call of the house/call of the senate

  • A Call of the House or Senate is a means of compelling all members (unless they are excused) of that chamber to present themselves for a vote on a particular matter. If it comes time for a vote, and it appears to members that other members are not present in the chamber, a motion from the floor directs the presiding officer to issue a call of the House or Senate. The call empowers the sergeant at arms to lock the chamber, preventing those present from leaving, and requires the Sergeant at Arms to bring in absent members, under arrest, if necessary, for the vote.

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1Oregon State Legislature, Legislative Glossary of Terms, http://­­glossary.html (last accessed May 27, 2009).