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Point of order

An objection raised by a Member when an action violates the rules of the Chamber. Raising a point of order usually halts all debate until the chair rules on the point. Sometimes the chair will permit debate on the point of order before ruling on it, and rulings of the chair are subject to appeal, which is then resolved by a recorded vote. A point of order "that a quorum is not present to conduct business" is used to halt proceedings; at this point business cannot resume until a quorum of Members appears in the Chamber (quorum call) or the request for a quorum call is rescinded.

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