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This brief summary touches only the major points of parliamentary procedure; Robert's Rules of Order should be consulted whenever questions arise.
|PRIVILEGED MOTIONS deal with the welfare of the group, rather than with any specific proposal. They must be disposed of before the group can consider any other motion.|
|Adjourn the meeting||I move that we adjourn||no||yes||no||no||majority|
|Recess the meeting||I move we recess until||no||yes||no||yes||majority|
|Complain about noise, room temperature etc.||Point of privilege||yes||no||no||no||none, chair rules|
|SUBSIDIARY MOTIONS provide various ways of modifying or disposing of main motions. They must be acted upon before all other motions except privileged motions.|
|Suspend debate on a matter without calling for a vote||I move we table the matter||no||yes||no||no||majority|
|End debate||I move the previous question||no||yes||no||no||2/3 majority|
|Limit length of debate||I move debate on this matter be limited to||no||yes||no||yes||2/3 majority|
|Ask for a vote by actual count, to verify a voice vote||I call for a division of the house||no||no||no||no||none*|
|Postpone consideration of a matter to a specific time||I move we postpone the matter until||no||yes||yes||yes||majority|
|Have a matter studied further||I move we refer this matter to a committee||no||yes||yes||yes||majority|
|Consider a matter informally||I move the question be considered informally||no||yes||yes||no||majority|
|Amend a motion||I move that this motion be amended by||no||yes||yes||yes||majority|
|Reject a main motion without voting on the motion itself||I move the question be postponed indefinitely||no||yes||yes||no||majority|
INCIDENTAL MOTIONS grow out of other business that the group is considering. They must be decided before the group can return to the question that brought them up.
|Correct an error in parliamentary procedure||Point of order||yes||no||no||no||none, chair rules|
|Object to a ruling by the chair||I appeal the chair's decision.||yes||yes||yes||no||majority|
|Consider a matter that violates normal procedure, but does not violate the constitution or bylaws||I move we suspend the rules||no||yes||no||no||2/3 majority|
|Object to considering some matter||I object to the consideration of this matter||yes||no||no||no||2/3 majority|
|Obtain advice on proper procedure||I raise a parliamentary inquiry||yes||no||no||no||none, chair rules|
|Request information||Point of information||yes||no||no||no||none|
|Withdraw a motion||I request leave to withdraw the motion||no||no||no||no||majority|
|MAIN MOTIONS are the tools used to introduce new business.|
|Introduce business||I move that||no||yes||yes||yes||majority|
|Take up a matter previously tabled||I move we take from the table||no||yes||no||no||majority|
|Reconsider a matter already disposed of||I move we reconsider our action relative to||yes||yes||yes||no||majority|
|Strike out a motion previously passed||I move we rescind the motion calling for||no||yes||yes||yes||majority|
|Consider a matter out of its scheduled order||I move we suspend the rules and consider||no||yes||no||no||2/3 majority|
*But majority vote if someone objects.
Reprinted with the permission of Calvin College, Faculty Handbook Appendix B - Parliamentary Procedure and Definition