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Robert's Rules of Order

1915 Version, Public Domain


Table of Contents


Part I.- Rules of Order
Article I - How Business is Conducted in Deliberative Assemblies
How Business is Conducted in Deliberative Assemblies discusses the following:
1. Introduction of Business
2. What Precedes Debate
3. Motions and Resolutions
4. Seconding Motions
5. Rules for Obtaining the Floor
6. Stating the Question
7. Debate
8. Secondary Motions
9. Putting the Question and Announcing the Vote
10. Proper Motions to Use to Accomplish Certain Objects

Article II - General Classification of Motions
General Classification of Motions discusses the following:
11. A Main or Principal Motion
12. Subsidiary Motions
13. Incidental Motions
14. Privileged Motions
15. Some Main and Unclassified Motions

Article III - Privileged Motions
Privileged Motions is a review of the following:
16. To Fix the Time to which the Assembly shall Adjourn
17. To Adjourn
18. Take a Recess
19. Questions of Privilege
20. A Call for Order of the Day

Article IV - Incidental Motions
Incidental Motions reviews:
21. Questions of Order and Appeal
22. Suspension of the Rules
23. Objection to the Consideration of a Question
24. Division of a Question, and Consideration by Paragraph
25. Division of the Assembly, and other Motions relating to Voting
26. Motions relating to Nominations
27. Requests Growing Out of the Business of the Assembly

Article V - Subsidiary Motions
Subsidiary Motions:
28. To Lay on the Table
29. The Previous Question
30. Limit or Extend Limits of Debate
31. To Postpone to a Certain Time or Definitely
32. To Amend
33. To Commit or Refer
34. To Postpone Indefinitely

Article VI - Some Main and Unclassified Motions
Some Main and Unclassified Motions reviews the following:
35. To Take from the Table
36. Reconsider
37. Rescind, Repeal, or Annul
38. Renewal of a Motion
39. Ratify
40. Dilatory, Absurd, or Frivolous Motions
41. Call of the House

Article VII - Debate
Debate is a review of the following:
42. Debate
43. Decorum in Debate
44. Closing and Preventing Debate
45. Principles of Debate and Undebatable Motions

Article VIII - Vote
Vote is a review of the following sections:
46. Voting
47. Votes that are Null and Void even if Unanimous
48. Motions requiring more than a majority

Article IX- Committees and Boards
49. Committees Classified
50. Boards of Managers, etc., and Executive Committees
51. Ex-Officio Members of Boards and Committees
52. Committees, Special and Standing
53. Reception of Reports
54. Adoption or Acceptance of Reports
55. Committee of the Whole
56. As if in Committee of the Whole
57. Informal Consideration

Article X - The Officers and the Minutes
58. Chairman or President
59. Secretary or Clerk
60. The Minutes
61. Executive Secretary
62. Treasurer

Article XI - Miscellaneous
The Miscellaneous sections reviews the following:
63. Session
64. Quorum
65. Order of Business
66. Nominations and Elections
67. Constitutions, By-laws, Rules of Order, and Standing Rules
68. Amendments of Constitutions, By-laws and Rules of Order

Part II.- Organization, Meetings, and Legal Rights of Assemblies

Article XII - Organization and Meetings
Organization and Meetings provides information on the following:
69. An Occasional or Mass Meeting
    (a) Organization
    (b) Adoption of Resolutions
    (c) Committee to Draft Resolutions
    (d) Semi-Permanent Mass Meeting
70. A Permanent Society
    (a) First Meeting
    (b) Second Meeting
    (c) Regular Meeting
71. Meeting of a Convention
    (a) An Organized Convention
    (b) A Convention not yet Organized

Article XIII - Legal Rights of Assemblies and Trial of Their Members
Rights of Assemblies and Trial of Members reviews the following:
72. Right of an Assembly to Punish its Members
73. Right of an Assembly to Eject any one from its Place of Meeting
74. Rights of Ecclesiastical Tribunals
75. Trial of Members of Societies