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§7.  Judging Qualifications and Elections; Procedural Rules; Discipline; Expulsion; Subpoenas; Contempt; Officers

Section 7.(A)  Judging Qualifications and Elections; Procedural Rules; Discipline; Expulsion.  Each house shall be the judge of the qualifications and elections of its members; shall determine its rules of procedure, not inconsistent with the provisions of this constitution; may punish its members for disorderly conduct or contempt; and may expel a member with concurrence of two-thirds of its elected members.  Expulsion creates a vacancy in the office.  

(B)  Subpoena Power; Contempt.  Each house may compel the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of books and papers before it, before any committee thereof, or before joint committees of the houses and may punish those in willful disobedience of its orders for contempt.  

(C)  Officers.  Each house shall choose its officers, including a permanent presiding officer selected from its membership.  The presiding officers shall be the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of Representatives.  The clerical officers shall be the clerk of the House of Representatives and the secretary of the Senate, each of whom may administer oaths.  

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