Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Preface to the Fourth Edition

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pp. vii-9

Notes and Comments on “Robert’s Rules” was first published in 1982 under the title Motion by Motion: A Commentary on Parliamentary Procedure. In 1991 and 2004, revised editions were published under the present title. This edition calls attention to substantive changes in the 11th edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (published 2011), includes new sections, expands the number of questions and answers...

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Introduction

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pp. ix-xii

Organizations that need a parliamentary authority typically adopt Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. While Robert’s1 serves with distinction in this role, it can also intimidate members. Complaints about the complicated and archaic aspects of parliamentary law have long prompted cries for simplification.2 The pleas have not fallen on deaf ears. In fact, so many books, booklets, charts, manuals, and articles have been written that one author was moved to...

Part I

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pp. 1-14

Ranking of Motions

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pp. 2-15

Order of Precedence

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pp. 3-4

Part II

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pp. 5-19

Getting Started: Basic Provisions for Handling a Motion

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pp. 7-12

Part III

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pp. 13-27

Main Motion

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pp. 15-19

Postpone Indefinitely

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pp. 20-22

Amend (the Amending Process)

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pp. 23-33

Commit or Refer

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pp. 34-44

Postpone to a Certain Time (or Definitely)

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pp. 45-49

Limit or Extend Limits of Debate

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pp. 50-52

Previous Question (Close Debate)

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pp. 53-58

Lay on the Table

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pp. 59-63

Raise a Question of Privilege

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pp. 64-65

Recess

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pp. 66-79

Adjourn

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pp. 67-68

Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn

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pp. 69-82

Point of Order

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pp. 70-72

Appeal

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pp. 73-75

Suspend the Rules

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pp. 76-79

Objection to the Consideration of a Question

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pp. 80-82

Division of a Question (Divide a Motion)

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pp. 83-85

Division of the Assembly

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pp. 86-89

Requests and Inquiries

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pp. 90-98

Rescind or Amend Something Previously Adopted

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pp. 99-100

Reconsider

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pp. 101-109

Part IV

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pp. 111-125

Quorum

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pp. 113-116

Meetings

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pp. 117-123

Voting

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pp. 124-133

Nominations and Elections

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pp. 134-137

Bylaws

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pp. 138-141

The Chair

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pp. 142-146

The Parliamentarian

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pp. 147-156

Notes

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pp. 159-175

References

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pp. 177-184

Index

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pp. 185-192

Author Notes

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pp. 193-209