In parliamentary procedure, recognition, or assignment of the floor, is the exclusive right to be heard at that time by a member of a deliberative assembly. With a few exceptions, a member must be recognized by the chairperson before engaging in debate or making a motion.[1]


The general rule is that the first member to rise and address the chair after another member has yielded the floor (by sitting down) is entitled to the floor.[2]

Exceptions to this general rule include the following:

If the chair made a mistake in assigning the floor, a point of order may be raised.[4]

Once a member has the floor, that member should not be interrupted unless a rule is being broken or the urgency of the situation justifies the interruption (such as a member raising a point of order).[5]

See also


  1. ^ Robert, Henry M.; et al. (2011). Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Da Capo Press. p. 29. ISBN 978-0-306-82020-5.
  2. ^ Robert 2011, p. 378
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Robert 2011, p. 379
  4. ^ Robert 2011, p. 382
  5. ^ Robert 2011, p. 384