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Parliamentary Procedure Basics

Action and Statement

Rules

Additional Rules

Adjourn Meeting
"I move that we adjourn."

The speaker may not be interrupted.  
A second is required.  
It is not debatable.
It cannot be amended.  
majority is required.  
It cannot be reconsidered.

Call an Intermission
"I move that we recess for . . ."

The speaker may not be interrupted.  
A second is required.  
It is not debatable.
It can be amended.  
majority is required.  
It cannot be reconsidered.

Complain of heat, noise, etc. 
"I rise to a question of privilege."

The speaker may be interrupted.  
A second is not required.  
It is not debatable.
It cannot be amended.  
No vote is required.  
It usually cannot be  
reconsidered.

Temporarily Suspend Consideration

of an Issue 
"I move to table  the motion."

The speaker may not be interrupted.  
A second is required.  
It is not debatable.
It cannot be amended.  
majority is required.  
It cannot be reconsidered.

End Debate and Amendments
"I move the previous question."

The speaker may not be interrupted.  
A second is required.  
It is not debatable.
It cannot be amended.  
2/3 vote is required.  
It cannot be reconsidered  
unless the vote on question 
is not yet taken.

Postpone Discussion 

for a Certain Time
"I move to postpone discussion until . . ."

The speaker may not be interrupted.  
A second is required.  
It is debatable.
It can be amended.  
majority is required.  
It can be reconsidered.

Give Closer Study of Something
"I move to refer the matter to committee."

The speaker may not be interrupted.  
A second is required.  
It is debatable.
It can be amended.  
majority is required.  
It can be reconsidered  
unless the committee has  
already taken up the subject.

Amend a Motion
"I move to amend the motion by . . ."

The speaker may not be interrupted.  
A second is required.  
It is debatable if the motion being amended is debatable.
It can be amended.  
majority is required.  
It can be reconsidered.

Introduce Business
"I move that . . ."

The speaker may not be interrupted.  
A second is required.  
It is debatable.
It can be amended.  
majority is required.  
It can be reconsidered.

 

 

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