Precedence of Governing Rules

In figuring out what policies and rules take precedence over other policies and rules, here’s a helpful hierarchy. The documents or rules at the top take precedence over the ones below.

  • federal law
  • state law
  • articles of incorporation
  • parent organization’s governing documents
  • constitution
  • bylaws
  • special rules of order
  • parliamentary rules
  • standing rules
  • policies and procedures