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CHART - Key Parliamentary Rules

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MotionDebatableAmendableRequires a SecondVote RequiredIn Order When Another Is SpeakingCan Be ReconsideredMotions to Which It AppliesMotions Which Apply to It
Adjourn No No Yes Majority No No None None
Recess No Yes Yes Majority No No None None
Question of Privilege
(treat as Main Motion)
Yes Yes Yes Majority Yes Yes None All
Appeal No No Yes Majority Yes Yes Any decision of the chair Lay on table, close debate or reconsider
Point of Order No No No None, unless appeal; then majority Yes Yes Any motion or act None
Suspension of Rules No No Yes 2/3 Yes Yes Any motion where needed None
Lay on the Table No No Yes Majority No No Main questions, appeals, question of privilege, reconsider None
Previous Question (close debate) No No Yes 2/3 No Yes Any debatable motion Reconsider
Limit or Extended Limits of Debate No Yes Yes 2/3 No Yes Any debatable motion Reconsider
Postpone to a Definite Time Yes Yes Yes Majority No Yes Main motion, question of privilege Amend, reconsider, limit or close debate
Refer or Commit Yes Yes Yes Majority No Yes Main motion, question of privilege Amend, reconsider, limit or close debate
Amend Yes Yes Yes Majority No Yes Main motion, limit debate, refer, postpone, fix time of next meeting Amend, reconsider, or close debate
Main Motion Yes Yes Yes Majority No Yes None All
Reconsideration (main motion) Yes, if motion to which it applies is debatable No Yes Majority Yes No Any motion except adjourn, suspend rules, lay on table Lay on table, postpone, or limit debate
Rescind (main motion) Yes Yes Yes 2/3 of members present; majority when notice to rescind was given at previous meeting No Yes Main motion, appeals, question of privilege all

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