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Robert's Rules!

Student Government Association Senate Spring Training 2013

Kendall Klitzke

on 25 September 2013

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Transcript of Robert's Rules!

Your Dictionary to
Robert's Rules
of Order

Robert's Rules of Order:
The 3 Basic Principles of Robert's Rules:

Take up business one at a time in an organized fashion.

Promote courtesy, justice, impartiality, and equality within the body.

The majority rules, but the rights of the minority are protected.

Minimum number of members that MUST be present in order to conduct business at a meeting.
The MAJORITY of our voting members.
No quorum, no Senate meeting. :(

A proposal that brings NEW business to the Senate
Asks that the Senate take action to do something.
It MUST include a

Should be short and to the point.
The Chair, aka ME, will only entertain one motion on the floor at a time.
Making & Participating in A Motion:

1) Obtain the floor from the Chair (ME).
Raise your hand to be recognized by the Chair.
You do not need to do this if your motion is already on the agenda. The Chair will present the floor to the correct person.
2) Make your motion
Say, “I move to" or "I move that…,” and state your motion clearly and to the point.
3) Second
If the chair hasn't acknowledged the original motion, you cannot second the motion.
Once the Chair has acknowledged the motion, another member will say, “I second that motion.”
If there is no second, the motion will not be considered.
A second doesn't mean you agree with the motion, just that you want it to be discussed further.
Guidelines for Debate:
Not all motions are debatable.
Only after all other speakers are finished, may you speak a second time.
When asking for a point of information, you may only ask for FACTS, not ask about motives.
However, a point of information does NOT count as one speaking point.
You MUST begin every point with “I speak in favor… or "I speak against…”
ONCE AGAIN, cross talk is NOT allowed. Every point or question MUST be directed to the Chair.
The person who makes a motion can NOT speak against the motion.
The Different Types of Votes:
Majority – A motion has more than half of the votes

Two-Thirds - A motion has twice as many votes in its favor

Plurality – This is a motion with 3 or more candidates. The one with the most votes wins!
Amending A Motion
You CANNOT interrupt a speaker.
Once you're ready to amend, you say, “I move to amend the motion that _____.”
Once this motion is made, you can insert, strike or substitute the language of the motion previously discussed.
Needs a second from the Senate.
Now it is open for debate.
Needs a majority vote
Any Questions?
Motions vs. "Entertaining a Motion"
1. Call to order

2. Roll call / Approval of Minutes

3. Guest Speaker

4. Officer Reports

5. Committee Reports

6. Old Business

7. New Business

8. Open Comments / Announcements

9. Adjournment
Order of Business:
Key Note: Abstaining is the weakest position you can take. It means "All of the people I represent don't have an opinion." ...which is really never the case. However, there are a few instances where you can abstain.
4) The Chair restates the motion. This means the motion is now ‘on the floor.’
5) Debate
The person who makes the motion has the right to speak first.
Raise your hand and wait to be called on by the Chair.
All questions should be directed to the Chair... AKA No crosstalk please.
6) Vote
Now raise your hand to vote for, against, or to abstain from the motion when the Chair asks.
Democratic rules used to facilitate meetings and make decisions consistently and fairly.
Significant because in SGA we use them to guide debate and decision-making in a fair, prompt, orderly and efficient fashion.
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