SRULE 17.8     

Rule 17.8.  Procedure in the Senate

A. When a resolution seeking the expulsion of or disciplinary action against a senator is introduced, a motion to indefinitely postpone shall be in order. The motion shall require the favorable vote of a majority of the elected members for adoption. If no such motion is adopted, the Secretary shall direct the attention of the presiding officer to the fact of its introduction. The presiding officer then shall announce to the Senate the day and hour when the select committee shall commence it hearings on the resolution.

B. If the senator who is the subject of the resolution is present in the chamber when the resolution is introduced, the presiding officer shall cause the Sergeant at Arms to deliver to him a copy of the resolution and a copy of these rules, together with written notice of the day and hour when the committee will meet to commence its hearings.

C. If the senator is not present in the chamber, the presiding officer shall inquire of the Secretary whether or not he has answered roll call or cast any vote on that legislative day. If the Secretary informs him and the Senate that the senator has not answered roll call or cast any vote, the presiding officer shall (1) appoint legal counsel to represent the absent senator before the committee at all of its proceedings and (2) direct the Sergeant at Arms to locate the senator and deliver to him, and also to the attorney appointed by the presiding officer, a copy of the resolution, a copy of these rules, a written notice of the day and hour when the select committee will commence its hearings on the resolution, and the name, address, and telephone number of the legal counsel appointed to represent him unless and until he designates legal counsel of his own choice.

D. If, after reasonable effort, the Sergeant at Arms is unable to locate the absent senator or for any reason is unable to deliver to him the documents herein stipulated, delivery to the attorney appointed by the presiding officer shall be deemed sufficient notification to the senator. If at any time during the proceedings in the committee the absent senator selects legal counsel to represent him or if he appears in person and notifies the committee that he does not desire to represented, the attorney appointed by the presiding officer shall be discharged.

E. An attorney appointed to represent an absent senator shall be compensated in accordance with the terms and conditions and in the amount determined by the President as chairman of the committee. Such compensation shall be an expense of the committee, payable out of funds available to the Senate for expenses of the Senate and committees.