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What are some basic parliamentary procedures?

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Five basic elements of parliamentary procedures promote one speaker at a time, unencumbered debate, equality among members, balancing majority will with minority rights and melding personalities into one entity. A meeting agenda based upon parliamentary procedure supports efficient and productive meetings.

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An organization may define their own quorum, which is the minimum number of members required to legally conduct business. Parliamentary procedure defines quorum as a majority of the entire membership.

Members conduct business by presenting motions, one at a time. A member makes a motion, which another member seconds, and the presiding officer announces to the group. A vote follows any discussion, unless the motion is tabled or postponed. At the conclusion of business, a motion, a second and a vote to adjourn formally dismisses the assembly.

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