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What is the purpose of the privileged motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn?
To set a time for another meeting to continue the business of the meeting.
Can the privileged motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn be applied to any other motions?
No
Your Question has three parts:
1. Is the priviledged motion to Fix the time to Which to Adjourn amendable?
2. Is an amendment applied to it debateable?
3. Explain your answer.
1. Yes
2. No
3. The motion to which it is applied is not debatable. Therefore, an amendment is not debatable.
Can the priviledged motion to Fix the Time to which to adjourn be reconsidered?
Yes
Can the priviledged motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn be made after the assembly has voted to adjourn?
yes, if the chair has not declared the assembly adjourn.
Your question has three parts:
1. Mus the priviledged motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn be seconded?
2. What is the purpose of seconding a motion?
3. Does a member who seconds a motion have a vote in favor of it?
1. Yes
2. To prevent time from being used by the assembly's having to dispose of a motion that only one person wants to see introduced.
3. No
Can the priviledged motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn be made when another member has the floor?
No
What is the highest ranking of all motions?
The priviledged motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn.
Your question has two parts:
1. What vote is required to adopt the priviledged motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn?
2. What does a mjority vote mean?
1. Mojority
2. More than half of the votes cast by persons legally entitled to vote, excluding blanks or absentions, at a meeting at which a quorum is present.
If thirty members at a meeting cast a vote on the priviledged motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn, what would be the minimum number that would have to vote in the affirmative to adopt it?
Sixteen
Name three priviledge motions that the priviledge motion to Fix the Time to which to Adjourn takes precedence over.
1. Adjourn
2. Recess
3. Raise a Question of Priviledge
4. Call for the Orders of the Day
What motion could be applied to the priviledge motion to Fix the Time to which to Adjourn to prevent an amendment?
Previous Question
One way to amend the priviledged motion to Fix the Time To Which to Adjourn is to change the date. Name two other items that may be changed in the motion by amending.
1. The hour
2. The place
What is an adjourned meeting?
A continuation of the meeting at which the priviledged motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn is adopted.
Your question has two parts:
1. At an adjourned meeting, where is buisness taken up?
2. When are minutes read of the proceding meeting at an adjourned meeting?
1. From the point at which the previous meeting adjourned.
2. The minutes are read first.
Does the adoption of the priviledged motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn, adjourn the present meeting?
No
A motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn is a Main Motion if it made when no question is pending.
1. Would it be debatable?
2. What would be the vote required to adopt it?
3. Could it be reconsidered?
1. Yes
2. Majority
3. Yes
What is the purpose of the priviledged motion to Adjourn?
To close the meeting.
Can the priviledged motion to Adjourn be applied to any other motions?
No
Can any other motion be applied to the priviledged motion to Adjourn?
No
Your question has three parts:
1. Is the priviledged motion to Adjourn debatable?
2. Is it amendable?
3. Can the priviledged motion to Adjourn be reconsidered?
1. No
2. No
3. No
Must the priviledged motion to Adjourn be seconded?
Yes
Can the priviledged motion to Adjourn be seconded?
Yes
What priviledged motion takes precedence over the priviledged motion to Adjourn?
Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
Your question has three parts:
1. What vote is required to adopt the priviledged motion to Adjourn?
2. What does the term renewed mean?
3. When can the priviledged motion to Adjourn be renewed?
1. Majority
2. If a motion can be made again after it has been presented and not adopted.
3. After material progress in business or debate.
If twenty members at a meeting cast a vote on the priviledged motion to Adjourn, what would be the minimum number that would have to vote in the affirmative to adopt it?
Eleven
Name three priviledged motions that the priviledged motion to Adjourn takes precedence over.
1. Recess
2. Raise a Question of Priviledge
3. Call for the Orders of the Day
Name three debatable subsidiary motions that the priviledged motion to Adjourn takes precedence over.
1. Postpone to a Certain Time
2. Committ or Refer
3. Amend
4. Postpone Indefinitely
Name three undebatable subsidiary motions that the priviledge motion to Adjourn takes precedence over.
1. Lay on the Table
2. Previous Question
3. Limit or Extend Limits of Debate
Your question has two parts:
1. The priviledged motion to Adjourn is always made in an unqualifed form. What does this mean?
2. What are two forms ordinarily used to make this motion?
1. No mention is made of a time either for adjourning or for meeting again.
2. I move to adjourn or I move that the meeting adjourn.
Your question has three parts:
1. What does the term adjourn sine die mean?
2. Mus tthe words sine die always be used when the chair declares the meeting adjourn?
3. What happens to a pending question if a meeting is adjourned?
1. To adjourn without day. It usually refers to the final adjournment of a session of several meetings, such as an annual convention of delegates.
2. No
3. Generally, it is carried over to the next meeting and taken up under Unfinished buisiness.
YOur question has two parts:
1. If the entire agenda is completed at a meeting, can the chair adjourn the meeting without a motion and vote?
2. Explain how it would be done.
1. Yes
2. The chair asks, Is there any further business? If there is not response, the chair says, "Since there is no further business, the meeting is adjourned." The gavel is then tapped once.
One parliamentary step is in order when the priviledged motion to Adjourn is pending is to make important announcements. Name three other steps that are in order.
1. Inform the assembly of business requiring attention before adjourning.
2. Make a motion to reconsider a previous vote.
3. Make a motion to Reconsider and Enter on the Minutes.
4. Give notice of a motion to be made at the next meeting.
Set a time for an adjourned meeting.
Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics of rules for the priviledged motion to Adjourn. Name four of them.
1. Takes precedence over all motions except the priviledged motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn.
2. Cannont be applied to any motion and not motion can be applied to it.
3. Is out of order when another member has the floor.
4. Must be seconded.
5. Not debatable.
6. Not amendable.
7. Requires a majority vote to adopt.
8. Cannot be reconsidered.
An unqualified motion to Adjourn is said to be a priviledged motion or priviledged even when it is made when no question is pending. Explain what this means.
It means that the unqualified motion to Adjourn is not debateable or amendable and is subject to all of the rules governing the priviledged motion to Adjourn
Your question has two parts:
1. Assume that twenty members of an assembly cast a vote on the priviledged motion to Adjourn and the outcome is ten of the affirmative and ten for the negative. Would you as a chairman vote in the negative?
2. Explain your answer.
1. No
2. The negative vote by the chair would not effect the final results - the motion would still be lost.
Your question has two parts:
1. Can the priviledged motion to Adjourn be made while business is pending?
2. Explain your answer.
1. Yes
2. It can be made provided that the time for the next meeting has been established or set by the assembly.
What is the purpose of the priviledged motion to Recess?
To take a short intermission in the assembly's proceedings.
Can the priviledged motion to Recess be applied to any other motions?
No
Is the priviledged motion to Recess debatable?
No
Is the priviledged motion to Recess amendable?
Yes, as to time only.
Can the priviledged motion to Recess be reconsidered?
No
Must the priviledged motion to Recess be seconded?
yes
Can the priviledged motion to Recess be made when another member has the floor?
No
Name two priviledged motions that take precedence over the priviledged motion to Recess.
1. Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
2. Adjourn
Your question has three parts:
1. What vote is required to adopt the priviledged motion to Recess?
2. Can it be renewed?
3. When can it be renewed?
1. Majority
2. Yes
3. After material progress or debate.
If there are fifteen members at a meeting and ten members cast a vote on the priviledged motion to Recess, what would be the minimum number that would have to vote in the affirmative to adopt it?
Six
Would it take a majority or two-thirds vote to postpone taking a prescheduled recess?
Two-thirds
Name two priviledged motions that the priviledged motion to Recess thakes precedence over.
1. Raise a Question of Priviledge
2. Call for the Orders of the Day.
Name two subsidary motions that can be applied to the priviledged motion to Recess.
1. Amend
2. Previous Question
Can the priviledged motion to Recess be applied to any motion?
No
Name three reasons to take a Recess.
1. Count Ballots
2. Secure information
3. Allow informal consultation
Your question has two parts:
1. Can the priviledged motion to Recess be amended?
2. How can the priviledged motion to Recess be amended?
1. Yes
2. It is amendable as to the length of the recess.
Your question has two parts:
1. Is an amendment applied to the priviledged motion to Recess debatable?
2. Why?
1. NO
2. Because the priviledged motion to Recess is undebatable.
Your question has four parts:
1Assume a motion to recess is made when no question is pending.
1. Would this motion be debatable?
2. Could it be amended?
3. Could it be reconsidered?
4. What class of motions does it belong to?
1. Yes
2. Yes
3. No
4. Main Motion
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised list eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for the priviledged motion to Recess. Name four of them.
1. Takes precedence over all motions except the priviledged motions to Fix the time to which to Adjourn and Adjourn.
2. Cannot be applied to any motion and the motions to Amend and Previous Question can be applied to it.
3. Out of Order when another member has the floor.
4. Must be seconded.
5. Not debatable.
6. Amendable as to the length of the recess.
7. Requires a majority vote to adopt.
8. Cannot be reconsidered.
Name three debatable subsidary motions that the priviledged motion to recess takes precedence over.
1. Postpone to a Certain Time
2. Committ or Refer
3. Amend
4. Postpone to a Certain Time
Name three undebatable subsidary motions that the priviledged motion to Recess takes precedence over.
1. Lay on the Table
2. Previous Question
3. Limit or Extend Limits of Debate.
What is the difference in effect between the priviledged motion to Recess and the priviledged motion to Adjourn?
At the end of a recess, business is taken up where it was interrupted. At the meeting following adjournment, business begins with the complete order of business.
There are only four actions that can be taken in the absence of a quorum. One is to take measures to obtain the quorum. Name the other three.
1. Recess
2. Adjourn
3. Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
What is the purpose of the priviledged device to Raise a Question of Privilege?
Permits a request or main motion relating to rights and privileges of the assembly or any of its members to be brought up immediately.
Can the priviledged device to Raise a Question of Privilege be applied to any other motions?
No
Can any subsidiary motion be applied to the privileged device to Raise a Question of Privilege?
No
Is the privileged device to Raise a Question of Privilege debateable?
No
Is the privileged device to Raise a Question fo Privilege amendable?
No
Can the privileged device to Raise a Questions of Privilege be reconsidered?
No
Must the privileged device to Raise a Question of Privilege be seconded?
No
Can the privileged device to Raise a Question of Privilege be made when another member has the floor?
Yes. However, a member who is speaking should no be interrupted, unless it is unavoidable.
Name the privileged motion that the privileged device to Raise a Question of Privilege takes precedence over.
Call for the Orders of the Day
What vote is required to adopt the privileged device to Raise a Question of Privilege?
No vote is taken. It is ruled on tby the chair.
Name the three privileged motions that the privileged devicef to Raise a Question of Privilege yeilds to.
1. Recess
2. Adjourn
3. Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
Name three subsidiary motions that the privileged device to Raise a Question of Privilege takes precedence over.
1. Lay on the Table
2. Previous Question
3. Limit or Extend Limits of Debate
4. Postpone to a Certain Time
5. Commit or Refer
6. Amend
7. Postpone Indefinitely
Name the types of questions of priviledge.
1. Those that relate to the privilges of the assembly as a whole.
2. Questions of personal privilege.
Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for the privileged device to Raise a Question of Privilege Name four of them.
1. Takes precedence over all motions except the privileged motions to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn, Adjourn, and Recess.
2. Cannot be applied to any motion and no subsidary motions can be applied to it.
3. In order, when another member has the floor. Should not interrupt a member who is speaking unless unavoidable.
4. Does not require a second.
5. Not debatable.
6. Not amendable.
7. Ruled upon by the chair.
8. Cannot be reconsidered.
Name three examples of quesitons of privileged that relate to the assembly.
1. Comfort of members regarding heating, lighting, ventilation, noise, or other disturbance.
2. Conduct of officers, employess, or vistors.
3. Punishment of members.
4. Accuracy of published reports.
What are two examples of questions of privileges that relate to personal privilege?
1. An inaccurate record in the minutes of a member's participation that was approved when he/she was absent.
2. Charges circulated against a member's character.
What is the purpose of the privileged motion to Call for the Orders of the day?
To demand to take up the proper order of business.
Can the privileged motion to Call for the Orders of the Day be applied to any other motions?
No
Can any subsidiary motion be applied to the privileged motion to Call for the Orders of the Day?
No
Is the privileged motion to Call for the Orders of the Day debateable?
No
Is the privileged motion to Call for the Orders of the Day amendable?
No
Can the privileged motion to Call for the Orders of the Day be reconsidered?
No
Your question has two parts:
1. What vote is required to adopt the privileged motion to Call for the Orders of the Day?
2. What vote does it take to set aside the orders of the day?
1. A vote is not required. A single member can demand that the orders of the day must be enforced.
2. Two-thirds
Name three privileged motions that take precedence over the privileged motion to Call for the Orders of the Day.
1. Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
2. Adjourn
3. Recess
4. Raise a Question of privilege
Your Question has two parts:
1. Is the Privileged motion to Call for the Orders of the Day in order when another member has the floor?
2. Can it interrupt a member speaking?
1. Yes
2. Yes
Must the privileged motion to Call for the Orders of the Day be seconded?
No
The privileged motion to Call for the Orders of the Day cannot be applied to any motion. However, it can be called when the agenda is being varied from. Name two other times that it may be called.
1. When a general order that is in order at that time is not being taken up.
2. When the time for considering a special order has arrived or passed and it is not being taken up.
Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characterisitcs or ruls for every motion. Esplain the rules for the privileged motion to Call for the Orders of the Day that relate to:
1. Seconding
2. Debating
3. Amending
1. Does not require a second.
2. Not debatable.
3. Not amendable.
Name three debatable subsidiary motions that the privileged motion to Call for the Orders of the Day takes precedence over.
1. Postpone to a Certain Time
2. Commit or Refer
3. Amend
4. Postpone Indefinitely
Name three undebatable subsidary motions that the privileged motion to Call for the Orders of the Day takes precedence over.
1. Lay on the Table
2. Previous Question
3. Limit or Extend Limits of Debate
What is the purpose of the subsidary motion to Lay on the Table?
To interrupt the pending business so as to permit doing something else immediately or to lay aside a pending question temporarily when something else of immediate urgency has arisen.
Your question has two parts:
1. Can the subsidary motion to Lay on the Table to be used in the place of the subsidary motion, Postpone Indefintely?
2. Why?
1. No
2. Because the purpose of the motion to Postpone Indefintely is to drop a main motion without a vote on it and the motion to Lay on the Lay on the Table sets aside a motion temporarily.
Can the subsidiary motion to Lay on the Table be used in the place of the subsidiary motion Postpone to a Certain Time?
No
Is the subsidary motion to Lay on the Table out of order when another member has the floor?
Yes
Must the subsidary motion to Lay on the Table be seconded before it can be considered?
Yes
Is the subsidary motion to Lay on the Table debateable?
No
Is the subsidary motion to Lay on the Table amendable?
No
What vote is required to adopt the subsidary motion to Lay on the Table?
Majority
Can a vote adopting the subsidary motion to Lay ont he Table be reconsidered?
No
Your question has four parts:
1. What class of motions does the motion to Lay on the table belong to?
2. Name the other classes of motions.
3. What are secondary motions?
4. Does the current edition of Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised list a class of motions called "unclassified motions"?
1. Subsidary
2. Main motions, incidental motions, privileged motions, and motions that bring a question again before the assembly.
3. All subsidary, privileged, and incidental motions.
4. No
If twenty-five members at a meeting cast a vote on the motion to Lay on the Table, what would be the minimum number that would have to vote in the affirmative to adopt it?
Thirteen
Name three subsidary motions that the subsidary motion to Lay ont he Table takes precedence over.
1. Previous Question
2. Limit or Extend Limits of Debate
3. Postpone to a Certain Time
4. Committ
5. Amend
6. Postpone Indefintely
Name three privileged motions that take precedence over the subsidary motion to Lay on the Table.
1. Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
2. Adjourn
3. Recess
4. Raise a Question of Privilege
5. Call for the Orders of the Day
Can any subsidary motion be applied to the subsidary motion to Lay on the Table?
No
Can the subsidary motion to Lay on the Table be applied to main motions?
Yes
Your question has two parts:
1. If you were the chairman at a meeting with a main motion pending, and a member said, "I move that the motion be laid on the table until the next meeting." What ruling would you make?
2. Explain why you would make the ruling.
1. Rule the motion to Lay on the Table out of order.
2. Because the motion to Lay on the Table cannot be qualified in any way.
If the subsidary motion to Lay on the Tabel is made and there is no urgent buisness, what ruling would the chair make?
The motion would be ruled out of order.
Your question has two parts:
1. If you were the chairman at the meeting adn amember did not state the reason for making the subsidary motion to Lay on the Table, what action would you take?
2. What ruling should be made if the subsidary motion to Lay ont he Table is to kill a motion?
1. The chair should ask the maker of the motion the reason for making it.
2. Rule the motion out of order.
If a main motion and an amendment are pending when the subsidary motion to Lay on the Table is adopted, what happens to the amendment?
The amendment goes to the table with the main motion.
Robert's Rules of Order newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristcs or rules for every motion. Explain the rules for the subsidary motion to Lay on the Table that relate to:
1. Seconding
2. Debating
3. Amending
1. Must be seconded.
2. Not debatable.
3. Not amendable.
Your question has two parts:
1. What is the purpose of the previous Question?
2. May a member move to close debate by calling our "Question"?
1. To immediately close debate and the making of subsidary motions except the motion to Lay on the Table.
2. No
Can the previous question be used to bring the assembly to an immediate vote on more than one pending questions?
Yes
Is the Previous Quesiton allowed in committees?
No
Is the Previous Question out of order when another member has the floor?
Yes
Must the Previous Question be seconded before it can be considered?
Yes
Your quesiton has three parts:
1. Is the Previous Quesiton debatable?
2. May a member conclude his/her debate on a main motion by moving the Previous Question?
3. Explain you answer.
1. No
2. Yes
3. A member can speak in debate and conclude by offering a secondary motion such as the Previous Question.
Is the Previous Question amendable?
No
Your question has two parts:
1. What vote is required to adopt the Previous Question?
2. What is the latest that a member can change his/her vote on a motion?
1. Two-thirds
2. Up to the time the result is announced.
Can a vote adopting the Previous Quesiton be reconsidered?
Yes
What class of motions does the Previous Question belong to?
Subsidary
If thirty members at a meeting cast a vote ont he Previous Question, what would be the minimum number that would have to vote int eh affirmative to adopt it?
Twenty
Name three subsidary motions that the Previous Question takes precedence over.
1. Limit or Extend Limits of Debat
2. Postpone to a Certain Time
3. Committ (or Refer)
4. Amend
5. Postpone Indefintely
Name three privileged motions that take precedence over the Previous Question.
1. Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
2. Adjourn
3. Recess
4. Raise a Question of Privilege
5. Call for the Orders of the Day
Your question has two parts:
1. Name two privileged motions that the motion Previous Question can be applied to.
2. Can it be applied to a Main Motion?
1. Fix teh Time to Which to Adjourn and Recess
2. yes
Name three subsidary motions that the Previous Question can be applied to.
1. Limit or Extend Limits of Debat
2. Postpone to a Certain Time
3. Committ (or Refer)
4. Amend
5. Postpone Indefintely
Name three debatable subsidary motion that the Previous Question takes precedence over.
1. Postpone to a Certain Time
2. Committ
3. Amend
4. Postpone Indefinitely
Name three undebatable privileged or subsidary motions that the previous quesiton can be applied to.
1. Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
2. Recess
3. Limit or Extend Limits of Debate
Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and the previous question is ordered on a main motion, postpone indefintely, and an amendment. What order are the three motions voted on?
They are voted on in order of rank beginning with the amendment, then postpone indefinitely, and then the main motion. They are voted on in reverse of the order they were made.
Your question has two parts:
1. Assume three motions are pending and you want to stop debate on all of them. What form would you use to move the Previous Question if you wanted to stop debate on all three pending motions?
2. Are motions such as "I call for the question" or "I move we vote now" proper forms for making the Previous Question when one debatable motion is pending?
1. "I move the previous question on all pending questions."
or "I move (or call) the previous quesiton on the motions to...(specify motions)."
2. Yes
Roberts Rules of Order Newly revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics for rules for every motion. Explain the rules for the subsidiary motion Previous Question that relate to:
1. Proposing when another member has the floor.
2. Debating
3. Amending
1. Is our of order when another member has the floor.
2. Not debatable.
3. Not amendable.
What is the purpose of the subsidiary motion to Limit or Extend Limits of Debate?
To control debate on a pending question.
Can the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate be applied to a series of debatable motions?
Yes
Is the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate allowed in committees?
No
Is the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate out of order when another member has the floor?
Yes
Must the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate be seconded before it can be considered?
Yes
Your question has two parts:
1. Is the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate debatable?
2. How many speeches can a member usually make on a debatable motion on the same day?
1. No
2. Two. However, in the case of the motion to appeal, only the presiding officer can speak twice. All other members can speak once.
Is the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate amendable?
Yes
What vote is required to adopt the motion to limit or extend limits of debate?
Two-Thirds
Can a vote adopting the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate be reconsidered?
Yes
What method of voting should be used on the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate?
By Rising
If the motion to limit or extend limits of debate is made when a main motion is pending, what class of motions does it belong to?
Subsidiary
If sixty members at a meeting cast a vote on the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate, what would be the minimum number that would have to vote in the affirmative to adopt it?
Forty
Name three subsidiary motions that the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate takes precedence over.
1. Postpone to a certain Time (Postpone Definitely)
2. Commit (Refer)
3. Amend
4. Postpone Indefinitely
Name three privileged motions that take precedence over the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate.
1. Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
2. Adjourn
3. Recess
4. Raise a Question of Privilege
5. Call for the orders of the day
Name three debatable subsidiary motions that the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate takes precedence over.
1. Postpone to a Certain Time (Postpone Definitely)
2. Commit (refer)
3. Amend
4. Postpone Indefinitely
Explain two ways the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate can limit debate.
1. By Reducing the number or length of speeches permitted.
2. That debate be closed at a specific hour after debate has progressed for a specific length of time.
Your question has two parts:
1. Can the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate require an immediate closing of debate?
2. What is the name of the motion that has a purpose to close debate immediately?
1. No
2. Previous Question
Name two subsidiary motions that the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate yields to.
1. Previous Question
2. Lay on the table
If the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate is made when no business is pending, what class of motions does it belong to?
Main Motion (or Incidental Main Motion)
Can the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate be laid on the table alone?
No
Your question has two parts:
1. Is an amendment that is applied to the subsidiary motion to limit or extend limits of debate debatable?
2. Why?
1. No
2. Because the subsidiary motion limit or extend limits of debate is not debatable.
Roberts rules of order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for every motion. Explain the rules for the subsidiary motion limit or extend limits of debate that relate to:
1. Application to debatable motions.
2. Vote required for adoption
3. Amending
1. Can be applied to any immediately pending debatable motion.
2. Requires a two-thirds vote.
3. Is amendable.
Your question has two parts:
1. What is the purpose of the subsidiary motion to postpone to a certain time?
2. How long can a motion be postponed if a club hold regular business meetings every week on the same day?
1. To put off action on a pending motion to a definite time or after a specific event.
2. One week. The motion cannot be postpone beyond the next regular meeting.
Can the subsidiary motion to postpone to a certain time be made when a main motion and an amendment are pending?
Yes
What class of motions does the motion to postpone to a certain time belong to if it is made when no business is pending?
Main Motion (Incidental Main Motion)
Is the subsidiary motion to postpone definitely out of order when another member has the floor?
Yes
Must the subsidiary motion to Postpone Definitely be seconded before it can be considered?
Yes
Your question has two parts:
1. Is the subsidiary motion to postpone definitely debatable?
2. Can debate go into the merits of the main motion it is applied to?
1. Yes
2. No
Is the subsidiary motion to postpone to a certain time amendable?
Yes
What vote is required to adopt the subsidiary motion to postpone definitely?
Majority
Can a vote adopting the subsidiary motion to postpone definitely be reconsidered?
Yes, an affirmative vote can be reconsidered
If the motion to postpone definitely is made when a main motion is pending, what class of motions does it belong to?
subsidiary
If fifty members at a meeting cast a vote on the subsidiary motion to postpone definitely, what would be the minimum number that would have to vote in the affirmative to adopt it?
Twenty-Six
Your question has two parts:
1. Can the subsidiary motion to postpone definitely be made to kill a motion?
2. Name the subsidiary motion that kills a motion.
1. No
2. Postpone Indefinitely
Name three subsidiary motions that the subsidiary motion to postpone definitely takes precedence over.
1. Commit or Refer
2. Amend
3. Postpone Indefinitely
Name three subsidiary motions that take precedence over the subsidiary motion to postpone definitely.
1. Lay on the Table
2. Previous Question
3. Limit or Extend Limits of Debate
Name three privileged motions that take precedence over the subsidiary motion to postpone definitely.
1. Fix the time to which to adjourn
2. Adjourn
3. Recess
4. Raise a question of Privilege
5. Call for the Orders of the Day
Name three debatable subsidiary motions that the subsidiary motion to postpone definitely take precedence over.
1. Commit or Refer
2. Amend
3. Postpone indefinitely
Can the subsidiary motion to postpone definitely be laid on the table alone?
No
Can the subsidiary motion to postpone definitely be postponed indefinitely?
No
Can the subsidiary motion to postpone definitely be committed?
No
Name two ways the subsidiary motion to postpone definitely may be amended.
1. The time to which the main question is the be postponed.
2. Making the postponed question a special order.
If a postponed main motion is taken up on a different day, how many times can each member debate it again?
Two times.
Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and a member moved to postpone all the committee reports. Explain the ruling you would make.
Rule the motion out of order. A class of business composed of several items or subjects cannot be postponed.
Your question has two parts:
1. A postpone question becomes an order of the day for the time to which it is postponed. Name two kinds of orders of the day.
2. Which of the two has precedence over the other?
1. General orders and Special Orders
2. Special Orders
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for every motion. Explain the rules for the subsidiary motion to postpone definitely that relate to:
1. Seconding
2. Debating
3. Amending
1. Must be seconded
2. Debatable
3. Amendable as to the time to which the main question is to be postponed and making the postponed question a special order.
Your question has two parts:
1. What form would you use to ensure that a question will come up at the next meeting and not be crowded out by other matters?
2. What vote would be required to adopt the motion?
1. "I move the question be postponed to the next meeting and be made a special order."
2. Two-Thirds
What is the purpose of the motion to refer?
To send a pending motion to a committee so that it may be investigated and put in better condition for the assembly to consider at a later time.
Name three variations of the subsidiary motion to refer.
1. Committee of the whole
2. Quasi committee of the whole
3. Consider informally.
Your question has two parts:
1. Must the subsidiary motion to refer be seconded before it can be considered?
2. When a motion is made by the direction of a committee composed of over two members, does it require a second?
1. Yes
2. No
Your question has two parts:
1. Is the subsidiary motion to refer debatable?
2. Can debate go into the merits of the main motion?
1. Yes
2. No
Is the subsidiary motion to refer amendable?
Yes
Can the affirmative vote for the subsidiary motion to refer be reconsidered?
Yes, if the committee has not begun considering the question.
What vote is required to adopt the subsidiary motion to refer?
Majority
What class of motions does the motion to refer belong to if made when a main motion is pending?
Subsidiary
If forty-five members at a meeting cast a vote on the subsidiary motion to refer, what would be the minimum number that would have to vote in the affirmative to adopt it?
Twenty-three
What does the term recommit mean?
To refer a matter a second time.
If a motion is made to refer a matter to a committee when no business if pending, what class of motions does it belong to?
1. It is an original main motion if the matter to be assigned or referred relates to a new subject.
2. It is an incidental main motion if the assignment or referral is pursuant to a subject on which the assembly has already taken some action.
Your question has two parts:
1. Name two subsidiary motions that the subsidiary motion refer takes precedence over.
2. Does it take precedence over a main motion?
1. Amend and Postpone Indefinitely
2. Yes
Name three subsidiary motions that the subsidiary motion to refer yields to.
1. Lay on the Table
2. Previous Question
3. Limit or Extend Limits of debate
4. Postpone Definitely
Name three privileged motions that the subsidiary motion to refer yields to.
1. Fix the time to which to adjourn
2. Adjourn
3. Recess
4. Raise a question of privilege
5. Call for the Orders of the Day
Your question has two parts:
1. Name two debatable, subsidiary motions that the subsidiary motion refer takes precedence over.
2. Does it take precedence over the incidental motion, division of a question?
1. Amend and Postpone indefinitely
2. Yes
If a main motion is to go to a special committee, what are examples of four instructions that could be included in the subsidiary motion to refer?
1. When it should meet.
2. How it should consider the motion.
3. Whether it should hire an expert consultant.
4. When it should report.
5. If it is authorized to spend money.
6. If it may add to its membership.
7. If it can be given "full power" to act for the organization in a specific case.
Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and a motion is simply made "to refer the main question to a committee." What action would you take?
1. Call for members to offer amendments to complete the details.
OR
2. The chair can have the assembly vote on the motion to refer at once in its simple form.
Your question has three parts:
1. If the chairman appoints a committee, who selects the chairman?
2. If the chairman does not designate a committee chairman, and names a committee, which committee member automatically becomes the chairman?
3. Who has the power to replace members of a committee?
1. The Chairman.
2. The first-named committee member
3. The appointing authority.
Your question has two parts:
1. What happens to the motion to postpone indefinitely if it is pending when a main motion is referred to a committee.
2. What happens to pending amendments?
1. It is dropped from consideration.
2. Goes to the committee with the main motion and they are reported with it.
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for every motion. Explain the rules for the subsidiary motion to refer that relate to:
1. Seconding
2. Debating
3. The vote required for adoption
1. Must be seconded.
2. Debatable
3. Requires a majority vote to adopt.
Your question has two parts:
Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and take a rising vote on the subsidiary motion to refer, and the vote from the assembly is 20 in the affirmative and 20 in the negative.
1. Explain if the motion is adopted or lost.
2. How would you have to vote to change the results?
1. A motion that receives a tie vote is lost because it is not a majority.
2. The chair could vote in the affirmative to make the final vote 21 to 20, and thus the motion would be adopted.
Name three undebatable subsidiary motions that take precedence over the subsidiary motion to refer.
1. Lay on the table
2. Previous Question
3. Limit or Extend Limits of debate
Your question has two parts:
1. Name the two types of ordinary committees.
2. What are two other names used for special committees?
1. Standing committees and special committees
2. Select committee and ad hoc committee
Your question has two parts:
1. What is the difference between a standing committee and a special committee?
Where are standing committees listed?
1. Standing committees perform a continuing function and are permanent. A special committee is a temporary committee and becomes nonexistent as soon as the committee's task is completed.
2. In the bylaws
What are the rights of the president who is an ex officio member of a committee?
The president does not have the obligation to participate and is not counted in the quorum. He/She, however may participate in the proceedings such as making motions and voting.
If the chairman of a small committee does not want to call a meeting, how can one be held?
The committee can meet if any two members call for a meeting.
Your question has two parts:
1. If a committee chairman makes a report to an assembly and concludes with a motion, does the motion require a second?
2. Explain the one exception.
1. No
2. If the committee is composed of only one person, a second is required from the assembly for the motion to be considered.
What are three methods of appointing committees?
1. Election by ballot
2. Nominations from the floor with viva-voce election
3. Nominations bu the chair with confirmation by voice vote.
4. Appointment by the chair
5. Appointment by adoption of a motion naming members of a committee.
What are two differences between a committee of the whole and a quasi committee of the whole?
1. A committee of the whole is suited for large assemblies and the regular presiding officer appoints the chairman and leaves the chair.
2. A quasi committee of the whole is suited to assemblies of medium size (50-100 members) and the regular presiding officer remains in the chair.
What record is kept for the proceedings of a committee meeting?
The secretary keeps a brief memorandum of what is done.
Name two motions that are not allowed in committees.
1. Limit or extend limits of debate.
2. Previous Question
What are two actions that a committee can authorize if it is given "full power to act"?
1. Spend Money
2. Add to its own membership
Your question has three parts:
1. What is the purpose of the subsidiary motion to Amend?
2. Does the adoption of the subsidiary motion to Amend adopt the motion amended?
3. Who "makes an amendment?"
1. To modify the wording of a pending motion before the pending motion itself is acted upon.
2. No
3. Only the assembly
Is the subsidiary motion to amend out of order when another member has the floor?
Yes
Must the subsidiary motion to amend be seconded before it can be considered?
Yes
Your question has three parts:
1. Is the subsidiary motion to amend always debatable?
2. Explain you answer.
3. Can debate go into the merits of the question it is applied to?
1. No
2. It is debatable whenever the motion to which it is applied is debatable.
3. No
Is the subsidiary motion to amend amendable?
Yes
Your question has two parts:
1. What vote is required to adopt the subsidiary motion to amend?
2. What vote is required to amend a motion that requires a two-thirds vote itself to be adopted?
1. Majority
2. Majority
Can the subsidiary motion to amend be reconsidered?
Yes
What class of motions doe the motion to amend belong to if it is made when a motion is pending?
Subsidiary
If eight members at a meeting cast a vote on the subsidiary motion to amend, what would be the minimum number that would have to vote in the affirmative to adopt it?
Five
Name one subsidiary motion that the subsidiary motion to amend takes precedence over.
Postpone Indefinitely
Name three subsidiary motions that the subsidiary motion to amend yields to when applied to a main motion.
1. Lay on the Table
2. Previous Question
3. Limit or extend limits of debate
4. Postpone to a certain time
5. Refer
Name three privileged motions that the subsidiary motion to amend yield to.
1. Fix the time to which to adjourn
2. Adjourn
3. Recess
4. Raise a question of privilege
5. Call for the orders of the day
Your question has three parts:
1. Can the subsidiary motion to amend be applied to itself?
2. What is the name of the resulting amendment?
3. Can a secondary amendment be amended?
1. Yes
2. Secondary amendment (amendment to the second degree, or amendment to an amendment are also correct)
3. No
Name two privileged motions that can be amended.
1. Fix the time to which to adjourn
2. Recess
Can the subsidiary motion to amend be applied to the motion postpone indefinitely?
No
Name two undebatable, privileged motions that the subsidiary motion to amend can be applied to.
1. Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn
2. Recess
Name one undebatable, subsidiary motion that the subsidiary motion to amend can be applied to.
Limit or Extend Limits of debate
Name three privileged motions that cannot be amended.
1. Adjourn
2. Raise a Question of Privilege
3. Call for the Orders of the Day
Name three processes of amendment.
1. Insert or to add
2. Strike out
3. Strike out and insert and to substitute.
Your question has two parts:
1. An amendment must be germane to be in order. What does this mean?
2. If a presiding officer cannot determine the germaneness of an amendment, what should he/she do?
1. An amendment must in some way involve the same question that is raised by the motion to which it is applied.
2. Refer the decision to the assembly
Name three types of amendments that are not in order.
If the amendment:
1. Is not germane to the question to be amended.
2. Makes the adoption of the amendment the same as a rejection of the motion to be amended.
3. Makes the amended motion the same as or a rejection of a previously adopted motion.
4. Proposes to change an amendment form to another form.
5. Converts one parliamentary form to another.
6. Strikes out the word "Resolved" or other enacting words.
7. Is frivolous or absurd.
8. Leaves incoherent wording.
Robert's Rules of Order lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for every motion. Explain the rules for the subsidiary motion to amend that relate to:
1. Seconding
2. Debating
3. The vote required for adoption
1. Must be seconded
2. Debatable whenever the motion to which it is applied is debatable.
3. Requires a majority vote to adopt.
Your question has four parts:
1. What are the two degrees of amendment preferably called?
2. What is the difference between a primary amendment and a secondary amendment?
3. What is an amendment of the first degree?
4. What is an amendment of the second degree?
1. A primary amendment and a secondary amendment.
2. A primary amendment is an amendment to a main question. A secondary amendment is an amendment to an amendment.
3. An amendment to the main question.
4. An amendment to the amendment.
Your question has two parts:
1. Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and a member moves to amend a secondary amendment. What ruling would you make?
2. Explain you answer.
1. Rules the amendment to the secondary amendment out of order.
2. A secondary amendment cannot be amended, because an amendment of the third degree is not permitted.
Your question has two parts:
1. Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and a member concludes her debate on a main motion by making an amendment and it is seconded by another member. What action would you take?
2. Explain the reason for your action.
1. The chair would open the amendment to debate. It would be handled under the same rules as any amendment.
2. A member may debate a main motion and conclude by offering a secondary motion (subsidiary, privileged, and incidental motions are all classified as secondary motions.)
What is the difference between a secondary amendment and a secondary motion?
A secondary amendment is an amendment to an amendment. Secondary motions are all the subsidiary, privileged, and incidental motions.
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised notes that main motions and motions that have a variable factor can be amended. Name three privileged or subsidiary motions that have a variable factor and can be amended.
1. Fix the time to which to adjourn
2. Recess
3. Limit or Extend Limits of Debate
4. Postpone Definitely
5. Refer
Your question has two parts:
1. What is a "friendly amendment?"
2. How is it handled when applied to a Main Motion?
1. An amendment that is made to improve a main motion and the chances of its adoption to the satisfaction of its maker.
2. It is handled under the same rules as a regular amendment. It must be seconded, opened for debate and voted on formally (unless decided by unanimous consent).
It is offered before the main motion is stated by the chair, the maker of the main motion can accept it without a vote.
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for every motion. Explain all the rules for a third degree amendment.
A third degree amendment is not permitted, so it does not have rules.
What is the purpose of the motion to postpone indefinitely?
To drop a main motion without a direct vote on it. To kill a main motion.
How long is a main motion killed if the motion to postpone indefinitely is adopted?
For the duration of the session.
What is the only motion that the motion to postpone indefinitely can be applied to?
Main Motion
Is the motion to postpone indefinitely out of order when another member has the floor?
Yes
Must the motion to postpone indefinitely be seconded before it can be considered?
Yes
Is the motion to postpone indefinitely debatable?
Yes
Is the motion to postpone indefinitely amendable?
No
Can a vote adopting the motion to postpone indefinitely be reconsidered?
Yes, the affirmative vote can be reconsidered.
What vote is required to adopt the motion to postpone indefinitely?
Majority
What class of motions does the motion to postpone indefinitely belong to?
Subsidiary
Assume there are fifty members at a meeting and thirty members cast a vote on the motion to postpone indefinitely. What would be the minimum number that would have to vote in the affirmative to adopt it?
Sixteen
Name three debatable subsidiary motions that take precedence over the motion to postpone indefinitely.
1. Postpone definitely
2. Refer
3. Amend
Name three undebatable subsidiary motions that take precedence over the motion to postpone indefinitely.
1. Lay on the Table
2. Previous Question
3. Limit or Extend Limits of Debate
Name three privileged motions that take precedence over the motion to postpone indefinitely.
1. Fix the time to which to adjourn
2. Adjourn
3. Recess
4. Raise a question of Privilege
5. Call for the orders of the day
What is the lowest ranking subsidiary motion?
Postpone indefinitely
Does the motion to postpone indefinitely yield to all subsidiary motions?
Yes
Does the motion to postpone indefinitely yield to all privileged motions?
Yes
The motion to postpone indefinitely has a feature regarding debate that no other subsidiary motion has. What is it?
Debate can go fully into the merits of the main question.
What is the effect of the motion to postpone indefinitely on the pending question?
It suppresses the pending question throughout the current session.
Assume a main motion and the motion to postpone indefinitely are pending. If the main motion is referred to a committee, does the motion to postpone indefinitely go to the committee also?
No
If the motion to postpone indefinitely is pending and the main question is definitely postponed, what happens to the motion to postpone indefinitely?
The motion postpone indefinitely is also postponed definitely.
If the motion to postpone indefinitely is pending and the main motion is laid on the table, that happens to the motion to postpone indefinitely?
The motion to postpone indefinitely is also carried to the table.
Robert's Rules of Order lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for the subsidiary motion to postpone indefinitely. Name four of them.
1. Takes precedence over only main motions.
2. Can only be applied to a main motion.
3. Is out of order when another member has the floor.
4. Must be seconded.
5. Debatable and debate can go into merits of the main motion.
6. Not amendable
7. Requires a majority vote to adopt.
8. An affirmative vote can be reconsidered.
What is the purpose of the motion to suspend the rules?
To suspend one or more rules contained in the parliamentary authority, the special rules of order, or the standing rules of the assembly.
Your question has two parts:
1. Can the motion to suspend the rules only be made when no business is pending?
2. Explain your answer.
1. No
2. It can also be made if it is for a purpose connected with a pending motion.
Can the motion to suspend the rules be reconsidered?
No
What vote is usually required to adopt the motion to suspend the rules?
Two-thirds except for standing rules, which require a majority vote.
Is the motion to suspend the rules amendable?
No
Is the motion to suspend the rules out of order when another member has the floor?
Yes
Is the motion to suspend the rules debatable?
No
Is a second required for the motion to suspend the rules?
Yes
Name three rules that cannot be suspended.
1. Rules in the bylaws.
2. Procedural rules prescribed by federal, state, or local laws.
3. Rules which embody fundamental principles of parliamentary law.
4. Rules protecting the basic rights of an individual member.
Your question has three parts:
Assume a motion is pending at a meeting to suspend a rule related to the hour of beginning meetings.
1. What vote is required to adopt it?
2. Why?
3. If there are fifty members at a meeting and thirty cast votes, what is the minimum number that would have to vote in the affirmative to adopt it?
1. Majority
2. Because it is a standing rule
3. Sixteen
What rules may be suspended by unanimous consent?
Rules that are not controversial.
Your question has four parts related to standing rules:
1. Do these rules generally relate to parliamentary procedure?
2. What vote is required to adopt them?
3. What vote suspend them?
4. What vote amends them?
1. No
2. Majority
3. Majority
4. Two-Thirds vote without notice or a majority vote with notice.
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for every motion. Explain the rules for the incidental motion to suspend the rules that relate to:
1. Seconding
2. Debating
3. Amending
1. Must be Seconded.
2. Not Debatable
3. Not amendable
Assume you are chairman at a meeting and a member moves to suspend the rule relating to the number of members that must be present in order to conduct a meeting. Explain the action you would take.
Rule the motion out of order. Rules protecting absentees, that is, requiring the presence of a quorum, cannot be suspended.
What class of motions does the motion to suspend the rules belong to?
Incidental
What is the purpose of the motion to withdraw a motion?
To withdraw a motion before it is voted on.
When can a request or permission to withdraw a motion be made?
At any time before voting on the question has begun.
Can any subsidiary motions be applied to the motion to withdraw?
No.
Can a negative vote on the motion to withdraw be reconsidered?
Yes
What vote is usually required to adopt the motion to withdraw?
Majority (frequently adopted by unanimous consent)
Is the motion to withdraw amendable?
No
Is the motion to withdraw in order when another member has the floor?
Yes, if it requires immediate attention.
Is the motion to withdraw debatable?
No
Is a second required for the motion to withdraw?
Yes, if the motion is made by the person requesting permission. No if made by another member.
If a member wishes to withdraw his/her motion, when must it be done without requiring permission of the assembly?
Before the chair states the motion. Permission is required of the assembly after the motion to which it pertains has been stated by the chair.
Your question has two parts:
1. What does it mean when a motion is said to be the "property of its mover"?
2. Give an example of how this phrase is used.
1. Before a motion is stated by the chair, it is the property of its owner.
2. The owner can withdraw or modify the motion without the permission of anyone.
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for every motion. Explain the rules for the incidental motion to withdraw that relate to:
1. Amending
2. Debating
3. The vote required for adoption if a request is made after the motion proposed to be withdrawn is stated by the chair.
1. Not amendable.
2. Not debatable.
3. Majority vote to adopt. It is frequently granted by unanimous consent.
What is the purpose of an objection to the consideration of the question?
To enable the assembly to avoid a particular original main motion.
What is the only motion an objection to the consideration of the question can be applied to?
Original main motions
How is an objection to the consideration of the question similar to a point of order?
The presiding officer can submit an objection and can raise a question of order on his/her own initiative.
Is an objection to the consideration of the question in order when another member has the floor?
Yes, until debate has begun or the chair has stated a subsidiary motion.
Must an objection to the consideration of the question be seconded before it can be considered?
No
Is an objection to the consideration of the question debatable?
No
Is an objection to the consideration of the question amendable?
No
What vote is required to adopt an objection to the consideration of the question?
Two-thirds vote against consideration.
Can a vote adopting an objection to the consideration of the question be reconsidered?
Negative vote only (A vote sustaining the objection).
What class of motions does an objection to the consideration of the question belong to?
Incidental
Assume an objection to the consideration of the question is made on a pending original main motion. What is the minimum number of votes that would have to be cast in opposition to not consider the question if sixty members vote?
Forty
Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and the privileged motion to adjourn is the only motion pending. A member makes an objection to the consideration of the question. Explain the action you would take.
The chair would rule the motion out of order because an objection to the consideration of the question can only be applied to original main motions.
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristic or rules for an objection to the consideration of the question. Name four of them.
1. Takes precedence over original main motions. Can be made only before there has been debate or a subsidiary motion has been stated by the chair.
2. Applied to original main motions and to petitions and communications that are not from a superior body.
3. In order when another member has the floor unless consideration has begun.
4. Does not require a second.
5. Not debatable.
6. Not amendable.
7. Requires a two-thirds vote against consideration to sustain the objection.
8. A negative vote can be reconsidered.
What is the purpose of a point of order?
To enforce the rules of the assembly.
Name three privileged motions that a point of order yields to.
1. Fix the time to which to adjourn
2. Adjourn
3. Recess
4. Raise a question of privilege
5. Call for the orders of the day
What class of motions does a point of order belong to?
Incidental
Is a point of order out of order when another member has the floor?
No
Must a point of order be seconded before it can be considered?
No
Is a point of order debatable?
No (but the chair may allow a member to explain his/her point.)
Is a point of order amendable?
No
Your question has two parts:
1. Who normally makes the ruling on a point of order?
2. When must a point of order be made?
1. Chairman
2. Promptly at the time the breach of order occurs.
Can a point of order be reconsidered?
No
Can a chairman who notices a breach of the rules call a point of order?
Yes
If a member is uncertain as to whether there is a breach of order, what motion can he/she make?
Parliamentary Inquiry
Name two main motions that a point of order can be raised on any time during the continuance of a breach.
1. A main motion that has been adopted that conflicts with the bylaws (or constitution) of the organization.
2. A main motion that has been adopted that conflicts with a main motion previously adopted and still in force.
Name three actions that a point of order can be raised on any time during the continuance of the breach.
1. Any action that has been taken in violation of applicable procedural rules prescribed by federal, state, or local laws.
2. Any action that has been taken in violation of a fundamental principal of parliamentary law.
3. Any action that has been taken in violation of either a rule protecting absentees or a rule protecting a basic right of an individual member.
Your question has three parts:
1. Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and a member makes a point of order. How would a ruling be made if you did not want to make it?
2. What officer could you consult with before you make a ruling?
3. Can a parliamentarian rule on a point of order? Why?
1. Submit it to the assembly for a decision.
2. Parliamentarian
3. No. A parliamentarian is used as a consultant and an advisor and does not make rulings.
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for every motion. Explain the rules for a point of order that relate to:
1. Seconding
2. Voting
3. Amending
4. Reconsidering
1. Does not require a second.
2. Normally ruled upon by the chair. No vote is taken unless the chair is in doubt or his/her ruling is appealed.
3. Not amendable
4. Cannot be reconsidered
According to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, when should a gavel be used at a meeting?
1. To signal a breach of order
2. To signal adjournment
3. To signal the start of a recess
(Note: Some organizations have special rules:
1. The gavel is tapped once to signal the completion of a business item.
2. It is also used as part of the opening and closing ceremonies.)
Your question has three parts:
1. What does the term "preference in recognition" mean?
2. Give one example of preference in recognition that should be allowed by the chair.
3. If you made a main motion and were not called on to debate first, what action could you take?
1. Assigning the floor to a member who may not have been the first to rise and address the chair.
2. The member who made the motion should be allowed to debate first, if a member has not spoken on the pending motion and others have, and if opposing views have not been heard.
3. Rise to a point of order.
Name three examples when a point of order may be raised on the chair.
1. If the chair overlooks the the rules of the assembly are being violated.
2. If the chair assigns the floor to the wrong person.
3. If the chair fails to rule out of order a main motion that is outside the society's objects as defined in the bylaws or constitution.
4. If the chair fails to rule out of order a main motion that is outside the announced purpose for which a mass meeting has been announced.
What are the three forms for making a point of order?
1. "Point of order"
2. "I rise to a point of order"
3. "I call the member to order"
Your question has two parts:
1. Are points of order included in the minutes?
2. What facts are recorded?
1. Yes
2. The point of order stated, whether sustained or lost, and the reasons given by the chair for his/her ruling.
Your question has two parts:
Assume a ruling on point of order is pending and the chair asks the assembly to "Stand at ease"
1. What does this mean?
2. Describe why it would be used.
1. Formal proceedings cease briefly and members may talk, but they remain in their places.
2. In this example, the chair may use it to consult with the parliamentary authority or the parliamentarian before making the ruling on a point of order.
What is the purpose of a parliamentary inquiry?
To obtain information about parliamentary law or the rules of the organization bearing on the business at hand.
When can a parliamentary inquiry be made?
Is in order when another member has the floor if it requires immediate attention.
Can any subsidiary motions be applied to a parliamentary inquiry?
No
Can a parliamentary inquiry be reconsidered?
No
What vote is required to adopt a parliamentary inquiry?
No vote is taken. It is responded to by the chair.
Is a parliamentary inquiry amendable?
No
Is a parliamentary inquiry out of order when another member has the floor?
No, if it requires immediate attention.
Is a parliamentary inquiry debatable?
No
Is a second required for a parliamentary inquiry?
No
What class of motions does a parliamentary inquiry belong to?
Incidental
Who is the question from a parliamentary inquiry directed to?
Presiding Officer
Why isn't the chair's response to a parliamentary inquiry subject to an appeal?
It is an opinion and not a ruling.
Robert's Rules of order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for every motion. Explain the rules for a parliamentary inquiry that relate to:
1. Seconding
2. Voting
3. Amending
4. Reconsidering
1. Does not require a second
2. No vote is taken
3. Not amendable
4. Not subject to reconsideration
Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and a parliamentary inquiry is pending. A member moves to amend it and the amendment is seconded. What ruling would you make?
The chair would rule the motion to amend out of order because the subsidiary motion to amend cannot be applied to a parliamentary inquiry.
What is the purpose of an appeal?
To ask the assembly to decide on a ruling by the chairman.
Explain how two assembly members can appeal a chair's ruling.
One member makes an appeal and another member seconds it.
Can an appeal be reconsidered?
Yes
What vote is required to adopt an appeal?
A majority or tie vote sustains the decision of the chair.
Is an Appeal amendable?
No
Is an appeal out of order when another member has the floor?
No
Your question has two parts:
1. Is an appeal debatable?
2. Describe an example of an appeal that would be debatable.
1. Yes. However, it is undebatable if it relates to indecorum, the rules of debate, the priority of business, or if it is made while the immediately pending question was undebatable.
2. The chair may rule that an amendment applied to a main motion is out of order because it is not germane. A member can then appeal the chair's ruling, and after a second is made, the ruling may be debated.
Is a second required for an appeal?
Yes
When must an appeal be made?
At the time of the ruling by the chair.
Your question has two parts:
1. How many times can members and the presiding officer speak on a debatable appeal?
2. Must the presiding officer leave the chair while speaking?
1. Members may speak once and the presiding officer twice.
2. No
What class of motions does an appeal belong to?
Incidental
Why isn't the chair's response to a parliamentary inquiry or any other query subject to an appeal?
The reply from the chair is an opinion, and not a ruling.
Your question ha two parts:
1. Explain why the chair's announcement of the result of a vote is not subject to an appeal.
2. How can a member determine the correctness of an announced vote?
1. It is not a ruling
2. The member should call for a division.
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for every motion. Explain the rules for an appeal that relate to:
1. Seconding
2. Amending
3. Reconsidering
1. Must be seconded
2. Not amendable
3. Can be reconsidered
Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and a member appeals a ruling you made. Explain four rules relating to your rights in debating.
The chair:
1. May speak twice
2. Is entitled to preference in debate in speaking first.
3. May speak a second time at the close of debate.
4. Can give reasons without leaving the chair.
What is the purpose of a division of the assembly?
To take a standing vote either because the result appears close or because a member doubted that a representative number of members present have voted.
When can a division of the assembly be made?
From the moment the negative votes have been cast until the chair has stated the question on another motion.
Can any subsidiary motion be applied to a division of the assembly?
No
Can a division of the assembly be reconsidered?
No
What vote is required to adopt a division of the assembly?
Does not require a vote, because a single member can demand a division.
Is a division of the assembly amendable?
No
Is a division of the assembly out of order when another member has the floor?
No
Is a division of the assembly debatable?
No
Is a second required for a division of the assembly?
No
What class of motions does a division of the assembly belong to?
Incidental
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for a division of the assembly. Describe four of them.
1. Takes precedence over all motions on which a vote is being taken.
2. Can be applied to any motion on which the assembly is called on to vote.
3. Is in order when another member has the floor and at any time after the question has been put, even after the vote has been announced.
4. Does not require a second
5. Not debatable
6. Not amendable
7. Does not require a vote, since a single member can demand a division.
8. Cannot be reconsidered.
Your question has two parts:
1. What is the procedure and form for a member to have a vote counted?
2. Are the results of a counted vote included in the minutes?
1. The member must make a motion such as "I move that the vote be counted," which requires a second and a majority vote.
2. Yes
Explain the procedure for the chairman when a division is demanded by a member.
The chair immediately takes a vote again, first by having the affirmative rise, then by having the negative rise. The chair can count the vote or order that it be counted if it appears close.
Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and a member calls for a division of the assembly when it is clear that the assembly voted unanimously for a main motion. What action would you take?
When a member calls for a division when it is obvious which side has a majority, it is a dilatory motion and the chair should rule it out of order.
When is it too late to call for a division of the assembly?
A member may demand a division until the question is stated by the chair on another motion.
Your question has two parts:
1. What method of voting does Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised recommend on motions requiring a two-thirds vote for adoption?
2. Name three regular methods of voting.
1. Rising vote.
2. Voice, rising, and show of hands. Other methods are: ballot, machine or electronic, roll call, absentee, mail, and proxy.
Assume a member moves that a voice vote be retaken on a main motion by a rising, counted vote. This motion was seconded and put to a vote by the chair. If thirty members are present and twenty-five cast votes, how many members would have to vote in the affirmative in order to obtain a standing counted vote?
Thirteen
What is the purpose of a division of a question?
To divide a motion that has several parts so that they can be considered and voted on separately.
Can a division of a question be reconsidered?
No
What vote is required to adopt a division of a question?
Majority
Is a division of a question amendable?
Yes
Is a division of a question out of order when another member has the floor?
Yes
Is a division of a question debatable?
No
Is a second required for a division of a question?
Yes
What class of motions does a division of a question belong to?
Incidental
Name three privileged motions that a division of a question yield to.
1. Fix the time to which to adjourn
2. Adjourn
3. Recess
4. Raise a question of privilege
5. Call for the Orders of the Day
Name three subsidiary motions that a division of a question yields to.
1. Lay on the Table
2. Previous Question
3. Postpone Definitely
4. Refer
What two subsidiary motions can be applied to a division of a question alone?
1. Amend
2. Previous Question
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for each motion. Explain the rules for a division of a question that relate to:
1. Seconding
2. Voting
3. Amending
4. Reconsidering
1. Must be seconded
2. Requires a majority vote to adopt
3. Amendable
4. Cannot be reconsidered.
Assume you are chairing a meeting and it is moved to establish a committee and give it instructions. It is then moved to divide the question to consider separately establishing a committee and giving it instructions. Explain the action you would take.
The chair would rule that the motion to divide to question is out of order because the main motion is not open to a division (the two motions cannot stand alone.)
If eighteen members at a meeting cast a vote on the motion to divide a question, what would be the minimum number that would have to vote in the affirmative to adopt it?
Ten
Your question has two parts:
1. Is an amendment applied to a division of a question debatable?
2. Explain your answer.
1. No
2. The motion for a division of a question is not debatable, so the amendment is also undebatable.
What is the purpose of the motion to reconsider?
To bring back a motion that has been voted on in order to permit the correction of hasty, ill-advised, or erroneous action. Also, to take into account added information or a changed situation that has developed since taking the vote.
The motion to reconsider can only be made by a member who voted with the prevailing side. Explain the meaning of this.
The motion to reconsider can be made only by the member who voted aye if the motion involved was adopted, or no if the motion was lost.
Explain the time limits that pertain to the motion to reconsider.
The motion to reconsider can only be made on the same day the vote to be reconsidered was taken.
Can the motion to reconsider be reconsidered?
No
What vote is required to adopt the motion to reconsider?
Majority
Is the motion to reconsider amendable?
No
Is the motion to reconsider out of order when another member has the floor?
In order when another member has been assigned the floor, but not after he/she has begun to speak.
Your question has three parts:
1. Is the motion to reconsider debatable?
2. Explain your answer.
3. Can debate go into the merits of the question whose reconsideration is proposed?
1. Yes
2. The motion to reconsider is debatable if the motion to be reconsidered is debatable.
3. Yes
Is a second required for the motion to reconsider?
Yes
What class of motions does the motion to reconsider belong to?
Motions that bring a question again before the assembly.
When is the making of the motion to reconsider in order?
1. When any other question is pending.
2. After the assembly has voted to adjourn, if made before the chair has declared the meeting adjourned.
Name three votes on motions that the motion to reconsider cannot be applied to.
1. A motion which can be renewed.
2. An affirmative vote whose provisions have been partly carried out.
3. An affirmative vote in the nature of a contract when the party to the contract has been notified of the outcome.
4. Any vote which has caused something to be done that would be impossible to undo.
5. A vote on the motion to reconsider
6. When practically the same result as desired can be obtained by some other parliamentary motion.
Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and the motion to reconsider was made by a member who voted on the prevailing side. Another member who did not vote on the prevailing side seconded it. Explain if you would accept the second.
The second should be accepted, because the seconding can be done by any member regardless of how he/she voted.
Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and the motion to reconsider was made by a member who did not state which side he/she voted on. Explain the action you would take.
The chairman should tell the member to indicate which side he/she voted on.
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for every motion. Explain the rules for the motion to reconsider that relate to:
1. Seconding
2. Amending
3. Reconsidering
1. Must be seconded
2. Not amendable
3. Cannot be reconsidered
If forty-four members at a meeting cast a vote on the motion to reconsider, what would be the minimum number that would have to vote in the affirmative to adopt it?
Twenty-three
Your question has two parts:
1. What is the purpose of the motion to rescind?
2. What class of motions does it belong to?
1. To change an action previously taken or ordered.
2. Motions that bring a question again before the assembly.
When can the motion to rescind be moved?
Only when no other motion is pending.
Name three privileged motions that the motion to rescind yields to.
1. Fix the time to which to adjourn
2. Adjourn
3. Recess
4. Raise a question of privilege
5. Call for the orders of the day
Name three subsidiary motions that the motion to rescind yield to.
1. Lay on the table
2. Previous Question
3. Limit or Extend Limits of Debate
4. Postpone Definitely
5. Refer
6. Amend
7. Postpone indefinitely
Can the motion to rescind be reconsidered?
Yes, but only the negative vote.
What vote is required to adopt the motion to rescind?
1. Majority with notice
2. Two thirds
3. Majority of entire membership
Is the motion to rescind amendable?
Yes
Your question has two parts:
1. Is the motion to rescind out of order when another member has the floor?
2. Can the previous notice of the intent of making the motion to rescind be given when another member has the floor?
1. Yes
2. Yes
Is the motion to rescind debatable?
Yes
Is a second required for the motion to rescind?
Yes
The motion to rescind is also known by two other names. What are they?
1. Repeal
2. Annul
Assume you are the chairman and the motion to rescind is immediately pending. A member debates the motion and eventually talks about the merits of the motion that is proposed to be rescinded. What action would you take?
No action should be taken, since debate can go into the merits of the question which it is proposed to rescind.
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for every motion. Explain the rules for the motion to rescind that relate to:
1. Seconding
2. Amending
3. Debating
1. Must be seconded
2. Amendable
3. Debatable, and debate can go into the merits of the question which it is proposed to rescind.
Your question has two parts:
Assume there are sixty members at a meeting and they all cast a vote on the motion to rescind.
1. What would be the minimum number that would have to vote in the affirmative in order to adopt the motion? Assume previous notice has not been given.
2. What would be the minimum number that would have to vote in the affirmative in order to adopt the motion to rescind if previous notice had been given?
1. Forty
2. Thirty-one
Your question has two parts:
1. What is the purpose of the motion to take from the table?
2. What class does it belong to?
1. To make pending again a motion or series of adhering motions that has previously been laid on the table.
2. Motions that bring a question again before the assembly
When can the motion to take from the table be moved?
Can only be moved when no other question is pending.
Your question has two parts:
1. Can the motion to take from the table be reconsidered?
2. Can it be renewed if it is voted down?
1. No
2. Yes, after further business has been transacted
What vote is required to adopt the motion to take from the table?
Majority
Is the motion to take from the table amendable?
No
Is the motion to take from the table out of order when another member has the floor?
Yes
Is the motion to take from the table debatable?
No
Is a second required for the motion to take from the table?
Yes
Robert's rules of order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics for every motion. Explain the rules for the motion to take from the table that relate to:
1. Seconding
2. Voting
3. Amending
4. Reconsidering
1. Must be seconded
2. Requires a majority vote to adopt it.
3. Not amendable
4. Cannot be reconsidered.
Name three subsidiary motions that cannot be applied to the motion to take from the table.
1. Lay on the table
2. Previous Question
3. Limit or Extend Limits of Debate
4. Postpone Definitely
5. Refer
6. Amend
7. Postpone Indefinitely
When is the motion to Take from the table in order?
It is not in order until some business or interrupting matter has been transacted or dealt with since the question was laid on the table.
If a motion is not taken from the table within the required time limits, what happens to it?
The question dies, but it can be reintroduced as a new motion.
There are twenty-seven members at a meeting and they all cast a vote on a motion to take from the table. What is the minimum affirmative vote it would take to adopt the motion?
Fourteen
What is the purpose of a main motion?
To bring business before the assembly.
Name two subclasses of main motions.
1. Original Main Motions
2. Incidental Main Motions
What is the difference between an original main motion and an incidental main motion?
An original main motion introduces a substantive question as a new subject. An incidental main motion is incidental to or relates to the business of the assembly, or its past or future actions.
Give three examples of incidental main motions.
1. A motion to adopt recommendations which a committee has prepared upon instructions.
2. A motion to ratify emergency action taken at a meeting when a quorum was not present.
3. A motion to take a recess when no business was pending.
4. A motion to place a special limit on the length of speeches for an entire meeting.
What is the chief difference in the rules governing original main motions and incidental main motions?
An objection to the consideration of the question can only be applied to original main motions.
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised lists eight standard descriptive characteristics or rules for a main motion. Describe four of them.
1. Take precedence over nothing.
2. Can be applied to no other motion.
3. Out of order when another member has the floor.
4. Must be seconded.
5. Debatable.
6. Amendable.
7. Usually requires a majority vote to adopt.
8. Can usually be reconsidered.
Name three main motions that are not in order.
1. Main motions that conflict with the bylaws or rules of the organization.
2. Main motions that present the same motion that was not adopted at the same meeting.
3. Main motions that would conflict with or present the same question as one that has been temporarily but not finally disposed of.
4. Main motions that propose an action outside the scope of the organizations' bylaws or charter.
Your question has two parts:
1. Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and a main motion is made and seconded. Immediately after the second, a member rises and informally offers an amendment. What action would you take?
2. Explain your answer.
1. The chair would ask the maker of the main motion if the amendment is acceptable.
2. The amendment is not out of order because it was made before the chair state the question to the assembly.
Your question has two parts:
1. Assume you are chairman at a meeting and a main motion is being debated. At the conclusion of debate, the member who was debating immediately makes a motion to postpone indefinitely without obtaining the floor again. What action would you take?
2. Explain the reason for your action.
1. The motion to postpone indefinitely would be processed.
2. A member may debate a main motion and conclude by offering a secondary motion (secondary motions are the privileged, subsidiary, and incidental motions.)
Why does Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised recommend that the presiding officer use the phrase, "Are you ready for the question?"
To determine if there is no more debate on the pending question.
Assume a member debates a main motion and then tell the chair that the portion of her unexpired time is to be yielded to another member. What would be the chair's ruling?
The request would not be granted because a member cannot yield any unexpired debate time to another member.
Name the six steps in handling a main motion.
1. A member makes a motion.
2. Another member seconds the motion.
3. The chair states the question on the motion.
4. Members may debate the motion.
5. The chair puts the question.
6. The chair announces the result of the vote.
As the presiding officer at a meeting, explain the ruling you would make if a point of order was raised because a main motion was considered and adopted without a second.
The chair would rule that the point of order would not be well taken because if a motion is considered and adopted without a second, it is still adopted.
Under what circumstances is a person presiding at a meeting addressed as "Mr./Madam Chairperson," "Mr./Madam Chair," or "Mr./Madam Chairman?"
If the person presiding has no regular title or if their position is only temporary.
Assume there are thirty-one members at a meeting who cast a vote on the main motion. Sixteen members vote in the affirmative and fifteen vote in the negative. Explain how the chair's vote could alter the decision.
The chair could vote in the negative and create a sixteen-sixteen tie vote. Since this is not a majority, the main motion would be lost.
Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and a member briefly explains reasons for making a main motion before moving it. Explain any action you would take.
No action would be taken. A main motion can be prefaced by a few words of explanation. However, it cannot become a speech.
What are the parts in the chair's announcement on the results of a vote on a main motion?
1. Which side "has it"
2. Declaration that the motion is adopted or lost
3. A statement stating the effect of the vote or ordering its execution.
4. Announcement of the next item of business.
Your question has two parts:
1. How long can a member debate a main motion?
2. What is the name of the motion used to lengthen debate time.
1. Twice, for ten minutes each time
2. Extend limits of debate
Name three practices or customs that should be observed for proper decorum when debating a motion.
1. Confine remarks to the merits of the pending question.
2. Refrain from attacking a member's motives
3. Address all remarks through the chair.
4. Avoid the use of members' names.
5. Refrain from speaking adversely on a prior action not pending.
6. Refrain from speaking against one's own motion.
7. Read from reports, quotations, etc., only without objection or with permission.
8. Be seated during an interruption by the chair.
9. Refrain from disturbing the assembly.
Your question has two parts:
1. Describe how the presiding officer could participate in debating a main motion.
2. When should the presiding officer return to the chair?
1. The presiding officer must relinquish his/her chair to the vice-president.
2. When the main question has been disposed of.
What is the difference between "stating the question" and "putting the question?"
"Stating the question" is repeating a motion to the assembly after it has been made (and seconded if required). "Putting the question" is taking a vote on a motion.
Your question has three parts:
1. What is a plurality vote?
2. Assume there are three candidates for president. One receives 20 votes, one receives 16 votes, and one receives 10 votes. Which one received a plurality vote?
3. Which one of the three candidates received a majority of the votes?
1. The largest number of votes given a proposition or candidate when there are three or more possible choices.
2. The candidate who received 20 votes.
3. None of the candidates received a majority vote, which would be at least 24 votes.
What information should the first paragraph of the minutes contain?
1. The kind of meeting (regular, special, adjourned)
2. The name of the society or assembly
3. The date and time of the meeting (the place if it is not always the same.)
4. Whether the regular chairman and secretary were present (if absent, include the names of their substitutes.)
5. If the minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved (the date, if it was not a regularly scheduled meeting.)
Name the motions that should be included in the minutes.
1. Main motions
2. Motions that bring back a motion again before the assembly
3. Secondary motions that were not lost or withdrawn.
4. Points of order
5. Appeals
Your question has three parts:
1. What is included in the last paragraph of the minutes?
2. What officer should always sign the minutes?
3. Should the words respectfully submitted be used when signing the minutes?
1.The hour of adjournment.
2. The secretary (the president can also sign if the assembly wishes)
3. No
What information should be included in the minutes for main motions?
1. The name of the mover.
2. The wording of the motion.
3. The disposition of the motion.
4. Whether the motion was debated.
Your question has two parts:
1. Is the name of the seconder of the motion included in the minutes?
2. When should the names of those voting on each side be entered in the minutes?
1. When a count has been ordered or the vote is by ballot.
2. When the voting is by roll call.
How is the fact that a guest speaker made a presentation at a meeting handled in the minutes?
The name and subject of a guest speaker is included in the minutes, but not a summarization of his/her remarks.
At an adjourned meeting, when are the minutes of the preceding meeting read?
They are read first.
When are the minutes of a special meeting approved?
At the next regular meeting.
Your question has two parts:
1. How are corrections and approval of the minutes generally done?
2. May a motion be made for approval of the minutes?
1. By unanimous consent
2. Yes
Your question has three parts:
1. What does it mean when reading of the minutes are "dispensed with?"
2. What vote does it take to dispense with the reading of the minutes?
3. If the reading of the minutes are dispensed with, when are they taken up?
1. The reading of the minutes are not carried out at a regular time.
2. Majority
3. Before the adjournment of the present meeting or at the next meeting.
You question has two parts:
1. Assume you are the chairman at a meeting and you do not ask the secretary to read the minutes because they were sent to all members in advance. What ruling would you make if a member objects?
2. Explain the reason for your answer.
1. The chair would ask the secretary to read the minutes.
2. The minutes must be read even though they were sent to members before the meeting if one member objects.
Name the six subdivisions for the "standard" order of business in their proper sequence, starting with the "reading and approval of minutes."
1. Reading and approval of minutes
2. Reports of standing committees, officers, and boards.
3. Reports of special (select or ad hoc) committees
4. Special Orders
5. Unfinished Business and General Orders
6. New Business
Your question has two parts:
1. What information should be included in the minutes for an amendment that was lost?
2. Explain the reason for you answer.
1. No information should be included on the amendment.
2. Secondary motions that were lost are normally not included in the minutes.