Standing Rule Amendment 1 (2016)Adopted
To limit each delegate speaking on a motion to two minutes.
Rule 3. Order of Business and Debate
F. Delegate Recognition and Speaking Time
Any delegate who is recognized by the chair shall give his/her name and state, and shall indicate whether speaking as an individual or as spokesperson for the state delegation or the NEA Board of Directors before speaking to a point under discussion. No member shall speak and/or be recognized in debate more than twice to the same question during the same meeting, nor longer than two (2) minutes at one time if speaking as an individual or three (3) minutes at one time if speaking for the delegation or the NEA Board of Directors, unless permission is granted by majority vote of the Representative Assembly.
With the consent of the Representative Assembly, an NEA member who is not a delegate may address the Assembly.
Standing Rule 3(F) provides up to two minutes of speaking time for delegates speaking as individuals and up to three minutes for delegates speaking on behalf of the delegation or the NEA Board of Directors.
The amendment would remove language allowing up to three minutes for speakers on behalf of delegations or the Board. Each delegate speaking on a motion would be allotted two minutes. As the amendment would shorten allocated debate time for some speakers, it could increase the number of individual speakers on a particular question and/or reduce the total amount of debate time spent on new business. In 2015, delegates suspended the rules to use this process on the final day of debate.
Majority Vote of the Committee on Constitution, Bylaws, and Rules