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ASUW Student Senate 101
Transcript of ASUW Student Senate 101
How to Senate
This becomes important when...
A large body is attempting to discuss important or complicated decisions, especially when those decisions are contentious.
A democratic body wants to ensure all constituents are represented and heard.
How we use Parli-Pro
All our meetings are conducted in parliamentary procedure, but hopefully this will help us, not hurt us.
Parli-Pro is not intended to be used as a weapon, but rather a tool.
You are always welcome to ask a question, there are always others in the room thinking the same thing.
Lets get started:
We use Parliamentary Procedure in order to:
Arrive at a consensus efficiently, fairly, and hopefully harmoniously
Preserve the minority opinion
Protect the rights of all participants
There are different kinds of motions for a variety of uses.
Main motions, Subsidiary motions, Privileged motions, and Incidental motions.
Most motions must be moved and seconded by another member.
Used to introduce a new action.
Most often these are in the form of a resolution, which any senator can submit online.
We consider resolutions throughout at least two meetings, in first and second readings. More on this later.
Member A: I move to ______
Speaker: A motion has been made to _____, is there a second to the motion?
Member B: I second the motion.
Speaker: The motion to _____ has been moved and seconded, are there any objections?
Commonly used to amend another motion.
You can "move to amend"
the motion of another member
even another amendment (only 2 layers)
Other Subsidiary Motions:
To postpone (definitely or indefinitely)
Committing a resolution to a committee
Limiting or Extending time of debate
The previous question (end debate and vote)
Lay on the Table
Usually unrelated to pending motion, but important to the assembly.
These are dealt with immediately, to ensure that all members are comfortable and capable of participating.
Kinds of Privileged Motions
Raise a question of Privilege
Call for the Orders of the Day
Point of Order
Suspend the Rules
Objection to Consideration of a Question
Division of a Question/consideration by paragraph
It is your right as a senator to ask questions about Parli-Pro whenever you need.
A parliamentary inquiry is referred to the Parliamentarian, who gives his/her opinion.
The Speaker will then making a ruling on the matter.
The path of a Resolution through Senate
(You'll see these steps in Cake)
Writing a Resolution
Writing a Resolution
WHEREAS:[Where you put relevant info.], and
Be it resolved by the Associated Students of the University of Washington
THAT:[What you want to happen], and
The First time a Resolution is considered, we attempt to understand it as best we can.
The sponsor will read it before the Senate, and senators can ask informational questions about the contents.
At the end of first readings, most resolutions are referred to one of the Legislative committees.
You have each been assigned a committee, some committees will review legislation.
During this time, as a small group
you will review pros and cons of a resolution, and report back to the body with recommendations for amendments.
This is the time that the Senate as a whole gets to contribute to the resolution.
After the sponsor reads the resolution, any member may move to amend it. After discussion has concluded, the body votes to pass or fail the resolution.
If the Senate adopts a resolution by a majority vote, it will be sent on to the Board of Directors, who will discuss it, and if passed, the resolution becomes official student opinion for the University.