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Richard B. Johnson et al.,Town Meeting Time (3d 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?

Dissolve (adjourn sine die)

No

Yes

No

No

Majority

No

Adjourn to a fixed time or Recess

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Point of No Quorum

No

No

No

No

Chair Handles

No

Fix the Time to (or at) which to Adjourn

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes

Question of Privilege

Yes

No

No

No

Chair Handles

No

Lay on the Table

No

Yes

No

No

2/3

Yes

Previous Question (Close Debate)

No

Yes

No

No

2/3

No

Limit or Extend Debate

No

Yes

No

No

2/3

Yes

Postpone to a time certain

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

Yes

Main Motion

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes

 

 
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