Robert's Rules and Subsidiary Motions

A group using Robert's Rules gets things done through motions. A main motion generally proposes that the group take some action, but the real work often is done through [more…]

Robert's Rules for Limiting and Extending Debate

Robert's Rules allows a member to speak in debate twice on each motion — with up to ten minutes per speech! Even for small boards, that kind of rule can make for some l-o-o-o-ng meetings, especially if [more…]

Robert's Rules and the Previous Question Motion

How often have you come home from a meeting exhausted because you listened to the same points made over and over again? Robert's Rules has a solution: the previous question subsidiary motion. Although [more…]

Robert's Rules and the Motion to Lay on the Table

Under Robert's Rules, the subsidiary motion to lay on the table refers to temporarily setting aside a pending motion (or a series of pending motions) to take care of something else deemed urgent. The motion [more…]

Robert's Rules for Raising a Point of Order

Rules are put in place to protect members' rights, and when the rules aren't followed, those rights can get trampled. Fortunately, Robert's Rules says that any member who notices a breach of the rules [more…]

Robert's Rules for Appealing a Ruling by the Chair

Even the most highly studied, best prepared, and popular presiding officer with a deep knowledge of Robert's Rules can make mistakes. When one of those mistakes involves a ruling on a matter of parliamentary [more…]

Robert's Rules for Objecting to Consideration of the Question

If you think a motion is such a bad idea that it shouldn't even be discussed, according to Robert's Rules, you can make a motion to object to the consideration of the question. This incidental motion is [more…]

Robert's Rules for Adjourning a Meeting

Who doesn't love to hear, "I declare the meeting adjourned!"? The Robert's Rules motion for adjourning a meeting is simple but essential for almost every meeting. [more…]