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Parli Pro 101. A Quick Look at Parliamentary Procedure. Brian Kelleher, Board of Directors Former Secondary National President Former State President, DE. Agenda Creations. Opening Reading/Approval of Minutes Treasurer’s Report Committee Reports Old Business New Business Closing.

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parli pro 101

Parli Pro 101

A Quick Look at Parliamentary Procedure

Brian Kelleher, Board of Directors

Former Secondary National President

Former State President, DE

agenda creations
Agenda Creations
  • Opening
  • Reading/Approval of Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Committee Reports
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Closing
what is parliamentary procedure
What is Parliamentary Procedure?
  • Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, Tenth Edition
  • Governs meetings
  • Used by U.S, U.K, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa Governments
  • Motion = Action
the steps of a motion
The Steps of a Motion
  • A member seeks recognition for the floor
  • Chairman recognizes the member (member obtains the floor)
  • Member makes a motion
  • Another member seconds the motion
  • Chairman states the question
  • Debate (amendment and secondary motions)
  • Chairman puts the question to a vote
  • Chairman announces the result of the vote
parli pro terminology
Parli Pro Terminology
  • Agenda: sequence of items for a meeting
  • Amendment: a change proposed in a motion by altering it
  • Carried: to be adopted or passed
  • Committee: one or more members appointed or elected to complete a specific task
  • Discussion: debate that follows after the chair has stated a motion
  • Floor: the motion is currently being discussed, as in “on the floor”
  • Minutes: official record of what is done at a meeting
parli pro terminology cont
Parli Pro Terminology (cont.)
  • Motion: a proposal that a certain action should be taken
  • Out of order: a motion or procedure that violates the rules
  • Point of information: a request to the chair to obtain information about the business at hand
  • Point of order: a request to the chair to recognize an infraction in parliamentary procedure
  • Stating the question: restating of the motion by the chair
  • Table: to postpone further discussion of a motion, either for a set period of time or indefinitely
types of motions
Types of Motions
  • Main Motion – an action motion. Proposing that something be done.
    • Example: “I move to host an Ice Cream Social.”
  • Privileged Motion – motions that hold rank over all other motions.
    • Example: Move to adjourn, raise a question of privilege
  • Subsidiary Motion – motions applied to main motions.
    • Example: Amendment, Lay on the Table, Previous Question, Limit, Postpone, Refer
  • Incidental Motion – motions that can occur once a main motion is presented
    • Example: Point of Order, Point of Information, Inquiry, Information, Division
parliamentary procedure faq
Parliamentary Procedure FAQ
  • Can the chairman (President) vote?
  • Should seconds be recorded in minutes?
  • What is a majority?
  • What is a quorum?
  • What happens when it’s a tie?
  • How long can a member speak in debate?
  • Should you move to discuss or make an action?
now it s your turn
Now it’s your turn
  • Motion to hold a dance
  • Second the motion
  • Discussion
  • Amend the main motion
  • Second the amendment
  • Call for a vote
  • Vote