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When in Doubt, Ask!

When In Doubt, Ask

Don't know how to phrase a motion?  Or whether a motion is in order? 
When you have a question about procedure or the rules of your organization, this is what to say:

You:  I rise to a parliamentary Inquiry
Chair: The member will state the inquiry.
You:   Is it in order to make a motion to amend the main motion at this time?

Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th edition, says:   "A Parliamentary Inquiry is a question directed to the presiding officer to obtain information on a matter of parliamentary law or the rules of the organization bearing on the business at hand."  (page 293)


Don't understand a proposed motion or its effect? 
When you have a question related to the subject under discussion, this is what to say:

You:    Mr. Chairman, I have a request for information.
Chair:  The member will state the question.  
You:    Could someone explain how the information will be distribtued?  

Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th edition says: : "A Request for Information is a request directed to the chair, or through the chair to another officer or member, for information relevant to the business at hand but not related to parliamentary procedure."  (page 294)


In both cases, asking a question about parliamentary procedure or asking for information or clarification, the question must be directed to the chairman.  The chair decides who should answer the question and calls on that person to do so.  
If there is a follow-up question, it is also directed to the chairman.   

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