Questions Related to Motions

1.     Is It In Order?

Your motion must relate to the business at hand, and be presented at the right time.   It must not be obstructive, frivolous or against the by-laws.

2.   May I interrupt the Speaker?

Some motions are so important that the speaker may be interrupted to make them.  The original speaker regains the floor after the interruption has been attended to.

3.    Do I Need a Second?

Usually, yes.  A second indicates that another member would like to consider your motion.  It prevents spending time on a question which interests only one person.

4.   Is It Debatable?

Parliamentary procedure guards the right to free and full debate on most motions.   Some privileged and incidental motions are not debatable.

5.   Can it Be Amended?

Striking out, inserting, or both can alter some motions at once.  Amendments must relate to subject as presented in main motion.

6.  Is a Vote  needed?

Most require only a majority vote but motions concerning the rights of the assembly or its members need 2/3 votes to be adopted.

7.  May It Be Reconsidered?

Some motions can be re-debated and re-voted to give members a chance to change their minds.  The move to reconsider must come from the winning side.