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
|Publisher:||Southern Illinois University Press|
|Edition description:||4th Edtion|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About 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.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Fourth Edition vii
On Robert's Rules x
Parliamentary Procedure as Scapegoat xi
How to Use This Book xii
Ranking of Motions 2
Order of Precedence 3
Getting Started: Basic Provisions for Handling a Motion 7
Main Motion 15
Postpone Indefinitely 20
Amend (the Amending Process) 23
The Perfecting Process (Used with the Motion to Substitute) 30
Create a Blank 31
Commit or Refer 34
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
Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn 69
Point of Order 70
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 and Enter on the Minutes 107
Nominations and Elections 134
The Chair 142
The Parliamentarian 147
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