TYPES OF MOTIONS
Motions are used by members of a body to express themselves during a meeting. A motion is a proposal that the entire assembly can take action on.
1. Main Motions introduce business items before the assembly.
• Introduces new items to the membership for their consideration.
• They cannot be made when any other motion is on the floor.
a. Original Main Motions introduce a new subject to the assembly.
b. Incidental Main Motions usually relate to the past or future actions of the assembly.
2. Secondary Motions are made while a main motion is pending.
a. Privileged Motions introduce items that are urgent and unrelated to the pending buisness about special or important matters unrelated to pending business.
Examples: To Call for the Orders of the Day (enforces the schedule), To Raise a Question of Privilege (to attend to an urgent matter unrelated to business), To Recess, To Adjourn, To Fix a Time to Adjourn
b. Subsidiary Motions change or affect how a main motion is handled, and are voted on before a main motion.
Examples: To Postpone Indefinitely, To Amend, To Commit (refer to a committee), To Postpone Definitely, To Limit or Extend Limits of Debate, Previous Question (call for a vote), To Lay on the Table
c. Incidental Motions provide a means of questioning procedure concerning other motions and must be considered before the other motion.
Examples: Point of Order (calls the chair to follow the rules), Appeal (calls the assembly to overrule the chair), Suspend the Rules, Objection to the Consideration of a Question, Division of a Question (vote on separate parts), Division of the Assembly (calling for an accurate vote tally), Parliamentary Inquiry, Point of Information, Request for Privilege
The lists of examples are incomplete. We will begin to get into the details of these motions next time.