2023 Convention Committees
Credentials, Bylaws, and Elections Committee
Mary Ann Quintana
Andre Williams, Chair
New Business Items
As stipulated in the Standing Rules, all New Business Items not
previously submitted shall be presented in writing to the Chair
within one hour after adoption of the Rules of Procedure. These
rules will be adopted at the beginning of the First Business
Session on Friday, April 14.
New Business Item forms will be at the registration area from
7:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14. These forms will
also be available at the materials table at the beginning of
the First Business Session. There is a separate form for Legislative
New Business Items will be considered in the order received.
No person shall be recognized to address a New Business Item
until it has been submitted in writing to the Chair on the appropriate
form, signed by the maker and seconder.
Obtaining the Floor
Any delegate wishing to speak should go to one of the floor
microphones and hold up the appropriate colored paddle
until recognized by the presiding officer.
Green = make a motion/speak in favor of an item
Red = make a motion/speak against an item
Blue = point of order
White = request for information/motion to suspend rules
- The Chair will alternate between Green (pro) and Red
- Priority will be given to delegates using the White (question
on content of a motion/suspension of rules) or Blue
(procedural question/indicate disruption or inconvenience
on assembly floor) paddle.
- Points of personal privilege—e.g. to commend individuals
for their contributions of service—will be considered
out of order until the end of all business.
A chart providing further explanation on the use of paddles
in making motions is provided on page 14.
Parliamentary Procedures Workshop
A parliamentary procedure workshop will be held from 1:00-
2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14. Any person interested in learning
the procedures used during TSTA’s House of Delegates
should plan to attend.