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  1. This is what I understand the motion to "Lay On The Table" to have been in it's original form: The assembly's agenda basically consisted of a huge stack of (proposed) motions and resolutions lying on the Clerk's table; as each previous item of business was completed, the Clerk would take the topmost item from that stack and read it to the assembly. If it was voted to "Lay The Question On The Table," the Clerk would lift up that massive stack of papers, and place the (formerly) pending matter -- the paper he was just reading -- immediately below th at stack -- literally, "on the table" -- then deposit the stack of resolutions -- ker-PLOP! on top of it. Thus that piece of business went from pending to the bottom of the stack (i.e., the very end of the agenda)... wherefrom, in due time, it would eventually recur. Am I correct in thinking that a motion that a pending matter "be now moved to the foot of the agenda" woud be a midern-day equivalent of the original motion to "Lay On The Table" in modern dress?* ----- * It is cannot be an exact equivalent, alas, because the "modern" form must be adopted by a two-thirds vote, both because it deals with the priority of business, and also because it is a variation of the motion to "Suspend The Rules." --TheGrandRascal Wed., 01-Apr-2020 at 06:10am EDT (-0400 GMT).
  2. I recently came across the following test question: 9. The motion to Lay on the Table is a motion that can be a. debated and amended. b. applied to the motion to Limit Debate. c. made when the Previous Question has been made. d. applied to a pending amendment. The correct answer is C which I know is indeed correct. I know RONR says that lay on the table cannot be exclusively applied to another subsidiary motion, it must lay all pending motions and the main motion on the table. Therefore, is that why D and B are incorrect because I know they can be laid on the table along with a pending main motion? Are number D and B implying that the motion to lay on the table can exclusively lay a pending amendment / motion to limit debate on the table which would then be incorrect?
  3. My question will be following the British use of the term 'Lay on the table' as outlined in RONR in the footnote on p.217. On an Agenda would I write those exact words 'Lay on the table' as a heading for tabled items or would I use the heading 'Tabled items'
  4. A motion is properly made and seconded and being discussed. A member mover to place the motion on the Table. This motion is seconded, voted upon and passed by a majority vote. The meeting is subsequently adjourned. At a later meeting, without taking the tabled motion off the table, may a member introduce a motion which is in direct opposition to the tabled motion?
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