Provides common rules and procedures for deliberation and debate in order to place the whole membership on the same footing and speaking the same language. The conduct of ALL business is controlled by the general will of the whole membership – the right of the deliberate majority to decide. Complementary is the right of at least a strong minority to require the majority to be deliberate – to act according to its considered judgment AFTER a full and fair “working through” of the issues involved. Robert’s Rules provides for constructive and democratic meetings, to help, not hinder, the business of the assembly. Under no circumstances should “undue strictness” be allowed to intimidate members or limit full participation.
The fundamental right of deliberative assemblies requires all questions to be thoroughly discussed before taking action!
The assembly rules – they have the final say on everything! Silence means consent!
These motions are listed in order of precedence. A motion can be introduced if it is higher on the chart than the pending motion. § indicates the section from Robert’s Rules.
|§21||Close meeting||I move to adjourn||No||Yes||No||No||Majority|
|§20||Take break||I move to recess for…||No||Yes||No||Yes||Majority|
|§19||Register complaint||I rise to a question of privilege||Yes||No||No||No||None|
|§18||Make follow agenda||I call for the orders of the day||Yes||No||No||No||None|
|§17||Lay aside temporarily||I move to lay the question on the No table||No||Yes||No||No||Majority|
|§16||Close debate||I move the previous question||No||Yes||No||No||2/3|
|§16||Limit or extend debate||I move that debate be limited to…||No||Yes||No||Yes||2/3|
|§15||Postpone to a certain time||I move to postpone the motion to…||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Majority|
|§14||Refer to committee||I move to refer the motion to…||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Majority|
|§13||Modify wording of motion||I move to amend the motion by…||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Majority|
|§12||Kill main motion||I move that the motion be postponed indefinitely||No||Yes||Yes||No||Majority|
|§11||Bring business before assembly (a main motion)||I move that [or "to"]…||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Majority|
No order of precedence. These motions arise incidentally and are decided immediately.
|§23||Enforce rules||Point of Order||Yes||No||No||No||None|
|§24||Submit matter to assembly||I appeal from the decision of the chair||Yes||Yes||Varies||No||Majority|
|§25||Suspend rules||I move to suspend the rules||No||Yes||No||No||2/3|
|§26||Avoid main motion altogether||I object to the consideration of the question||Yes||No||No||No||2/3|
|§27||Divide motion||I move to divide the question||No||Yes||No||Yes||Majority|
|§29||Demand a rising vote||I move for a rising vote||Yes||No||No||No||None|
|§33||Parliamentary law question||Parliamentary inquiry||Yes||No||No||No||None|
|§33||Request for information||Point of information||Yes||No||No||No||None|
No order of precedence. Introduce only when nothing else is pending.
|§34||Take matter from table||I move to take from the table…||No||Yes||No||No||Majority|
|§35||Cancelpreviousaction||I move to rescind…||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||2/3 or Majority with notice|
|§37||Reconsider motion||I move to reconsider…||No||Yes||Varies||No||Majority|