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RONR 11th ed., p. 163, ll. 26 - 30 says, "The motion to create a blank requires a second, but it is neither debatable nor amendable; it can also be made and voted on while a primary or a secondary amendment relating to the subject specification is pending." [emphasis added - emphatic emphasis also added].

The sentence seems straightforward to me. However, I have been told a couple of times that I am misinterpreting it and that it would not be in order to move to create a blank when a secondary amendment is pending. In support of that argument, I've been directed to the example that follows the quoted sentence showing the creation of a blank when a main motion and primary amendment are pending, but not a secondary amendment. 

So I'm bringing the question to this forum. Assume, to extend the example on p. 163, ll. 14-34, the resolution has the amount of $300,000, the primary amendment is to strike out $300,000 and insert $350,000, and the immediately pending question is a secondary amendment to strike out $350,000 and insert $400,000. Would a motion to create a blank by striking out "$300,000" be in order at this time (the same as the example indicates it would be if the primary amendment were the immediately pending question)? If so, I assume that $300,000, $350,000, and $400,000 would all three become proposals to fill the blank.

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14 minutes ago, Guest Guest Peter said:

RONR 11th ed., p. 163, ll. 26 - 30 says, "The motion to create a blank requires a second, but it is neither debatable nor amendable; it can also be made and voted on while a primary or a secondary amendment relating to the subject specification is pending." [emphasis added - emphatic emphasis also added].

The sentence seems straightforward to me. However, I have been told a couple of times that I am misinterpreting it and that it would not be in order to move to create a blank when a secondary amendment is pending. In support of that argument, I've been directed to the example that follows the quoted sentence showing the creation of a blank when a main motion and primary amendment are pending, but not a secondary amendment. 

So I'm bringing the question to this forum. Assume, to extend the example on p. 163, ll. 14-34, the resolution has the amount of $300,000, the primary amendment is to strike out $300,000 and insert $350,000, and the immediately pending question is a secondary amendment to strike out $350,000 and insert $400,000. Would a motion to create a blank by striking out "$300,000" be in order at this time (the same as the example indicates it would be if the primary amendment were the immediately pending question)? If so, I assume that $300,000, $350,000, and $400,000 would all three become proposals to fill the blank.

I think you've got it right.

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10 hours ago, Guest Guest Peter said:

In support of that argument, I've been directed to the example that follows the quoted sentence showing the creation of a blank when a main motion and primary amendment are pending, but not a secondary amendment. 

I don't see how that supports the argument at all. It would be impossible (and undesirable) for the book to include an example of every variation of every rule.

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