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Henry M. Robert (1837–1923).  Robert’s Rules of Order Revised.  1915.


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8. Secondary Motions.

   To assist in the proper disposal of the question various subsidiary [12] motions are used, such as to amend, to commit, etc., and for the time being the subsidiary motion replaces the resolution, or motion, and becomes the immediately pending question. While these are pending, a question incidental to the business may arise, as a question of order, and this incidental [13] question interrupts the business and, until disposed of, becomes the immediately pending question. And all of these may be superseded by certain motions, called privileged [14] motions, as to adjourn, of such supreme importance as to justify their interrupting all other questions. All of these motions that may be made while the original motion is pending are sometimes referred to as secondary motions. The proper use of many of these is shown in 10.

9. Putting the Question and Announcing the Vote.

   7 When the debate appears to have closed, the chair asks again, “Are you ready for the question?” If no one rises he


Note 7.  In Congress a motion “may be withdrawn at any time before a decision or amendment.” H. R. Rule 16, §2. The rule given above, which is in accordance with the common parliamentary law, is better adapted to ordinary assemblies. [back]

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