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Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules, Fourth Edition

Jim Slaughter, Gaut Ragsdale, Jon Ericson

Publication Year: 2012

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 utilize its full potential. In Notes and Comments on "Robert’s Rules", fourth edition, authors Jim Slaughter, Gaut Ragsdale, and Jon Ericson 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 members of nonprofits, voluntary associations, unions, condo and homeowner associations, student organizations, and government bodies, 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.

 

Published by: Southern Illinois University Press

Cover

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p. 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


E-ISBN-13: 9780809332168
Print-ISBN-13: 9780809332151

Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2012

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