EXCERPT FROM ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER NEWLY REVISED
PROCEDURE IN SMALL BOARDS
- Members are not required to obtain the floor before making motions or speaking, which they can do while seated.
- Motions need not be seconded.
is no limit to the number of times a member can speak to a question,
and motions to close or limit debate generally should not be
- Informal discussion of a subject is permitted while no motion is pending.
when a proposal is perfectly clear to all present, a vote can be taken
without a motion having been introduced. Unless agreed to by general
consent, however, all proposed actions of a board must be approved by
vote under the same rules as in an assembly, except that a vote can be
taken initially by a show of hands, which is often a better method in
- The chairperson need not rise while putting questions to vote.
chairperson can speak in discussion without rising or leaving the
chair; and, subject to rule or custom within the particular bo ard
(which should be uniformly allowed regardless of how many members are
present), the chair usually can make motions and usually votes on all
Robert, Sarah Corbin, Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised , Glenview, Illinois: Scott, Foresman and Company, 1970.