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parliamentary procedure terms

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abstain
to refrain from something
ad hoc committee
special committee
adjourn
to close the meeting
adopt
to vote, to accept
agenda
an outline of the items of the business to be brought before the assembly during the meeting
amend
to make change to a motion; it can be additions, deletions, or substitutions.
audit
an examination of final records
aye
yes
ballot
a written form used in voting: a method of voting; a list of candidates for office
bylaws
the specific rules that govern an organization, written by the members
carried
adopted, accepted
caucus
a meeting of the members of a political party to make policy decisions and select candidates
chair
chairman, presiding officer, president
committee
a group of members who meet for a specific purpose or task
constitution
the fundamental rules and laws governing a group or organization
convene
assemble formally
debate
to discuss
disbursement
to pay out
gavel
a mallet used by the presiding officer
germane
closely related to or having a direct bearing upon; used in relation to amendments which must be "germane" to the motion being amended
has the floor
has the right to speak
lay on the table
a motion made to put the current motion on hold until a later time
majority
more than 50% of the votes cast by persons legally entilted to vote.
minutes
a record of all the proceeding preformed at the meeting
yield
in the precedence of motions, if the motion takes precedence over another motion, the motion is said " to yield " to the first
motion
a formal proposal in a meeting, made by a member and brought before the assembly for consideration
out of order
to speak out of turn; the person does not have the floor legally
order of the day
to ask the presiding officer to reveal the order of business of the agenda for that meeting
pluarlity
the large number of votes cast when there are more than two choices
point of information
a motion made when a member needs to gather additional information or ask a question
point of order
a motion made to point out that a mistake has occurred in parlimentary procedure
precedence
has priority over, or ranks above other motions
proxy
an authorized agent or a substitute for another person
quorum
the minimum number of members needed to transact business legally; a quorum is a majority of the entire membership
receipt
a written acknowledgement that something has been received
recess
a short intermission which does not close the meeting; business will be resumed after the break
recongize
to acknowledge a member to speak or take the floor
rescind
to make void; to take back to motion
standing committee
a committee that meets year around for a purpose
special committee
a committee that meets for a particular purpose; and then when it has accomplished its purpose, the committee is disbanded
special meeting
a meeting which is held for only a specific purpose; a normal agenda will not be used.