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Parliamentary Procedure in Wisconsin

Groups may adopt a particular manual of procedural rules as their parliamentary authority. The most popular manual is:

  • Robert, Henry M. III, Daniel H. Honemann, and Thomas J. Balch, et. al. Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. 11th Edition. Philadelphia, DeCapo Press, 2011

References that are specific to local governments in Wisconsin are:

  • Larmer, Larry E. A Guide to Parliamentary Procedure for Local Governments in Wisconsin.  Dubuque: Kendall-Hunt Publishing Company, 1998.
  • League of Wisconsin Municipalities. The Conduct of Village Board Meetings: Suggested Rules of Procedure with Model Ordinance and Annotations. Madison, Wisconsin: League of Wisconsin Municipalities, 1987
  • League of Wisconsin Municipalities. The Conduct of Common Council Meetings: Suggested Rules of Procedure with Model Ordinance and Annotations. Madison, Wisconsin: League of Wisconsin Municipalities, 1987.

Videos
These explanation/demonstration videos feature Dan Hill and Larry Larmer, who both have extensive experience teaching Parliamentary Procedure in Wisconsin. Each is 4-6 minutes long. Topics are:

Recorded Teleconference
This program covers basic rules officials use to conduct local government meetings, and addresses procedural issues such as what can be done in the absence of a quorum, how a decision can be reconsidered, and common misconceptions.  Parliamentary Procedure Basics (7-25-2017) Format is streaming audio with companion PDF, 91 minutes. Available through the UW-Extension Learning Store.

PowerPoint Slide Presentations

  • Agendas and Minutes for Local Government – (PowerPoint file, 128 kb, 34 slides)  These slides provide guidance to those department heads, committee chairs, clerks, and secretaries charged with developing the agendas or minutes for the meetings of local government bodies, including boards, committees, and commissions.
  • Fundamentals of Effective Meetings: Basic Principles and Protocol – (PowerPoint file, 514 kb, 19 slides).  These slides provide an overview of parliamentary procedure, emphasizing some of the most common areas of concern for presiding officers.  Many slides contain comprehensive notes for instructors.

Some frequently asked questions (FAQs) and fact sheets about local government meetings: