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While Robert’s Rules of Order has long been the standard guide to parliamentary procedure, many readers find the manual too daunting and complex to utilize its full potential. In Notes and Comments on "Robert’s Rules", fourth edition, authors Jim Slaughter, Gaut Ragsdale, and Jon Ericson skillfully guide users through the intricate pathways of the latest edition of Robert’s Rules, transforming the often intimidating parliamentary guidebook into an easy-to-use tool. Notes and Comments explains in simple terms the ...

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Overview

While Robert’s Rules of Order has long been the standard guide to parliamentary procedure, many readers find the manual too daunting and complex to utilize its full potential. In Notes and Comments on "Robert’s Rules", fourth edition, authors Jim Slaughter, Gaut Ragsdale, and Jon Ericson skillfully guide users through the intricate pathways of the latest edition of Robert’s Rules, transforming the often intimidating parliamentary guidebook into an easy-to-use tool. Notes and Comments explains in simple terms the individual motions found in Robert’s Rules, presents extensive tips and suggestions regarding possible modifications to Robert’s practices; allows readers to witness the vigorous debate about the rules within the notes section; and compares major parliamentary authorities.  A reader-friendly question-and-answer format provides immediate solutions to the most common quandaries that arise during the meeting process, and a card featuring simplified charts of parliamentary motions is available for the user’s quick reference.

An essential volume for members of nonprofits, voluntary associations, unions, condo and homeowner associations, student organizations, and government bodies, Notes and Comments on “Robert’s Rules” makes parliamentary procedure accessible to meeting participants as never before. Each section of this authoritative, straightforward guide is designed to empower participants with the confidence and knowledge necessary to navigate any meeting, large or small, with the utmost efficiency.

2013 Winner of the Phifer Award from the National Communication Association

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“For anyone who has felt hog-tied and browbeat by parliamentary procedures (or parliamentarians), I second the motion to get this book.  Ericson, Slaughter and Ragsdale turn the mystery of Robert’s Rules into plain English. Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, Fourth Edition is crisply organized, accessible to the novice and invaluable to the practiced.”—Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association

“You may own a copy of Robert’s Rules. You may have even read it. But to truly understand Robert’s, you need Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, Fourth Edition.”—Rich Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809332151
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Edition description: 4th Edtion
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 324,426
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Slaughter is an attorney, a certified professional parliamentarian-teacher, a professional registered parliamentarian, and past president of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. He is a partner in the North Carolina law firm of Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA. 

Gaut Ragsdale, a certified professional parliamentarian-teacher and a registered parliamentarian, is a professor at Northern Kentucky University and associate dean of the College of Informatics.

Jon Ericson, the Ellis and Nelle Levitt Professor of Rhetoric and Communication Studies emeritus and a former Provost at Drake University, is the original author of Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition vii

Introduction ix

On Robert's Rules x

Parliamentary Procedure as Scapegoat xi

How to Use This Book xii

Part I

Ranking of Motions 2

Order of Precedence 3

Part II

Getting Started: Basic Provisions for Handling a Motion 7

Part III

Main Motion 15

Resolution 17

Postpone Indefinitely 20

Amend (the Amending Process) 23

Substitute 28

The Perfecting Process (Used with the Motion to Substitute) 30

Create a Blank 31

Commit or Refer 34

Committees 35

Committee of the Whole, Quasi Committee of the Whole, Informal Consideration 43

Postpone to a Certain Time (or Definitely) 45

Creating Orders 47

Call for the Orders of the Day 49

Limit or Extend Limits of Debate 50

Previous Question (Close Debate) 53

Lay on the Table 59

Take from the Table 62

Raise a Question of Privilege 64

Recess 66

Adjourn 67

Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn 69

Point of Order 70

Appeal 73

Suspend the Rules 76

Objection to the Consideration of a Question 80

Division of a Question (Divide a Motion) 83

Consideration by Paragraph or Seriatim 84

Division of the Assembly 86

Requests and Inquiries 90

Parliamentary Inquiry and Request for Information 90

Modify or Withdraw a Motion 95

Rescind or Amend Something Previously Adopted 99

Reconsider 101

Reconsider and Enter on the Minutes 107

Part IV

Quorum 113

Meetings 117

Conventions 119

Boards 120

Minutes 121

Voting 124

Nominations and Elections 134

Bylaws 138

The Chair 142

The Parliamentarian 147

Notes 159

References 177

Index 185

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    This is the essential "book behind the book" for under

    This is the essential "book behind the book" for understanding the whys and wherefores of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, the most commonly used parliamentary authority. At almost 700 pages, Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised inevitably needs a key and explanation and this book provides the insights you nee to get the rules right, but understanding the rationales behind the rules. The book is thoroughly researched, up-to-date, amd the ample footnotes provide additional resources for opinion writers and those looking for an in-depth understanding of parliamentary procedure that goes beyond memorizing the rules. At the same time, the background on the principles behind the rules makes this book a useful companion to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised for more casual users.

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