Parliamentary Procedures Table

Parliamentary Procedures Table
Here are some motions you might make, how to make them, and what to expect of the rules.

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"NOYESNONOMAJORITYNO
Call an intermission"I move that we recess for…."NOYESNOYESMAJORITYNO
Complain about the heat, noise, etc"I rise to a question of privilege"YESNONONONO VOTENO
Temporarily suspend consideration of
an issue
"I move to table the motion"NOYESNONOMAJORITYNO1
End debate and amendments"I move the previous question"NOYESNONO2/3YES2
Limit-Extend Limits of Debate"I move that the debate on the pending motion be
limited (extended) to …"
NOYESNOYES2/3YES
Postpone discussion for a certain time"I move to postpone the discussion until…."NOYESYESYESMAJORITYYES
Give closer study of something"I move to refer the matter to committee"NOYESYESYESMAJORITYYES3
Amend a motion"I move to amend the motion by…."NOYESYES4YESMAJORITYYES
Introduce business"I move that…."NOYESYESYESMAJORITYYES
Protest breach of rules or conduct"I rise to a point of order."YESNONONONO VOTE5NO
Vote on a ruling of the chair"I appeal from the chair's decision"YESYESYESNOMAJORITYYES
Suspend the rules temporarily"I move to suspend the rules so that…."NOYESNONO2/3NO
Avoid considering an improper matter"I object to consideration of this motion"YESNONONO2/36YES7
Verify a voice vote by having members stand"I call for division" or "Division!"YESNONONONO VOTENO
Request information"Point of information"YESNONONONO VOTENO
Take up a matter previously tabled"I move to take from the table…."NOYESNONOMAJORITYNO
Reconsider a hasty action"I move to reconsider the vote on…."YESYESYES8NOMAJORITYNO

NOTES

  1. Affirmative votes may not be reconsidered.
  2. Unless vote on question has begun.
  3. Unless the committee has already taken up the subject.
  4. Unless the motion to be amended is not debatable.
  5. Unless the chair submits to the assembly for decision.
  6. A 2/3 vote in negative is needed to prevent consideration of main motion.
  7. Only if the main question has not been debated yet.
  8. Unless the motion to be reconsidered is not debatable.