Motions

Motions are listed in the order of their rank, with the highest ranking at the top.
After a motion has been stated by the chair and is pending, only higher ranking
motions are in order.

Privileged Motions
Fix the time to which to adjourn …………S, A, M
Adjourn…………………………………………..S, M
Recess…………………………………………….S, A, M
Raise a Question of Privilege
Call for the Orders of the Day

Subsidiary Motions
Lay on the Table……………………………….S, M
Previous Question (close debate)………..S, 2/3
Limit or Extend Limits of Debate………..S, A, 2/3
Postpone to a Certain Time………………..S, D, A, M
Commit or Refer………………………………S, D, A, M
Amend……………………………………………S, D, A, M
Postpone Indefinitely (kill)………………..S, D, M

Main Motion…………………………………..S, D, A, M

S: requires a second
D: is debatable
A: can be amended
M: requires a majority vote
2/3: requires a 2/3 vote

Handling a Main Motion

1. Member rises and addresses the chair.
2. Chair recognizes member.
3. Member makes motion.
4. Another member seconds motion.
5. Chair states motion.
6. Members debate motion.
7. Chair puts question and members vote.
8. Chair announces result of vote.

Methods of Amending a Motion

1. To insert or to add a word, consecutive words, or a paragraph.
2. To strike out a word, consecutive words, or a paragraph.
3. To strike out and insert words, or to substitute for at least a paragraph.

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