Commission on American Parliamentary Practice

...the rules of parliamentary procedure are simple and should be used as little as possible. The presiding officer ... can often dispense with the rules by winning the confidence of the members at a meeting and by
building mutual goodwill.
Hugh Cannon. Cannon's Concise Guide to Rules of Order

Welcome to the Commission of American Parliamentary Practice. Please look around and if you have any questions about parliamentary procedure let us know. Thanks to Salisbury University for hosting the site.

Paul Scovell

The objectives of the Commission on American Parliamentary Practice include:

  1. To deepen and widen knowledge of parliamentary law and to create understanding and enthusiasm for its effective use as a significant aspect of democratic action
  2. To promote more extensive teaching of parliamentary procedure at all educational levels
  3. To facilitate the exchange of parliamentary experiences and knowledge among the members of CAPP and other interested organizations.
  4. To take the initiative in the development of new practices in parliamentary procedure.

NCA 100th Annual Convention  Theme: “The PRESENCE of our PAST(s)” November 20-23, 2014

Business Meeting:  Thu, 11/20: 2:00 PM-3:15 PM Palmer House Hilton Room: Salon 1 - 3rd Floor
Session:  Parliamentary Procedure: A Living Heritage from Jefferson to Today  Fri, 11/21: 8:00 AM -9:15 AM Palmer House Hilton Room: Salon 1 - 3rd Floor

Links to other Parliamentary Organizations and sites

  • American Institute of Parliamentarians
  • THOMAS Home Page (Library of Congress)-- U.S. Congress on the Internet
  • How Our Laws Are Made
  • The Legislative Process - U.S. Senate Rules and Procedures
  • Glossary of Parliamentary Terms
  • U.S. House of Representatives Legislative Process
  • U.S. House of Representative House Rules
  • John Cragle's Parliamentary Procedure: Toward the Good Order of the University
  • Jim Slaughter - Parliamentarian
  • The official Robert's Rules of Order Web Site
  • Nancy Sylvester's Web Site
  • National Association of Parliamentarians
  • PaulMcClintock, PRP RESOURCES in Parliamentary Procedure
  • Robert's Rules of Order (1915 edition)
  • Jefferson's Rules of the Senate
  • Rules of Order for Cyberland
  • The Parliamentary Procedure Instructional Materials Center
  • Washington State Association of Parliamentarians

  • Procedure Hints and Tips