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Notes & Comments on Robert's Rules

ISBN: 978-0-8093-3215-1
2012, 208 pages
4 edition
Author(s): Jim Slaughter, Gaut Ragsdale, & Jon Ericson
Product Format: Book
Item #: R2151
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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 use its full potential. In Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, fourth edition, the authors 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 condo and homeowner associations, 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.
 
Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules of Order, Fourth Edition has received the 2013 Phifer Award from the Commission on American Parliamentary Practice, an affiliate of the National Communication Association. The Award recognizes distinguished scholarship in parliamentary procedure.
 
Contents
Introduction
On Robert's Rules
Parliamentary Procedure as Scapegoat
How to Use This Book

Part I
Ranking of Motions
Order of Precedence

Part II
Getting Started: Basic Provisions for Handling a Motion

Part III
Main Motion
Resolution
Postpone Indefinitely
Amend (the Amending Process)
Substitute
The Perfecting Process (Used with the Motion to Substitute)
Create a Blank
Commit or Refer
Committees
Committee of the Whole, Quasi Committee of the Whole, Informal Consideration
Postpone to a Certain Time (or Definitely)
Creating Orders
Call for the Orders of the Day
Limit or Extend Limits of Debate
Previous Question (Close Debate)
Lay on the Table
Take from the Table
Raise a Question of Privilege
Recess
Adjourn
Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
Point of Order
Appeal
Suspend the Rules
Objection to the Consideration of a Question
Division of a Question (Divide a Motion)
Consideration by Paragraph or Seriatim
Division of the Assembly
Requests and Inquiries
Parliamentary Inquiry and Request for Information
Modify or Withdraw a Motion
Rescind or Amend Something Previously Adopted
Reconsider
Reconsider and Enter on the Minutes

Part IV
Quorum
Meetings
Conventions
Boards
Minutes
Voting
Nominations and Elections
Bylaws
The Chair
The Parliamentarian

Notes
References
 
About the Authors
Jim Slaughter is an attorney, Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher, 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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