PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE AT A GLANCE

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE AT A GLANCE

 

Principles

 

·      Do only one thing at a time

·      Justice and courtesy for all

·      The Majority rules but the Minority has a right to be heard

·      To facilitate action not to obstruct it.

·      To maintain order

 

How do I …. ?

 

Have the group take action … make a main motion … I move that we take this action, by this date, by this individual or committee and that it will cost no more than $X.

 

Kill a motion …. I move that we postpone this motion indefinitely

 

Change a motion under consideration … move an amendment … I move that we amend the motion by (adding, striking out, inserting) the words ______.

 

Consider this matter at another meeting … I move that we postpone consideration of this motion to our next regular meeting (or at another time specified)

 

The group doesn’t have enough information to make a decision …Move to refer to Committee…  I move that we refer the motion (s) to the _____ Committee, to consider the matter (or  specific directions) and that they report back to us by the next regular meeting (or at some other time).

 

I don’t want to hear anymore discussion! … I move that we close debate on the motion(s) or limit debate to __ minutes for the motion(s) or for individuals speaking.

 

I am confused about the way things are proceeding or would like more information on the motion  … Mr. or Madam Chair I rise on a parliamentary inquiry (wait for recognition of the Chair and state your question).

 

I think the rules are being broken …. Point of Order Mr./Madam Chair … (wait for recognition of the chair and state your point and the Chair will rule on it).

 

I am uncomfortable, can’t hear or see, or I find a speakers remarks a personal affront … I rise on a question of  privilege (wait for recognition of the Chair and state your question and the Chair will (hopefully) do something about it).

 

I don’t like the Chair’s ruling or what he/she is doing … I appeal the decision of the Chair.

 

We all need a break … I move that we recess for (state number of minutes).