Robert's Rules

Category: Convention 101

 

 

Robert’s Rules of Order Summary

Robert’s Rules provide common rules and procedures for deliberation and debate in order to place the whole membership on the same footing and speaking the same language. The conduct of ALL business is controlled by the general will of the whole membership - the right of the deliberate majority to decide.

Robert's Rules provides for constructive and democratic meetings, to help, not hinder, the business of the assembly. Under no circumstances should "undue strictness" be allowed to intimidate members or limit full participation.

 

Robert's Rules Tutorial

  • Underlying Principles

  • Classification of Motions

  • Precedence of Motions

  • Purpose and Characteristics of Motions

 

  • Robert's Rules Cheat Sheet

 

 

Parlimentary Motions Guide

Based on Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)

The motions below are listed in order of precedence. Any motion can be introduced if it is higher on the chart than the pending motion.

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  YOU WANT TO: YOU SAY: INTERRUPT? 2ND? DEBATE? AMEND? VOTE?
§21 Adjourn I move to adjourn No Yes No No Majority
§20 Take Break I move to recess for No Yes No Yes Majority
§19 Register Complaint I rise to a question of privilege Yes No No No None
§18 Make follow agenda I call for the orders of the day Yes No No No None
§17 Lay aside temporarily I move to lay the question on the table No Yes No No Majority
§16 Close Debate I move the previous question No Yes No No 2/3
§15 Limit or extend debate I move that debate be limited to ... No Yes No Yes 2/3
§14 Postpone to a certain time I move to postpone the motion to ... No Yes Yes Yes Majority
§13 Refer to committee I move to refer the motion to … No Yes Yes Yes Majority
§12 Modify wording of motion I move to amend the motion by ... No Yes Yes Yes Majority
§11 Kill main motion I move that the motion be postponed indefinitely No Yes Yes No Majority
§10 Main Motion
I move that [or "to"] ... No Yes Yes Yes Majority

Incidental Motions

Items Below are Not in the Order of Precedence

  YOU WANT TO: YOU SAY: INTERRUPT? 2ND? DEBATE? AMEND? VOTE?
§23 Enforce Rules Point of order Yes No No No None
§24 Submit matter to assembly I appeal from the decision of the chair Yes Yes Varies No Majority
§25 Suspend rules I move to suspend the rules which … No Yes No No 2/3
§26 Avoid main motion altogether I object to the consideration of the question Yes No No No 2/3
§27 Divide motion I move to divide the question No Yes No Yes Majority
§29 Demand rising vote I call for a division Yes No No No None
§33 Parliamentary law question Parliamentary inquiry Yes (if urgent) No No No None
§33 Request Information Request for information Yes (if urgent) No No No None

Motions That Bring a Question Again Before the Assembly

§34 Take matter from table I move to take from the table… No Yes No No Majority
§35 Cancel or change previous action I move to rescind/amend something previously adopted... No Yes Yes Yes  2/3 or\parmaj. w/ notice
§37 Reconsider motion I move to reconsider the vote ... No Yes Varies No Majority