How does a member of a governmental body raise an objection to a perceived error in the proceedings of the body?
When a member of a governmental body
believes that a discussion or action by the body is procedurally
incorrect, the member may raise a point of order. A point of order does
not require a second and is not open to discussion or debate. The point
of order is directed to the chair and entitles the member to point out
the perceived procedural mistake. The chair is required to respond with a
ruling that the member is either correct or incorrect. This may be done
by the chair alone or, upon request of the chair, by vote of the
members of the body.
If the chair rules that the member is
correct, the chair must order the correct procedures be followed. If the
chair rules that the member is incorrect, any member may appeal the
ruling to the body and the decision as to what constitutes the proper
procedure is decided by a vote of the body. A tie vote sustains the