Parliamentary Procedure Resources: Effective Meeting Tips
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Point of Order is a motion that helps us remember that leadership of the meeting is not solely the responsibility of the chair. This motion is used when a member feels that proper decorum of debate is not being followed and the chair does not call the person to order. It is also used when a member disagrees with the presiding officer's decision.

Script: Point of Order

Member:

Point of Order!.

Chair:

The chair recognizes __________________. State your Point of Order.

Member:

[States Point of Order]

Chair:

[If the chair agrees with the Point of Order]
The chair rules that the Point of Order is well taken. The reason for the chair's ruling is that . . .  [state here your reason for the ruling and the effect of the ruling].

[If the chair disagrees with the Point of Order]
The chair rules that the Point of Order is not well taken. The reason for the chair's ruling is that . . . [state here your reason for the ruling and the effect of the ruling]

[If you choose, you can end your ruling with a reminder that if the member does not agree with the ruling of the chair, that member is free to make the motion to Appeal from the Decision of the Chair.]

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