Basic Rules of Parliamentary Procedure
n Use parliamentary procedure to protect the rights of ALL
members - particularly their right to be heard, to be treated
fairly, and to be treated with respect.
n Never use your knowledge of Parliamentary Procedure to
control and intimidate members of your group.  Your ability to
think and act with compassion should guide your meetings,
NOT your knowledge of formal rules.
n The presiding officer’s station is called “the chair.”  Members
address only the chair, usually as Mr. President or Madam
n A member must “obtain the floor” by being “recognized”
before speaking.  Generally, the member rises to speak and
sits to yield the floor.
n Members are not entitled to the floor a second time in debate
on the same motion as long as any other member who has
not spoken on this motion wishes to debate.