CIG to Parliamentary Procedure

ISBN: 978-1-61564-220-5
2012, 144 pages
Author(s): Jim Slaughter, PRP, CPP-T, JD
Product Format: Book
Item #: R2205
Members: USD $9.95
Non-Members: USD $16.95
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Tired of meetings that ramble on too long? A new resource simplifies parliamentary procedure for average users in meetings of condominium and homeowner associations.

Easy, accessible, and to the point, The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track gives everything readers need to conduct shorter, fairer, more orderly meetings. This slim volume includes:
• The fundamentals of parliamentary procedure, with tips on which rules to use for specific meetings
• What procedures are best suited for large assemblies
• When relaxed procedures may be appropriate for a smaller group or board
• Simple suggestions for making, seconding, and debating motions, plus advice on frequently used motions from Robert’s Rules of Order
• A primer on voting, from knowing when it’s required, to breaking ties, to handling absentee and proxy votes
• Straightforward strategies for setting and sticking to an agenda
• Efficiently recording meeting minutes
• Tips for handling disruptive members and tyrannical chairs


1. What Is Parliamentary Procedure?
What Parliamentary Procedure Is Not
What Rules Should You Follow?
Different Procedures for Different Types of Groups
Membership Meetings
The Importance of Being Flexible

2. Governing Documents and Parliamentary Procedure
Higher Authorities Than Robert's
Laws and Statutes
Corporate Articles
Special Rules of Order
Parliamentary Authority

3. The Motion: How Things Are Done in Meetings
Everything Starts with a Motion
Bringing Forward a Motion
A Member Makes the Motion
Another Member Seconds the Motion
The Chair States the Question
Considering the Motion
Members Debate the Motion
The Chair Puts the Question to a Vote
The Chair Announces the Vote
Repetition Is the Key to Success

4. The Main Motion
The Two Types of Main Motions
Rules Regarding Main Motions
Avoiding Ambiguous Main Motions

5. The Most Frequently Used Motions
Following the Order of Precedence
The Subsidiary Motions
Postpone Indefinitely
Commit or Refer
Postpone to a Certain Time
Limit or Extend Limits of Debate
Previous Question (Close Debate)
The Most Used Privileged Motions
Raise a Question of Privilege
Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
The Subsidiary and Privileged Motions in Action

6. Other Motions You Need to Know
Incidental Motions
Point of Order
Suspend the Rules
Objection to the Consideration of a Question
Division of a Question
Division of the Assembly
Parliamentary Inquiry
Request for Information
Motions That Bring a Question Again Before the Assembly
Take from the Table
Rescind/Amend Something Previously Adopted
Discharge a Committee

7. Voting
What Vote Is Required?
How Is the Vote Calculated?
What About a Tie Vote?
The Most Common Methods of Voting
Voice Vote
Rising Vote
Show of Hands Vote
Other Methods of Voting
Roll-Call Vote
Machine or Electronic Vote
Voting Card
Voting by Telephone
Ballot Vote
Absentee Voting
Voting by Mail

8. Officers and Elections
Officers and Their Duties
Vice President
Executive Director
Ballot Election
Voice Election
Election by Acclamation

9. Types of Meetings and Quorum
Types of Meetings
Regular Meetings
Special Meeting
Adjourned Meeting
Executive Session
Annual Meeting
Electronic Meeting

10. Order of Business and Agendas
The Standard Order of Business
Approval of the Minutes
Reports of Officers, Boards, and Standing Committees
Reports of Special Committees
Unfinished Business
New Business
Closing the Meeting
The Consent Calendar
The Informal Agenda
The Adopted Agenda
The Timed Agenda
The Adopted Timed Agenda

11. Meeting Minutes
A Minute on Minutes
What You Should Put in the Minutes
What You Shouldn't Put in the Minutes
Approving the Minutes
Changing Minutes After the Fact
Minutes of Executive Sessions
Minutes Template
Skeletal Minutes

12. Solving Meeting Problems
The Problem Member
The Problem Chair
Meeting Problems Resolved

Parliamentary Resources
Parliamentary Motions Guide

About the Author
Jim Slaughter (Greensboro, N.C.) is an attorney, Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher, and Professional Registered Parliamentarian. He serves as parliamentarian to many of the largest trade and professional associations, including the AFL-CIO, National Education Association, American Nurses Association, and National School Boards Association. Jim serves on the national Board of Governors of the College of Community Association Lawyers and is past President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers. He is lead author of Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules, Fourth Edition. Slaughter is a partner in the North Carolina law firm Rossabi Black Slaughter, PA.

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