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Rule 11.11. Previous question; previous question of the entire subject matter

A. The form of the motion for the previous question shall be: "I move the previous question." This motion shall be applicable to any outstanding subsidiary motions or amendments, if any. This motion shall be applicable to the main motion pending before the Senate when there are no subsidiary motions or amendments. The motion is undebatable, if any.  When adopted, its effect is to put an end to debate and to bring the Senate to a vote on the outstanding subsidiary motion or amendments or the main question, as the case may be.

B. The form of the motion for the previous question on the entire subject matter shall be: "I move the previous question on the entire subject matter." This motion shall be applicable to the main motion pending before the Senate when there are subsidiary motions or amendments. The motion shall be undebatable. When adopted, its effect shall be to put an end to all debate on any amendment or on the main question and to bring the Senate immediately to a vote upon a subsidiary motion, amendment or amendments, if any, and then upon the main question.

C. Immediately following the offering of the motion for the previous question on the entire subject matter, or the motion for the previous question, and before the motion is adopted or rejected, the Secretary shall inform the Senate as to whether or not he has amendments on his desk which members have handed to him for the purpose of proposing said amendments to the instrument under debate and shall also name the authors of any such amendments.

D. The motion for the previous question and the motion for the previous question on the entire subject matter shall require the approval of a majority of the members present and voting for adoption.

E. Adoption of either motion shall have the effect of ending debate; however, the proponent of each motion or amendment upon which debate has been closed, or a member or members designated by him, shall have the right to close the debate.

F. All incidental questions of order which arise after the motion for the previous question on the entire subject matter or the motion for the previous question has been made and which are to be decided prior to the main question shall be decided without debate, whether or not they are appealed.

G. If the motion to postpone is pending at the time the motion for the previous question on the entire subject matter or the motion for the previous question is adopted, the effect of the adoption of the motion for the previous question on the entire subject matter or the motion for the previous question shall be only to bring the Senate to a direct vote on the motion to postpone.



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