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Parliamentary Procedure

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Chelsea Canon

on 23 August 2014

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Transcript of Parliamentary Procedure

Parliamentary Procedure
What is Parliamentary Procedure
Parli - pro is a set of rules that groups have developed to greatly increase the fairness and efficiency of meetings
Making a Motion
A motion is a formal proposal to take a certain path of action
Once the Motion is Made
It must be seconded

There will then be a vote depending on the motion

Followed by voting discussion or what ever the motion entails
Making a Point

Points are used when it is not practical to wait to speak in the speakers list or make a motion

It does not need to be seconded

Point of...

Order- Things are not being run properly

Privilege- You are in some sort of disadvantage

Information - You have a question about what is going on or are lost

Parliamentary Procedure - Question on how something in parli-pro works

Clarification- Clarify something that you said earlier earlier that might be being used incorrectly
Points should not be over used and should never be used as an alternative to the speakers list

A chair can rule them out of order if you do not use them wisely
Points Continued
Motion to...

Call to question or move to previous question

Call to question
The motion needs a second

If there are no objections voting procedures begin
Move to previous question
This motion needs to be second

2/3 majority vote is needed to enter voting procedures
Once voting procedures begin
No one can enter or leave the room

Usually it takes a 2/3, majority or 51% in order to pass anything

The number needed is based on what is decided earlier
If it seems everyone is in agreement someone can call out consent

If it is second and there are no objections a vote is not necessary, an it is passed unanimously
Friendly amendments can be added to a piece of legislation, if they are approved of by the originator of the legislation

Unfriendly Amendments need to be voted on by the people present and need 2/3 majority to pass

Never use Parli-Pro as a weapon

Never be afraid to speak

Do not worry about being perfect

Cheat Sheet
A member must be recognized by the chair before speaking

The member who made the motion has the first right to speak on the motion

Speakers must address all remarks to the chair

Cross talk between members is not allowed.

Debate must be germane (relevant) to the motion

Speakers refer to people by title

There are debatable and undebatable motions
Debatable Motions
Main motion
Postpone indefinitely
Refer to a committee
Postpone to a certain time
Appeal from the decision of the chair
Undebatable Motions
Previous question (closes debate)
Lay on the table
Take from the table
Raise a question of privilege
Point of order
Withdraw a motion
Division of the assembly
Division of the question
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