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Withdrawing a motion

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What happens to a motion that is being debated when the mover leaves the meeting? Is it withdrawn? Does this require a motion to withdraw it?

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More accurately, nothing happens automatically just because the maker leaves. As Mr. Mervosh says, consideration of the motion continues, with or without the mover's presence, until the assembly decides on its disposition (adopt, defeat, postpone indefititely, postpone to the next meeting, refer to a committee, or anything else that legitimately can be done with it).

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On 2/19/2017 at 0:32 PM, George Mervosh said:

Nothing happens.  Consideration of the motion continues just as if he were there.

Unless his absence breaks the quorum. :)

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15 minutes ago, Hieu H. Huynh said:

Could the motion be withdrawn without the maker asking permission to withdraw it?

If someone would move that the rules be suspended to do so (whether he's present or not) isn't that, in essence, taking away his right to  make a motion, since a withdrawn motion is generally treated as if it never existed?  Suspending the rules could then become a powerful weapon against a member.

Edited by George Mervosh

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2 hours ago, Shmuel Gerber said:

Unless his absence breaks the quorum. :)

Well, yes;; there is that possibility. In that event, the meeting should be adjourned. But then the motion would come up as unfinished business at the next meeting (assuming the next meeting is within a quarterly time interval).

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