Impeachment Inquiry Procedures of the Select Committee
of Inquiry to Recommend Whether Sufficient Grounds Exist for the House of Representatives
to Impeach Governor John G. Rowland Pursuant to Article Ninth of the State Constitution
The Select Committee of Inquiry to Recommend Whether Sufficient Grounds Exist for the House of Representatives to Impeach Governor John G. Rowland Pursuant to Article Ninth of the State Constitution (the "Select Committee") hereby adopts the following rules and procedures, which shall be applicable to the receipt and presentation of evidence in the impeachment inquiry conducted pursuant to H. Res. 702:
A. The Committee shall give public notice of the date, time, place and subject matter of Select Committee hearings as soon as practicable before the commencement of the hearing. Such notice shall be given to the Legislative Management Committee, counsel for Governor Rowland and for the Governor's Office, and to the clerk of the House. The clerk of the House shall post such notice in a conspicuous place in its office.
B. The Select Committee shall determine whether and to what extent any of its proceedings shall be conducted in executive session.
C. Any portion of the hearings not conducted in executive sessions may be covered by television broadcast, radio broadcast, still photography, or by any of such methods of coverage in accord with the Rules and Procedures of the Select Committee.
D. Prior to the commencement of an evidentiary hearing, the Select Committee shall receive from Special Counsel a written Statement of Information setting forth the witnesses to be called at the hearing. Counsel for Governor Rowland and for the Governor's Office shall be furnished a copy of the Statement of Information at the time it is presented to the Select Committee.
E. At any hearing when witnesses are to be called before the Select Committee to give testimony, the following rules and procedures shall be applicable to hearings held for that purpose:
1. Governor Rowland, counsel for Governor Rowland and for the Governor's Office shall be invited to attend any such hearings, including any held in executive session.
2. The witness may at his election be represented by counsel who shall be permitted to attend the hearing whether in public or executive session.
3. Objections relating to the examination of witnesses or to the admissibility of testimony and evidence may be raised only by a witness or his counsel, a member of the Select Committee, Special Counsel, or counsel for Governor Rowland or for the Governor's Office, and shall be ruled upon by the presiding Chair. Such rulings shall be final, unless overruled by a vote of a majority of the Select Committee members present. In the case of a tie vote, the ruling of the presiding Chair shall prevail.
4. Special Counsel may commence the questioning of each witness and may also be permitted by the presiding Chair to question a witness at any point during the appearance of the witness.
5. Counsel for Governor Rowland and for the Governor's Office may question any witness called upon before the Select Committee, subject to instructions from the presiding Chair respecting the timing, scope and duration of the examination.
F. When documentary evidence is to be offered through witnesses, or presented by Special Counsel, at any hearing, copies shall be made available to each member and to counsel for Governor Rowland and for the Governor's Office as soon as practicable prior to the commencement of the hearing during which it will be introduced, except in those instances where the documentary evidence is first obtained from a witness at such hearing, in which case, copies will be made available to each member of the Select Committee and to counsel for Governor Rowland and for the Governor's Office as soon as practicable following the introduction of such documents.
G. Special Counsel shall advise the Select Committee when the evidence assembled by him has been fully presented to the Select Committee. Following that presentation, the Select Committee shall determine whether it desires additional evidence, after opportunity for the following has been provided:
1. Any member may bring additional evidence to the Select Committee's attention.
2. Counsel for Governor Rowland and for the Governor's Office shall be invited to respond to the presentation, orally or in writing, as shall be determined by the Select Committee.
3. Should counsel for Governor Rowland or for the Governor's Office wish the Select Committee to receive additional testimony or other evidence, he shall, as determined by the Select Committee, be invited to submit written requests and precise summaries of what he would propose to show, and, in the case of a witness, precisely and in detail what it is expected the testimony of the witness would be, if called. On the basis of such requests and summaries and of the record then before it, the Select Committee shall determine whether the suggested evidence is necessary or desirable to a full and fair record in the inquiry, and, if so, whether the summaries shall be accepted as part of the record or additional testimony or evidence in some other form shall be received.
H. At the conclusion of the presentation of evidence, the Select Committee may receive from Special Counsel a Final Report, which shall contain a summary of the pertinent evidence and applicable law and may contain recommendations and proposed conclusions of fact and law. Counsel for Governor Rowland and for the Governor's Office shall be furnished a copy of the Final Report and shall be invited to submit in writing comments as determined by the Select Committee.
I. The rules and procedures identified herein shall be referred to as the Rules and Procedures of the Select Committee. The Select Committee hereby adopts Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure to the extent such Manual does not conflict with any provision of the Rules and Procedures of the Select Committee. The Select Committee may, with a vote of a majority of members present, promulgate additional rules and procedures or modify existing rules and procedures as it deems necessary for the fair and efficient conduct of its investigation pursuant to H. Res. 702.
J. For purposes of meetings or hearings held pursuant to these rules, a quorum shall consist of six members of the Select Committee.
K. Except as provided herein, any documents, information, materials or things, gathered, prepared, received or developed by the Select Committee as part of this investigation shall be maintained in executive session until further order of the Select Committee.
L. The term "Special Counsel" shall mean the attorney retained by the Select Committee pursuant to H. Res. 702 and any of his staff.