Robert's Rules of Order

CHART OF MOTIONS

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PRIVILEGED MOTIONS (ORDER OF PRECEDENCE)

SUBSIDIARY MOTIONS (ORDER OF PREFERENCE)

INCIDENTAL MOTIONS (NO ORDER OF PRECEDENCE)

MAIN MOTIONS (NO ORDER OF PRECEDENCE)

 


PRIVILEGED MOTIONS (ORDER OF PRECEDENCE)

 

Column Key:

A: Motion /B: Applies to What? /C: Interrupt Speaker? /D: Needs Second? /E: Amendable? /F: Debatable? /G: Can be reconsidered? /H: Required Vote

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

1. Fix time to which to adjourn

none

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

majority

2. To adjourn

none

no

yes

no

no

no

majority

3. To recess

none

no

yes

yes

no

no

majority

4. Question of Privilege

none

yes

no

no

no

no

Chair

5. Call for the orders of the day

none

yes

no

no

no

no

 

NOTES AND COMMENTARY

Robert D. Kully, CSU Board of Trustees 1983-1987

1. May be used to arrang for a special meeting. It is a required motion for an organization without a regular time and place for assembly. Not debatable if a question is pending and no other meeting is scheduled for the same or next day.

2. To adjourn means to close the meeting. In a group that meets regularly, this motion causes the business to come up before next meeting as unfinished business.

3. Amendable only as to length of recess, and debatable if moved while no business is pending.

4. Permits a request relating to the rights and privileges of the assembly or any of its members. Majority vote needed only if there is an objection to the Chair's decision.

5. Must be enforced on demand unless set aside by a two-thirds vote.

 

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SUBSIDIARY MOTIONS (ORDER OF PREFERENCE)

 

Column Key:

A: Motion /B: Applies to What? /C: Interrupt Speaker? /D: Needs Second? /E: Amendable? /F: Debatable? /G: Can be reconsidered? /H: Required Vote

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

6. To table

Main; amendments

no

yes

no

no

no

majority

7. Order previous question
(close debate)

Any debatable question

no

yes

no

no

yes

2/3

8. Extend or limit debate

Any debatable question

no

yes

yes

no

yes

2/3

9. Postpone to a definite time

Pending question

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

majority

10. Refer (commit) to committee

Main; amendments

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

majority

11. Amend

Any motion; if in order

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

majority

12. Postpone indefinitely

Main motion

no

yes

no

yes

no

majority

NOTES AND COMMENTARY

Robert D. Kully, CSU Board of Trustees 1983-1987

6. Enables the assembly to lay the pending question aside temporarily. These require (later) a motion to "Take from the table."

7. If decision is affirmative, vote is taken first on amendments, and then on the main motion. Previous question may be limited to amendments only. In such cases, it affects only the amendment to which it applies. This still allows debate on the main motion.

8. Motion sets hour for closing debate, limits length of debate, sets time for speeches. Or, it can allow more and longer speeches.

9. Allows time for further study. Debate must be confined to its merits only.

10. Used to send pending question to a small group for careful investigation. Debate can extend only to the desirability of committing the main question and to the appropriate details of the motion to commit and not to the merits of the main question.

11. An amendment must be germane to be in order. To be germane, an amendment must in some way involve the same question that is raised by the motion to which it is applied. A secondary amendment must relate to the primary amendment in the same way. An amendment cannot introduce an independent question; but an amendment can be hostile to, or even defeat, the spirit of the original motion and still be germane. An amendment of the third degree is not permitted. The motion to amend is debatable whenever the motion to which it is applied is debatable. Requires a majority vote, even in cases where the question to be amended takes a two-thirds vote for adoption. A motion to amend by striking out an entire paragraph, section, article, main motion or resolution and inserting a different paragraph or other unit is called a...

 

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INCIDENTAL MOTIONS (NO ORDER OF PRECEDENCE)

 

Column Key:

A: Motion /B: Applies to What? /C: Interrupt Speaker? /D: Needs Second? /E: Amendable? /F: Debatable? /G: Can be reconsidered? /H: Required Vote

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

13. Point of order

Any error

yes

no

no

no

no

Chair

14. Appeal

Decision of Chair

yes

yes

no

yes

yes

majority

15. Object to consideration

Main; Privileged

yes

no

no

no

yes

2/3

16. Withdrawal of a motion

All

no

no

no

no

yes

Chair/majority

17. Suspend rules

Any situation

no

yes

no

no

no

2/3

18. Divide question

Main; amendments

no

yes

yes

no

no

majority

19. To make nominations

Elections

no

no

no

no

no

majority

20. Nominations

Elections

no

yes

yes

no

yes

majority

21. Voting

Elections

no

yes

yes

no

yes

majority

22. Parliamentary inquiry

No motion

yes

no

no

no

no

Chair

23. Divide the assembly

Any vote

yes

no

no

no

no

none

24. Point of information

No motion

yes

no

no

no

no

no vote

25. Committee of the whole

Any situation

no

yes

no

yes

no

majority

 

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MAIN MOTIONS (NO ORDER OF PRECEDENCE)

 

Column Key:

A: Motion /B: Applies to What? /C: Interrupt Speaker? /D: Needs Second? /E: Amendable? /F: Debatable? /G: Can be reconsidered? /H: Required Vote

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

26. Main motion

--

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

majority

27. Reconsider

Main; amendments

no

yes

no

no

no

majority

28. Rescind (repeal)

Action taken

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

majority/2/3

29. Take from the table

Motion tables

no

yes

no

no

no

majority

30. Special order of business

Pending motion

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

2/3

 

 

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As prepared from material supplied by Robert D. Kully to the Academic Senate, California State UniversityLos Angeles and averred by him to be correct