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Rule 11.13. Table of Rules Relating to Motions

The following table of rules relating to motions shall govern:

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Opens

Can be

Can be

In Order

Main

Amended

Recon-

Vote

When

Motion

Debatable

Question

by a

sidered

Required

Another

To

Substitute

(14)

(2)

Has

Debate

Motion (1)

Floor

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Adjourn, fixing day and time

No

No

Yes

No

M

No

Amend

Yes

No

No

Yes

M

No

Appeal a call to order or reprimand

No (3)

No

No

Yes (4)

ME

Yes

Appeal, all other cases

Yes (3,5)

No

No

Yes (4)

ME

Yes

Call from the calendar

No

No

No

No

M

No

Call to order

No

No

No

Yes

M (6)

Yes

Call up a bill or resolution without regard

to its numerical order

No

No

Yes

Yes

ME

No

Commit or recommit

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes (8)

M

No

Extend limits of debate

No

No

Yes

Yes

M

No

Lay on table

No

No

No

No (7)

M

No

Leave to continue speaking after indecorum

No

No

No

Yes

M

No

Limit debate

No

No

Yes

Yes

M

No

Postpone indefinitely

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

M

No

Postpone to a certain day and time

No

No

Yes

Yes

M

No

Previous question

No

No

No

Yes

M

No

Previous question on entire

subject matter (10)

No

No

No

Yes

M

No

Priority of business relating to

No

No

No

Yes

M

No

Privilege, question of

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

M

No

Proceed to executive business

No

No

Yes

Yes

M

No(14)

Reading papers

No

No

No

Yes

M

No

Reconsider a debatable question

Yes

Yes

No

No

M

(11)

Reconsider an undebatable question

No

No

No

No

M

(11)

Refer

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes (8)

M

No

Return to the calendar, subject to call

No

No

No

No

M

No

Special order, to make a

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

M

No

Suspend the rules

No

No

No

No

ME

No

Take a recess

No

No

Yes

No

M

No

Take up order of the day

No

No

No

Yes

(9)

Yes

Withdrawal of a motion

No

No

No

Yes

(12)

No

EXPLANATION OF TABLE

"Yes" shows that the rule heading the column in which it stands applies to the motion opposite to which it is placed.  "No" shows that the rule does not apply.  A figure shows that the rule only partially applies -- the figure referring to the note showing the limitation.  Take, for example, "Lay on the Table."  The table shows that it is undebatable, does not open main question, cannot be amended, an affirmative vote as shown by note No. 8 cannot be reconsidered, requires a majority vote, and is not in order when another has the floor.


NOTES TO TABLE RELATING TO MOTIONS

1.  Since motions are never amended in the Senate, this heading is somewhat misleading.  What is meant is that the motion can be altered in some respect by a substitute motion -- for example, the motion to lay on the table cannot be altered by a substitute motion, but the motion to fix the time and day to which to adjourn can be altered by a substitute motion by naming another day and/or time.

2.  Vote required:  M -- Majority of those present and voting; ME -- Majority of those elected.

3.  An appeal is undebatable only when relating (a) to indecorum or (b) to transgressions of the rules of speaking or (c) to the priority of business or (d) when made while the previous question is pending.  When debatable, only two speeches from each member are allowed.

4.  The vote on a motion to appeal may be reconsidered, but when the subject matter upon which the appeal was taken has been disposed of, and it is impossible for the Senate to reverse its action, it is too late to move to reconsider the vote on the motion to appeal.

5.  No member shall speak more than twice unless by leave of the Senate.  (See Senate Rule 6.7; See also Note 3, supra.)

6.  If any member, in speaking or otherwise, transgresses the rules of the Senate, the presiding officer shall, or any member may, call him to order.  (Senate Rule 6.3)

7.  An affirmative vote on this motion cannot be reconsidered.

8.  Cannot be reconsidered when in committee.  Senate Rule 13.11 sets forth procedures to effect a mandatory report by committee or discharge and recommittal.

9.  A matter of right; it would require a vote equivalent to a suspension of the rules to proceed otherwise.

10.  The previous question on the entire subject matter, if  adopted, cuts off debate and brings the Senate to a vote on the pending questions in their order until the main question is reached, which shall be at once disposed of.  But its only effect, if a motion "to postpone" is pending, is to bring the Senate to a vote upon that motion.

11.  Can be moved and entered on the record when another has the floor, but cannot interrupt business then before the Senate; must be made as provided in Senate Rule 11.12.

12.  A matter of right, except in the case of the motion to  reconsider.  (See Senate Rule 11.2)

13.  A rejected motion, although it is of a class that cannot be reconsidered, nonetheless can be renewed after progress in debate or the transaction of any business, if the renewal is not dilatory.

14.  Not in order more than once during debate on any one bill or resolution except with unanimous consent of those present and voting.



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