How Do I Present My Motion?
1. Obtain the Floor
- Wait until the last speaker is finished.
- Rise and address the chair. Say, “Mr. or Madam Chairperson” or Mr. or Madam President.”
- Give your name. The Chair will recognize you by repeating it.
2. Make Your Motion
- Speak clearly and concisely.
- State your motion affirmatively. Say, “I move that we…” instead of “I move that we do not…”
- Avoid personalities and stay on the subject.
3. Wait For a Second
- Another member will say, “I second the motion.”
- Or the chair will call for a second.
- If there is no second, you motion is lost.
4. Chair States Your Motion
- The chairperson must say. “It is moved and seconded that we…”
- After this happens, debate or voting can occur.
- Your motion is not “assembly property” and you can’t change it without consent of the members.
5. Expand on Your Motion
- Mover is allowed to speak first.
- Direct all comments to the chairman.
- Keep to the time limit for speaking (stated in bylaws).
- You may speak again after all other speakers are finished
- You may speak a third time by a motion to suspend the rules with a 2/30 vote
6. Putting the Question
- The chairperson asks, “Are you ready for the question?”
- If there is no more discussion, a vote is taken.
- Or motion for previous question may be adopted.