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  1. A: I move that we paint the meeting room red and buy a new gavel. B: I call for a separate vote on buying a new gavel. Chair: We will have a separate vote on buying a new gavel. The question is on the motion that we paint the meeting room red. C: I move to strike out "red" and insert "green." D: I move the previous question on all pending questions. [Adopted] Question, has the previous question been ordered for buying a new gavel? I.e., is it pending? The explanation of "immediately pending" on page 60 pertains to main motions in connection with subsidiary motions, but the example gavel motion isn't subsidiary. It automatically comes up as a main motion after the painting question is disposed of, though, so in some sense it seems to be pending while the painting motion is pending. Scenario 2: Similarly, if main motion MM1 is pending, and is "postponed till after consideration of [main] motion to __" [MM2], and MM2 is made and has an amendment pending, and teh previous question on all pending questions is ordered, does it include MM1? Scenario 3: MM1 is interrupted by a special order, which then has an amendment offered. Does ordering the previous question on all pending questions include MM1? These examples have an amendment in them, but if the answer if Yes to the above, then it seems the even without an amendment the assembly could order the previous question on all pending questions to include the other motions previously made but not yet disposed of and which automatically become immediately pending when the priority pending motions are disposed of. Correct? Perhaps this is all clear in RONR, but I couldn't find it. Thanks in advance for your feedback.
  2. Whether or not a question can be divided at all or if it can be divided by demand seems to turn on the criteria of whether the a single question can be modified into two separate questions or if a series of independent resolutions/motions is offered. My question is this: what if a single motion is offered that is comprised of series of independent bullet points, can it be divided on demand, or must a motion Division of the Question be used? The Society Finance Committee recommends the assembly approve the following to increase revenue for the society: a. increasing dues by $10 b. consolidating regions X and Y c. changing the location of our annual meeting to St Louis. I recognize, of course, that the ideal situation is to encourage members to motions in a clearer format, but that is not always the case.
  3. Hello, Everyone. I serve as parliamentarian for my organization (which uses RONR as parliamentary authority) and am quite inexperienced relative to many of you. I have a question about the consideration of multiple recommendations being made in a report. Situation: In this case, there are four recommendations made in a single motion by a committee's reporting member . Each recommendation can stand alone. I know in advance that one member would like to consider one recommendation separate from the other three. I suspect other members might wish to offer other divisions. RONR states that "If several different proposals [for dividing the question] are made, they should be treated as filling blanks" (RONR 11th ed., p. 272). In thinking ahead, I am uncertain about voting procedure. RONR states (continuing from the previous passage) "...[proposals] should be voted on in the order in which they were proposed unless they suggest different numbers of questions, in which case the largest number is voted on first" (ibid.) I have to two questions. First question: I am unclear about that "the largest number [of questions]" means immediately above. In the case where a member proposes recommendation 1 is divided from recommendations 2, 3, 4, is this considered a proposal "two questions" or a proposal that contains one question and three questions? Put differently, would this be an appropriate order for voting on filling blanks on division of the question: Proposal A: rec. 1, rec. 2, rec. 3, rec. 4 (all considered separately = four questions?) Proposal B: 1-2, 3, 4, (three groups = three questions?) Proposal C: 1-2-3, 4 (two groups = two questions?) Second question has to do with gaining majority vote: My understanding is that each proposal is then voted on separately, in the order above, if I'm correct there, until one proposal gets a majority, and then voting stops. In the ideal case, this would mean voting stops at proposal B if proposal A garnered 30% in favor and proposal B garnered 52% in favor. What happens, though, if none of the proposals get majority vote, only a plurality? Does that mean all fail and the assembly is then back to voting on all four recommendations as a whole, as originally moved by the committee's reporting member? If so, can another motion for division of the question be made? Thank you for your time.