Simplified Rules of Order

Subsidiary Motions

Subsidiary motions assist a meeting in treating or disposing of a main motion (and sometimes other motions). The subsidiary motions are listed below in ascending order of rank. Each of the motions takes precedence over the main motion and any or all of the motions listed before it.

The seven subsidiary motions are:

  1. postpone indefinitely
  2. amend
  3. refer
  4. postpone to a certain time
  5. limit or extend limits of debate
  6. previous question
  7. table

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Last changed: 10/08/2002

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