RULES OF DECORUM & DEBATE IN THE HOUSE
- Address themselves solely and directly
to the Chair. They may not address other Members, individuals
in the gallery, or persons who might be observing through the
- Refer to Members by state, not by
- Avoid characterizing another Member's
personal intent or motives and discussing personalities.
- Refrain from speaking disrespectfully
of the Speaker, other Members, the President or Vice President.
- Refrain from referring to the official
conduct of other Members where such conduct is not under consideration
by way of a report of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct
or as a question of the privilege of the House.
- Refrain from referring to the specific
votes of particular Senators.
- Refrain from using profane or vulgar
- Avoid walking in the well when a
Member is speaking.
- Ensure that all handouts distributed
on the floor or adjacent rooms comport with the rules of propriety
for spoken words, and that all handouts bear the name of the authorizing
- Refrain from eating, smoking, or
using electronic equipment, including cellular phones or lap top
computers, on the floor.
- Wear appropriate business attire.
NOTE -- Debate which violates the rules
of decorum may result in a Member's words being taken down.
FLOOR ACCESS RULES:
- Former Members are prohibited from
being on the floor (including the Speaker's Lobby and cloakrooms)
if any matter in which they have a personal or pecuniary interest
or are employed or retained as a lobbyist is pending before the
House. Matters are considered pending once full or subcommittee
hearings have been held, or once a bill or resolution has been
called up by a full or subcommittee.
- Committee staff are permitted on
the floor only during the consideration of measures reported from
their committees. A maximum of five committee staff (for the
majority and minority) is permitted.
- Personal staff are not permitted
on the floor of the House except when their Member has an amendment
actually pending under the five-minute rule. A Member offering
an amendment under the five-minute rule may be accompanied by
one personal staff Member.
- Staff are not permitted to pass
out literature or otherwise attempt to influence Members or their