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Tenth Biennial Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
July 21 - 24, 2005
Winnipeg, Manitoba

In Mission for Others

Standing Rules of Order

In an attempt to assist delegates, the following standing rules of order are listed:

  1. Motions

    1. When properly before the meeting, a motion may be withdrawn by its mover and seconder only with the assent of the meeting as a whole.
    2. A question once decided cannot be brought up again at the same sitting. If it should be necessary to rescind a motion that has been passed, notice of intention can be given at one sitting and dealt with at the next sitting. If a motion is defeated, it may not be reintroduced except in the form of a new proposal sufficiently varied in its terms to constitute a different question, and the assembly itself may determine whether or not it does in fact constitute a new question.
  2. Amendments
    1. An amending motion must be strictly relevant to the main motion. It must not alter in a material way the principle embodied in the main motion but should merely vary its terms in one or more particulars.
    2. An amendment may be moved to the amendment. It must not materially alter the underlying intent of either the original amendment or the main motion.
    3. If a member wishes to move an amendment, but it is not in order at the time in view of the fact that two amendments are already before the meeting, notice of the amendment may be given as this proposal might affect the vote on the amendments that are awaiting decision.
  3. Special Motions
    1. Motion to adjourn debate or adjourn the meeting must be seconded and voted immediately. It is not debatable.
    2. Proceeding to next business must be seconded and voted immediately. It is not debatable.
    3. A motion to call for the question must be seconded and may be debated. If the motion to call for the question fails, debate on the matter before the convention will proceed until the convention is prepared to vote on the motion.
    4. Deferment . Motions to postpone to a specified time or indefinitely or to table must be seconded and are debatable.
    5. Reference or Committal . A motion to refer to a standing or special committee must be seconded, may be amended and debated but only with respect to the reference or committal, not the main subject at issue.
    6. Debatable and Non-Debatable Motions . Generally the distinction is made that substantive issues on which there will obviously be varying opinions are open to debate, while those of a procedural nature are not.
    7. Substitute Motion. A substitute motion cannot be made. If a delegate wishes, "notice of motion" may be given. This means that if the current question being debated is defeated, a different motion may then be introduced.
  4. Point of Order
    A point of order should be raised when the alleged irregularity occurs. It is not acceptable if other proceedings have intervened.
  5. Debate
    If you wish to speak to a question before the house, proceed to a microphone and wait to be recognized by the chair. Upon recognition please state your name and the congregation you represent before addressing the question. A time limit of five minutes for speeches is set out in the Bylaws V, 16.
  6. Governing Parliamentary Law
    The governing parliamentary law of this church is Bourinot’s Rules of Order , latest edition (Bylaws V, 18). The general principles of Bourinot are as follows:
    1. Proper opportunity is afforded to all concerned for an expression of opinion.
    2. Rights of a minority are respected.
    3. Clear decisions are reached.
    4. Proceedings are governed by an assessment of the issues rather than by personality factors.
    For any procedure not outlined in this section, appeal is to be made to Bourinot’s.
  7. Election Procedures
    1. 7.1 Standing Order for the Election of Officers (CC 88-103)
      1. The first ballot for bishop will be held at the appointed time;
      2. The report of the Committee on Elections on the results of a ballot for an officer shall be given to the convention as soon as available and the next ballot proceeds immediately if there is no election;
      3. The first ballot for an officer shall not be called before the stated time in the agenda. The first ballot may be delayed if the election of another officer is pending.
    2. 7.2 Nomination and Election Procedure for Treasurer (CC 88-106)The nomination of the treasurer by Church Council, along with biographical data, is to be included in the pre-convention report. The election of treasurer shall proceed in the same manner as the election of all other officers, except that the Church Council shall orally present a nomination for the office of treasurer at the time of the first ballot (Bylaws VI, 2).
    3. 7.3 Election Procedure for Editor (CC 88-107)The election of the editor shall proceed with a "yes" or "no" vote without further nominations from the floor (Bylaws VII, 10).
  8. Privilege of the Floor
    The privilege of the floor shall be granted at all times to all members of the National Church Council and of the Court of Adjudication, to the synod bishops, to the president of the Evangelical Lutheran Women and to the official youth participants (Bylaws V, 13). Any delegate may request the convention to grant any person the privilege of addressing the convention upon any matter then under consideration. Such request shall be granted only upon the affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the delegates then present and voting. However, such person shall not thereby have seat or voice in the convention (Bylaws V, 15). At the organization of the convention consideration will be given to any recommendation from the Church Council to grant additional privileges of the floor during the convention.
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