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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 16

XIX.—Public Bills

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XIX.—Public Bills.

287. Every Bill (unless sent down by the

Bills ordered

Governor) is ordered to be brought in upon Motion made, and Question put, that leave be given to bring in such Bill.
288. Every Bill (except as before) is

Members appointed to bring in Bills

ordered to be prepared and brought in by certain Members named by the House.
289. Members may be added to those

Members added

originally ordered to prepare and bring in a Bill.
290. Instructions may be given to such


Members to make further provision in any such Bill, before the same is brought in.
291. There shall be a Joint Committee of

Joint Committee on Private Bills

both Houses, to consist of three Members of the Legislative Council and three Members of the House of Representatives, to be nominated by the respective Houses at the commencement of each Session, of whom four shall be a Quorum, whose duty shall be to consider and report respecting every Bill that may be referred to them by either House, upon the question whether it is a Private Bill or not.
292. Private Bills shall be understood to

private Bills

be Bills which are promoted for the private interest of individuals or companies, or which, by their provision, directly interfere with the private property of individuals; and the Private Bills Committee should give a liberal interpretation to the Standing Orders in favour of Bills of a public nature.
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Bills relating to Religion

293. No Bill relating to Religion, or the alteration of the Laws concerning Religion, is to he brought into this House, until the proposition shall have been first considered in a Committee of the whole House, and agreed unto by the House.

Bills relating to Trade

294. No Bill relating to Trade, or the alteration of the Laws concerning Trade, is to be brought into the House until the proposition shall have been first considered in a Committee of the whole House, and agreed unto by the House.

Grants of money

295. The House will not proceed upon any Petition, Motion, or Bill, for granting any money, or for releasing or compounding any sum of money owing to the Crown, except in a Committee of the whole House.

Bills ordered to be withdrawn

296. Every Bill not prepared pursuant to the Order of Leave, or according to the Rules and Orders of the House, will be ordered to be withdrawn.

Bill presented

297. A Bill is presented by one of the Members ordered to prepare and bring in the same, who appears at the Bar for that purpose, and is desired by Mr. Speaker to bring it up.

First Reading

298. The First Reading of every Bill is proposed immediately after the same has been presented.

First reading, and printing, without debate

299. When any Bill shall be presented by a Member, in pursuance of an Order of this House, or shall be sent down by the Governor, or shall be brought from the Legislative Council, the Questions, "That this Bill page 47 be now read a first time," and "That this Bill be printed," are to be decided without amendment or debate.
300. A Bill having been read a first time,

Bill ordered to be read a second time

is ordered to be read a second time on a future day.
301. On the Order of the Day being read

Second reading

for the Second Reading of a Bill, a Motion is made, and a Question put, "That the Bill be now read a second time."
302. Amendments may be moved to such

Amendments to Question for Second Reading

Question by leaving out "now," and at the end of the Question adding "Three months," "Six months," or any other time; or that the Bill be rejected.
303. No other Amendment may be moved

Amendments to be relevant

to such Question, unless the same be strictly relevant to the Bill.
304. A Bill having been read a second

Bill committed

time, is ordered to be committed to a Committee of the whole House; or, in certain cases, to a Select Committee.
305. Every Bill affecting the Waste or

Waste Lands Bills

Public Lands of the Colony shall be submitted to the Waste Lands Committee immediately after the second reading of the Bill, and the Report of such Committee shall be submitted to the Legislature before the Bill is committed.
306. On the Order of the Day being read

Committee of the Whole House on the Bill

for the Committee on a Bill, a Motion is made, and Mr. Speaker puts the Question, "That I do now leave the Chair;" which being resolved in the affirmative, the House resolves page 48 itself into a Committee of the whole House on the Bill; hut where the Committee has reported progress, the Speaker leaves the Chair without putting any question.

Amendments on Mr. Speaker leaving the Chair

307. Amendments may be moved to the Question for Mr. Speaker to leave the Chair, by leaving out all the words after the word "That," in order to add the words, "this House will on this day Three Months (or Sis. Months), (or other time), resolve itself into the said Committee;" or in order to add other words relevant to the Bill.

Instructions to Committee

308. An instruction may be moved to the Committee on the Bill, but cannot conveniently be moved by way of Amendment.

Bills may be considered in Committee together

309. Bills which may be fixed for consideration in Committee on the same day, whether in progress or otherwise, may be referred together to a Committee of the whole House, which may consider on the same day all the Bills so referred to it, without the Chairman leaving the Chair on each separate Bill: Provided that, with respect to any Bill not in progress, if any Member shall object to its consideration together with other Bills, the Order of the Day for the Committee on such Bill is to be postponed.

Preamble postponed

310. The Chairman puts a Question, "That the Preamble be postponed," which being agreed to, every clause is considered by the Committee seriatim.

Amendments to Clauses

311. Any Amendment may be made to a Clause, provided the same be relevant to the subject-matter of the Bill, or pursuant to any Instruction, page 49 and be otherwise in conformity with the Rules and Orders of the House; but if any Amendment shall not be within the Title of the Bill, the Committee are to amend the Title accordingly, and report the same specially to the House.
312. It shall be competent to any Member

Supplementary Order Paper

proposing to introduce Amendments in a Bill while going through Committee, to place such proposed Amendments on a Supplementary Order Paper.
313. A Question is put that each "Clause

Clauses to stand part of the Bill

stand part of the Bill," or "as amended stand part of the Bill."
314. In going through a Bill, no questions

Proceedings upon blanks

are to be put for the filling up of words already printed in italics, and commonly called "blanks," unless exception be taken thereto; and if no alterations have been made in the words so printed in italics, the Bill is to he reported without Amendments, unless other Amendments have been made thereto.
315. Any Clause may be postponed, unless

Clauses postponed

the same has already been considered and amended.
316. After every Clause and Schedule has

Preamble agreed to

been agreed to, and any clauses added which are relevant to the subject-matter of the Bill, or pursuant to any Instruction, the Preamble is considered, and, if necessary, amended; and a Question is put, "That this be the Preamble of the Bill."
317. No notice may be taken of any Proceedings

Proceedings in Committee not to be noticed until report

in a Committee of the whole House, or page 50 a Select Committee on a Bill, until such Bill has been reported.

Report of Progress

318. When all the Clauses of a Bill have not been considered, the Chairman is directed to report Progress, and ask leave to sit again.

Bill reported

319. The Bill having been fully considered, the Chairman is directed to report the Bill without amendment, or report the Bill with the amendments, to the House. A copy of the Bill as passed through the Committee is signed by the Chairman, and by him presented to Mr. Speaker, when the Bill is reported.

Bill as amended to be considered

320. When Amendments have been made the same are to be received without Debate, and a time appointed for taking the same into consideration.

Bill reported without Amendment

321. A Bill being reported without Amendment is ordered to be read a Third time, at such time as may be appointed by the House.

Clauses offered in Committee, or on consideration of Report

322. On a Clause being offered in Committee, or on the consideration of Report, Mr. Speaker, or the Chairman, is to desire the Member to bring up the same, whereupon it is to be read a First time without Question put; but no Clause is to be offered on consideration of Report without notice.

A clause with Penalties, &c

323. A clause containing any Rates, Penalties, or other blank, after having been read a Second time, is also to be considered in Committee before it is made part of the Bill; and if any such Clause be for increasing any burthen upon the people, the Bill is re-committed, page 51 and the Clause proposed in Committee on the Bill.
324. On consideration of the Bill as

Bills recommitted

amended, the Bill may he ordered to be recommitted to a Committee of the Whole House, or to a Select Committee.
325. The order for the Third Reading of a

Order for Third Reading discharged

Bill may be read and discharged, and the Bill ordered to be re-committed.
326. The Order of the Day being read for

Third Reading

the Third Reading of a Bill, a Motion is made, and Question put, That the Bill be now read a Third time, to which Amendment may be moved as on the Second Reading.
327. No Amendments, not being merely

Amendments on Third Reading

verbal, shall be made to any Bill on the Third Reading.
328. After the Third Reading, and further

Bill passed, and Title agreed to

proceedings thereon, a Question is put, "That this Bill do pass;" after which, the Title of the Bill is agreed to, or amended and agreed to.
329. The further proceedings on a Third

Further proceedings on Third Reading adjourned.

Reading may be adjourned to a future day.
330. Bills of an urgent nature are sometimes

Bills passed with unusual expedition

passed with unusual expedition through their several stages.
331. The precise duration of every temporary

Temporary Law

Law is to be expressed in a distinct Clause at the end of the Bill.
332. When a Bill has passed the House,

Mr. Speaker signs the Bill

Mr. Speaker signs the same, and the Clerk forthwith certifies the date of its passing at the foot of the Bill.
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Speaker to certify on fair print

333. Every Bill shall be printed fair immediately after it shall have been passed in the House in which it originated; and the Speaker of the House in which the Bill shall have passed shall certify the passing thereof on such fair print, together with the day upon which the Bill did pass.

And forwards it to the Legislative Council

334. When all the proceedings on a Bill have been concluded, the Clerk (or in some cases a Member or Members of the House) is ordered to carry the Bill to the Legislative Council, and desire its concurrence.

Bill agreed to by other House without Amendments

335. When a Bill sent from one House is agreed to by the other House without Amendments, a Message is sent back acquainting the former House thereof, and the Bill then remains in the House in which it was last passed for transmission to the Clerk of Parliaments.

When Amendments made by either House

336. When Amendments are proposed in either House, in a Bill sent from the other, the Bill is returned in the form in which it was sent, together with a Message stating such Amendments.

Amendments of Legislative Council considered on a future day

337. Amendments made by the Council in Public Bills are ordered to be considered on a future day, unless the House shall order them to be considered forthwith. They are then twice read and agreed to, or agreed to with Amendments, or disagreed to, or the further consideration thereof put off for Three or Six Months.

If Amendments agreed to, Message sent

338. If the Amendments made by one House in a Bill sent by the other be agreed to, page 53 a Message is sent acquainting the other House thereof, and the Bill, as amended, remains with the House in which it originated for transmission to the Clerk of Parliaments.
339. If the Amendments made by one

If Amendments disagreed with, a Conference may be requested

House in a Bill sent by the other are not agreed to, the Bill must drop, unless the difference between the two Houses can be adjusted by means of Message or Conference. If the originally proposed Amendments, or a modification thereof, be ultimately adopted, the Bill, as amended, remains in the House in which it originated for transmission to the Clerk of Parliaments.
340. When such Bill shall have passed

Bills to be printed fair on vellum

both Houses of the Legislature, it shall be fair printed by the Government Printer, who shall furnish three fair prints thereof on vellum to the Clerk of the Parliaments.
341. Such three fair prints of each Bill

Bill authenticated by Clerk of Parliaments

shall be duly authenticated by the Clerk of the Parliaments.
342. The three fair prints of all Bills,

Bills presented to the Governor

except the Appropriation Bill, when passed, shall be presented to the Governor for Her Majesty's Assent by the Clerk of the Parliaments.
343. The Royal assent is signified to every

Royal assent.

Bill by His Excellency in person, or by Commission, the attendance of the House of Representatives in the Council Chamber having been desired for that purpose, or by Message.
344. Amendments proposed by the Governor

Amendment of the Governor to be considered

in Bills presented by him for He Majesty's page 54 Assent are sent to the House by Message, and a time is fixed for taking them into consideration, unless the House should prefer to consider them forthwith.

Governor's amendments to be indorsed on Bills

345. In case of amendments to Bills, made upon a Message from the Governor, pursuant to the fifty-sixth clause of the Constitution Statute, after such Bills shall have passed the two Houses of Parliament, the Clerk of the Parliaments shall indorse the same on the original Bill, and shall order three fair prints of the Bill on vellum as amended, and shall authenticate the same before they are presented for Her Majesty's Assent.

Forwarded to the Legislative Council, if agreed to

346. The Governor's Amendments, if agreed to by the House, are forwarded to the Legislative Council for its concurrence.

Vellum copies, where to be deposited

347. When the Governor shall have assented in the name of Her Majesty to any Bill, one of the fair prints thereof, on vellum, shall be deposited by the Clerk of the Parliaments with the Registrar of the Supreme Court, another shall be delivered to the Private Secretary of His Excellency the Governor for transmission to one of Her Majesty's Principal Secretaries of State, and the third shall be retained in the Record Office of the Parliament Houses.