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Basic Parliamentary Procedure


Table of Rules related to Motions

John A. Cagle, 2001 -- Based on
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised


MOTION (by order of precedence) Interrupt Second Debatable Amendable Vote
Adjourn No Yes No No Majority
Recess No Yes Sometimes Yes Majority
Question of Privilege Yes No No No Chair
Personal Privilege Yes No No No Chair
Parliamentary Inquiry Yes No No No Chair
Point of Information Yes No No No Chair
Orders of the Day No No No No Chair
Lay on the table No Yes No No Majority
Previous Question No Yes No No 2/3
Limit or extend debate No Yes No Yes 2/3
Postpone to a certain time No Yes Yes Yes Majority
Refer to committee No Yes Yes Yes Majority
Amend No Yes If motion is Yes Majority
Postpone Indefinitely No Yes Yes No Majority
MAIN MOTION No Yes Yes Yes Majority
RECONSIDER Yes Yes If motion is No Majority
RESCIND No Yes Yes No 2/3 (majority)
AMEND MOTION PREVIOUSLY ADOPTED No Yes Yes Yes 2/3 (majority)


INCIDENTAL MOTIONS -- NO ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
MOTION (no order of precedence) Interrupt Second Debatable Amendable Vote
Appeal from decision of chair Yes Yes Sometimes No Majority
Suspend the rules No Yes No No 2/3
Object to consideration Yes No No No 2/3 against con.
Point of order Yes No No No Chair
Withdraw a motion Yes Yes No No Majority
Division of question No Yes No Yes Majority
Division of assembly Yes No No No None