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  1. Fix time to which to adjourn

    Thank You all for your responses. I am glad it wasn't just me missing something in RONR. I like black and white answers, but in this case I will settle for its complicated and justification for either allowing or prohibiting debate can be made. I initially felt that it should be debatable and felt the footnote on p. 68 would justify treating the reconsidered Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn as an incidental MM, but will settle for the best case of action being to defeat the reconsidered motion and bring a new incidental MM which is debatable to the floor. It seems to go against the fast and efficient conduct of business, but maybe being the least controversial solution, it would in fact move business along faster. Again, thank you all for your time and insight.
  2. A motion to fix the time to which to adjourn is made when in the course of business it appears that there will not be an opportunity to introduce it as an incidental main motion. Later in the same meeting, business is completed earlier than anticipated and the motion to fix the time to which to adjourn is moved to be reconsidered. The question is can it be debated? Page 324 states: EFFECT OF ADOPTION OF THE MOTION TO RECONSIDER; RULES GOVERNING DEBATE ON THE RECONSIDERATION. The effect of the adoption of the motion to Reconsider is immediately to place before the assembly again the question on which the vote is to be reconsidered—in the exact position it occupied the moment before it was voted on originally. The "exact position" was the considering the motion to Fix the Time to which to Adjourn, made as a privileged motion, and therefore undebatable. p. 68 fn states that adjourn is a unique case in that it retains privileged status even when no question is pending. p. 308 l.16 states that Amend Something Previously Adopted is not in order if the if the question can be reached using Reconsider. My question is then is does the FTWA come back as privileged and therefore not debatable, or does it loose privilege when it is reconsidered as there is no pending question, or, is there no way for the group to discuss when they will meet again once a privileged motion FTWA has been used to set the next date?
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