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Henry M. Robert
Roberts Rules of Order Revised.
open to debate whenever an appeal would be, if the chair decided the question and an appeal were made from that decision. Therefore, it is debatable except when it relates to indecorum, or transgression of the rules of speaking, or to the priority of business, or when it is made during a division of the assembly, or while an undebatable question is pending. The question is put thus: As many as are of opinion that the amendment is germane [or that the point is well taken] say
as many as are of a contrary opinion say
The ayes have it, the amendment is in order, and the question is on its adoption. If the negative vote is the larger it would be announced thus: The noes have it, the amendment is out of order, and the question is on the adoption of the resolution. Whenever the presiding officer decides a question of order, he has the right, without leaving his chair, to state the reasons for his decision, and any two members have the right to appeal from the decision, one making the appeal and the other seconding it.
It is the duty of the presiding officer to enforce the rules and orders of the assembly, without debate or delay. It is also the right of every member who notices the breach of a rule, to insist upon its enforcement. In such a case he rises from his seat and says, Mr. Chairman, I rise to a point of order. The speaker immediately takes his seat, and the
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