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Sec. 18. No Senator or Delegate shall

See Section 3.14, Immunity, p. 3.

be liable in any civil action, or criminal

prosecution, whatever, for words spoken in


Sec. 19. Each House shall be judge of

Section 3.16. Organization.

the qualifications and elections of its mem-
bers, as prescribed by the Constitution and

Each house shall be the judge of the qual-
ifications and selection of its members, as

Laws of the State; shall appoint its own

prescribed by this Constitution and the laws

officers, determine the rules of its own

of this State. Each house shall elect its

proceedings, punish a member for dis-
orderly, or disrespectful behavior, and with
the consent of two-thirds of its whole num-

officers and determine its rules of procedure,
and may permit its committees and subcom-
mittees to meet between sessions of the Gen-

ber of members elected, expel a member;
but no member shall be expelled a second
time for the same offence.

eral Assembly. Each house, by the affirmative
vote of a majority of all its members, may
compel the attendance and testimony of wit-

nesses and the production of records and pa-

pers either before the house as a whole or

before any of its committees and subcommit-

tees, provided that the rights and the records

and papers of all witnesses in such cases are

protected by law. Each house may punish a

member for disorderly or disrespectful be-

havior, by the affirmative vote of a majority

of all its members. Each house may expel

a member by the affirmative vote of three-

fifths of all its members.

Sec. 20. A majority of the whole

Section 3.17. Quorum.

number of members elected to each House

A majority of all the members of a house

shall constitute a quorum for the transac-

shall constitute a quorum for the transaction

tion of business; but a smaller number may

of business in that house, but a smaller

adjourn from day to day, and compel the
attendance of absent members, in such man-

number may adjourn from day to day.

ner, and under such penalties, as each

House may prescribe.

Sec. 21. The doors of each House, and

of the Committee of the Whole, shall be

open, except when the business is such as

ought to be kept secret.

Sec. 22. Each House shall keep a

Section 3.18. Journals.

Journal of its proceedings, and cause the
same to be published. The yeas and nays
of members on any question, shall at the
call of any five of them in the House of
Delegates, or one in the Senate, be entered
on the Journal.

Each house of the General Assembly shall
prescribe by rule for a current daily journal
of its proceedings, which shall be open to
public inspection at all reasonable times.
Each house shall prescribe by rule that the
daily journal shall be published as soon as

practicable. Each house shall prescribe by

rule that all final committee votes on all

bills shall be entered, by recorded votes of

individual members, in the daily journal of

that house. Each house shall prescribe by

rule that on final passage of a bill or resolu-

tion, including a proposal for a constitution-

al amendment, the vote cast by each member



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