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chair
leader of an assembly who runs its meeting by recognizing members to speak or move (also: presiding officer, speaker, or president)
floor
when a member has the full attention of the assembly to speak and also the area of those who meet
commitee
a small group of assembly members who meet and bring recommendations to the full assembly
legislation
specific, written proposal (bill or resolution) made by a member or committee for assembly to debate
ammendment
a specific change in legislation explaining exactly which words it modifies, not changing intent
docket
a packet of legislation drafted for consideration by the assembly
bill
legislation that describes the details of how a policy would be enacted; a plan of action
resolution
an expression of conviction, or value/belief of an assembly which may urge/request/suggest further action by another decision - making authority (resolution, rational, resolved clause)
agenda
the order or legislation as suggested by a member or "rules" or "calendar" committee, and adopted by a vote of the assembly
authorship
constructive speech of up to 3 minutes, introducing legislation for debate, authored by that members school. These speeches are followed by a 2 min. cross examination period.
sponsorship
same as authorship, except that it's not given by the authoring school (when the author/school declines this privilege)
negative speech
expressing opposition to legislation
motion
a proposal that a member wished to bring before the group (putting it "on the floor")
main motion
an item for discussion (proposed laws or actions)
subsidiary motion
to change the course of action on a motion (amendment)
incidental motion
to change how an assembly works
privileged motion
to alter the physical constraints of the assembly
procedence
standard rule in most languages, which requires the p.o. to choose speakers who have spoken least or not at all
recency
widely used system, but not a rule, where the P.O. not only employs precedence, but also selects speakers based on who has spoken least recently or earlier
simple majority
those voting; abstentations do not count, so if 3 members vote, 2 to 1, and 12 abstain, the ayes have it and the motion passes
fractional majority
taken of the static (unchanging) count of those sealed at the beginning of the assembly, so no's and abstentions need not be counted
division
when a count is not clear, a member may call "division" for a standing vote
unanimous conscent
when it is apparent there would be no opposition to a motion
objection
the P.O. then takes a vote
longest standing
the P.O. makes note of who rises to speak initially
activity
the P.O. keeps track of questions and motions and rewards member who are "more active"
geography
balances recognition of speakes among various areas in chamber. The P.O. should ensure that an equal members of affirmative and negative speeches are called from the same zone.
open chambers
these are discouraged - when you wish to exit chambers say, "I move for a personal privilege".