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RULE 8. After bills shall have passed both houses to be engrossed, they shall be in the charge of the Clerks of the two houses, who shall deliver the same to the Secretary of the Commonwealth, to be engrossed in the manner prescribed by law; and, when engrossed, the said Clerks shall forthwith deliver the same to the committee of the House of Representatives on Engrossed Bills; and, when the same shall have passed to be enacted in that house, they shall, in like manner, be delivered to the committee of the Senate on Engrossed Bills.

RULE 9. If any bill, resolve, or order originating in one branch, shall fail to pass in the other, notice thereof shall be given, under the signature of the Clerk, to the branch in which the same originated.

[Amended Jan. 8, 1878.]

RULE 10. The Clerk of the house in which a bill originated shall make an indorsement thereon, certifying in which house the same originated; which indorsement shall be entered on the journals by the Clerks respectively.

After said bills shall have passed both houses to be enacted, the Clerk of the Senate shall lay them before the Governor for his approbation, and shall enter upon the journal of the Senate the day on which the same were laid before the Governor.

RULE 11. All resolves and other papers which are to be presented to the Governor for his approbation shall be laid before him in the same manner as is prescribed in the case of bills.

RULE 12. All resolves proposing amendments of the Constitution shall have three several readings in each house, and the final question upon adopting the same shall be taken by yeas and nays.

RULE 13. The President of the Senate shall preside in conventions of the two branches; and such conventions shall be holden in the Representatives' Chamber. The Clerk of the Senate shall be clerk of the convention, and a record of the proceedings of the convention shall be entered at large on the journals of both branches.

RULE 14. When an agreement has been made by the two branches to go into convention, such agreement shall not be altered or annulled, except by concurrent vote.

RULE 15. No business shall be entered on, in convention, other than that which may be agreed on before the convention is formed.

RULE 16. In all elections by joint ballot a time shall be assigned therefor at least one day previous to such election.

RULE 17. The joint assembly required to be held by the Act. of Congress approved July 25, 1866, entitled "An Act to regulate the times and manner of holding elections for senators in Congress," shall be deemed a convention of the two branches; and the proceedings therein shall be in accordance with the provisions of said Act. The President of the convention shall receive no motion on any day until one vote for senator has been taken. After one vote for senator has been taken, no motion shall be in order, except a motion to adjourn, for a recess, or to proceed to vote for senator; and these motions shall have precedence in the order of their arrangement, and shall be decided without debate. If a motion is made for a recess, and different times are proposed, the question shall first be taken on the most remote time; and the time shall be determined, but without debate, before the question is put upon taking the recess. On either of the questions permitted by this rule the sense of the convention shall be taken by yeas and nays whenever required by one-fifth of the members present. When the yeas and nays are taken, the roll of the convention shall be called in alphabetical order; and no member shall be allowed to vote who was not on the floor when his name was called, or before the roll-call was finished. The call for the yeas and nays shall be decided without debate.

RULE 18. Committees of Conference shall consist of three members on the part of each house, representing its vote; and their report, if agreed to by a majority of each committee, shall be made to the branch asking the conference, and may be either accepted or rejected; but no other action shall be had, except through a new committee of Conference.

RULE 19. Joint committees shall make final report upon all matters previously referred to them, on or before the twentysecond day of March, unless further time is granted for cause.

RULE 20. All petitions, memorials, and applications embraced in the provisions of chapter 2 of the General Statutes, and chapter 91 of the Acts of the year 1862, which shall be presented in either house after the twenty-second day of February, and all other subjects of legislation which shall be proposed or introduced after the first day of March, shall be referred to the next General Court. This rule shall not be rescinded, amended, or suspended, except by a concurrent vote of four-fifths of the members of each house present and voting thereon.

[Amended Jan. 5, 1877; also Jan. 8, 1878.]

RULE 21. No bill or resolve affecting the rights of individuals, or private or municipal corporations, shall be reported by a committee, unless notice has been given to all parties interested, by public advertisement or otherwise, without expense to the Commonwealth; or unless satisfactory evidence is produced that the parties interested have either received notice in writing, or have in writing waived notice.

RULE 22. No bill or resolve affecting directly the legal rights of individuals or corporations, otherwise than as it affects generally the interests of the whole people of the Commonwealth, or of the cities or towns to which it specifically applies, shall be proposed or introduced, by amendment or otherwise, except by report of a committee, upon petition duly presented and referred.

RULE 23. The committees on Printing may make regulations for the distribution of all documents printed or assigned for the use of the legislature, not otherwise disposed of; such regulations to be reported to and subject to the order of the two branches.

Under the general order to print a report, bill, or other document, the number printed shall be eight hundred, with the exception of the Governor's Inaugural Address, of which fifteen hundred copies may be printed without special order.

Leave to report in print shall not be construed to authorize the printing of extended reports of evidence.

No printing, except as aforesaid, and no binding or engraving, shall be ordered, except upon the report of the joint committee on Printing, accepted by the legislature.

Bills, reports, and other documents, printed under the general order of either house, shall be distributed as follows; to wit, Two copies to each member of the Senate and House of Representatives (to be placed on his file under the direction of the Sergeant-at-Arms, if desired by the member); three copies to each clerk in either branch, and three copies to each reporter in regular attendance, to whom a seat has been assigned in either branch; twenty copies to the Executive; twenty copies to the Secretary's office; six copies to the State Library; and, when the document is the report of a committee, ten copies shall be assigned to the committee making the report. The Sergeant-atArms shall preserve as many as may be necessary for the permanent files, to be placed in the lobbies, and distribute the remainder under such regulations as may be prescribed by said joint committee.

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THE OATH OF OFFICE.

[See page 4.]

(repeating your name) do solemnly swear that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and will support the Constitution thereof. So help me, God.

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INDEX.

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