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Parlimentry Procedures

Have you ever had questions about parliamentary procedure? Is the procedure hard to understand and confusing at times? Well this table and explanation of how parliamentary procedure works will hopefully help you to better understand the basics. Parliamentary procedure is a commonly used form of debate and conduction of meetings in the political, business, and world at large. These motions are listed are in order of precedence:

 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 the meeting

 "I move to adjourn"

 No

 Yes

 No

 No

 Majority

 No

 Call an intermission

 "I move to recess for..."

 No

 Yes

 No (1)

 Yes

 Majority

 No

 Complain about heat, noise, etc

 "I rise to a question of privilege"

 Yes

 No

 No

 No

 No Vote

 No

 Temporarily suspend consideration of an issue

 "I move to lay the motion on the table"

 No

 Yes

 No

 No

 Majority

 No (2)

 End debate and amendments

 "I move to the previous question."

 No

 Yes

 No

 No

 2/3

 Yes (3)

 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

 Yes (4)

 Amend a motion

 "I move to amend the motion by..."

 No

 Yes

 Yes (5)

 Yes

 Majority

 Yes

Introduce business

 "I move that..."

 No

 Yes

 Yes

 Yes

 Majority

 Yes

 

These motions have no order of precedence:

 

Protest breach of rules or conduct 

"I rise to a point of order" 

Yes 

 No

No 

No 

No vote (6) 

No 

 Vote on a ruling of the chair

 "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 consideration of this motion."

 Yes

 No

 No

 No

 2/3 (7)

 Yes (2)

 Verify a voice vote by having members stand

 "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

 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 (8)

 Yes

 Yes (9)

 No

 Majority

 No

Notes: (1) Unless moved when no question is pending. (2) Affirmative votes may not be reconsidered (3) Unless vote on question has begun (4) Unless the committee has already taken up the subject (5) Unless the motion to be amended is not debatable (6) Unless the chair submits to the assembly for decision (7) A 2/3 vote in Negative is needed to prevent consideration of the main motion (8) Only if the speaker has the floor but has not actually begun to speak (9) Unless the motion to be reconsidered is not debatable.

 
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL
 
Millikin University - Decatur, IL