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These motions are listed in order of priority

To Do This:

You Say This:

May you Interrupt the Speaker?

Do You Need a Second?

Is it Debatable?

Can it be Amended?

What Vote is Needed?

Can it be Reconsidered?

Adjourn Meeting

"I move that we adjourn"

NO

YES

NO

NO

Majority

NO

Call an Intermission

"I move that we recess for..."

NO

YES

NO

YES

Majority

NO

Complain about noise, heat, etc.

"I rise to a question of privilege"

YES

NO

NO

NO

No vote

NO

Suspend Further Consideration of an Issue

"I move to table the motion"

NO

YES

NO

NO

Majority

NO

End Debate and Amendments

"I move the previous question"

NO

YES

NO

NO

2/3

NO

Posthone Discussion for a Certain Time

"I move to posthone the discussion until..."

NO

YES

YES

YES

Majority

YES

Give Closer Study of Something

"I move to refer the matter to committee"

NO

YES

YES

YES

Majority

YES

Amend the Motion

"I move to amend the motion by..."

NO

YES

YES

YES

Majority

YES

Introduce Business

"I move that..."

NO

YES

YES

YES

Majority

YES

The following motions have no order of priority

To Do This:

You Say This:

May you Interrupt the Speaker?

Do You Need a Second?

Is it Debatable?

Can it be Amended?

What Vote is Needed?

Can it be Reconsidered?

Protest Breach of Rules or Conduct

"I rise to a point of order"

YES

NO

NO

NO

No Vote

NO

Vote on a Ruling of the Chairman

"I appeal from the chair's decision"

YES

YES

YES

NO

Majority

YES

Suspend Rules Temporarily

"I move to suspend the rules so that..."

NO

YES

NO

NO

2/3

NO

Avoid Considering an Improper Matter

"I object to the consideration of this motion"

YES

NO

NO

NO

2/3

--

Verify a Voice Vote

"I call for a division" or "Division!"

YES

NO

NO

NO

No Vote

NO

Request Information

"Point of Information"

YES

NO

NO

NO

No Vote

NO

Retract Your Motion

"I wish to withdraw my motion"

NO

NO

NO

NO

No Vote

--

Take up a Matter Previously Tabled

"I move to take from the table..."

NO

YES

NO

NO

Majority

NO

Reconsider a Hasty Action

"I move to reconsider the vote on..."

YES

YES

--

NO

Majority

NO


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