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Parliamentary Procedure

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Kevin Celustka

on 20 November 2015

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Transcript of Parliamentary Procedure

Debate
Parliamentary Procedure
During
Second Readings
of a resolution, we debate the pros and cons of a resolution, making
additions, deletions, or substitutions to improve it
.
Debate!
Raise your hand, you must be
RECOGNIZED by the Chair
to speak.

You now 'have the floor'

When you are done speaking, you can
yield the floor back to the Chair, or to another member
.

If you yield to another member,
it counts toward YOUR time limit
How to Speak in Debate
Use specific language
. We vote on exact wording, not vague ideas. (consider writing it down beforehand)

If you think it's worth Senate's time to discuss another member's motion, just
yell out "Second" after they've made the motion.

Making a Motion
First,
the Chair will restate the question
"It has been moved and seconded that _____, are there any objections?"

If there are no objections, the Chair can choose to pass a motion by
unanimous consent
.

If any member objects, the motion opens to debate.

What happens next:
Who Gets to Speak in Debate
Whoever made the motion has first priority to speak
, as does the member who objected.

If you haven't spoken on that specific motion already,
you have priority to another member who has spoken
.

Senators have speaking priority over visiting students or community members.
What Motions are Debatable?
(Almost) all motions are debatable! BUT, s
ome are non-debatable.

These include:
Adjourn, Previous Question, Division, Suspend the Rules, and Motions Relating to Voting.
Kinds of Amendments
You can change the text of a resolution with three easy motions:
"Move to insert ____"
"Move to strike ____"
"Move to strike ____ and insert____"
More Rules of Debate
You can
amend another member's amendment
, but only to the second degree.

You can offer a
friendly amendment
, if you think the maker of a motion would agree with you, which doesn't require a vote.

Any motion to amend must remain
germane
to the original intent.

You can only amend the same thing once, y
ou can't motion to make an amendment identical to one that's been voted down
.
When Debate is Over
When there is no more debate, a member will often move to end debate and vote on the current topic. This is called, 'moving the previous question'.

If no one makes this motion, the Chair will 'put the question' or ask "Are you ready for the question?" or "Are you ready to vote?"

Pro Tips!
Stick to the subject,
make sure your points are germane
, or relevant to current question, not just the resolution as a whole.

Try not to repeat arguments that have been made by other Senators.

Write down your amendments in advance.

Debate the issue, not personalities:
No personal attacks or references and address your comments to the Speaker.

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