A Guide to Robert’s Rules of Order

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This tool contains a summary of the most often-used parliamentary procedures. It explains how Robert’s Rules of Order are applied in such cases as making a motion, amending a motion, or calling the question. (3 pages)

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A Guide to Robert’s Rules of Order

1. Making a Motion: A resolution, amendment to a resolution, or action by the Board may be proposed by any Board member (including the President, Vice President, and Committee Chairs). For example, a motion is made to adopt a matter on the discussion calendar.

Second: Required.
Approval: Normally a simple majority aye vote by Board.
Debatable: Generally, Yes.
Reconsideration: Yes, but motion must be made by member voting on the prevailing side at the same meeting of the original vote.

2. Amending a Pending Motion: A motion with a second may be amended at any time before adoption by an amendatory motion and may be in the form of a substitute motion (replaces original motion) or as an amendment to the original motion (in which case the amendment is first voted on and then the original motion as amended (if it is) is voted upon). If the amendatory motion fails, then the main (original) motion is voted upon.

Second: Required.
Approval: Normally a simple majority aye vote by Board.
Debatable: Yes.
Reconsideration: Yes, but motion must be made by member voting on the prevailing side at the same meeting of the original vote.

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