Parliamentary Procedure Guide

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Main Motion

“I move that…”

Definition: We should do this.

Second Needed? Yes

Amendable? Yes

Debatable? Yes

Vote Needed? 50% +1

 

Amendment

“I move to amend by…”

Definition: I have a change I would like to propose.

Second Needed? Yes

Amendable? Yes

Debatable? Yes

Vote Needed? 50% +1

Close Debate

“I move the previous question.”

Definition: I think that we should vote.

Second Needed? Yes

Amendable? No

Debatable? No

Vote Needed? 2/3

 

Order

“I raise a point of order.”

Definition: I protest that we are doing something wrong.

Second Needed? No

Amendable? No

Debatable? No

Vote Needed? No

 

Confusion

“Point of clarification…”

Definition: I’m confused… please explain the situation more clearly!

Second Needed? No

Amendable? No

Debatable? No

Vote Needed? No

 

Correction

“Point of information…”

Definition: There’s something we should all know about.

Second Needed? No

Amendable? No

Debatable? No

Vote Needed? No

 

Division

“Division!”

Definition: I would like the vote to be more accurate.

Second Needed? No

Amendable? No

Debatable? No

Vote Needed? No

 

Complaint

“I raise a point of personal privilege.”

Definition: I would like to resolve the following problem.

Second Needed? No

Amendable? No

Debatable? No

Vote Needed? No

 

Suspension of the Rules

“I move to suspend the rules in order to…”

Definition: To make things easier, let’s forget about the rules for a moment.

Second Needed? Yes

Amendable? No

Debatable? No

Vote Needed? 2/3

 

Waive Reading

“I move to waive the reading of S. __ for the purposes of…”

Definition: I believe that the reading is not necessary.

Second Needed? Yes

Amendable? No

Debatable? No

Vote Needed? 50% +1

 

Refer to a Committee

“I move to commit S. __ to the Committee on…”

Definition: This needs some detailed study outside of the general body.

Second Needed? Yes

Amendable? Yes

Debatable? Yes

Vote Needed? 50% +1

 

Refer to a Committee with instructions

“I move to commit S. __ to the Committee on __ with the instructions that…”

Definition: This gives the actual details that the general body would like the committee to look into.

Second Needed? Yes

Amendable? Yes

Debatable? Yes

Vote Needed? 50% +1

 

Establish the number of voting members present

“I move to establish quorum.”

Definition: To determine the number of present members for voting purposes.

Second Needed? Yes

Amendable? No

Debatable? No

Vote Needed? 50% +1

 

Postpone with time limit

“I move to postpone S. __ until __.”

Definition: We need more time to think about this.

Second Needed? Yes

Amendable? No

Debatable? No

Vote Needed? 50% +1

 

Remove from the table

“I move to take up S. __ from the table.”

Definition: Let’s address this before the initial time limit that had been set.

Second Needed? Yes

Amendable? No

Debatable? No

Vote Needed? 2/3

 

Kill a resolution/amendment

“I move to postpone S. __ indefinitely.”

Definition: You don’t believe the resolution/amendment should even be considered.

Second Needed? Yes

Amendable? No

Debatable? Yes

Vote Needed? 2/3