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Guest Bob McFarland

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Thanks Tim - could you elaborate - when is this permitted? - Bob


There are motions that are in order when another has the floor, and there are some that can even interrupt a member who is speaking. You can find a list of such motions in the tinted pages in the back of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised 10th Edition (p. 42-43).

For example, a member can raise a point of order (if he feels the rules are being violated); he can make an appeal from the decision of the chair (if he thinks the chair ruled incorrectly); he can call for the vote to be retaken by rising (if he feels the result was inconclusive the first time around); he can ask the chair a parliamentary question (if he wants clarity on an issue of parliamentary law).

There are many instances where urgency dictates that a member need not wait to be recognized by the chair.

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Is there anytime that a member rising to speak, may speak without being recognized and given the floor by the Chair?

Take a look at RONR (10th ed.), pp. 371-373. If you don't find your answer there, come back and give us some further, specific information, and we'll try to give you a more specific answer.

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