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Sponsors: Reps. Wilkins, Merrill and Ott
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 4241
Introduced in the House on May 26, 2005
Tabled by the House on May 31, 2005
Summary: House of Representatives vacancies
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5/26/2005 House Introduced HJ-23 5/26/2005 House Debate adjourned until Tuesday, May 31, 2005 HJ-61 5/31/2005 House Tabled HJ-115
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TO PROVIDE FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SHALL ELECT PERSONS TO FILL VACANCIES IN THE OFFICES OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DURING THE 2005 REGULAR OR EXTENDED SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives:
(1) That pursuant to the provisions of Article III, Section 12 of the Constitution of this State, the House of Representatives sets the following procedures for the election of officers to fill any vacancies in the offices of the House of Representatives that may be held during the 2005 regular or extended session of the General Assembly:
(a) nomination speeches for the office shall be limited to one speech for each candidate with no speech exceeding ten minutes;
(b) no seconding nominations or speeches for a candidate are allowed;
(c) following the conclusion of nomination speeches, the House shall proceed to vote upon the candidates for the office in alphabetical order;
(d) the reading clerk shall individually call each candidate's name, a roll call vote for a period of two minutes shall be held for the individual candidate, and members wishing to vote for that candidate must cast their ballot on the electronic roll call board;
(e) a member may vote for only one candidate during a round of balloting;
(f) after a member has cast his vote for a candidate, and the period for the roll call has expired, a member may not change his vote to another candidate during that ballot;
(g) nothing contained in item (f) above prevents the unanimous election of a candidate at the conclusion of a round of balloting by acclamation.
(2) If a candidate fails to receive a majority vote of those persons present and voting, the House shall proceed to successive ballots until a candidate receives a majority of the votes cast by those members present and voting on a ballot.
(3) Nominating speeches on the second or succeeding ballots are limited to one speech for each candidate with no speech exceeding five minutes, and no seconding speeches are allowed.
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