Parliamentary Procedure

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  • The Chair must have a sound knowledge of the practice and application of Parliamentary Procedure
  • All participants need to be aware of PPP, and ensure its use in all meetings - past, current and future (precedents)
  • All meetings are conducted in accordance with Parliamentary Procedure.
  • Once calling the vote on an amendment, the meeting must vote on the amendment by normal resolution (i.e. majority vote). Members may discuss the motion -- but once voting has started on a formal motion, it gets complicated in an asynchronous environment because some members may choose to support an idea in a discussion after casting their vote. This would require another amendment, and then what happens to the votes of other members that have already been cast.
  • There is a procedure for proposing a concept motion (see above) where normal practice requires between 24-36 hours before voting begins. (In one particular case, an original motion had already been formerly tabled and seconded, then put hold, and a counter motion that was voted on, was ruled "out-of-order" - even though there were procedures already in place to debate any prospective amendments for this motion.
  • A Point of Information was queried to the Chair, who responded.
  • The Council Member chose to call the vote instead of debating the amendment...
  • S/he was notified beforehand that this action would call ahe vote
  • Once seconded and a vote has been cast -- no more debate is permitted (according to rules of Parliamentary Procedure)
  • Regarding the Point of Information, if a Council Member wants to support open discussion of the amendment -- then s/he can disapprove the motion (A member is entitled to change their vote).
  • If a majority disapproves the motion, then the Member can post a copy of the suggested amendment on the appropriate Straw Dog 3 page for discussion according to the process previously announced.
  • If the Member wants to force a vote without all the Members of Council having an equal opportunity to discuss their view, then the Member can leave his/her vote as is.