SRULE 16.2     

Rule 16.2.  Open hearings, sessions, and votes; when closed session may be held

A. All hearings, sessions, or meetings held for the purpose of considering confirmation of or confirming any governmental appointment for which Senate confirmation or approval is required shall be open to the public. However, the Senate and the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee may hold closed sessions for consideration of matters related to confidential communications and confirmation of appointments, but all votes taken with respect to confirmations in the Senate or in the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee shall be taken in open session.

B. This rule shall apply to all sessions, meetings, or hearings of the Senate or of the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee.