2121 Principles of Parliamentary Procedure
SUBJECT: PRINCIPLES OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE
The following major principles of parliamentary procedure shall be used as a guide:
- Proposed motions shall be understood before being opened for discussion.
- Opportunity shall be offered for discussion before a motion is put to a vote.
- A member shall be permitted to withdraw his/her motion with the consent of the person who seconded it before discussion has commenced.
- After discussion has started on a motion, the member making the motion is not permitted to withdraw the motion except with the unanimous consent of the members.
- If a motion is lost, it cannot be properly reconsidered a the same meeting without the consent of the majority of the members present.
- A motion for reconsideration can be made and seconded only by a member who voted with the majority on the original motion.
- Amendments to a motion or to previous amendments must be disposed of before a vote can be taken on the original motion as amended.
- Once before the Board, a motion may only be interrupted by a motion to lay it on the table, postponement, for amendment, or adjournment.
- Members shall address the chair and be recognized by it before making a motion or speaking on a question before the body.
- One motion shall be discussed at a time.