ASLCS E-Learning

E-Learning: History and Information about the
Mason’s Manual Commission

 

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Alfred W. Speer,  Clerk of the House, Louisiana Legislature

 

Overview

Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure is the parliamentary authority of choice for most legislative chambers. The Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure was originally authored by Paul Mason in 1935, and Mr. Mason subsequently updated it in 1937, 1943, 1953, 1962, 1970 and 1979. Prior to his death in 1985, Mr. Mason assigned the copyright of Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). He requested that the Manual continue to be updated and published.

NCSL asked the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries (ASLCS) for assistance. In 1984, the Mason's Manual Revision Commission was created to oversee the revision of Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure. The revision process includes updating court cases and rules to reflect changes in legislative functions and procedures. The current Mason's Manual Commission was appointed in 2011. Its members will serve until the 2020 edition is published.

In this video, Alfred "Butch" Speer discusses the purpose and history of the Mason's Manual Commission.
 

 

 

Resources

NCSL Resources

NCSL Contacts

  • Contact Brenda Erickson for information about the Mason's Manual for Legislative Procedure.
  • Contact Jeanne Mejeur for information about the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries.