The Florida-Bahamas Synod functions in assembly with Standing Rules of Procedure. Not all of these rules apply to an assembly with abbreviated agenda or when the assembly is functioning under rules for a special meeting.
Resolutions and Matters before the Assembly
- Resolutions and general motions not concerned with the business at hand must be submitted to the Committee of Reference and Counsel no later than 8:00 p.m. on the first day of the Assembly.
- Resolutions may be submitted to the Committee of Reference and Counsel by a congregation, conference, synodical committee, or 25 voting members of the Synod Assembly.
- Reports included in the Synod Assembly pre-mailings, assembly packets, or by electronic means shall be received by the Assembly by virtue of that fact without vote.
- Amendments made from the floor must be in written form, include the name of the maker, and be presented to the synod secretary in duplicate. One copy goes to the chair for presentation and one copy to the secretary for inclusion in the Minutes. Amendments to motions by substitution must be presented to the secretary in writing before they are placed on the floor orally.
- Resolutions under consideration by the assembly may be displayed by electronic means during the assembly.
- Debate on any one particular topic will be limited to ten minutes, with the possibility of extension of that time if so desired by the Assembly.
- Any Voting Member desiring to be recognized by the Chair shall be at a microphone.
- When recognized by the Chair, speakers will identify themselves by giving their name and their home congregation.
- Speakers will be identified by their green (pro) or red (con) card, indicating their positions on the issue of debate, and will be recognized in order, alternating between “pro” and “con” statements, if such opposing views are represented at the microphone. A speaker may raise a Point of Information or Order request to the chair by raising a white card.
- Each speaker on a topic will be permitted up to one minute. Unless there is new thought content, speakers are to refrain from repeating the opinions already offered by others.
- No speaker will be allowed the privilege of the floor for a second time on a single topic of debate until all speakers on that same topic have had the opportunity to express their position.
- One speaker may not yield time to another.
- A member who has spoken on the pending question(s) may not move the previous question.
- During debate, expressions of approval or disapproval are never appropriate.
- A motion to end debate by moving the previous question shall apply only to the immediately preceding motion. A motion to end debate on all matters on the floor or more than the immediately pending question is not in order.
- At the discretion of the chair, voting on motions may be by electronic device. A vote taken by electronic device is deemed to be a ballot.
- The preamble or whereas clauses of a resolution are not debatable or amendable.