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Parliamentary Motions Guide

Robert's Rule (Chinese Language - bottom page) - bring orders and manage meetings

Based on Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (10th Edition)

 The motions below are listed in order of precedence.  Any motion can be introduced if it is higher on the chart than the pending motion. 

YOU WANT TO:

YOU SAY:

INTERRUPT

2ND?

DEBATE?

AMEND?

VOTE?

21         Close meeting

I move to adjourn

No

Yes

No

No

Majority

20         Take break

I move to recess for

No

Yes

No

Yes

Majority

19         Register complaint

I rise to a question of privilege

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

None

18         Make follow agenda

I call for the orders of the day

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

None

17         Lay aside temporarily

I move to lay the question on the table

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

Majority

 

16         Close debate

I move the previous question

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

2/3

15         Limit or extend debate

I move that debate be limited to ...

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

2/3

14         Postpone to a certain time

I move to postpone the motion to ...

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Majority

13         Refer to committee

I move to refer the motion to

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Majority

12         Modify wording of motion

I move to amend the motion by ...

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Majority

 

11         Kill main motion

I move that the motion be postponed indefinitely

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

No

 

Majority

10         Bring business before assembly (a main motion)

 

I move that [or "to"] ...

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Majority

 Incidental Motions - no order of precedence.  Arise incidentally and decided immediately. 

YOU WANT TO:

YOU SAY:

INTERRUPT

2ND?

DEBATE?

AMEND?

VOTE?

23         Enforce rules

Point of order

Yes

No

No

No

None

24         Submit matter to assembly

I appeal from the decision of the chair

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Varies

 

No

 

Majority

 

25         Suspend rules

I move to suspend the rules which

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

2/3

 

26         Avoid main motion altogether

I object to the consideration of the question

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

2/3

 

27         Divide motion

I move to divide the question

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

Yes

 

Majority

29         Demand rising vote

I call for a division

Yes

No

No

No

None

33         Parliamentary law question

Parliamentary inquiry

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

None

33         Request for information

 

Point of information

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

None

 Motions That Bring a Question Again Before the Assembly no order of precedence.  Introduce only when nothing else pending. 

34         Take matter from table

I move to take from the table

 

No

 

Yes

 

No

 

No

 

Majority

35         Cancel previous action

 

I move to rescind ...

 

No

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

2/3 maj. w/ notice

 

37         Reconsider motion

I move to reconsider the vote ...

 

No

 

Yes

 

Varies

 

No

 

Majority

  

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