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Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure

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ISBN-10: 0070625220

ISBN-13: 9780070625228

Edition: 3rd 1988 (Revised)

Authors: Alice F. Sturgis

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Already the acclaimed choice of thousands of successful organizations including the American Library Association, the Fourth Edition features an all-new chapter that considers the ways the Internet and other state-of-the-art technologies have rewritten the rules of today's meetings and conventions. This easy-to-use, paperback volume- the popular alternative to Robert's Rules- is the most comprehensive, understandable, and logical guide to smooth-running, professional meetings. Alice Sturgis was a practicing parliamentarian and consultant to national and international professional and business organizations. She taught at Stanford University and the University of California.
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List price: $19.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Trade
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 275
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

To the Reader
The Significance of Parliamentary Law
Parliamentary Law Safeguards Rights
What Is Parliamentary Law?
What Organizations Must Observe Parliamentary Law?
When Must Organizations Observe Parliamentary Law?
Where Parliamentary Rules Are Found
Requirements for a Parliamentary Authority
Fundamental Principles of Parliamentary Law
The Purpose of Parliamentary Law
Equality of Rights
Majority Decision
Minority Rights
The Right of Discussion
The Right to Information
Fairness and Good Faith
Presentation of Motions
Steps in Presenting a Motion
Addressing the Presiding Officer
Recognition by the Presiding Officer
Proposal of a Motion by a Member
Seconding a Motion
Statement of a Motion by the Presiding Officer
Example of the Presentation of a Motion
Classification of Motions
Classes of Motions
Main Motions
Subsidiary Motions
Privileged Motions
Incidental Motions
Classification of Unlisted Motions
Changes in Classification of Motions
Precedence of Motions
Order of Precedence
Basic Rules of Precedence
Example of Precedence
Rules Governing Motions
The Basic Rules of Motions
What Is the Precedence of the Motion?
Can the Motion Interrupt a Speaker?
Does the Motion Require a Second?
Is the Motion Debatable?
Can the Motion Be Amended?
What Vote Does the Motion Require?
To What Other Motions Can the Motion Apply?
What Other Motions Can Be Applied to the Motion?
When Can a Motion Be Renewed?
Chart: Changing Main Motions Already Voted On
Main Motions
The Main Motion
The Main Motion Defined
Phrasing the Main Motion
The Main Motion in Resolution Form
Discussion on the Main Motion
Disposition of the Main Motion
Effect of Adopting the Main Motion
Rules Governing the Main Motion
Motion to Reconsider
What Votes Can Be Reconsidered?
Proposal of the Motion to Reconsider
Who Can Move to Reconsider?
Debate on the Motion to Reconsider
Effect of Adopting the Motion to Reconsider
Rules Governing the Motion to Reconsider
Motion to Rescind
What Motions May Be Rescinded?
Vote Required to Rescind
Rescind and Expunge
Effect of Adoption of the Motion to Rescind
Rules Governing the Motion to Rescind
Motion to Resume Consideration
Limitations on the Motion to Resume Consideration
Precedence over Other Main Motions
Adhering Motions and Resuming Consideration
Effect of Adoption of the Motion to Resume Consideration
Rules Governing the Motion to Resume Consideration
Subsidiary Motions
Motion to Amend
What Motions May Be Amended?
Amendments Must Be Germane
Amendments May Be Hostile
Limitations on Pending Amendments
Debate on Amendments
Amendment by Substitution of a New Motion
Filling Blanks
Withdrawing and Accepting Amendments
Adhering Amendments
Voting on Amendments
Vote Required on Amendments
Amending Actions Already Taken
Effect of Adoption of the Motion to Amend
Rules Governing the Motion to Amend
Motion to Refer to Committee
Provisions Included in the Motion to Refer
Instructions to a Committee
Effect of Adoption of the Motion to Refer
Rules Governing the Motion to Refer
Motion to Postpone Definitely
Differences in Postponing Temporarily and Definitely
Limitations on the Motion to Postpone Definitely
Postponing as a General or Special Order
Types of Postponement
Consideration of Postponed Motions
Effect of Adoption of the Motion to Postpone Definitely
Rules Governing the Motion to Postpone Definitely
Motion to Limit or Extend Debate
Types of Limitations on Debate
How Limiting Debate Affects Pending Motions
Termination of the Motion to Limit Debate
Effect of Adoption of the Motion to Limit Debate
Rules Governing the Motion to Limit Debate
Motion to Close Debate
Confusion Caused by Former Name
Proposal of the Motion to Close Debate
How Closing Debate Affects Pending Motions
Termination of the Motion to Close Debate
Two-thirds Vote Required
Effect of Adoption of the Motion to Close Debate
Rules Governing the Motion to Close Debate
Motion to Postpone Temporarily
Reasons for Postponing Temporarily
Time Limits on the Motion to Postpone Temporarily
Adhering Motions Also Postponed
Use of the Term "to Table"
Effect of Adoption of the Motion to Postpone Temporarily
Rules Governing the Motion to Postpone Temporarily
Privileged Motions
Question of Privilege
Member's Right to Request Privilege
Interruption by a Question of Privilege
Privileges of the Assembly
Personal Privileges
Motions as Questions of Privilege
Effect of Proposing a Question of Privilege
Rules Governing a Question of Privilege (Request)
Motion to Recess
Difference Between Recess and Adjourn
Limitations and Restrictions on the Motion to Recess
Effect of Adoption of the Motion to Recess
Rules Governing the Motion to Recess
Motion to Adjourn
Qualified and Unqualified Motions to Adjourn
Completion of Business Before Adjournment
Adjournment to a Later Time
Adjournment and Dissolution
Voting on Adjournment
Adjournment at Previously Fixed Time
Business Interrupted by Adjournment
Effect of Adoption of the Motion to Adjourn
Rules Governing the Motion to Adjourn
Incidental Motions
Motion to Appeal
When an Appeal May Be Taken
Statement of the Question on Appeal
Statement of the Reasons for Appeal
Vote on an Appeal
Effect of the Motion to Appeal
Rules Governing the Motion to Appeal
Motion to Suspend Rules
Which Rules Can Be Suspended?
Which Rules Cannot Be Suspended?
Restrictions and Time Limits on Suspension of Rules
The "Gordian Knot" Motion
Effect of Adoption of the Motion to Suspend Rules
Rules Governing the Motion to Suspend Rules
Point of Order
How Points of Order Arise
When a Point of Order May Be Raised
Ruling on Points of Order
Effect of Request for Point of Order
Rules Governing Point of Order
Parliamentary Inquiry
Right of Members to Inquire
When an Inquiry Interrupts
Inquiry Addressed to the Presiding Officer
Effect of Request for Parliamentary Inquiry
Effect of Interruption
Rules Governing Parliamentary Inquiry
Request to Withdraw a Motion
Right of the Proposer to Withdraw a Motion
Permission to Withdraw a Motion
Recording Withdrawn Motions
Effect of Request to Withdraw a Motion
Rules Governing Request to Withdraw a Motion
Request for Division of Question
Motions That the Presiding Officer Can Divide
Motions That the Presiding Officer Cannot Divide
When Division of Question May Be Proposed
Alternative Proposals for Dividing a Question
Effect of Request for Division of Question
Rules Governing Request for Division of Question
Request for Division of Assembly
When Division May Be Requested
Verification of a Vote by the Presiding Officer
Effect of Request for Division of Assembly
Rules Governing Request for Division of Assembly
Notice of Meetings and Proposals
Importance of Notice
Notice Protects Members
Notice of Meetings
Notice of Proposed Actions
Waiver of Notice
Meetings and Conventions Defined
Regular Meetings
Special Meetings
Continued Meetings
Failure to Call Meetings
Necessity for a Quorum
Quorum Requirements
Computing a Quorum
Raising a Question on Quorum
Presumption of a Quorum
Order of Business
Usual Order of Business
Flexibility in the Order of Business
Consent Agenda
Call to Order
Reading of Minutes
Postponement of Reading of Minutes
"Dispensing" with Reading of Minutes
Reports of Officers
Reports of Committees
Unfinished Business
New Business
The Right of Debate
Extent of Debate on Motions
Obtaining the Floor for Debate
Recognition of Members During Debate
Speaking More Than Once
What Is Not Debate?
Relevancy in Debate
Dilatory Tactics
Members' Conduct During Debate
Presiding Officer's Duties During Debate
Time Limits on Debate
Cutting Off Debate
Bringing a Question to Vote
Informal Consideration
Votes Required for Valid Actions
Significance of a Majority Vote
Requiring More Than a Majority Vote
Requiring Less Than a Majority Vote
Importance of Defining the Vote Required
Different Meanings of Majority Vote
Plurality Vote
Unanimous Vote
Tie Vote
Vote of the Presiding Officer
Computation of a Two-thirds Vote
Computing a Majority for Separate Questions
Computing a Majority When Electing a Group
Voting Separately for Equal Positions
When Members Cannot Vote
Methods of Voting
Voting Is a Fundamental Right
Voting in Meetings
Voice Vote
Rising Vote
Roll Call Vote
Ballot Vote
Voting by General Consent
Voting by Mail
Voting by Proxy
Changing a Vote
Announcing the Result of a Vote
All Votes Binding During a Meeting
Nominations and Elections
Choosing Organization Leaders
Bylaw Provisions on Nominations and Elections
Nominations from the Floor
Voting for Candidates Not Nominated
Selecting a Nominating Committee
Duties of a Nominating Committee
Qualifications of Nominees
Nomination to More Than One Office
Nominating Committee Members as Candidates
Single and Multiple Slate
Election Committee
Counting Ballots
Determining Legality of Ballots
Report of Election Committee or Tellers
Vote Necessary to Elect
Casting of Ballot by the Secretary
Motion to Make a Vote Unanimous
When Elections Become Effective
Challenging a Vote
Challenging an Election
The President as Leader
The President as Administrator
The President as Presiding Officer
When the President Presides
The President-elect
The Vice President
The Secretary
The Corresponding Secretary
The Treasurer
The Member Parliamentarian
The Sergeant-at-Arms
Honorary Officers
Powers and Liabilities of Officers
Delegation of Authority by Officers and Boards
Term of Office
Removal of Officers
Committees and Boards
Importance of Committees
Advantages of Committees
Standing Committees
Special Committees
Committees for Deliberation
Committees for Action
Selection of the Committee Chairman
Selection of the Committee Members
Ex Officio Members of Committees
Powers, Rights, and Duties of Committees
Working Materials for Committees
Committee Meetings Limited to Members
Procedure in Committee Meetings
Committee Hearings
The Board of Directors
The Executive Committee of the Board
Conflicts of Interest
Committee Reports and Recommendations
Form of Committee Reports and Recommendations
Agreement on Committee Reports
Presentation of Committee Reports
Consideration of Committee Reports
Record of Committee Reports
Minority Reports
Presentation of Committee Recommendations
Conventions and Their Committees
General Structure of Conventions
Instruction of Delegates
Convention Committees
Use of Reference (or Resolutions) Committees
Duties of Reference Committees
Hearings of Reference Committees
Reports of Reference Committees
Importance of Minutes
Responsibility for Minutes
Preparing Minutes
Reading and Correction of Minutes
Approval of Minutes
What Minutes Should Contain
What Minutes Should Not Contain
The Minute Book
Charters, Bylaws, and Rules
Types of Charters
Constitution and Bylaws
Drafting Bylaws
Adoption of the Original Bylaws
When Bylaws Go into Effect
Provisions for Amending Bylaws
Proposing Amendments to Bylaws
Form for Proposed Amendments to Bylaws
Considering Amendments to Bylaws
Vote Required on Amendments to Bylaws
Revision of Bylaws
Interpreting Bylaws and Rules
Special and Standing Rules
Parliamentary Authority
Detailed Procedures
Supplementing Procedural Rules by Motions
Adopted Policies
Setting Up Financial Records
Report of the Treasurer
Report of the Auditor
Financial Safeguards
Legal Classifications of Organizations
Meeting to Form an Organization
Temporary and Permanent Organizations
Incorporated and Unincorporated Organizations
Statutory Requirements
Nonprofit Organizations
Rights of Members and of Organizations
Relationship Between Member and Organization
Rights of Members
Rights of Organizations
Relationship of Individual and Organizational Rights
Discipline and Expulsion of Members
Staff and Consultants
The Executive Secretary
The Accountant
The Consultant to Nonprofit Organizations
The Attorney
The Parliamentarian
Dealing with Disapproved or Obsolete Motions
Adjourning to an Adjourned Meeting
Call for the Orders of the Day
Committee of the Whole
Dispense with the Reading of the Minutes
Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
Object to Consideration
Postpone Indefinitely
The Previous Question
Quasi-Committee of the Whole
Reconsider and Enter on the Minutes
Simplification of Motion to Reconsider
Often-Asked Questions
Governmental Boards, Councils, Commissions, and Committees
Governmental Bodies and Parliamentary Law
Organization of Governmental Bodies
Notice Requirements
Presiding Officer
Powers and Duties of Members
No Seconds Required
Removal of Members
Parliamentary Authority
Rights of Citizens Attending Meetings
Suggested Bylaw Provisions for A Local Organization
Model Minutes
Definitions of Parliamentary Terms
Principal Rules Governing Motions
Incidental Motions
The Chief Purposes of Motions