Organization and Conduct of Meetings—so that the parliamentarian will know the rules that keep meetings fair and on target such as establishing the quorum, creating the agenda, and conducting debate.

What Will Be Tested
Part Four: Organization and Conduct of Meetings

Updated to RONR (12th ed.)

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


6.1     Explain the basic need for and effect of a quorum requirement described in RONRIB (3rd ed.) pp. 12-13.
6.2     Know 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
6.4     Define the meanings of “order of business,” “orders of the day,” and “agenda,” as well as the two meanings of “program,” given in RONR (12th ed.) 41:1–4 (including 41:2n2).
6.5     Know and identify the names and order of the six basic headings in the standard order of business in RONR (12th ed.) 41:5.
6.6     Know and identify in which organizations the standard order of business is used as explained in RONR (12th ed.), 41:6.
6.9     Know and explain how business may be taken up out of its proper order as explained in RONR 41:37–39.
6.11     Understand and identify the nature of an agenda, when it is commonly used, the procedure for adopting and changing it, and the effect of providing one in advance as described in RONR (12th ed.) 41:60–64.


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 rules stated in RONR (12th ed.) 48:2 (standard contents of minutes) & 48:3 (New in 12th ed.) regarding varying the standard content of minutes.
Recognition, Assignment of the Floor, 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).

Handling Motions

6.19     Know the basic procedure and memorize the standard language used in the six steps for handling a motion given in RONRIB (3rd ed.) pp. 23-27..
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 4:58–63 12th ed. change in first sentence of 4:61.
6.22     Understand the concept of debate and basic procedures for it explained in RONR 43:1–7 and describe the basic default rules for debate given under “Speech Limits in Debate” in RONRIB p. 29.


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.

Practice Questions for Part 4

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