[Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and the Rules of the House of Representatives, 109th Congress]
[House Document 108-241]
[Jeffersons Manual of ParliamentaryPractice]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]
sec. xxiii--bills, leave to bring in
This provision is obsolete, rule XII providing an entirely different
method of introducing bills through the hopper. The introduction of
bills by leave was gradually dropped by the practice of the House, and
after 1850 the present free system of permitting Members to introduce at
will bills for printing and reference began to develop (IV, 3365).
Sec. 398. Obsolete provisions as to introduction of
When a Member desires to bring in a bill on any subject, he states
to the House in general terms the causes for doing it, and concludes by
moving for leave to bring in a bill, entitled, &c. Leave being given, on
the question, a committee is appointed to prepare and bring in the bill.
The mover and seconder are always appointed of this committee, and one
or more in addition. Hakew., 132; Scob., 40. It is to be presented
fairly written, without any erasure or interlineation, or the Speaker
may refuse it. Scob., 41; 1 Grey, 82, 84.