Parliamentary procedure resources made easy

Two books to add to your parliamentary procedure resource collection.

Many questions about Parliamentary Procedure are directed to Michigan State University Extension on a regular basis. The individuals who help answer those questions often utilize many different resources to help keep their skills intact. One such resource is

Jim Slaughter is a practicing parliamentary attorney in the North Carolina law firm Black, Slaughter & Black, PA. He is a Professional Registered Parliamentarian (National Association of Parliamentarians), a Certified Professional Parliamentarian (American Institute of Parliamentarians), and past President of the American College of Parliamentary Lawyers .  He is also the author of two books on parliamentary procedure:

According to Jim, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Parliamentary Procedure Fast-Track is a quick go-to guide and provides details on the most used motions, appropriate informal procedures for smaller boards, and general advice for shortening meetings.” While “Notes and Comments on Robert’s Rules, Fourth Edition is a user’s guide to the new 716 page edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) and uses a question-and-answer format to cover the most misused and asked-about provisions, including those that apply to larger membership meetings.”

There are also many free charts and articles on Robert’s Rules of Order and meeting procedure at his Website, and best of all of the information on the Website is free. 

Michigan State University Extension Educators can provide your organization with assistance in learning more about parliamentary procedure.  The Government and Public Policy team also offers training for elected and appointed officials for improved effectiveness in several areas.  By working together with local elected and appointed officials, and interested citizens, MSU Extension is able to provide education on critical local and state issues. To contact an expert in your area, visit MSU Extension’s expert search system or call 888-MSUE4MI (888-678-3464).

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