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Alice Sturgis, The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th ed. 2001)
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?

Adjourn

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Recess

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Question of Privilege

Yes

No

No

No

Chair Handles

No

Postpone Temporarily (Table)

No

Yes

No

No

Majority if to postpone, 2/3 if to suppress

No

Close Debate

No

Yes

No

No

2/3

No

Limit or Extend Debate

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

2/3

No

Postpone to a certain time

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Refer to a committee

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Amend

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Main Motion

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes

 

 
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