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Charles W. Hearns.
Edward F. Quinn.
William V. Griffin,
RULES OF THE INTERNATIONAL AMERICAN CON
FERENCE. [As adopted by the Conference at the session of November 21, 27, and 29, and Decem
ber 2 and 4, 1889.)
The Conference will hold regular sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays of each week, from 2 to 5 p. m., but may hold others on such days and at such hours as it may especially designate.
In order to constitute a quorum a majority of the nations participating in the Conference must be repre sented at the session by at least one delegate each.
The sessions shall be presided over by the President of the Conference, and in his absence by the Vice-Presidents in their order; or if none of these should be present, then by the Delegate whose turn it shall be to preside, under the plan avlopted by the Conference on the 2d of October, 1889.
· The delegations shall sit, and vote, in the order established by lot.
The session having been opened, the Secretaries of the Conference shall read, in Spanish and English respectively, the minutes of the previous session. The remarks which the President or presiding officer, or any of the Delegates, may make thereupon will be noted, and the minutes will then be submitted for approval without discussion.
After the approval of the minutes, one of the Secretaries shall report to the Conference what matters have been presented since the last meeting, and the President or presiding officer shall refer each of them to the appropriate committee.
The President will then submit for discussion, one after another, the matters embraced in the order of the day. The Conference shall discuss them first in general, and such as may be approved shall be submitted for a second discussion in detail.
The President or presiding officer shall concede the floor to the Delegates in the order in which they shall have demanded it.
The Delegates may speak each in his own language, and as soon as one of them shall cease speaking he or one of the interpreters of the Conference shall at once translate, orally, the substance of his remarks, into Spanish if the Delegate has spoken in English, or into English if he has spoken in Spanish, Portuguese, or French. The words spoken by the President or presiding officer of the Conference shall be similarly interpreted.
Any Delegate may present to the Conference his written opinion upon the matter or point in debate, reading it or having it read by one of the Secretaries, and have it inserted in the minutes of the session in which it shall have been presented.
The President or presiiling officer shall decide all questions of order raised during the debates of the Conference. An appeal may be taken from his decision by any of the delegations or any Delegate individually.
The resolutions introduced by the Delegates shall be referred by the presiding officer to the proper committee, unless the Conference shall decide, by a vote of two-thirds of the delegations present, to proceed to their immediate consideration. No resolution not reported upon by a committee shall be discussed until after two sessions of the Conference shall have been held, subsequent to the one in which the resolution in question was introduced.
All amendments or amendments to amendments shall be referred to the proper committees, unless the Conference otherwise order, and they shall be voted upon before the resolution or report the text of which they are intended to amend.
The Conference may at any time, by a resolution to that effect, go into Committee of the Whole, in order to exchange views informally upon any subject whatever on the order of the day, or upon any incident which may arise therefrom. The motion to go into Committee of the whole shall have preference, and shall be put to vote without debate. No vote shall be taken upon any subject in Committee of the Whole.
The reports of the committees and the resolutions submitted by them shall be printed in Spanish and in English, and distributed to the Delegates, for their consideration, at the following session; but such reports and resolutions shall not be submitted for discussion until after four days from the date on which the printed copies shall have been distributed.
The delegation of each State represented in this Confer. ence shall have only one vote, and the votes shall be given separately by States.
The votes will be recorded in the minutes. On matters not covered by Article XVII the vote may be taken viva voce, if no objection is made.
At least two-thirds of the States participating in the Conference must be represented by at least one Delegate each when a vote is taken upon any of the matters enumerated in the act of Congress under which the Conference was convened.
ARTICLE XVIII. At the close of each session the President or presiding officer shall announce to the Conference the subjects pending for discussion at the next session; but the Conference shall have the power to make such changes as it may deem advisable, either in regard to the hour of the meeting or as to the order in which the pending business shall be considered.
The minutes, after their approval by the Conference, shall be signed by the President or other presiding officer and by all the Delegates present at the meeting in which they are approved. They shall be printed in English and in Spanish, in pages of two columns, one for each language, and in sufficient number to allow each Delegate accredited to the Conference to receive four copies. The originals in both languages shall be deposited in the archives of the Conference, and the copies for the Delegates shall be authenticated by the Secretaries who acted at the respective sessions.
The discussions and decisions shall be secret, unless otherwise ordered by the Conference. Consequently, only