Student Bar Association

Constitution

Standing Rules

  1. These Standing Rules shall govern all meetings of the SBA Executive Council ("The Body") as provided in Article VIII of the SBA Constitution and By-Laws. The SBA Constitution and By-Laws takes precedence over this document. All votes shall occur pursuant to the guidelines established in these rules and the SBA Constitution and By-Laws.
  2. The SBA President or his/her designee (“the Chair”) shall recognize all speakers prior to any debate or discussion. The chair may use a speaker's list, or alternate between proponents and opponents of the measure, at his or her discretion. The chair shall take care that only one (1) question is pending before the body at any one time.
  3. Any member proposing changes to, or the creation of, any written document which governs the SBA, shall submit the proposed changes or document in writing to the SBA Secretary at least 6 days prior to the SBA Executive Council meeting during which it will be considered. Within 24 hours of receipt, the SBA Secretary will transmit the document to the SBA body.
    1. Proposed documents should show Deletions enclosed in [Brackets]; Additions in ALL CAPS;
      and Amendments should be Underlined.
  4. Prior to debate, an SBA member must make a motion to approve the given proposal or item, which shall be properly seconded. The item must come properly before the body, pursuant to the SBA Constitution and By-Laws and these rules.
  5. Upon recognition by the SBA President or their designee (“the Chair”), a student or SBA member may speak up to two (2) minutes. The chair may grant additional time extensions at his or her discretion. The member may yield for questions at his or her discretion, however the time continues to run.
  6. Each main motion or proposal shall consume no more than twenty (20) minutes of debate. A simple majority vote of the body extends debate for an additional twenty (20) minutes, unless a shorter time period is specified. Upon expiration of all debate time, the body shall proceed to an immediate vote.
  7. Any member may propose an amendment to the main motion or proposal before the floor. Debate on an amendment shall not exceed five (5) minutes. A simple majority vote of the body extends debate for an additional five (5) minutes.
  8. Any member may call the question at any time, to bring debate to close and bring the pending question to a vote. A two-thirds (2/3) majority vote is required to call the question leading to an immediate vote on the original motion.
  9. Prior to bringing the question to a vote, the chair will read the motion or proposal in its final form, including any amendments accepted by the person originally bringing the motion.
  10. The proxy system shall be in effect according to these requirements:
    1. Voting members may request that their allotted vote be cast by another member of their class delegation, however, no member may hold more than one proxy vote.
    2. The requesting member must notify the SBA Secretary prior to one hour before the start of the meeting for which proxy is being assigned.
    3. The Request must name the member that will hold proxy.
    4. The proxy will expire automatically at the adjournment of the meeting for which it was assigned.
    5. Members of the Executive Board may not hold nor request a proxy.
    6. All votes in which proxy votes are cast will note which way proxy votes were cast for the record.

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