Civil Government of Virginia eBook

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It is then engrossed, or written out, by the clerk of the house, and read a third time, after which a vote is again taken, and if there is a majority for it, it passes the house.

When the bill is passed in the house in which it originated, it is taken to the other house by the sergeant-at-arms.  There it goes through the same forms of reading and discussion, and if it be read three times and have a majority in its favor it is passed.  It is then enrolled, after which it is signed by the presiding officer in each house, and when this is done it is sent to the governor for his signature.

The sergeant-at-arms is an officer whose duty it is to preserve order in the chamber where the sessions of either house are held, to distribute among the members any papers or documents they may require, and in general to perform such services as are necessary for the proper transaction of business.  Each house has its own sergeant-at-arms.

(For enrolling, see under House of Delegates, page 19.) The requirements with regard to a bill after it is sent to the governor are stated in the text above. (For the veto power of the governor, see page 28.)


1.  In whom is the legislative power of the commonwealth vested?

2.  What is the legislative power?

3.  Define commonwealth.

4.  What is a delegate?

5.  How many members constitute the Senate?

6.  What are senatorial districts, and how many are there in the State?

7.  Who is the presiding officer of the Senate?

8.  For how long are senators elected?

9.  What are the qualifications of a senator?

10.  What are the powers of the Senate?

11.  What does impeachment mean?

12.  Who tries a case of impeachment?

13.  How many members of the House of Delegates?

14.  Define statute.

15.  For how long are members of the House of Delegates elected?

16.  What are the qualifications of delegates?

17.  What are the powers of delegates?

18.  Define apportioned.

19.  What is the chairman of the House of Delegates called?

20.  What are the rolls, and by whom are they kept?

21.  What does the General Assembly consist of?

22.  How often are the sessions of the General Assembly held?

23.  What is a special session?

24.  What are the powers of the General Assembly?

25.  What officers does it elect?

26.  What is legislation?

27.  What are contests in elections of governor and lieutenant-governor, and who decides them?

28.  What is meant by each house being judge of the election, qualifications, and returns of its members?

29.  What are election returns?

30.  Define civil process.

31.  What is perjury?

32.  What is contempt of court?

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