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Roswell L. Atwood, Atwood’s Rules for Meetings (1956)
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

No

No

Majority

No

Recess

No

Yes

No

Yes

Majority

No

Table

No

Yes

No

No

Majority

No

Appeal

No

Yes

No

No

Majority

Yes

Stop Debate

No

Yes

No

No

2/3

Yes

Limit or Extend Debate

No

Yes

No

Yes

2/3

Yes

Postpone to a certain day

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes

Refer to a committee

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Majority

Yes

Amend an Amendment

No

Yes

Yes

No

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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