Chapter 24 - Conferences

157  Appointment of managers

  1. A motion for requesting a conference shall contain the names of the senators proposed by the mover to be the managers for the Senate.
  2. If, on such a motion, any senator so requires, the managers for the Senate shall be selected by ballot.
  3. Managers to represent the Senate in a conference requested by the House of Representatives shall consist of the same number of members as those of the House of Representatives.

Amendment history

Adopted: 19 August 1903 as SOs 330, 331 and 334 (corresponding to paragraphs (1) to (3)) but renumbered as 326, 327 and 330 for first printed edition

1989 revision: Old SOs 340, 341 and 344 combined into one, structured as three paragraphs and renumbered as SO 157; minor simplification of language


Edwards was on the Senate staff for all of the conferences that have been held. He had surprisingly little to say in his 1938 MS about the procedures, probably because they were so straightforward and prescriptive.

Conferences are attended only by the “managers” appointed by each House to represent them. Senate managers are appointed at the same time as the motion proposing that a conference be held is dealt with (if it is a Senate-initiated conference). For a conference initiated by the House of Representatives, the Senate appoints the same number of managers as the House.