Parliamentary Procedure

Amendment: a change that allows members to make modifications to a motion (i.e. by adding things to the motion or striking things from a motion)

  • You can amended the amendment, which only changes that portion of the amendment
  • You can not amend the amendment to the amendment

Three questions to ask related to amendments

  • Is the amendment amendable?
  • Is the amendment debatable?
  • What type of vote need to take place?

Lay on the Table: option to move onto the next order of business because the Senate has more urgent or pertinent business to deal with immediately

  • Not amendable
  • Can not be discussed
  • Needs a second and majority vote

Motion: a formal proposal made by a voting member (i.e. Senator or Hall President) that the Senate can take certain action on (can be referred to a Co-Chair committee)

  • All motions are stated with “I move…”
  • All motions require a second (formal support by another voting member) stated with “I second that motion…”

Point of Parliamentary Inquiry: used to clarify parliamentary procedures (i.e. when you think parliamentary procedures are not being used properly or when you get lost)

Postponement: putting a motion on hold until another meeting and states when it will be brought up again and needs a majority vote

Rising Count Vote: used for a 2/3 vote where voting is done by a show of hands

Voice Vote: used for majority voting where all those in favor say “aye” and all those opposed say “nay”