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  •  clarification of rule XXII (2+ / 0-)
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    StrayCat, glitterscale

    rule XXII require a vote of 3/5ths of senators chosen and sworn to end debate.  Most senate business is conducted by a majority of those present and voting.  There its a live quorum requirement but obviously without a quorum, there's no way to get a super majority.  So it isn't just asking for a quorum; it is the language of the rule referring to chosen and sworn, meaning all senators whether or not present our voting.

    One further clarification of the rules.  A senator cannot yield the floor to another member in general debate.  Sometimes one will yield to another for a question, but the one who yields remains standing and on the floor. If the senator yields, the majority leader can claim the right of first recognition.

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