Parliamentary Procedure

A parliamentarian can assist the president when questions of procedure arise. If a parliamentarian is not appointed and ratified, the president should appoint one (pro tem) for each meeting to assist the president in conducting an orderly meeting.

Parliamentary law is an orderly set of rules for conducting meetings of organized groups for the purpose of accomplishing their goals fairly.

Principles of parliamentary law are

  • Justice and courtesy to all;
  • Rights of the minority protected;
  • Rule of the majority reflected;
  • Partiality to none; and
  • Consideration of one subject at a time.

Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised is the parliamentary text that governs the PTA where the bylaws do not apply. Bylaws for Local PTA/PTSA Units always take precedence over Robert’s Rules of Order.

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