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Robert's Rules of Order

All Senate meetings are be conducted according to Robert's Rules of Order.

Ranking order of rules

  1. Laws: federal, state, and local laws.
  2. Constitution: the structure of the Liberty University SGA.
  3. Bylaws: the official rules laid out by the SGA.
  4. Robert's Rules of Order: parliamentary procedure—rules for how a meeting is to be run.
  5. Standing Rules: administrative details not included in the bylaws or constitution.
  6. Custom: a habit—how things have always been done.
     

Words to use in a meeting

A motion is a formal proposal of a course of action made by a member. 
A motion must be seconded by another member in order to be considered.

Example:
"I move that the vote be counted."
"Second"

When discussion has been opened, wait to be recognized before standing. State your last name if the chair doesn't: "Senator ___", and then make your statement.

Specific motions

After being recognized by the chair:

  • "I move to adjourn" — to end a meeting.
  • "I move to amend" [item] "to say" / "by inserting" / "by removing" [specific part] — to edit the motion or legislation.
  • "I move the previous question" — to end debate immediately.
  • "I move that the vote be counted" — to count the precise number of senators for or against.

Before being recognized by the chair:

  • Stand, say "a parliamentary inquiry, please", wait to be recognized, and then ask a question about procedure.
  • Stand, say "point of information", wait to be recognized, and then ask for specific information relative to the discussion.
  • Stand, say "point of order", wait to be recognized, and then state a specific rule that has been broken.
  • "Point of personal priviledge" — used in the SGA's Senate meetings to be excused.