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Parliamentary Procedure

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by Tamera Dunn on 10 September 2013

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Transcript of Parliamentary Procedure

Remember to be
recognized by the
Presiding Officer
before speaking!
Step 4: Ending discussion and moving to a vote.
Parliamentary Procedure
It's simpler than you think!
Becoming "Besties with Bob"
Do you know absolutely EVERYTHING about your best friend?
That makes two of us.

Robert, or Bob, can be a great friend for making meetings quick, efficient, and fair. Let's make him SGA's new BFF!

Activity: Solving the epic question - which flavor of original Starburst is "the best" of them all?
How do I...
Make a motion but not look a fool?
Common
QUESTIONS
A few questions I've heard while observing SGA meetings...
How do I...
get the chair to pick me for a 'second'?
How do I...
Use parli pro to be efficient?
How do I...
use all of these super-great handouts?!
VSU Student Government Association
September 9, 2013 | Tamera A. Dunn
Step 2: Questions. Work to understand, not to attack.
Step 3: Discussion. Classy & legit discussion.
Step 5: Vote. Be patient, people are counting!
Step 1: Bring the issue to the floor with a motion.
How do I...
contribute effective discussion?
"I move that
( ) Starburst
are the best Starburst."
Remember the
Secretary needs
to record your
frenzied "SECOND!"
All discussion should be directed
through the Presiding Officer.
Your opinion is valid, but remember
to keep it respectful and classy.
Questions should show a desire
to understand more about
the request or specific motion.
Per Robert's Rules, discussion begins
with the person who made the motion,
then the person who seconded the motion,
and then through a speaker's list as kept
by the Presiding Officer's designee.
Discussions offer the opportunity for
AMENDMENTS! If you think a small tweak would make a motion better, this is your opportunity to present. Remember your amendment must be written down for the Secretary.

If an amendment is proposed and seconded, the group moves back to a presentation by the author of the amendment, Q&A, discussion, and then a vote on the amendment.
For efficiency, say this:
"I move to vote upon the present item of business via (method)."

You may also specify the method of voting (voice vote, hand vote, etc.) The Presiding Officer can suggest a method depending on the type of business under consideration.
But...I didn't get to explain why I support/do not support the issue at hand! DISSENT!

Any Senator can dissent the move into a vote. A 2/3 majority is necessary in support of the dissenting Senator to avoid moving into a vote. This is often a hand vote.
Results of a vote are announced shortly after the vote takes place by the Presiding Officer.

If you have reasonable cause to doubt the announcement, it is best to ask for a re-vote via a more tracked method.

Many Senates use the following types of voting methods:
Voice votes to adjourn meetings
Hand votes for matters not involving money or governing documents
Roll call votes for financial or governmental matters.
The originator the motion now presents their reasons why you as a Senate should support their request.
One can move to end Q&A, or the Presiding Officer can simply move into discussion if they notice an ending to questions.
Questions?
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