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Mason's Manual 2020 Edition

Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure is a premier parliamentary authority for state legislatures. NCSL follows Paul Mason's tradition of updating and reprinting the book approximately every 10 years.

Rules on Remote Participation

In normal circumstances, legislatures typically operate under a “you must be present” rule—that is, legislators must be physically present in committee or on the chamber floor to participate in debate or voting.
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