Senate Meeting Rules

Motions


1. Normally, all motions concerning substantive matters shall be published with the Agenda.

2. The Chair may order that amendments to such motions be submitted in writing.

3. Seconding.

(a) Recommendations of committees and other motions published with the Agenda need not necessarily be "seconded" unless there is a reasonable doubt that no more than one (1) member of Senate supports them.

(b) All other motions require seconding except the following:

(i) request for permission to withdraw a motion;

(ii) points of order, privilege or parliamentary inquiry;

(iii) objections to consideration.

(c) It is not necessary that a seconder be "recognized" either at the meeting or in the minutes.

4. Order of Precedence of Motions.

When any one of the following motions is immediately pending, those listed above it are in order, and those below are out of order:

(a) fixture of time of the next meeting

(b) to adjourn or recess

(c) question of privilege

(d) point of order or parliamentary inquiry

(e) appeal

(f) suspend a rule

(g) withdraw (or review) a motion

(h) call for count of vote or motion to ballot

(i) objection to consideration

(j) postpone to certain day

(k) refer

(l) amend

(m) postpone indefinitely

(n) main motion (reconsider and rescind)