Everything you need to know, to run an effective ASO Parliamentary Procedure, Effective Meeting Techniques and Leadership Skills
Parli Pro means parliamentary procedure.
The rules are not complicated but designed to allow you to run an orderly and fair meeting where all can participate.
It only protects your ability to assemble, organize and vote with the fewest issues .
The most important principles of Parli Pro:
All members have equal rights , privileges and obligations to participate fully in any deliberation of the group.
The majority decides the vote , the will of the majority rules in final decisions.
However the rights of the minority must be protected and can’t be arbitrarily over-ridden by the majority. The voice of the minority must be heard.
For any action 4 steps must be taken
A member proposes a motion for the group to consider. A motion is a formal way of making a suggestion for action.
Another member seconds the motion , or agrees to discuss it, regardless of endorsement.
The Chairperson re-states the motion to the group, to clarify what the motion is and discussion will be on.
Discussion /debate happens prior to action. We talk about the suggestion/motion before we vote.
How to categorize a motion
Main Motion: The original motion used to bring an item before the voting body. Only one topic at a time please.
Subsidiary Motions: These are ways to dispose of or change motions without a vote. (Table, Call the question, limit debate, refer to committee, amend, postpone indefinitely)
Incidental Motions: These come from the business of the assembly and may interrupt other motions to deal with immediate business. (Such as: Appeal the decision of the chair, Object to consideration, Suspension of the rules, Point of information, Point of order, Divide the question, Division of the house)
Privileged Motions: These are unrelated to the pending motion but are of high priority. (These include Adjournment, Recess, Point of Personal Privilege and Call for the Orders of the Day.)
You need to know a Main Motion
Motions to enforce correct procedure : Point of Order (PoO) Appeal the Decision of the Chair Point of Information (POI) Division of the Assembly/House
Motions to change a motion : Amend the Original Motion Division of the Question
Motions to control debate : Limit or extend time on debate Vote immediately: Call the question, Move to the previous question
Motion to defer action : Postpone temporarily, table Postpone definitely Refer to committee
Motion to Suppress motions ( USE RARELY ) : Object to consideration Withdraw Postpone indefinitely
Motions to meet Emergencies: Suspend the rules Point of privilege