Parliamentary Procedure


Order of Business


I. Call to Order

II. Old Business (finishing up any bills/resolutions from the last session)

III. Normal Order (for considering a new bill/resolution)
a. Clerk reads the original bill and report
b. The standing committee reports any changes (amendments) that they made to the legislation. New versions of the bill are distributed.
c. Sponsors of the original bill/resolution respond to the changes made by the standing committee and then speak for the need for the
legislation.
d. Minority report sponsor presents opinion if necessary.
e. The bill/resolution is now open for discussion by all members.
questions may be asked for clarification
Opinions may be expressed
Amendment may be proposed
Motions may be made to vote, adjourn etc.

IV. Rules of Amendments
a. Amendments are phrased as follows: "I move we amend line(s)__ to read. . ."
b. Every proposed amendment needs a second, phrased, "I second." If no second occurs, the amendment attempt fails.
c. After a proposed amendment is seconded, it is open for discussion. Nothing else about the bill/resolution may be discussed until the amendment if voted on.
d. An amendment may be added or changed as follows.

Amendment to the Amendment: adds additional changes to the original amendment
For example: the original bill calls for a $1000 fine to be imposed. Amendment calls for jail time in addition to the fine. Amendment to the Amendment calls for a fine of $2000 but no jail time.
Friendly Amendment: Aska the person making the original amendment to consider a slight change.
For example: The original amendment calls for raising the fine from $1000 to $2000. A friendly amendment asks the sponsor to consider raising the fine to $2500. You do not need a second for a friendly amendment. The sponsor either agrees to accept it or not.

V. Rules for Motion (ways to get the group to act)
a. A motion is stated: "I move we.. ." Motions must be seconded.
b. Motions are used when you want the group to vote, table (set aside) something or send something back.

VI. Other essential information
a. No person may speak unless recognized by the presiding officer.
b. Point of Information: If you do not understand, call out: "Point of information!" and ask for clarification.
c. Point of Orider: If proper procedure is not followed, call out "Point of Order!"