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Donald A. Tortorice, The Modern Rules of Order (3d ed. 2007)
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?

Point of Privilege

Yes

No

No

No

Chair Handles

No

Point of Procedure

Yes

No

No

No

Chair Handles

No

Appeal

No

Yes

Yes

No

Majority

No

Recess

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Withdraw

Yes

No

No

No

Chair Handles

No

Postpone

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Refer

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Amend

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

No

Limit, Extend, or Close Debate

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

2/3

No

Count the Vote

No

Yes

No

No

Chair Handles

No

Main Motion

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes

Adjourn (only in order if agenda complete)

No

No

No

No

Chair Handles

No

 

 
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