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Floyd M. Riddick & Miriam H. Butcher, Riddick’s Rules of Procedure (1985)
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

No

No

Yes

Majority

Yes

Recess

No

No

No

Yes

Majority

No

Table

No

No

No

No

Majority

Yes

Close Debate

No

No

No

No

2/3

Affirmative Vote Only

Limit or Extend Debate

No

No

No

Yes

2/3

Yes

Postpone

No

No

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes

Refer to a Committee

No

No

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes

Amend

No

No

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes

Main Motion

No

No

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes

 

 
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