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Parliamentary Procedure. Five Basic Principles of Parliamentary Procedure Only one subject may claim the attention of the assembly at one time. Each proposition presented for consideration is entitled to full and free debate . Every member has rights equal to every other member.

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Parliamentary procedure

Parliamentary Procedure

Five Basic Principles of Parliamentary Procedure

  • Only one subject may claim the attention of the assembly at one time.

  • Each proposition presented for consideration is entitled to full and free debate.

  • Every member has rights equal to every other member.

  • The will of the majority must be carried out and the rights of the minority must be preserved.

  • The personality and desires of each member should be merged into the larger unit of the organization.


Parliamentary procedure

Making a Motion BASICS:

  • A member addresses the presiding officer for recognition, once the member is recognized, The member will propose a motion.

  • Another member must second the motion.

  • The presiding officer states the motion to the assembly.

  • At this point discussion on the Motion is Held.

    • Only one person at a time may speak and must first be recognized by the presiding officer.

  • The presiding officer takes the vote on the motion. Voting can be done by voice, show of hands or balloting.

  • The presiding officer announces the result of the vote.

  • The floor is now open and another motion can be proposed.


Parliamentary procedure

Amending a Motion – Basic’s

  • The purpose is to modify a motion that has already been presented in such a manner that it will be more satisfactory to the members.

    • Reasons for amending:

      • Adding something to the motion.

      • Subtracting from a motion.

      • Substitute/Change a part of the motion.

      • Change the Amount to be awarded

  • Simple Rules:

    • The amendment may not be used to adversely change the purpose of the original motion.

    • It must be relevant to the spirit of the original motion.

  • Voting on the Amendment

    • Must take place first

    • If the amendment is approved, Then the amended motion is the LIVE version on the floor

    • If the amendment is defeated, then the original Motion is LIVE on the floor

  • The LIVE Motion is now voted upon by the GSA

    • Following the rules from the previous slide.


Example motion

Example Motion

  • Raise my hand, and I am recognized!

  • I would like make a motion, that the GSA meets every Friday Night for the Fall and Spring Semesters.

  • Someone Seconds!

  • After a brief Discussion, another member makes an amendment to my motion

    • I would like to amend the motion to read the First Friday of the Month, except January.

    • Someone seconds

    • Any discussion…hears none

    • The GSA Votes…in Favor of the amended motion.

  • The President now reads the amended motion to the group:

    • GSA Coordinators make a motion that the GSA meets on the First Friday of the Month, except for January, for the Fall and Spring Semesters.

    • Someone seconds!

    • Any Discussion? Hearing none

    • A Voice Vote will be taken…All in Favor.


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