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George Demeter, Demeter’s Manual of Parliamentary Law & Procedure (Blue Book ed. 1969)
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?

Fix the Time to which to Adjourn

No

Yes

No

Yes

Majority

Yes

Adjourn

No

Yes

No

No

Majority

No

Recess

No

Yes

No

Yes

Majority

No

Raise a Question of Privilege

Yes

No

No

No

Chair Handles

No

Call for the Orders of the Day

Yes

No

No

No

Chair Handles

No

Lay on the Table

No

Yes

No

No

Majority

No

Previous Question (Close Debate)

No

Yes

No

No

2/3

Yes

Limit or Extend Debate

No

Yes

No

Yes

2/3

Yes

Postpone Definitely (to a certain time)

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes

Commit or Refer

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes

Amend

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes

Postpone Indefinitely

No

Yes

Yes

No

Majority

Affirmative Vote Only

Main Motion

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes

 

 
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