What's the Big Deal About Parliamentary Procedure?
Parliamentary Procedure is more than a bunch of mumbo jumbo - its use defines an infrastructure that helps ensure that no matter what your organization happens to be, its business can be conducted in an orderly, nonpartisan, and democratic fashion.
Following Parliamentary Procedure helps ensure:
Let's Get Started With Terms to Know...
- Chair – The chair is the presiding officer for the meeting - it's the responsibility of the chair to impartially guide the voting body through the business on the agenda for the meeting.
- Quorum – The number of members that must be present at a meeting, as set forth in the bylaws, in order legally to conduct business
- Motion – A formal proposal made to bring a subject before an assembly for discussion and vote
- Majority vote – More than one-half (1/2) of votes cast
- Bylaws – The bylaws are specific rules that govern a unit, council or district. They are the “Articles of Organization”. They may not be set aside, waived or suspended, even by a unanimous vote. Upon discovery of such action, the action may be declared null and void. All PTA bylaws have specified sections in common. Any change in bylaws requires a review by the state Parliamentarian, followed by a 30-day written notice and a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the membership.
- Standing Rules – Rules outlining procedures of the organization that are not included in the bylaws and that do not restate or conflict with the bylaws. They may be amended at any time by a two-thirds (2/3) vote or, if written notice has been given, by a majority vote.
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