to commit or
5recommit requires an affirmative vote of the majority of those
6elected. No motion to commit or recommit a legislative measure
7to committee, being decided in the negative, shall again be
8allowed on the same day, or at the same stage of the
9legislative measure.
10 (House Rule 69)
11 69. Effective Date.
12 (a) A bill passed after May 31 of a calendar year shall not
13become effective prior to June 1 of the next calendar year
14unless an earlier effective date is specified in the bill and
15it is approved by the affirmative vote of 71 members elected.
16 (b) If a majority of those elected, but fewer than 71, vote
17affirmatively for a bill on Third Reading after May 31 and the
18bill specifies an effective date earlier than the following
19June 1, the bill has not passed, but the Principal Sponsor has
20the right to have the bill automatically reconsidered and
21returned to the order of Second Reading for an amendment to
22remove the earlier effective date. The amendment, if offered
23and referred to the House by a committee, shall be reproduced
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1provided for bills under Rule 39, before the bill is taken up
2again on the order of Third Reading.
3 (House Rule 70)
4 70. Home Rule. No bill denies or limits any power or
5function of a home rule unit under paragraph (g), (h), (i),
6(j), or (k) of Sec. 6 of Article VII of the Constitution unless
7there is specific language limiting or denying the power or
8function and the language specifically sets forth in what
9manner and to what extent it is a denial or limitation of the
10power or function of a home rule unit. If a majority of those
11elected, but fewer than 71, vote affirmatively for a bill on
12Third Reading that requires the affirmative vote of 71 members
13elected to deny or limit a power of a home rule unit, the bill
14has not passed, but the Principal Sponsor has the right to have
15the bill automatically reconsidered and returned to the order
16of Second Reading for an amendment to remove those effects of
17the bill.
18
ARTICLE VII
19
(RESERVED)
20 (House Rule 71)
21 71. (Blank.)
22
ARTICLE VIII

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1
JOINT ACTION
2 (House Rule 72)
3 72. Concurring in or Receding from Amendments.
4 (a) If a bill or resolution is received back in the House
5with one or more amendments added by the Senate, it is in order
6for the Principal Sponsor to present a motion "to concur" or
7"not to concur and to ask the Senate to recede" with respect to
8each, several, or all of those amendments, subject to Rules 18
9and 75. A motion to concur shall be by record vote and shall be
10adopted by the affirmative vote of a majority of those elected,
11subject to Rule 69. Any member may demand a separate vote or a
12separate record vote, as applicable, on any of those
13amendments.
14 (b) When the Senate has refused to concur in one or more
15amendments added to a bill or resolution by the House and has
16delivered returned the bill or resolution to the House with a
17message requesting the House to recede from one or more of its
18amendments, it is in order for the Principal Sponsor to present
19a motion "to recede" from the House amendments or "not to
20recede and to request a conference", subject to Rules 18 and
2175. A motion to recede shall be by record vote and shall be
22adopted by the affirmative vote of a majority of those elected,
23subject to Rule 69. Any member may demand a separate vote or a
24separate record vote, as applicable, on any of those
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1 (c) Motions authorized by this Rule are renewable and may
2be reconsidered, provided that no such motion may be voted on
3more than twice by the House.
4 (House Rule 73)
5 73. Conference Committees.
6 (a) A disagreement between the House and Senate exists with
7respect to any bill or resolution in the following situations:
8 (1) when the Senate refuses to recede from the adoption
9 of any amendment, after the House has previously refused to
10 concur in the amendment; or
11 (2) when the House refuses to recede from the adoption
12 of any amendment, after the Senate has previously refused
13 to concur in the amendment.
14 In those cases of disagreement between the House and
15Senate, the House may request a conference. When such a request
16is made, both chambers of the General Assembly shall appoint
17members to a committee to confer on the subject of the bill or
18resolution giving rise to the disagreement. The combined
19membership of the 2 chambers appointed for that purpose is the
20conference committee.
21 (b) The conference committee shall consist of 5 members
22from each chamber of the General Assembly. The number of
23majority caucus members from each chamber shall be one more
24than the number of minority caucus members from each chamber.
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1members of the House, 3 appointed by the Speaker and 2
2appointed by the Minority Leader. No conference committee
3report may be filed with the Clerk until a majority of the
4House conferees has been appointed.
5 (House Rule 74)
6 74. Conference Committee Reports.
7 (a) No subject matter shall be included in any conference
8committee report on any bill unless that subject matter
9directly relates to the matters of difference between the House
10and Senate that have been referred to the conference committee
11unless the Rules Committee, by a majority of those appointed,
12determines that the proposed subject matter is of an emergency
13nature, is of substantial importance to the operation of
14government, or is in the best interests of Illinois.
15 (b) No conference committee report shall be received by the
16Clerk or acted upon by the House unless it has been signed by
17at least 6 conferees. The report shall be signed in duplicate.
18One of the reports shall be filed with the Secretary of the
19Senate and one with the Clerk. The report shall contain the
20agreements reached by the committee.
21 (c) If the conference committee determines that it is
22unable to reach agreement, the committee shall so report to
23each chamber of the General Assembly and request appointment of
24a second conference committee. If there is agreement, the
25committee shall so report to each chamber.

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1 (d) No conference committee report shall be adopted by the
2House except on a record vote of a majority of those elected,
3subject to Rule 69.
4 (House Rule 75)
5 75. House Consideration of Joint Action.
6 (a) No joint action motion for final action or conference
7committee report may be considered by the House unless it has
8first been referred to the House by the Rules Committee or a
9standing committee or special committee in accordance with Rule
1018, or unless the joint action motion or conference committee
11report has been discharged from the Rules Committee under Rule
1218. Joint action motions for final action and conference
13committee reports referred to a standing committee or special
14committee by the Rules Committee may not be discharged from the
15standing committee or special committee. This subsection (a)
16may be suspended by unanimous consent.
17 (b) No conference committee report may be considered by the
18House unless it has been reproduced and distributed as provided
19in Rule 39, for one full day during the period beginning with
20the convening of the House on the 2nd Wednesday of January each
21year and ending on the 30th day prior to the scheduled
22adjournment of the regular session established each year by the
23Speaker pursuant to Rule 9(a), and for one full hour on any
24other day.
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1appropriation bill is considered by the House, the conference
2committee report shall first be the subject of a public hearing
3by a standing Appropriations Committee or a special committee
4(the conference committee report need not be referred to an
5Appropriations Committee or special committee, but instead may
6remain before the Rules Committee or the House, as the case may
7be). The hearing shall be held pursuant to not less than one
8hour advance notice by announcement on the House floor, or one
9day advance notice by posting on the House bulletin board. An
10Appropriations Committee or special committee shall not issue
11any report with respect to the conference committee report
12following the hearing.
13 (d) (Blank).
14 (e) No House Bill that is returned to the House with Senate
15amendments may be called except by the Principal Sponsor, or by
16a chief co-sponsor with the consent of the Principal Sponsor.
17This subsection may not be suspended.
18 (f) Except as otherwise provided in Rule 74, the report of
19a conference committee on a non-appropriation bill or
20resolution shall be confined to the subject of the bill or
21resolution referred to the conference committee. The report of
22a conference committee on an appropriation bill shall be
23confined to the subject of appropriations.
24 (House Rule 76)
25 76. Action on Conference Committee Reports.

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1 (a) Each chamber of the General Assembly shall inform the
2other by message of any action taken with respect to a
3conference committee report. Copies of all papers necessary for
4a complete understanding of the action shall accompany the
5message. The original bill or resolution shall remain in the
6chamber of origin.
7 (b) No conference committee report may be called except by
8the Principal Sponsor of the bill for which the conference
9committee was appointed. A chief co-sponsor may call a
10conference committee report with the consent of the Principal
11Sponsor. This subsection may not be suspended.
12 (c) If either chamber refuses to adopt the report of the
13conference committee, the report of the conference committee is
14laid on the table, or the first conference committee is unable
15to reach agreement, either chamber may request a second
16conference committee. When such a request is made, each chamber
17shall again appoint a conference committee. If either chamber
18refuses to adopt the report of a second conference committee,
19the 2 chambers shall have adhered to their disagreement, and
20the bill or resolution is lost.
21 (House Rule 76.5 new)
22 76.5. Appropriation Bills. Joint action motions for final
23action on the order of Concurrence regarding an appropriation
24bill shall not be considered by the House until the third
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1in the House with one or more amendments added by the Senate.
2Joint action motions for final action on the order of
3Non-concurrence regarding an appropriation bill shall not be
4considered by the House until the third calendar day following
5the day that the House received a message from the Senate
6requesting the House to recede from one or more of its
7amendments. A conference committee report for an appropriation
8bill shall not be considered by the House until the third
9calendar day following the day that the conference committee
10report was filed with the Clerk.
11 Nothing in this Rule limits consideration of a joint action
12motion for final action or a conference committee report by a
13committee of the House or a joint committee of the House and
14Senate.
15 This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote of
1671 members elected.
17 (House Rule 77)
18 77. Recording of Vetoes. Upon the receipt by the House of
19any bill returned by the Governor under any of the provisions
20of Article IV, Sec. 9 of the Constitution, the Clerk shall
21enter the objections of the Governor on the Journal, and shall
22reproduce and distribute copies of all veto messages, together
23with copies of the vetoed bill or item, as provided in Rule 39.
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1 78. Amendatory Vetoes.
2 (a) The Principal Sponsor of a bill that has been passed by
3the General Assembly may request the Clerk to notify the
4Governor that the Principal Sponsor wishes to be consulted by
5the Governor or his or her designee before the Governor returns
6the bill together with specific recommendations for change
7under subsection (e) of Section 9 of Article IV of the Illinois
8Constitution.
9 (b) Any bill returned by the Governor together with
10specific recommendations for change under subsection (e) of
11Section 9 of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution shall
12automatically be placed on the Daily Calendar on the order of
13amendatory vetoes, and shall be considered as provided in this
14Rule.
15 (c) The Governor's specific recommendations for change
16with respect to a bill returned under subsection (e) of Section
179 of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution shall be limited
18to addressing the Governor's objections to portions of a bill
19the general merit of which the Governor recognizes and shall
20not alter the fundamental purpose or legislative scheme set
21forth in the bill as passed.
22 (d) Any motion to accept the Governor's specific
23recommendations for change shall be automatically referred to
24the Rules Committee. The Rules Committee shall examine the
25Governor's specific recommendations for change and determine
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1comply with the standard set forth in subsection (c). Any
2motion to accept specific recommendations for change that the
3Rules Committee determines are in compliance with subsection
4(c) of this Rule shall be subject to action by the Rules
5Committee in the same manner as floor amendments, joint action
6motions, conference committee reports and motions to table
7committee amendments under Rule 18(e).
8 (e) Any motion to override the Governor's specific
9recommendations for change shall not be referred to a committee
10and may be immediately considered and adopted by the House
11subject to Rule 80(d).
12 (f) This rule may not be suspended.
13 (House Rule 79)
14 79. Motions to Consider Vetoes. For purposes of this
15Article, the term "motions" means motions to accept or override
16a veto of the Governor. Motions with respect to bills returned
17by the Governor may be made by the Principal Sponsor, the
18committee Chairperson in the case of a committee-sponsored
19bill, or if Co-Chairpersons have been appointed, by the
20Co-Chairperson of the majority caucus in the case of special
21committee-sponsored bills. Motions shall be filed in writing
22with the Clerk. Any motion to override a veto of the Governor
23shall not be referred to a committee and may be immediately
24considered and adopted by the House subject to Rule 80. All
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1Rule 52, are renewable, and may be reconsidered, provided that
2no motion may be voted on more than twice by the House.
3 (House Rule 80)
4 80. Consideration of Motions.
5 (a) The vote to override a veto of a bill vetoed in its
6entirety shall be by record vote and shall be entered on the
7Journal. The form of motion with respect to these bills shall
8be: "I move that ________ Bill _____ do pass, notwithstanding
9the veto of the Governor."
10 (b) The vote to override an item veto shall be by record
11vote as to each item separately and shall be entered on the
12Journal. The form of motion with respect to an item shall be:
13"I move that the item on page ____, line ____, of ____ Bill
14_____ do pass, notwithstanding the item veto of the Governor."
15 (c) The vote to override an item reduction veto and restore
16an item that has been reduced shall be by record vote as to
17each item separately and shall be entered on the Journal. The
18form of motion with respect to an item shall be: "I move that
19the item on page ____, line ____, of ____ Bill ____ be
20restored, notwithstanding the item reduction of the Governor."
21 (d) A bill returned together with specific recommendations
22of the Governor may be acted upon, by record vote, in either of
23the following manners:
24 (1) By a motion to accept the specific recommendations
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1 accept the specific recommendations of the Governor as to
2 _____ Bill _____ in manner and form as follows: (inserting
3 herein the language deemed necessary to effectuate the
4 specific recommendations)."; or
5 (2) By considering the bill as a vetoed bill and
6 overriding the recommendation and passing the bill in its
7 original form. The form of motion shall be: "I move that
8 _____ Bill _____ do pass, notwithstanding the specific
9 recommendations of the Governor.".
10 (House Rule 81)
11 81. Vetoed Bills Considered in Entirety. If a bill is
12returned by the Governor containing more than one item veto,
13reduction veto, specific recommendation for change, or
14combination of them, the bill shall be acted upon in its
15entirety before the bill is released from the custody of the
16House.
17 (House Rule 82)
18 82. Disposition of Vetoes. When a bill or item has received
19the affirmative vote of the number of members elected necessary
20under the Constitution, the Presiding Officer shall declare
21that the bill or item has been passed or restored over the veto
22of the Governor, or that the specific recommendations for
23change have been approved, as the case may be. The bill shall
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1the bill passed. The bill and the objections of the Governor
2shall then be immediately delivered to the Senate. When
3specific recommendations have been accepted, then the
4accepting language shall be attached to the original bill, and
5the bill shall be delivered to the Senate.
6
ARTICLE X
7
ELECTION CONTESTS AND QUALIFICATIONS CHALLENGES
8 (House Rule 83)
9 83. Election Contests and Qualifications Challenges.
10 (a) An election contest places in issue only the validity
11of the results of an election of a member to the House in a
12representative district. An election contest may result only in
13a determination of which candidate in that election was
14properly elected to the House and shall be seated.
15 (b) A qualifications challenge places in issue only the
16qualifications of an incumbent member of the House under the
17Constitution, or the legality of an appointment of a person as
18a member of the House to fill a vacancy. A qualifications
19challenge may result only in a determination of whether a
20member of the House is properly seated.
21 (c) Election contests and qualifications challenges shall
22be brought and conducted as provided in these Rules.
23 (d) If an election contest or qualifications challenge is
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1Contest or Qualifications Challenge Committee, as the case may
2be, within 3 legislative days by filing a notice with the
3Clerk. The creation of any committee under this Rule shall be
4governed by Rule 10. The election contest or qualifications
5challenge shall be automatically referred to the Election
6Contest or Qualifications Challenge Committee, as the case may
7be. For purposes of this Article, the term "committee" means
8only the Election Contest or Qualifications Challenge
9Committees created under this Rule. This subsection may not be
10suspended.
11 (e) The committee may adopt rules to govern election
12contests and qualifications challenges, but those committee
13rules must be consistent with these Rules, must be filed with
14the Clerk, and must be made available to all parties and to the
15public. Any committee rule shall be subject to amendment,
16suspension, or repeal by House resolution.
17 (House Rule 84)
18 84. Initiating Election Contests.
19 (a) Election contests may be brought only by a registered
20voter of the representative district or by a member of the
21House.
22 (b) Election contests may be brought only by the procedures
23and within the time limits established by the Election Code.
24Notice of intention to contest shall be served on the person
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1district within the time limits established by the Election
2Code. The requirements of this subsection apply to a member of
3the House appointed to fill a vacancy the same as if that
4member had been elected to the House.
5 (c) Within 10 days after the convening of the House in
6January following the general election contested, each
7contestant shall file with the Clerk a petition of election
8contest and shall serve the petition on the incumbent member of
9the House from the representative district. A petition of
10election contest shall allege the contestant's qualifications
11to bring the contest and to serve as a member of the House,
12that he or she believes that a mistake or fraud has been
13committed in specified precincts in the counting, return, or
14canvass of the votes, or that there was some other specified
15irregularity in the conduct of the election in specified
16precincts. A petition of election contest shall contain a
17prayer specifying the relief requested and the precincts in
18which a recount or other inquiry is desired. A petition of
19election contest shall be verified by affidavit swearing to the
20truth of the allegations or based upon information and belief,
21and shall be accompanied by proof of service on all
22respondents.
23 (d) A notice of intent to contest may not be amended to
24cure a defect under the statutory requirements. A petition of
25election contest, if filed and served after the notice of
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1notice.
2 (e) The incumbent member of the House from the
3representative district is a necessary party to the initiation
4of an election contest.
5 (House Rule 85)
6 85. Initiating Qualifications Challenges.
7 (a) Qualifications challenges may be brought only by a
8registered voter of the representative district of the
9representative challenged or by a member of the House.
10 (b) Qualifications challenges must be brought within 90
11days after the day the challenged member takes his or her oath
12of office as a member of the House, or within 90 days after the
13day the petitioner first learns of the information on which the
14challenge is based, whichever occurs later.
15 (c) A qualifications challenge shall be brought by filing a
16petition of qualifications challenge with the Clerk, and by
17serving a copy of the petition on the respondent member of the
18House. The petition must be accompanied by proof of personal
19service upon the respondent member and must be verified by
20affidavit swearing to the truth of the allegations or based
21upon information and belief. A petition of qualifications
22challenge shall set forth the grounds on which the respondent
23member is alleged to be constitutionally unqualified, or on
24which his or her appointment to the House is claimed to be
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1the challenge, and a prayer for relief.
2 (House Rule 86)
3 86. Contests and Challenges; Due Process.
4 (a) Election contests and challenges shall be heard and
5determined as expeditiously as possible under adversary
6procedures wherein each party to the proceedings has a
7reasonable opportunity to present his or her claim, to present
8any defense and arguments, and to respond to those of his or
9her opponents. All parties may be represented by counsel.
10 (b) Election contests and qualifications challenges shall
11be heard and determined in accordance with the applicable
12provisions of the Election Code and other Illinois statutes,
13the Illinois Constitution, and the United States Constitution.
14Judicial decisions that bear on a point of law in a contest or
15challenge shall be admissible in the arguments of the parties
16and the deliberations and decisions of the committee. Judicial
17decisions applicable to a point of law or to a fact situation
18to the committee shall be given weight as precedent.
19 (c) In addition to notice of meetings required under these
20Rules, the committee and any subcommittee shall give notice to
21all parties reasonably in advance of each meeting or other
22proceeding. The committee shall also give notice of all rules,
23timetables, or deadlines adopted by the committee. Notice under
24this subsection shall be in writing and shall be given either
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1requested) addressed to the party at his or her place of
2residence, and to his or her attorney of record at the
3attorney's office if so requested by the party.
4 (House Rule 87)
5 87. Committee Proceedings and Powers in Contests and
6Challenges.
7 (a) All proceedings of the committee and any subcommittees
8concerning election contests and qualifications challenges
9shall be transcribed by a certified court reporter. Copies of
10the transcript shall be made available to the members of the
11committee and to the parties.
12 (b) The committee may dismiss an election contest or
13qualifications challenge, or may determine to proceed to a
14recount or other inquiry. The committee may limit the issues to
15be determined in a contest or challenge, except that when a
16recount is conducted in an election contest, any precinct
17timely requested by any party to be recounted shall be
18recounted by the committee.
19 (c) In conducting inquiries, investigations, and recounts
20in election contests and qualifications challenges, the
21committee has the power to send for and compel the attendance
22of witnesses and the production of books, papers, ballots,
23documents, and records by subpoena signed by the Chairperson of
24the committee as provided by law and subject to Rule 4(c)(9).
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1qualifications challenges, the Chairperson of the committee
2and the Chairperson of any subcommittee may administer oaths to
3witnesses, as provided by law, and for this purpose a
4subcommittee is deemed to be a committee of the House.
5 (d) The committee may issue commissions by its Chairperson
6to any officer authorized to take depositions of any necessary
7witnesses as may be permitted by law. In recounting the ballots
8in any election contest, however, no person other than a member
9of the committee shall handle any ballots, tally sheets, or
10other election materials without consent of the committee or
11subcommittee. The responsibility for the actual recounting of
12ballots may not be delegated.
13 (e) The committee shall maintain an accurate and complete
14record of proceedings in every election contest and
15qualifications challenge. That record shall include all
16notices and pleadings, the transcripts and roll call votes, all
17reports and dissents, and all documents that were admitted into
18the proceeding. The committee shall file the record with the
19Clerk of the House upon the adoption of its final report. The
20record shall then be available for examination in the Clerk's
21office.
22 (f) With the approval of the Speaker, the committee may
23employ clerks, stenographers, court reporters, professional
24staff, and messengers.
25 (House Rule 88)

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1 88. Adoption of Reports in Contests and Challenges.
2 (a) All final decisions of the committee regarding an
3election contest or qualification challenge shall be approved
4by a majority of those appointed to the committee and reported
5in writing to the House. Reports shall include a specific
6recommendation to the House as to the disposition of the
7contest or challenge. Final reports following full inquiry on
8the merits of a contest or challenge shall contain findings of
9fact and, when necessary, conclusions of law.
10 (b) Any member of the committee may file a dissent from a
11report of the committee, a minority report, or a special
12concurrence with the majority report or with any minority
13report.
14 (c) A subcommittee shall report to the committee in writing
15in the same form as required for the committee report.
16Subcommittee members may file dissents, reports, and special
17concurrences.
18 (d) Reports shall not be adopted by the committee or a
19subcommittee until a hearing has been held thereon, with notice
20to all parties and a reasonable opportunity to examine and
21respond to a proposed majority report.
22 (e) Reports of the committee shall be filed with the Clerk,
23reproduced, and distributed, along with any dissents, minority
24reports, or special concurrences, as provided in Rule 39. The
25report shall be listed on the calendar under the heading
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1Challenge". The report shall be carried on the Daily Calendar
2for 2 legislative days before any action by the House.
3 (f) The House shall adopt the majority report or a minority
4report in an election contest or qualifications challenge or
5shall refuse to adopt any report filed and re-refer the contest
6or challenge to the committee for further proceedings or for a
7modified report. A report that has the effect of unseating an
8incumbent member of the House shall be adopted only by the
9affirmative vote of 60 members elected.
10 (g) Each party to a contest or challenge shall file with
11the Clerk of the committee within 10 days after the filing of
12the final report a detailed statement of attorney's fees and
13expenses incurred by that party in connection with the case.
14The committee shall make recommendations to the House
15concerning reimbursement of attorney's fees and the expenses of
16the parties. The recommendation shall not exceed a sum that is
17reasonable, just, and proper.
18
ARTICLE XI
19
DISCIPLINE AND PROTEST
20 (House Rule 89)
21 89. Disorderly Behavior.
22 (a) In accordance with Article IV, Sec. 6(d) of the
23Constitution, the House may punish any of its members for
24disorderly behavior and, with the concurrence of two-thirds of

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1the members elected, expel a member (but not for a second time
2for the same offense). The reason for expulsion shall be
3entered upon the Journal with the names and votes of those
4members voting on the question.
5 (b) In accordance with Article IV, Sec. 6(d) of the
6Constitution, the House during its session may punish by
7imprisonment any person, not a member, guilty of disrespect to
8the House by disorderly or contemptuous behavior in its
9presence. That imprisonment shall not extend beyond 24 hours at
10one time unless the person persists in disorderly or
11contemptuous behavior.
12 (House Rule 90)
13 90. Protest. Any 2 members have the right to dissent and
14protest, in respectful language, against any act or resolution
15that they may think injurious to the public or to any
16individual, and have the reason of their protest entered upon
17the Journal. When by motion a majority of members determines
18that the language of a protest is not respectful, the protest
19shall be referred back to the protesting members.
20
ARTICLE XII
21
DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS
22 (House Rule 91)
23 91. Special Investigating Committee.

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1 (a) Disciplinary proceedings may be commenced by filing
2with the Speaker and the Minority Leader a petition, signed by
33 or more members of the House, for a special investigating
4committee. The petition shall contain the alleged charge or
5charges that, if true, may subject the member named in the
6petition to disciplinary action by the House and may include
7any other factual information that supports the charge or
8charges.
9 (b) Upon filing the petition, a special investigating
10committee consisting of 6 members shall be created. The Speaker
11shall appoint 3 members from the majority caucus and the
12Minority Leader shall appoint 3 members from the minority
13caucus. The Speaker shall appoint the Chairperson from among
14the 6 members. Members signing the petition may not be
15appointed to the special investigating committee. The contents
16of a petition for a special investigating committee shall be
17confidential until the appointment of all members except as to
18the member named, the members signing it, the Speaker, the
19Minority Leader, and the members of a special investigating
20committee.
21 (c) The Chairperson shall give reasonable notice of all
22meetings to the member named in the petition and to the public.
23All meetings of the special investigating committee shall be
24open to the public, unless, pursuant to Article IV, Section
255(c) of the Illinois Constitution, the House votes by the
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1session. The Clerk shall keep an audio recording and transcript
2of all meetings.
3 (d) The member named in the petition has the right to
4counsel during all meetings of the special investigating
5committee.
6 (e) The Chairperson may establish procedural rules
7(subject to the approval of the Speaker). The Committee may, in
8the discretion of the Chairperson, administer oaths and compel
9by subpoena (subject to Rule 4(c)(9)) any person to appear and
10give testimony as a witness or produce papers, documents, or
11other materials relevant to the charge or charges.
12 (f) This Rule may be suspended only by unanimous consent.
13 (House Rule 92)
14 92. Investigation.
15 (a) At the initial meeting of the special investigating
16committee, the Chairperson shall enter the petition into the
17record.
18 (b) The special investigating committee shall conduct a
19thorough investigation of all charges alleged in the petition.
20The special investigating committee shall meet as often as
21necessary and consider any information or testimony it deems
22relevant to the charges alleged in the petition, regardless of
23whether such information was contained in the petition or is
24discovered through subsequent investigation.
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1member named in the petition an opportunity to be present at
2all meetings and to testify or otherwise present any relevant
3information.
4 (d) The special investigating committee shall determine if
5reasonable grounds exist to authorize charges against the
6member named in the petition that may result in disciplinary
7action by the House. The special investigating committee shall
8vote on each charge alleged in the petition by record vote. A
9motion to authorize a charge requires the affirmative vote of a
10majority of those appointed.
11 (e) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
12of 71 members elected.
13 (House Rule 93)
14 93. Report of the Special Investigating Committee.
15 (a) The special investigating committee shall file with the
16Clerk a written report that includes, at a minimum, a summary
17of each charge alleged in the petition, the vote on each charge
18alleged in the petition, and the reasons the committee did or
19did not authorize each charge against the member. Any member of
20the special investigating committee may include a supplemental
21statement in the report, either concurring with or dissenting
22from all or part of the report, or explaining a reason for his
23or her vote on a charge. The report shall be signed by all of
24the members of the special investigating committee, regardless
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1to authorize charges.
2 (b) If a majority of those appointed determines that
3reasonable grounds exist to authorize a charge or charges, then
4for each authorized charge the report shall include a statement
5of the authorized charge and any factual information supporting
6that charge. Within the report, the special investigating
7committee shall appoint 2 members of the House, one from the
8majority caucus and one from the minority caucus, who are not
9members of the special investigating committee and did not sign
10the petition, to be managers for the House at the hearing on
11the authorized charge or charges.
12 (c) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
13of 71 members elected.
14 (House Rule 94)
15 94. Select Committee on Discipline.
16 (a) If a special investigating committee authorizes
17charges against any member of the House, the Speaker and the
18Minority Leader shall appoint a select committee on discipline
19to hear and determine those charges. The select committee shall
20consist of 12 members of the House, 6 of whom shall be
21appointed by the Speaker from the majority caucus and 6 of whom
22shall be appointed by the Minority Leader from the minority
23caucus. The Speaker shall appoint a Chairperson from among the
2412 members. No member who signed the petition or served on the
25special investigating committee may be appointed to the select

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1committee.
2 (b) All appointments to a select committee shall be
3completed and the select committee shall convene within 30 days
4after the filing of a report issued by the special
5investigating committee.
6 (c) The Chairperson shall give reasonable notice of all
7meetings to the member named in the petition and to the public.
8All meetings of the select committee shall be open to the
9public, unless, pursuant to Article IV, Section 5(c) of the
10Illinois Constitution, the House votes by the affirmative vote
11of 79 members to hold proceedings in executive session. The
12Clerk shall keep an audio recording and transcript of all
13meetings.
14 (d) The Chairperson may establish procedural rules
15(subject to the approval of the Speaker). The select committee
16may, at the discretion of the Chairperson, administer oaths and
17compel by subpoena (subject to Rule 4(c)(9)) any person to
18appear and give testimony as a witness or produce papers,
19documents, or other materials relevant to the charge or
20charges.
21 (e) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
22of 79 members elected.
23 (House Rule 95)
24 95. Hearings on Disciplinary Charges.
25 (a) Proceedings before the select committee shall be

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1adversarial in form, with the managers for the House presenting
2the case for disciplinary action. The member subject to charges
3has the right to counsel during all hearings of the select
4committee.
5 (b) Stipulations of fact shall be encouraged by the select
6committee.
7 (House Rule 96)
8 96. Report of the Select Committee on Discipline.
9 (a) The select committee shall vote on each charge by
10record vote. For each charge the select committee shall vote on
11the question, "Is the Member at fault on this charge?" If a
12majority of those appointed vote in the affirmative, the member
13shall be found at fault on that charge. If less than a majority
14of those appointed vote in the affirmative, it shall be
15reported that there is insufficient evidence to find the member
16at fault on that charge.
17 (b) If the select committee finds the member at fault on
18any charge, the committee shall adopt a recommendation for
19disciplinary action. The committee may recommend a reprimand, a
20censure, expulsion from the House, or that no penalty be
21invoked. The recommendation on disciplinary action requires an
22affirmative vote of the majority of those appointed. If a
23majority of those appointed cannot, by record vote, agree on a
24penalty, it shall report a recommendation that no penalty be
25invoked.

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1 (c) The select committee shall file a report of its
2findings on each charge. The report shall include, at a
3minimum, the vote of the committee on each charge, the reasons
4for each conclusion, and any recommendation as to a penalty for
5a finding of fault on a charge. Any member of the select
6committee may include a supplemental statement in the report,
7either concurring with or dissenting from all or part of the
8report, or explaining a reason for his or her vote on a charge.
9 (d) If the select committee finds the member at fault on
10any charge, the select committee shall file a resolution that
11includes its findings, the charge, and the recommended penalty
12for that charge. Separate resolutions must be filed for each
13charge.
14 (e) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
15of 71 members elected.
16 (House Rule 97)
17 97. House Action on the Report of the Select Committee on
18Discipline.
19 (a) The report of a select committee and any accompanying
20resolution shall be filed with the Clerk and reproduced and
21distributed as provided in Rule 39. The report and any
22accompanying resolutions shall be placed on the calendar under
23the heading "Report and Resolutions of Select Committee on
24Discipline". The report and resolutions shall be carried on the
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1House.
2 (b) The House shall take action by a record vote on each
3resolution. The House may amend a resolution for disciplinary
4action to decrease the recommended penalty by a record vote of
560 members elected.
6 (c) A resolution finding a member at fault regarding a
7charge may be adopted only by the affirmative vote of 71
8members elected, except that a resolution the effect of which
9is to expel a member may be adopted only by the affirmative
10vote of 79 members elected.
11 (d) This Rule may be suspended only by the affirmative vote
12of 79 members elected, except that paragraph (c) may not be
13suspended.
14
ARTICLE XIII
15
FORCE AND EFFECT
16 (House Rule 98)
17 98. Applicability. The meetings and actions of the House,
18including all of its committees, are governed by these House
19Rules.
20 (House Rule 99)
21 99. Parliamentary Authority. The rules of parliamentary
22practice appearing in the latest edition of Robert's Rules of
23Order Newly Revised govern the House in all cases to which they

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1apply so long as they are not inconsistent with these Rules.
2 (House Rule 100)
3 100. Certification by Speaker. With respect to each bill
4that is certified by the Speaker in accordance with Article IV,
5Sec. 8(d) of the Constitution, there is an irrebuttable
6presumption that the procedural requirements for passage have
7been met.
8 (House Rule 101)
9 101. Effective Date. These rules are in full force and
10effect upon their adoption, and shall remain in full force and
11effect except as amended in accordance with these Rules, or
12until superseded by new rules adopted as part of the
13organization of a newly-constituted General Assembly at the
14commencement of a term.
15
ARTICLE XIV
16
DEFINITIONS
17 (House Rule 102)
18 102. Definitions. As used in these Rules, terms have the
19meanings ascribed to them as follows, unless the context
20clearly requires a different meaning:
21 (1) Chairperson. "Chairperson" means that
22 Representative designated by the Speaker to serve as chair

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1 of a committee.
2 (2) Co-Chairperson. "Co-Chairperson" means a
3 Representative designated by the Speaker to serve as
4 co-chair of a standing or special committee.
5 (3) Clerk. "Clerk" means the elected Clerk of the
6 House.
7 (4) Committee. "Committee" means a committee of the
8 House and includes a standing committee, a special
9 committee, any subcommittee of a committee, the Rules
10 Committee, committees created under Article X and Article
11 XII of these Rules, and a Committee of the Whole.
12 "Committee" does not mean a conference committee, and the
13 procedural and notice requirements applicable to
14 committees do not apply to conference committees.
15 (5) Constitution. "Constitution" means the
16 Constitution of the State of Illinois.
17 (6) General Assembly. "General Assembly" means the
18 current General Assembly of the State of Illinois.
19 (7) House. "House" means the House of Representatives
20 of the General Assembly.
21 (8) Joint Action Motions. "Joint action motions" means
22 the following motions before the House: (i) to concur in a
23 Senate amendment, (ii) to non-concur in a Senate amendment
24 and ask the Senate to recede, (iii) to recede from a House
25 amendment, (iv) to not recede from a House amendment and
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1 adopt a conference committee report, or (vi) to refuse to
2 adopt a conference committee report and request
3 appointment of a second conference committee.
4 (9) Legislative Digest. "Legislative Digest" means the
5 Legislative Synopsis and Digest that is prepared by the
6 Legislative Reference Bureau of the General Assembly.
7 (10) Legislative Measures. "Legislative measures"
8 means all matters brought before the House for
9 consideration, whether originated in the House or Senate,
10 and includes bills, amendments, resolutions, conference
11 committee reports, motions, messages, notices, and
12 Executive Orders from the executive branch.
13 (11) Majority. "Majority" means a majority of those
14 members present and voting on a question. Unless otherwise
15 specified with respect to a particular House Rule, for
16 purposes of determining the number of members present and
17 voting on a question, a "present" vote shall not be
18 counted.
19 (12) Majority Caucus. "Majority caucus" means that
20 group of Representatives from the numerically strongest
21 political party in the House.
22 (13) Majority of those Appointed. "Majority of those
23 appointed" means a majority of the total number of
24 Representatives authorized to be appointed to a committee,
25 but does not include ex-officio or non-voting members.
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1 elected" means a majority of the total number of
2 Representatives entitled to be elected to the House,
3 regardless of the number of elected or appointed
4 Representatives actually serving in office. So long as 118
5 Representatives are entitled to be elected to the House,
6 "majority of those elected" means 60 affirmative votes; 71
7 affirmative votes means three-fifths of the members
8 elected; and 79 affirmative votes means two-thirds of the
9 members elected.
10 (15) Member. "Member" means a Representative. Where
11 the context so requires, "member" may also mean a Senator
12 of the Illinois Senate.
13 (16) (Blank).
14 (17) Members Elected. "Members elected" means the 118
15 Representatives entitled to be elected to the House,
16 regardless of the number of elected or appointed
17 Representatives actually serving in office.
18 (18) Minority Caucus. "Minority caucus" means that
19 group of Representatives from the second numerically
20 strongest political party in the House.
21 (19) Minority Leader. "Minority Leader" means the
22 Minority Leader of the House elected under Rule 2.
23 (20) Minority Spokesperson. "Minority spokesperson"
24 means that Representative designated by the Minority
25 Leader to serve as the minority spokesperson of a
26 committee.

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1 (21) Perfunctory Session. "Perfunctory session" means
2 the convening of the House, pursuant to the scheduling of
3 the Speaker, for purposes consistent with Rule 28.
4 (22) Presiding Officer. "Presiding Officer" means that
5 Representative serving as the presiding officer of the
6 House, whether that Representative is the Speaker or
7 another Representative designated by the Speaker under
8 Rule 4.
9 (23) Principal Sponsor. "Principal sponsor" means the
10 first listed House sponsor of any legislative measure; with
11 respect to a committee-sponsored bill or resolution, it
12 means the Chairperson of the committee or the
13 Co-Chairperson from the majority caucus.
14 (24) Record Vote. "Record vote" means a vote by ayes
15 and nays entered on the journal.
16 (25) Representative. "Representative" means any duly
17 elected or duly appointed Illinois State Representative,
18 and means the same as "member".
19 (26) Senate. "Senate" means the Senate of the General
20 Assembly.
21 (27) Speaker. "Speaker" means the Speaker of the House
22 elected as provided in Rule 1.
23 (28) Term. "Term" means the 2-year term of a General
24 Assembly.
25 (29) Vice-Chairperson. "Vice-Chairperson" means that
26 Representative designated by the Speaker to serve as

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1 Vice-Chairperson of a committee.
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