Fun with Robert's Rules!
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Number 1. the primary motion pending at the time
Correct Answer: Main Question
Number 2. A request to amend the language of a main motion. This can be done verbally or in writing. If it is a long or complicated amendment, the Senate prefers it in writing.
Correct Answer: Motion to Amend
Number 3. Yes. Example: Main motion = Motion to have lunch at noon on Tuesday
Amendment to main motion = Motion to amend that lunch be held at 12:30
Amendment to the amendment = Motion to amend amendment that lunch be held at 1:00.
Correct Answer: Can you amend an amendment?
Number 4. No. One amendment to an amendment is all that is allowed under Robert's Rules.
Correct Answer: Can you amend an amendment to an amendment?
Number 5. A motion to postpone to a certain time or day does just that. The Senate would take up the business at the day or time specified in the motion.
Correct Answer: Motion to Postpone to a certain time/day
Number 6. A motion to postpone a item effectively kills the motion under consideration.
(See Reconsider for how to bring back an item that has been postponed indefinitely.)
Correct Answer: Motion to Postpone Indefinitely
Number 7. "Calling the Question" is making a motion to stop all debate on a pending motion and vote.
Correct Answer: Call the Question or Close Debate
Number 8. A motion to table removes the item from discussion at that time. It does not kill the item and can later be removed from the table.
Correct Answer: Motion to lay on the table
Number 9. A call for division means you would like the Senate to have a hand count of a particular vote.
Correct Answer: Call for Division
Number 10. A motion to go into a committee of the whole creates the situation where the Senate can act more like a committee. Most importantly, any amendments or votes taken during a Committee of the Whole are only advisory and would have to be voted on again once the Senate is out of the Committee of the Whole.
Correct Answer: Motion to go into a Committee of the Whole
Number 11. A motion to reconsider is used when a person voting in the majority on the prevailing side on a previous item wants to bring the matter before the body again. It cannot be used by a person who voted in the minority on the item, and thus lost the vote.
Correct Answer: Motion to Reconsider
Number 12. A motion to amend the agenda may take the form of re-ordering items, asking for time certains or withdrawing items from consideration by the person assigned to the item.
Correct Answer: Motion to amend the agenda
Number 13. A motion to refer sends the item to the body or person(s) indicated by the motion.
Correct Answer: Motion to Refer
Number 14. A Point of Order can be made to question the parliamentary procedure of the Senate.
Correct Answer: Point of Order
Number 15. A Point of Information can be used when you have a question about a pending motion. It is not for providing information. It is always a question about the pending motion. If you have information to give to the body, raise your hand to get on the speaker's list.
Correct Answer: Point of Information
Number 16. A point of privilege has two forms: one is to ask that something happen for the comfort of the body, such as "open the windows" or "turn on the heat" or "speak up, I can't hear." The second is a circumstance where a person has been named in debate and wishes to respond. This second case needs to be ruled on by the Chair and cannot interrupt a speaker.
Correct Answer: Point of Privilege
Number 17. Typically, the Chair-Elect manages the speaker's list for the Chair. Raise your hand to be recognized and be put on the speaker's list.
Correct Answer: Speaker's List
Number 18. Most votes in the Senate are majority votes. Some votes require a 2/3rd affirmative vote to pass. See votes requiring a 2/3 vote for more information. A quorum is needed for a vote.
Correct Answer: Voting
Number 19. Discussion of a motion under consideration. It is helpful when you speak in debate to note your support or non-support of the motion at hand. This is also your opportunity to persuade others to a particular point of view for voting. You must be recognized by the Chair to speak. Most motions are debatable. Review the card about non-debatable motions.
Correct Answer: Debate
Number 20. Strategy in Robert's Rules can be applied with understanding the "order of precedence of motions" and through a good working knowledge of the kinds of motions available to be used and their "properties", i.e. do they require a second, are they debatable, etc. You can study the precedence of motions on the Senate website as well as the properties for each motion.
Correct Answer: Robert's Rules Strategy
Number 21. The following motions do not require debate:
Appeal (of a Chair's ruling)
Call for Division (in voting)
Lay on the Table
Take from the Table
Point (of order, information, privilege)
Objection to Consideration
Correct Answer: Non-Debatable Motions
Number 22. You must move to object to consideration of a motion or questions of privilege before the debate begins. You can interrupt a member who has the floor to make this motion and it does not require a second, nor it is debatable. 2/3rds must vote to "oppose considering the motion."
Correct Answer: Motion to Object to Consideration
Number 23. A motion usually needs a second. A second is someone who calls out "second" when a motion is made which means they support the discussion of the item. (See the card on Motions not requiring a second too)
Correct Answer: Seconds
Number 24. The following motions do not require a second:
Question of Privilege
Point of Order
Call for Orders of the Day
Object to Consideration
Call for Division
Point of Information
Correct Answer: Motions that do not require a second
Number 25. A motion that calls for Orders of the Day (or moves the agenda) is a motion to have the Senate take up a business item at the time stated on the agenda or in the order of the agenda. This motion can interrupt a speaker, needs no second, is not debatable or amendable and is not voted on. (See Suspending the Rules for strategy on this motion)
Correct Answer: Call for Orders of the Day
Number 26. A motion to suspend the rules is a request to change Robert's Rules or to respond to a motion to call for orders of the day. Example: if someone called for orders of the day, it is appropriate for another to call to suspend the rules. If suspending the rules is approved by a 2/3rds vote, then the Senate may continue on the topic at hand and not have to follow the agenda specifically.
Correct Answer: Motion to Suspend the Rules
Number 27. Motion that require a 2/3rds vote:
Close Debate (call the question)
Limit or Extend Debate
Object to Consideration
Amend Agenda after approval
Correct Answer: Motions requiring a 2/3rds vote
Number 28. A motion to limit debate on an item for particular time frame or a motion to extend debate for a particular amount of time.
Correct Answer: Motion to Limit or Extend Debate
Number 29. First and Second readings are described in the by-laws of our Senate and are not part of Robert's Rules. At first readings an item is given 15 minutes for questions, comments and clarifications. No amendments may be offered. A motion to waive the first reading is in order.
The second reading has no time limit and any motions regarding the item can be made. In fact, second readings can span more than one meeting. If a business item is not voted on by the last meeting in the Spring, it has to be brought back to the Senate through the Executive Committee to be agendized for the Fall. The item returns as a first reading.
Correct Answer: First and Second Readings