63. When any question is before the House, any member being
in order and having the floor may move the previous question, but
such motion to be put must be sustained by being seconded by ten
members. The question being moved, the Speaker shall say, "Is the
motion sustained?" and those favoring the motion shall rise. If
a sufficient number arise, the previous question shall be thereby
seconded, and the question shall then be put in this form, "Shall
the main question be now put?" If this question be decided in the
affirmative by a majority of the members voting, a quorum being
present, it shall have the effect of cutting off all debate and
bringing the House to a direct vote upon the immediate question or
questions upon which it has been asked and ordered, except when the
motion applies to the main question, the member in charge of the
measure under consideration shall have five minutes to close the
discussion before the vote is taken; and when the motion applies to
an amendment, the person proposing the amendment shall have three
minutes to close the discussion on the amendment. Should the
previous question be decided in the negative, the House shall
proceed with the matter before it as though the previous question
had not been moved.
When a member moves the previous question, he shall
specifically state in his motion whether it shall apply to the main
question and the amendments or to the amendment or amendments only.
The previous question shall not be admitted in the Committee of the Whole.