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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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