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How do you make a motion on the floor?

Last Updated: Mar 07, 2013  |  23 Views
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The method used by members to express themselves is in the form of moving motions. A motion is a proposal that the entire membership take action or a stand on an issue. Individual members can:

Call to order.
Second motions.
Debate motions.
Vote on motions.

There are four Basic Types of Motions:

Main Motions: The purpose of a main motion is to introduce items to the membership for their consideration. They cannot be made when any other motion is on the floor, and yield to privileged, subsidiary, and incidental motions.
Subsidiary Motions: Their purpose is to change or affect how a main motion is handled, and is voted on before a main motion.
Privileged Motions: Their purpose is to bring up items that are urgent about special or important matters unrelated to pending business.
Incidental Motions: Their purpose is to provide a means of questioning procedure concerning other motions and must be considered before the other motion.

How are Motions Presented?

Obtaining the floor
Wait until the last speaker has finished.
Rise and address the Chairman by saying, "Mr. Chairman, or Mr. President."
Wait until the Chairman recognizes you.
Make Your Motion
Speak in a clear and concise manner.
Always state a motion affirmatively. Say, "I move that we ..." rather than, "I move that we do not ...".
Avoid personalities and stay on your subject.
Wait for Someone to Second Your Motion

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