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What are some facts about parliamentary procedures?

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Parliamentary procedures are based primarily on ���Robert���s Rules of Order,��� written by an Army engineering officer named Henry Martyn Roberts, originally in 1876. The first edition of the rules was called the ���Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies.���

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Henry Robert decided to develop a set of rules for running a meeting when he was asked to run a church event, at which he failed miserably. He did some research and found that other organizations had trouble running meetings, and that is how Mr. Robert came up with Robert���s Rules.

Robert���s Rules are the most popular rules for parliamentary procedures, and they are used by the vast majority of organizations. Other parliamentary rules used include the ���Sturgis Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure,��� "Demeter���s Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure��� and "Riddick���s Rules of Procedure."

The basic principles of parliamentary procedure include facilitating the transaction of business, making sure all members have equal rights, providing a quorum that can be used for the group to take action, allowing free discussion of the topic at hand, providing care that only one issue can be considered at a time and making sure the chairperson of the group or organization remains neutral.

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