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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Fri May 22, 2020, 09:56 PM

16. As much as it pains me to say this, Moscow Mitch may have a point.

Article I, Section 5(1) provides:

"...a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide."

A good argument can be made that the only things either house can do in the absence of a quorum are adjourn until a quorum is present and compel truant members to appear.

The counter argument is in the next sentence, Article I, Section 5(2):

"Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings. . . ."

My conclusion is that the more specific rule concerning a quorum would control over the general rule-making provision, otherwise there would be no purpose for the specific quorum provision, which would be reduced to mere surplusage.

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