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Principles Of Parliamentary Law

List of Motions Arranged According to Their Purpose and Effect.

[Letters refer to the rules below.]

Modifying or amending.
8. To amend or to substitute, or to divide the question K

To refer to committee.
7. To commit (or recommit) D

Deferring action.
6. To postpone to a fixed time. C
4. To lay on the table A E G

Suppressing or extending debate
5. For the previous question A E M
To limit, or close debate A M
To extend limits of debate. A

Suppressing the question.
Objection to consideration of question A H M N
9. To postpone indefinitely. D E
4. To lay upon the table. A E G

To bring up a question the second time.
To reconsider--
Debatable question D E F I
Undebatable question A E F I

Concerning orders, rules, etc.
3. For the orders of the day. A E H N
To make subject a special order M
To amend the rules M
To suspend the rules A E F M
To take up a question out of its proper order A E
To take from the table A E G
Questions touching priority of business A

Questions of privilege.
Asking leave to continue speaking after indecorum A
Appeal from chair's decision touching indecorum A E H L
Appeal from chair's decision generally. E H L
Question upon reading of papers. A E
Withdrawal of a motion. A E

Closing a meeting.
2. To adjourn (in committees, to rise),
or to take a recess, without limitation A E F
1. To fix the time to which to adjourn B

Order of Precedence--The motions above numbered 1 to 9 take precedence
over all others in the order of the numbers, and anyone of them, except
to amend or substitute, is in order while a motion of a lower rank is

Rule A--Undebatable, but remarks may be tacitly allowed.

Rule B--Undebatable if another question is before the assembly.

Rule C--Limited debate allowed on propriety of postponement only.

Rule D--Opens the main question to debate. Motions not so marked do not
allow of reference to main question.

Rule E--Cannot be amended. Motion to adjourn can be amended when there
is no other business before the house.

Rule F--Cannot be reconsidered.

Rule G--An affirmative vote cannot be reconsidered,

Rule H--In order when another has the floor.

Rule I--A motion to reconsider may be moved and entered when another has
the floor, but the business then before the house may not be set aside.
This motion can only be entertained when made by one who voted
originally with the prevailing side. When called up it takes precedence
of all others which may come up, excepting only motions relating to

Rule K--A motion to amend an amendment cannot be amended.

Rule L--When an appeal from the chair's decision results in a tie vote,
the chair is sustained.

Rule M--Requires a two-thirds vote unless special rules have been

Rule N--Does not require to be seconded.

General Rules.

No motion is open for discussion until it has been stated by the chair.

The maker of a motion cannot modify it or withdraw it after it has been
stated by the chair except by general consent.

Only one reconsideration of a question is permitted.

A motion to adjourn, to lay on the table, or to take from the table,
cannot be renewed unless some other motion has been made in the

On motion to strike out the words, Shall the words stand part of the
motion? unless a majority sustains the words, they are struck out.

On motion for previous question, the form to be observed is, Shall the
main question be now put? This, if carried, ends debate.

On an appeal from the chair's decision, Shall the decision be sustained
as the ruling of the house? The chair is generally sustained.

On motion for orders of the day, Will the house now proceed to the
orders of the day? This, if carried, supersedes intervening motions.

When an objection is raised to considering questions, Shall the
question be considered? Objections may be made by any member before
debate has commenced, but not subsequently.

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