Frequently Used Parliamentary Motions

This is taken from the National Association of Parliamentarians.

These are commonly used motions and not listed in any particular order, nor is this specifically endorsed by the WCDCC. This is simply common motions and phrasings that may help you better understand parliamentary procedure.

MOTION

PURPOSE

CONSIDERATIONS

Main MotionsCommits the group to action or a positionInterrupt SpeakerSecond RequiredDebateAmendVote RequiredCan be Reconsidered
Main MotionTo introduce business, Commits the group to actionNoYesYesYesMajorityYes
RescindReverses a motion that has been adoptedNoYesYesNoMajorityNo
ReconsiderLooks again at a motion that has failedNoYesYesNoMajorityNo
Take from the TableTakes up item that has been laid on the tableNoYesNoNoMajorityNo
Subsidiary MotionsUsed to do something to a main motionInterrupt SpeakerSecond RequiredDebateAmendVote RequiredCan be Reconsidered
Lay on the TableSets a motion aside until someone wants to bring it up againNoYesNoNoMajorityNo
Previous Question/Close DebateForces an immediate voteNoYesNoNo2/3s voteYes
Limit or Extend DebateForces a time limit on debateNoYesNoYes2/3s voteYes
Postpone to a certain timeNames a time when this will come up againNoYesYesYesMajorityYes
Refer to a committeeSets up a small group to study the issueNoYesYesYesMajorityYes
Amend an amendmentTo modify an amendmentNoYesYesNoMajorityYes
AmendTo modify a motionNoYesYesNoMajorityYes
Postpone IndefinitelyKills a motionNoYesYesNoMajorityYes
Privileged MotionsDeals with people’s concerns

Interrupt Speaker

Second Required

Debate

Amend

Vote Required

Can be Reconsidered

Fix time to adjournTo ensure the meeting ends at a specific timeNoYesNoYesMajorityYes
AdjournEnds meetingNoYesNoNoMajorityNo
RecessTake a breakNoYesNoYesMajorityNo
Question of PrivilegeMakes a personal requestYesNoNoNoDecision of ChairNo
Call for Orders of the DayTo follow the agenda and deal with the issues the meeting planned to coverYesNoNoNoNo vote DemandNo
Incidental MotionsDeals with the way the meeting is run

Interrupt Speaker

Second Required

Debate

Amend

Vote Required

Can be Reconsidered

Appeal decision of chairTo reverse a decision of the chairYesYesNoNoMajorityYes
Call for Division of assemblyForce a counted voteYesNoNoNoMajorityNo
Call Division of MotionDivides motion into the parts.NoYesNoYesMajorityNo
Object to ConsiderationStops a motion from being consideredYesNoNoNo2/3s voteNo
Point of InquiryA question about parliamentary procedure to ChairYesNoNoNoDecision of ChairNo
Point of OrderTo correct a parliamentary errorYesNoNoNoDecision of ChairNo
Suspend the RulesTo temporarily ignore a RONR or bylaws, standing rules to accomplish some taskNoYesNoNo2/3s voteYes