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|
|DO YOU NEED A|
|IS IT DEBATABLE?||CAN IT BE|
|WHAT VOTE IS|
|CAN IT BE
|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 the heat, noise, etc||"I rise to a question of privilege"||YES||NO||NO||NO||NO VOTE||NO|
|Temporarily suspend consideration of|
|"I move to table the motion"||NO||YES||NO||NO||MAJORITY||NO1|
|End debate and amendments||"I move the previous question"||NO||YES||NO||NO||2/3||YES2|
|Limit-Extend Limits of Debate||"I move that the debate on the pending motion be|
limited (extended) to …"
|Postpone discussion for a certain time||"I move to postpone 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||YES3|
|Amend a motion||"I move to amend the motion by…."||NO||YES||YES4||YES||MAJORITY||YES|
|Introduce business||"I move that…."||NO||YES||YES||YES||MAJORITY||YES|
|Protest breach of rules or conduct||"I rise to a point of order."||YES||NO||NO||NO||NO VOTE5||NO|
|Vote on a ruling of the chair||"I appeal from the chair's decision"||YES||YES||YES||NO||MAJORITY||YES|
|Suspend the 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 consideration of this motion"||YES||NO||NO||NO||2/36||YES7|
|Verify a voice vote by having members stand||"I call for division" or "Division!"||YES||NO||NO||NO||NO VOTE||NO|
|Request information||"Point of information"||YES||NO||NO||NO||NO VOTE||NO|
|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||YES8||NO||MAJORITY||NO|
- Affirmative votes may not be reconsidered.
- Unless vote on question has begun.
- Unless the committee has already taken up the subject.
- Unless the motion to be amended is not debatable.
- Unless the chair submits to the assembly for decision.
- A 2/3 vote in negative is needed to prevent consideration of main motion.
- Only if the main question has not been debated yet.
- Unless the motion to be reconsidered is not debatable.