Performance Expectations
In addition to the Performance Expectations below, the candidate is expected to be familiar with the rules in all of Chapters 1-11 of RONRIB (3rd ed.).

MOTIONS IN GENERAL

1.1     Explain the purpose of any motion listed on RONR (12th ed.) 6:5, 6:12, 6:17, and 6:26 or RONRIB (3rd ed.). Chapter 14.

1.5     Relate the concepts of “secondary motions,” “pending,” “immediately pending,” “taking precedence,” and “yielding” to the order of precedence of motions as explained in RONRIB (3rd ed.) Chapter 12D (pp. 103-106) and RONR (12th ed.) 4:64, 5:1–13, 6:18–22, and 10:31–34.

1.7     Employ Chart I on RONR (12th ed.) t3-t5 to determine the precedence of other subsidiary and privileged motions. (C)

1.8     Know and apply the order of precedence of the ranking motions as given on RONR (12th ed.) t4.

1.9     Employ the standard descriptive characteristics of individual motions and Tables II and IV through VII in the RONR (12th ed.) “t” pages to quickly look up the information they provide, as explained in RONRIB (3rd ed.) Chapter 12 E & F (pp. 106-108) and in RONR (12th ed.) 7:1-4. (C)

1.10     Employ Table III in the RONR (12th ed.) “t” pages to provide advice regarding the proper form for making motions. (C)

MAIN MOTIONS

2.2     Identify, when applicable, the prohibitions or limitations on main motions to reaffirm, to refrain, and that contain negative statements under RONR (12th ed.) 10:10–12.

2.4     Understand and apply the rules relating to modification of a main motion by its maker before or after it has been stated by the chair as found in RONR (12th ed.) 10:30(1–2).

2.5     Explain to beginners, organization members, or the public the meaning of a main motion as described in RONRIB (3rd ed.) Chapter 3A, p. 19, and the five means by which a change may be made in a main motion before the vote on its adoption as outlined in RONR (12th ed.) 10:30(1–2).

AMEND

3.2     Know and apply the rules for the motion Amend in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 on RONR (12th ed.) 12:7(3–7).

3.3     Recognize and know how to advise the chair in the use of and define the proper terms for amendments given in RONR (12th ed.) 12:8–11, and the first sentence of 12:12. including footnotes).

3.4     Understand and explain the prohibition on third degree amendments and the way of accomplishing the same purpose described on RONR (12th ed.) 12:7(6), and second and third sentences of 12:12.

3.5     Understand and apply the rules concerning the use of one motion to offer multiple amendments and governing conforming amendments given in RONR (12th ed.) 12:14–15. These paragraphs are new in the 12th edition.

3.6     Apply the rules defining germaneness in RONR (12th ed.) 12:16–21to amendments that are clearly germane or clearly not germane.

3.7     Apply the rules identifying improper amendments on RONR (12th ed.) 12:22.

3.8     Apply the rule governing amendments to a preamble in RONR (12th ed.) 12:23.

3.10     Apply the basic rules governing the different forms of amendment found on RONR (12th ed.) 12:26 and 12:30 (insert or add words); first sentence of 12:31 (insert or add paragraphs); 12:46–47 (new 12th ed. Language that might be tested), 12:49, and 12:50 (strikeout words); 12:56–62, 12:65–66 (strikeout and insert words); 12:69, and first two sentences of 12:70 (substitute).

3.11     Apply the rules concerning so-called “friendly amendments” and cases in which the maker of the main motion “accepts” an amendment stated in RONR (12th ed.) 12:91.

3.12     Explain and employ how the chair states and puts the question and announces the result on amendments as described in RONR (12th ed.) 12:33–40 , and with the option of using unanimous consent as described on RONR (12th ed.) 12:91.

3.13     Know and recall the basic nature of filling blanks as described in RONR (12th ed.) 12:92–94 The 12th edition includes significant additions to RONR’s rules regarding filling blanks. Especially applicable to RP candidates is 12:94, which summarizes the “basic procedure for filling blanks.”

COMMIT OR REFER

3.15     Understand and describe the difference between the main and subsidiary motions to Commit explained on RONR (12th ed.) 13:6, and 51:33n9.

3.16     Apply the rules relating to adhering motions with reference to Commit as described in RONR (12th ed.) 13:7(2) portion of first sentence through first semi-colon(;) and last sentence, as well as 13:19 except last sentence More specifics in 12th ed..

3.17     Know and apply the rules for the motion Commit in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 on RONR (12th ed.) 13:7(3–7).

POSTPONE DEFINITELY

3.18     Understand and describe the difference between the main and subsidiary motions to Postpone Definitely explained on RONR (12th ed.) 14:1 and 14:3.

3.19     Apply the rules relating to adhering motions with reference to Postpone Definitely as described in RONR (12th ed.) 14:4(2), second to last sentence, 14:19 This paragraph has been rewritten in the 12th edition.

3.20     Know and apply the rules for the motion Postpone Definitely in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 on RONR (12th ed.) 14:4(3–7).

3.21     Apply the limits on the time to which a question can be postponed as described on RONR (12th ed.) p. 183, ll. 3-17.

3.22     Understand and apply the basic concept of using Postpone Definitely to create a special order as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 14:5–6.

LIMIT/EXTEND LIMITS DEBATE

3.23     Understand and describe the basic difference between (1) limiting or extending the number or length of speeches and (2) requiring after a specified length of time or at a certain hour debate is to be closed as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 15:2.

3.25     Know and apply the rules for the motion Limit or Extend Limits of Debate in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 on RONR (12th ed.) 15:3.

3.26     Explain to chairs, beginners, organization members, or the public the circumstances under which Limit or Extend Limits of Debate can apply to debate on one or on a series of motions as described in RONR (12th ed.) 15:5(2) first three sentences, 15:7–8 The relevant passage has been revised, and a new rule added, in the 12th edition.

3.27     Know and explain how a later motion to Limit or Extend Limits of Debate is in order and can supersede an earlier one as explained on RONR (12th ed.) 15:17 The relevant paragraph has been slightly rewritten in the 12th edition.

PREVIOUS QUESTION

3.28     Understand and interpret the effect of adopting Previous Question, including which motions the subsequent making of which it does and does not preclude, as described in RONR (12th ed.) 16:2.

3.29     Explain to chairs, beginners, organization members, or the public how a motion for the Previous Question can be moved 1) to apply only to the immediately pending question, 2) to apply to all pending questions, or 3) to apply to the immediately pending question and a specified set of a consecutive series of pending questions as described in RONR (12th ed.) 16:5–2 except the third and last sentences; also explain how when one of these alternatives is moved, other alternatives can be moved before a vote is taken, and the sequence in which such votes occur as described in RONR (12th ed.) 16:5(6).

3.30     Know and apply the rules for the motion Previous Question in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 5 and 7 on RONR (12th ed.) 16:5(3–5, 7).

3.31     Recognize and know how to advise the chair to deal with, nonstandard or inappropriate attempts to accomplish the effect of adopting the Previous Question described on RONR (12th ed.) 16:6–7 The 12th edition adds additional examples of nonstandard ways of moving the Previous Question.

3.32     Understand and define the meaning, in the context of Previous Question, of the terms “partly executed” and “fully executed” as explained on RONR (12th ed.) 16:5(8)n18.

RECESS

3.34     Know and describe the difference between Recess and Stand at Ease as described on RONR (12th ed.) 8:2(3–4).

3.35     Understand and explain the meaning of recess given on RONR (12th ed.) 20:1, and the difference between recess and adjourn as described on RONR (12th ed.) 8:7.

3.36     Understand and explain the difference between the main and privileged motions to Recess explained on RONR (12th ed.) 20:2–3.

3.37     Know and apply the rules for the motion Recess in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 on RONR (12th ed.) 20:5(3-7).

3.38     Know and use the rules for declaring and postponing a scheduled recess on RONR (12th ed.) 20:6–7.

ADJOURN

3.40     Recognize and assess the unique quality that Adjourn may be privileged even when no question is pending as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 21:2.

3.41     Describe the three characteristics that differentiate the main from the privileged motion to Adjourn given on RONR (12th ed.) 21:3&n4 (including the footnote), and the effect when Adjourn is not privileged described on RONR (12th ed.) 21:3, last two sentences.

3.42     Know and apply the rules for the motion Adjourn in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 on RONR (12th ed.) 21:6(3–7).

3.43     Describe what is in order before the chair may declare a directed adjournment, as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 21:10–12.

3.44     Explain how to declare or set aside a scheduled adjournment as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 21:14–15, and 8:9–10.

POINT OF ORDER

4.1 Know and apply the rules for the motion Point of Order in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 in RONR (12th ed.) 23:2(3–7).

4.2     Describe and employ the basic purpose of, and procedure for handling, a Point of Order, as described in RONR (12th ed.) 23:3–4, and 23:12–17.

4.3     Explain the timeliness requirements of Point of Order as described in RONR (12th ed.) 23:5, and recognize that exceptions exist to this general rule.

4.4     Rapidly research and apply the exceptions to the timeliness requirement for a Point of Order given in RONR (12th ed.) 23:6. (C)

4.5     Understand and summarize how rulings on Points of Order create precedents (rewritten in 12th ed.) as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 23:10.

4.6     Explain the precedential nature of a ruling on a Point of Order and how to supersede it, as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 23:10–11.

APPEAL

4.7     Know and explain the two exceptions to the right to Appeal given in RONR (12th ed.) 24:3(2)(a–b).

4.8     Know and apply the rules for the motion Appeal in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 in RONR (12th ed.) 24:3(3–7), including memorizing the three cases in which an appeal is undebatable in RONR (12th ed.) 24:3(5)(first sentence). Also know the requirement for timeliness of an appeal in RONR (12th ed.) 24:8 This requirement was included in SDC in the 11th edition, but moved to paragraph 24:8 in the 12th.

4.9     Understand and explain the distinction between rulings that can be appealed and opinions and judgments that cannot be appealed as described in RONR (12th ed.) 24:5–7, and 24:7n4.

4.10     Recognize and know how to advise the chair on the procedure for handling an appeal as illustrated in RONR (12th ed.) 24:9–13.

SUSPEND THE RULES

4.12     Rapidly research and apply the detailed provisions applying the prohibition on suspending seven categories of rules explained in RONR (12th ed.) 25:7–13. (C)

4.13     Know and apply the rules for the motion Suspend the Rules in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 in RONR (12th ed.) 25:2(3–7) and the differences in the vote required explained in RONR (12th ed.) 25:14–16.

4.14     Understand and define the purpose and manner of suspending the rules as described in RONR (12th ed.) 25:3–5 and illustrated in RONR (12th ed.) 25:17–20.

PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY

4.15     Know and apply the rules for the motion Parliamentary Inquiry in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 in RONR (12th ed.) 33:2(3–7).

4.16     Understand the purpose and apply the procedure for making and handling a Parliamentary Inquiry as given in RONR (12th ed.) 33:3–5.

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

4.17     Recognize and know how to advise and assist the chair on preventing members from misusing Request for Information to give information, thus improperly obtaining preference in recognition in order effectively to debate.

4.18     Know and apply the rules for the motion Request for Information in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 in RONR (12th ed.) 33:2(3–7) as they pertain to Request for Information.

4.19     Understand the purpose and apply the procedure for making and handling a Request for Information as given in RONR (12th ed.) 33:6–10.

RESCIND/AMEND SOMETHING PREVIOUSLY ADOPTED

5.1     Understand and define the purpose and effect of Rescind/Amend Something Previously Adopted as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 35:1.

5.2     Know and apply the rules for the motion Rescind/Amend Something Previously Adopted in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 5 in RONR (12th ed.) 35:2(3–5).

5.3     Rapidly research and apply the rules in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 6 and 7 in RONR (12th ed.) 35:2(6–7). (C)

5.4     Apply the procedure for giving previous notice of and making motions to Rescind or Amend Something Previously Adopted as illustrated in RONR (12th ed.) 35:7–12.

5.5     Understand and apply the rules concerning the use of one motion to Amend Something Previously Adopted to offer multiple amendments and governing conforming amendments given in RONR (12th ed.) 35.5 (this paragraph is new in the 12th ed.), including the rules it references governing whether and how such a motion may be divided in RONR (12th ed.) 10:25, 27:5 and the example in RONR (12th ed.) 57:3.”

RECONSIDER

The section on Reconsider was substantially revised in the 12th edition. Among other things, a comparatively brief summary of the basic purpose and procedure was put at its outset.

5.6     Understand and explain the basic purpose and procedure of reconsideration as described in RONRIB (3rd ed.) pp. 58-60 and RONR (12th ed.) 37:1–8, and 37:9(1)(a).

5.7     Understand and explain the procedure to reconsider a main motion when made at a time when it can immediately be taken up as set forth in RONR (12th ed.) 37:14 and as illustrated in RONR (12th ed.) 37:36(a), and 37:37–39.

5.8     Know and describe when Reconsider cannot be applied to a motion as set forth in RONR (12th ed.) 37:9(2)(a–h) (12th edition changes in this paragraph) and 37:13.

5.9     Understand the circumstances under which Reconsider cannot be taken up at the time it is made and the procedure followed in such a case as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 37:9(1), 37:10(b–c) (12th ed. has additional rule in last sentence of (b)), and 37:15–17(12th ed. change in 37:15), and the illustration in RONR (12th ed.) 37:40–42, and 37:44–45.

5.10     Know and apply the rules for the motion Reconsider in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 in RONR (12th ed.) 37:9(3–7).

5.11     Apply the rules that suspend the effect of a motion sought to be reconsidered when Reconsider is moved at a time when it cannot immediately be taken up in RONR (12th ed.) 37:11–12 Somewhat changed rules for 12th ed.

5.12     Know and apply the rules governing debate on a motion to Reconsider and after a motion to Reconsider motion has been adopted as described in RONR (12th ed.) 37:18–23.

QUORUM

6.2     now and describe the default quorum when membership can be accurately determined as set forth in RONR (12th ed.) 3:3 (last sentence).

6.3     Understand and explain what may be done even in the absence of a quorum as described in RONR (12th ed.) 40:6–10.

STANDARD ORDER OF BUSINESS

6.9     Know and explain how business may be taken up out of its proper order as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 41:37–39.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

6.10     Explain to chairs, beginners, organization members, or the public the meaning of and basic rules governing general and special orders as set forth in RONR (12th ed.) 14:13–17 The passage has been substantially shortened and rewritten in the 12th edition.

MINUTES

6.12     Explain the secretary’s duty to record motions as described in RONRIB (3rd ed.) pp. 148-53 as well as to note the times of a meeting’s beginning and end.

6.14     Know and employ the usual procedure for correcting and approving minutes described in RONR (12th ed.) 41:9–12 (including 41:11n -New rule in 12th ed.). Know and apply the rule stated in RONR (12th ed.) 48:3 (New in 12th ed.) regarding varying the standard content of minutes.

RECOGNITION, ASSIGNMENT OF THE FLOOR, AND INTERRUPTION

6.15     Know and employ the basic procedure for recognizing a member and assigning the floor, and the three most common cases of preference in recognition as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 3:30–34.

6.16     Understand and explain the concept of interrupting a member assigned the floor described in RONR (12th ed.) 42:18 (introductory wording before (a)) and 42:20–22.

6.17     Understand and explain the common cases in which interrupting a member assigned the floor is permitted given in RONR (12th ed.) 42:18(b, c, e, f, & h).

6.18     Rapidly research and determine whether interruption of a member assigned the floor is permitted in a particular case using Table II in the “t” pages of RONR (12th ed.). (C)

HANDLING MOTIONS

6.20     Demonstrate how to assist a presiding officer to employ the terminology used to handle motions used in the RONRIB (3rd ed.) tables through use of resources such as the tables in RONRIB (3rd ed.), motion scripts, or cards/pages. (C)

6.21     Know, and be able to assist a presiding officer in applying, the rules governing unanimous consent and assuming a motion given in RONR (12th ed.) 4:58–63 change in first sentence of 4:61.

6.22     Understand the concept of debate and basic procedures for it explained in RONR (12th ed.) 43:1–7 and describe the basic default rules for debate given under “Speech Limits in Debate” in RONRIB (3rd ed.) p. 29.

DEBATE

6.23     Know and employ the basic principles of germaneness and decorum in debate given in RONRIB (3rd ed.) parts 3 through 5 on pp. 30-32.

6.24     Know and employ the rules governing the chair’s participation in debate given in RONR (12th ed.) 43:29–30.

6.25     Identify and apply with the rules related to discussion outside debate in RONR (12th ed.) 43:31–34 Language revised in 12th ed.

6.26     Understand and explain the basic concepts behind debatability of motions in RONR (12th ed.) 1:1 (through first bullet point),43:35–36, 43:37(first sentence), 43:38–39.

VOTING

7.1     Know the meaning of and how to calculate a majority vote, a two-thirds vote, a majority of the entire membership and a majority of the fixed membership as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 44:1–3, 44:5–6, and 44:9(b) including 44:9bn1.

7.3     Know the meaning of and how to calculate a plurality vote as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 44:11.

7.4     Know and explain the effect of a tie vote, and the rules concerning the chair’s participation in voting in RONR (12th ed.) 44:12–13.

7.6     Know and explain the rules concerning abstention and voting on questions affecting oneself in RONR (12th ed.) 4:35 (last two sentences)( 12th ed. changes in 4:35), and 45:3–5.

VOTING BY STANDARD AND ALTERNATE METHODS

7.7     Know and apply the proper procedure and standard terminology for taking a vote by voice, rising, and show of hands, including announcing the result, described in RONR (12th ed.) 4:36–49 4:37n11 has new material in 12th ed.

7.8     Know and apply the procedures for verifying a vote and counting a rising vote as described in RONR (12th ed.) 4:50–55(4:53 has new 12th ed. material), and 45:14–15 -45:14 has a tweaked rule in the 12th ed.

7.9     Know and apply the rules concerning ballot voting described in RONR (12th ed.) 45:18–25 Substantial changes in 12th ed.

7.12     Know and apply the rules for directing and conducting electronic or machine voting described in RONR (12th ed.) 45:42–43 New material in 12th ed.

NOMINATIONS

7.13     Know and employ the detailed rules governing nominations by a nominating committee and from the floor to advise the presiding officer and others by referring to RONR (12th ed.) 46:6–21 Significant 12th ed. clarifications. (C)

7.15     Know and explain how to assist an organization in preparing for and conducting nominations based upon the guidance in PPPP pp. 89-92.

7.16     Know and apply the rules governing debate on nominations described in RONR (12th ed.) 46:27–29 New provisions in the 12th ed.

ELECTIONS

7.18     Know and explain how to assist an organization in preparing for and conducting elections based upon the guidance in PPPP pp. 93-97.

TELLERS

7.19     Recognize and know how to advise tellers concerning the procedure for distributing ballots, the three alternate procedures for collecting ballots, and how the polls are closed, as described in RONR (12th ed.) 45:26–30.

BUSINESS MEETING TYPES; MEETING AND SESSION

8.2     Know and explain the difference between an adjournment and an adjournment sine die given in RONR (12th ed.) 8:2(5–6).

8.9     Know and define the meaning of executive session and the rules governing it as described in RONR (12th ed.) 9:24–27 Significant new 12th ed. rules regarding executive session.

8.10     Apply the rules relating to electronic meetings as described in RONR (12th ed.) 9:30-36 A tweak about committee electronic meetings added in 12th ed. This Performance Expectation, which was previously applicable only to Step Two, is now expected for Steps One and Three as well. 

MOTIONS NOT IN ORDER

8.11     Know and apply the five 5 conditions or characteristics that cause a main motion to be out of order as described in RONR (12th ed.) 10:26, including n1 Important additional 12th ed. rules in 10:26(2) and in the new note 1.

8.12     Know and describe the alternative course(s) open for accomplishing the desired result if a motion is out of order as described in items 2 through 5 in RONR (12th ed.) 10:26(2–5).

RENEWAL OF MOTIONS

8.13     Know and explain the meaning of renewal of a motion, the basic principle governing renewal of motions, and the three specified instances in which it does not apply as described in RONR (12th ed.) 38:1–2.

PREVIOUS NOTICE AND NOTICE OF MOTIONS

8.16     Know and explain how previous notice is given with the call of a meeting as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 10:51 Rule modified in 12th ed.

SERVE AS PARLIAMENTARIAN IN MEETINGS IN GENERAL

8.17     Quickly find, explain (accurately, clearly and succinctly), and properly apply rules whose application may be needed in a meeting, using the RONR (12th ed.) table of contents, tinted pages, index and/or CD-ROM, as described in RONRIB (3rd ed.) pp. 107-109, and examples as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 10:37. (C)

BYLAW AMENDMENTS

9.4     Understand and explain how notice is given of bylaw amendments and the limitations on amendment of them imposed by the scope of notice requirement as described in RONR (12th ed.) 57:10–14 In 57:14, 12th ed. eliminates former provision under which a noticed bylaw amendment becomes a general order for the meeting at which it is to be considered.

HIGHER AUTHORITIES

9.17     Understand and explain the nature of established custom and how to set it aside in a particular instance under RONR (12th ed.) 2:25 (first two sentences).

9.18     Understand and explain how conflicts between established custom and written rules are resolved under RONR (12th ed.) 2:25 (last two sentences).

COMMITTEES

10.5     Understand and explain the provisions for giving instructions to committees as described in RONR (12th ed.) 13:8(d) (12th ed. includes new last sentence), and 13:22.

10.9     Know and explain the rules regarding the appointment of non-members to committees as described in RONR (12th ed.) 50:12.

10.10     Know and identify the five methods by which committees can be appointed described in RONR (12th ed.) 50:13, 13:8(c), and 13:13–18.

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

11.13     Recognize and know how rapidly to advise a presiding officer to deal with breaches of order in a meeting by members and non-members as described in RONR (12th ed.) 61:1–21.

ANSWER PARLIAMENTARY QUESTIONS

11.14     Address parliamentary questions orally in advising a presiding officer as described in RONR (12th ed.) 47:49–55.

11.15     Employ standard parliamentary terminology and parliamentary language when applying the material covered in all performance expectations for RPs under all other content areas.

If you wish, you may see a comprehensive list of the Performance Expectations for RPs for all Steps in the RP Performance Expectations document.

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