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CITY CHARTER AND RULES AND ORDERS
LIST OF THE OFFICERS OF THE CITY OF BOSTON,
FOR THE YEAR
GEO. C. RAND & AVERY, CITY PRINTERS,
NO. 3, CORNHILL.
1 85 7.
RULES AND ORDERS
BOARD OF ALDERMEN.
SECTION 1. The Mayor, and in his absence, the Chairman of the Board, shall take the chair at the hour to which the Board shall have adjourned, and shall call the members to order, and a quorum being present, shall cause the minutes of the preceding regular meeting to be read; and in the absence of the Mayor and Chairman, the senior member present shall preside as chairman pro tempore.
Sect. 2. He shall preserve decorum and order; may speak to points of order in preference to other members; and shall decide all questions of order, subject to an appeal to the Board, by motion regularly seconded; and no other business shall be in order till the question on the appeal shall have been decided.
SECT. 3. He shall declare all votes, but if any member rises to doubt a vote, he shall cause a return of the members voting in the affirmative, and in the negative, without debate on the question.
Sect. 4. He may read sitting, but shall rise to state a motion or put a question to the Board.
SECT. 5. When the Mayor shall desire to vacate the chair, he shall call the Chairman of the Board to take it, and in his absence, the senior member present. When the Chairman of the Board or the Chairman
pro tempore shall desire to vacate the chair, he
any member to it, but such substitution shall not continue beyond an adjournment.
SECT. 6. On all questions and motions whatsoever, the Chair shall take the sense of the Board by yeas and nays, provided any member shall so require. And every Ordinance, Resolution or Order, (except Orders of Notice, Papers from the Common Council, Orders of Inquiry, and Orders relating to the Departments of Internal and External Health), after being read, shall be laid on the table before its consideration by the Board ; and no such Ordinance, Resolution or Order (except as above) shall be considered at the same meeting at which it is offered, except by special vote.
Sect. 7. The Chair shall propound all questions in the order in which they are moved, unless the subsequent motion shall be previous in its nature, except, that in the naming sums and fixing times, the largest sum and longest time shall be put first.
SECT. 8. After a motion is stated or read by the Chair, it shall be deemed to be in possession of the Board, and shall be disposed of by vote, but the mover may withdraw it at any time before a decision or amendment.
SECT. 9. When a question is under debate, the Chair shall receive no motion, but to adjourn, to lay on the