Six Steps to Making a Motion
To make a motion, a person must be a voting member of the group that is meeting. There are six steps in the motion process:
- After being recognized by the chair, a member makes a motion. This is usually worded as "I move...."
- Another member seconds the motion. A second means that the member believes the issue should be discussed. It does not necessarily mean that the member agrees with the motion.
- The chair states the motion which formally places it before the assembly.
- The motion is debated by the group.
- The chair puts the motion to a vote.
- The chair announces the result of the vote and the action required due to the vote.
parliamentary facts to aid learners
Types of deliberative assemblies:
Rules of an assembly:
Order of business (MRS SUN):
M = reading and approval of Minutes
R = Reports of officers, boards, and standing committees
S = reports of Special committees
S = Special orders
U = Unfinished business and general orders
N = New business
Processes of amendment:
Committees that must report to open a convention and vote required to adopt each report:
Kinds of committees:
Action that can be taken in the absence of a quorum:
Basic bylaw articles (NO MOM E C PA):
N = Name of the organization
O = Object
M = Members
O = Officers
M = Meetings
E = Executive board
C = Committees
P = Parliamentary authority
A = Amendment of bylaws
Methods of nomination:
Methods of voting: