Simplified Rules of Order

Incidental Motions

These motions are incidental to the motions or matters out of which they arise. Because they arise incidentally out of the immediately pending business, they must be decided immediately, before business can proceed. Most incidental motions are not debatable.

Because incidental motions must be decided immediately, they do not have an order or precedence. An incidental motion is in order only when it is legitimately incidental to another pending motion or when it is legitimately incidental in some other way to business at hand. It then takes precedence over any other motions that are pending--that is, it must be decided immediately.

The eight most common incidental motions are:

  1. point of order
  2. suspension of the rules
  3. objection to consideration
  4. consideration seriatim
  5. division of the meeting
  6. motions related to methods of voting
  7. motions related to nominations
  8. requests and inquiries

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Last changed: 10/08/2002

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