Gaveltime: Parliamentary Procedure of the Buckos Nation

There is a long and mighty legal tradition in the Buckos Nation. Tapey Beercone, famously created on that frigid January day, wasn’t “born with teeth.” From “Brown v. Education” to “Curtis v. Pile of Rocks” the laws of the Buckos Nation, and the game itself, were sculpted in media res. Any play, action, or stupid thing someone says can potentially trigger the meandering process by which a ground rule becomes codified in the “Official and Governing Rules” of the Sport.

Today, in preparation for the coming Rules Review, we discuss parliamentary procedure and the Buckos Rules of Order. Hang on tight, its gonna be a wild ride.

Ground Rules

1. No Personal Attacks
2. Keep cross-talk to a minimum. Do not interrupt other people.
3. Obey the Referee.
ALL INFRACTIONS MAY INCUR A WET WILLIE

A Rules Review takes place on the initiative of the Commissioners Office and requires a quorum of Regents in attendance to proceed. The Commissioners draw up an agenda (sometimes), write proposed rulings for review (again, sometimes), and have discussed, at length, the more controversial issues at play.

The meeting is called to order, adult beverages are popped/poured, and one commissioner assumes the role of Referee (Think Mills Lane or Kenny Bayless). The Referee role will be passed between Regents on a voluntary basis throughout the session before each new motion. The requirement being that the Referee remain a disinterested party to the present motion.

No Referee uniforms will be provided…

Origination

The Referee introduces the first motion, then asks if the proposed ruling is clearly understood by the group. All regents participate in any required clarification.

The proposed ruling is then put to a vote with the current wording. Any vote to approve must be unanimous, but no further discussion is needed if approved. If there are any dissenting votes, the motion enters Discussion Phase.

Discussion

In discussion phase, two more roles are potentially added. First, a Proponent volunteers to sponsor the motion. The Proponent fields all questions pertaining to the motion and, if called for, can be asked to provide a SHORT argument in favor of the motion. If the Referee feels the discussion has reached a conclusion they may call for a vote. If the motion fails again discussion can continue, but any Regent may move to table the motion. Any other present Regent (No Proxies) may second the motion, and the motion is tabled. A tabled motion garners no further discussion, and cannot be revisited again that session.

Calm and reasoned discussion…

Some discussions are more adversarial in nature, and call for the establishment of opposing arguments. In addition to the Proponent, the Referee appoints an interested party as Devil’s Avocado. The Devil’s Avocado typically opposes a proposal on philosophical means. The Devil’s Avocado serves in the same capacity as the Proponent, with the same guidelines.

Avocados? yum!

Conclusion

If a motion carries, it is proofed for print and added to the “Official and Governing Rules” post haste. A tabled motion is recorded for further discussion at a later date. The Referee may end a discussion after the second vote if a motion is neither passed, nor tabled, and the referee feels the Board has reached an impasse.

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