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Business Meeting Procedures

Business Meetings Procedures

following procedures apply to all business meetings conducted by the American
College of Nurse-Midwives.

I. Registration: All members and
guests must be registered prior to attending sessions, and identification
badges must be worn at all times. ACNM members who wish to attend only the
business meetings may register at the ACNM registration desk with photo

II. Seating: Voting (all
active) members will sit in reserved sections; associate members and student
members will occupy separate, reserved seating sections. Guests may attend
business meetings except when members vote to hold an executive session. All
meetings shall begin on time and doors shall be closed when the meeting begins,
but doors may be opened by direction of the President.

III. Discussion: When
addressing the President, a member shall go to a microphone and give his or her
name and state. Members shall not speak more than twice on the same subject,
and shall be limited to two minutes each time. No person shall speak a second
time until everyone who wishes to speak for the first time has been recognized.
In debate, active members shall be recognized first, followed by associate and
student members. Student members will be allowed to speak at the microphone in
proportion to their representation, related to representation of active
members. Reports shall be limited to 10 minutes. A timekeeper shall signal the
speaker when allotted time has expired.

IV. Motions: Motions
proposing new business shall be presented in the proper format and in the order
in which they have been filed with the parliamentarian. Should a proponent of a
motion not be available when the motion is presented, the motion will be placed
last. Official forms used to propose motions will be available in the Program
Committee office.

V. Announcements: Due to time
constraints, announcements can only be made from the platform and must relate
to the ACNM education sessions, meetings where ACNM business is being conducted,
or the overall business of ACNM. All other announcements should be posted on
the message board.

VI. Authority: Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised govern the proceedings of the
business meetings in all cases not covered by ACNM bylaws or these procedures.

VII. Smoking: Smoking is prohibited
at all Annual Meeting functions.

VIII. Infants: Infants under 6
months are allowed in the business meetings as long as they remain quiet. Pages
are instructed to ask parents with noisy children to leave the meeting. Due to
local fire marshal regulations, the use of strollers in meeting rooms is

IX. Recording: Audio or video
recording of business meetings is not permitted unless authorized by the

X. Computers: Due to
hazards caused by use of extension cords, only battery-powered laptop computers
may be used during sessions.