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 Motions Commits the group to action or a position Interrupt Speaker Second Required Debate Amend Vote Required Can be Reconsidered
Main Motion To introduce business, Commits the group to action No Yes Yes Yes Majority Yes
Rescind Reverses a motion that has been adopted No Yes Yes No Majority No
Reconsider Looks again at a motion that has failed No Yes Yes No Majority No
Take from the Table Takes up item that has been laid on the table No Yes No No Majority No
Subsidiary Motions Used to do something to a main motion Interrupt Speaker Second Required Debate Amend Vote Required Can be Reconsidered
Lay on the Table Sets a motion aside until someone wants to bring it up again No Yes No No Majority No
Previous Question/Close Debate Forces an immediate vote No Yes No No 2/3s vote Yes
Limit or Extend Debate Forces a time limit on debate No Yes No Yes 2/3s vote Yes
Postpone to a certain time Names a time when this will come up again No Yes Yes Yes Majority Yes
Refer to a committee Sets up a small group to study the issue No Yes Yes Yes Majority Yes
Amend an amendment To modify an amendment No Yes Yes No Majority Yes
Amend To modify a motion No Yes Yes No Majority Yes
Postpone Indefinitely Kills a motion No Yes Yes No Majority Yes
Privileged Motions Deals with people’s concerns

Interrupt Speaker

Second Required

Debate

Amend

Vote Required

Can be Reconsidered

Fix time to adjourn To ensure the meeting ends at a specific time No Yes No Yes Majority Yes
Adjourn Ends meeting No Yes No No Majority No
Recess Take a break No Yes No Yes Majority No
Question of Privilege Makes a personal request Yes No No No Decision of Chair No
Call for Orders of the Day To follow the agenda and deal with the issues the meeting planned to cover Yes No No No No vote Demand No
Incidental Motions Deals with the way the meeting is run

Interrupt Speaker

Second Required

Debate

Amend

Vote Required

Can be Reconsidered

Appeal decision of chair To reverse a decision of the chair Yes Yes No No Majority Yes
Call for Division of assembly Force a counted vote Yes No No No Majority No
Call Division of Motion Divides motion into the parts. No Yes No Yes Majority No
Object to Consideration Stops a motion from being considered Yes No No No 2/3s vote No
Point of Inquiry A question about parliamentary procedure to Chair Yes No No No Decision of Chair No
Point of Order To correct a parliamentary error Yes No No No Decision of Chair No
Suspend the Rules To temporarily ignore a RONR or bylaws, standing rules to accomplish some task No Yes No No 2/3s vote Yes