Part 1

General Provisions

Rule 101. Scope.

The rules govern the transaction of business by both chambers, between the chambers and by members of both chambers, including many of the activities of joint legislative committees. The business of the separate chambers and most actions of members are governed by chamber rules.

Rule 102. Amendment of Rules.

Joint Rules may be amended by a majority vote in each chamber on or before the 3rd Friday in January of the first regular session. After that, a vote of 2/3 of the members present in each chamber is required.

Rule 103. Suspension of Rules.

Except as provided in Joint Rule 308, a joint rule or order may be suspended only with the consent of 2/3 of the members present in each chamber.

Rule 104. Conflict of Interest.

A member may not vote on any question in committee when that question immediately involves that member's private right, as distinct from the public interest.

Rule 105. Salary and Benefits of Legislative Employees is Public Information.

Salary and benefit information regarding employees and officers of the Legislature is public information and when requested must be provided within a reasonable time by the Secretary of the Senate for Senate employees, the Clerk of the House for House employees and the Executive Director of the Legislative Council for other legislative employees.

Rule 106. Records of Certain Legislator Expenses.

Upon request, the presiding officer of each chamber shall provide the monthly total or annual total cost of telephone expenses and of postage expenses for all members in the chamber.

The presiding officers shall also provide monthly total and annual total telephone and postage expenses of individual members upon request.

Rule 107. Notice of Legislative Council Meetings.

Meeting times of the Legislative Council must be publicized, at a minimum, by posting notice on the door of the meeting room in a timely fashion. When feasible, other advance notice of Legislative Council meetings must be given.