Robert’s Rules of Order Revised > 9. Committees and Boards > 56. As if in (or Quasi) Committee of the Whole
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Henry M. Robert (1837–1923).  Robert’s Rules of Order Revised.  1915.

56. As if in (or Quasi) Committee of the Whole


is used in the U. S. Senate instead of the committee of the whole, and is more convenient in small assemblies. The motion should be made in a form similar to this: “I move that the resolution be considered as if in committee of the whole.” This being adopted, the question is open to debate and amendment with all the freedom of the committee of the whole. The presiding officer, however, retains the chair, instead of appointing a chairman as is done when the assembly goes into committee of the whole. If any motion is adopted, except an amendment, it puts an end to the quasi committee of the whole. Thus, the motion to commit is equivalent to the following motions when in committee of the whole: (1) That the committee rise; (2) that the committee of the whole be discharged from the further consideration of the subject; and (3) that it be referred to a committee. When the assembly has finished amending the proposition under consideration, without further motion the chairman announces that, “The assembly, acting as if in committee of the whole, has had such subject under consideration, and has made certain amendments,” which he then reports. The subject comes before the assembly then as if reported by a committee, the chair stating the question on the amendments as described at the close of the previous section under committee of the whole. The secretary should keep a memorandum of the proceedings while acting as if in committee of the whole, but it should not be entered in the minutes, being only for temporary use. The chairman’s report to the assembly should be entered in the minutes, as it belongs to the assembly’s proceedings.   1



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