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Dear Parliamentarian Vol. 81 Nov. 2002

Dear Parliamentarian Vol. 81  Nov. 2002
Answers to your Parliamentary Questions
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"Dear Parlimentarian" is written by the author of Parliamentary Procedures Made Simple: The Basics, an 80 minute video that tells how to have better meetings.


Brock Harris wrote:

Dear Parliamentarian

I am in a fraternity at the university of Idaho and had a question about dissent.  I recently dissented a motion for unanimous consent sending the motion back into discussion, when back in discussion the there was an immediate motion for previous question before I had a chance to voice my dissention.  My question is, did I have a right to voice my dissention before the motion for previous?  If so is there anything I can now do at this point

Thank You

BJ

Dear Brock,
    There isn't anything that you can do now.   Tell me however, the procedure. I am understanding that the meeting went this way.  The presiding officer said, "Is there any objection to doing such and such?"  YOu then objected.   The chair said, Is there any discussion?  And then someone moved the previous question."  
     Had the motion been discussed and you didn't have the opportunity to discuss it?  Or was the chair taking a vote without discussion?  If you would explain what happened that would help me answer your question about procedure.

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