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A main motion is one whose introduction brings business before the ASC such a motion can only be made when no other motion is pending.
An amendment is a motion to modify the wording and within certain limits the meaning of a pending motion before the pending motion itself is acted upon. An amendment must in some way involve the same question that is raised by the motion to which it is being applied. An amendment cannot introduce an independent motion or issue that is not addressed by the pending motion. An amendment is debatable only if the motion to be amended is debatable.
Motion to Table
A motion to table is may be applied only to a main motion that is pending. At the time a motion to table is made the intent must be given. The motion to table is in order to:
1. Further information regarding a motion needed.
2. Time is needed to obtain group conscience from the Area's groups.
3. There is more pressing business to deal with. A motion which is tabled remains on the table until taken up by the ASC by a motion to take from the table, Or until the next ASC meeting. This motion is not intended to kill a main motion or suppress debate on it.
Motion to refer to Committee
When a motion to refer to committee is made, the intent is to send an item of business to a relatively small group of selected persons, a committee, so that the question may be carefully investigated, summarized, and a recommendation for action can be made for at the next ASC meeting. Debate on a motion to refer to committee will be limited to (1) one pro and (1) one con, and a debate will pertain only to the desirability of committing the motion or the instruction to the committee, and not the merits of the main motion. If passed there will be (2) two pros and Cons on the original motion, so as to obtain information and give direction to the committee.
Motion to Reconsider
A motion to reconsider is intended to bring an item that has already been dealt with back onto the floor. The motion is used to permit the correction of hasty, ill advised, or erroneous action, or to take into account new information or situations not considered when taking the original vote. Since this motion is not used to rehash motions that an individual or minority were not pleased with when initially voted on. A motion to reconsider can only be made by a GSR who originally voted on the prevailing side or who spoke in debate in support of the motion. A motion to reconsider will not be heard after the close of that ASC meeting following the original vote. A motion to reconsider cannot be made more than once for any motion.
This is a procedure that allows the ASC to move quickly through routine business or questions of lesser importance.
This is a less formal way of handling business and is an alternative to taking a vote on a motion. If a Chair sees no opposition to the motion, he/she will state that the motion is carried by unanimous consent unless there is an objection. If no objection to his is voiced, the minutes will reflect that all of the voting members were in favor. If a member objects the mater will go to a vote as prescribed for by the motion.
Withdraw or Modify
A request to withdraw or modify may be made by the maker of the original motion upon his/her acceptance of a suggestion from another member. After the motion is made, it belongs to the ASC as a whole, and the maker must request the ASC's permission to withdraw or modify it. The chair treats this as a unanimous consent matter, that is, if no one objects, the request is granted. If there is an objection, the chair automatically outs the request to a vote, which is not debatable.
Motion to Call the Vote/or previous question
A motion to call the vote must be seconded and allows for only one pro and one con. A 2/3 majority is required to adopt this motion. The intent of this motion is to bring the original motion to a vote without any further amendment or debate. This motion is not to be made to suppress information, but rather to expedite the proceedings.