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Paul Mason, Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure (2000)

Chart of Ranking Motions, from highest to lowest in order of precedence

Motion

Can it Interrupt ?

Second Required?

Is Debate Allowed?

Can it be Amended ?

Required Vote ?

Can it be Reconsidered ?

Call of the House   if no quorum present

No

No

No

No

Majority

No

Make Motion to Reconsider

No

No

No

No

Chair Handles

No

Adjourn

No

No

No

No

Majority

No

Recess

No

No

No

Yes

Majority

No

Question of Privilege

Yes

No

No

No

Chair Handles

No

Appeal

No

No

Yes

No

Majority

No

Point of Order

Yes

No

No

No

Chair Handles

No

Parliamentary Inquiry

Yes

No

No

No

Chair Handles

No

Orders of the Day

No

No

No

No

Chair Handles

No

Request for Leave to Withdraw

No

No

No

No

Majority

No

Suspension of Rules

No

No

No

No

Majority

No

Objection to Consideration

No

No

No

No

Majority

No

Manner or Order of Consideration of Questions

No

No

No

Yes

Majority

No

Motions relating to voting

No

No

No

Yes

Majority

No

Motions related to nominations & elections

No

No

No

Yes

Majority

No

Division of a Question

No

No

No

Yes

Majority

No

Lay on the Table (Postpone Temporarily)

No

No

No

No

Majority

No

Previous Question (Vote Immediately)

No

No

No

No

Majority

No

Close, Limit or Extend Debate

No

No

No

Yes

Majority

No

Postpone Definitely (to a certain time)

No

No

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Refer or Commit

No

No

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Amend

No

No

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Postpone Indefinitely

No

No

Yes

No

Majority

No

Main Motion

No

N o

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes



 

 

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