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- Think carefully about what it is you're trying to accomplish
- Draft the simplest most concise language, removing unambiguous language where possible
- You are responsible for the language and terminology, make sure it does what you want it to!
- Be prepared with facts and arguments to support your resolution
- Arrange your argument in a logical order, preceding each "argument" with the word "Whereas,..."
- Write your resolution, ending it with the words "Therefore, be it resolved that..."
Remember-everything happens before "Therefore..." is stripped out
- All the "bite" needs to be in the "Therefore..."
When YOU Have the Floor
ALWAYS address the Chair
Mr. Chairman, Madam Chairwoman
IDENTIFY YOURSELF- name and facility
- Make your point and MOVE ON
- Allow those of differing opinion's the same courtesy you would expect
- Treat everyone with respect
- Directed to the Chair
- Not a substitute for debate
- Request for information relevant to the business at hand but not related to parliamentary procedure
- Example: "How much would this cost?"
- Roll call vote
- Doors locked- can leave but cannot return
- Weighted voting by delegation
- Alphabetically by region/facility ID
- Cannot be used dilatorily
- Example: "I call for a division of the house"
- Must have floor
- Requires second
- Example: "I move to amend the motion by inserting (insert blank here) after the word (insert blank here)."
- Ends debate- we take a vote
- Requires second
- Example: "I call the question"
- Helps those that are undecided on an issue make an educated decision concerning their vote
- Should have an equal number of pros and cons
- Follows Rules of Etiquette
- Ends by "Calling the Question"
- Only delegates can vote
- Alternates cannot vote!
- Point of Order?
- Voice Vote
- Ayes and Nays
- Rising Vote (Division)
- Roll Call
- Painful by design