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  1. Given: At the previous meeting, a main motion (MM) was made, debated for a while, then properly postponed to the current meeting, with no time set. At the current meeting, before reaching General Orders (when MM would normally be taken up), is it proper to move to rescind the (previously adopted) subsidiary motion to Postpone? If so, and if the Rescind motion was adopted (2/3 vote required), what would be the status of MM? (I have my own answers - so what else is new? - but let's see where this goes.)
  2. An item on our agenda came up. A motion was made to approve it, seconded and discussion. During the discussion it was determined that we were missing something. So a motion to lay on the table until next meeting (I believe it should have been a motion to postpone, but it was made to table). It was seconded and passed unanimously. So when it comes up next meeting, how should we proceed if we wanted to follow Robert’s? Does someone make a motion to bring from the table, or is it implied since the motion to table specified the next meeting, is it already “there” for discussion on the agenda? (Is is the same if the item was postponed to the next meeting? Does it need a motion to be brought up at the next meeting?) Also, since there was a motion and second to approve it before it was tabled, is that motion still active when we discuss it? Or does someone need to again make a motion to approve the item.
  3. Per bylaws, regular meetings are quarterly in months 3, 6, 9, 12, but bylaws allow cancelling meetings. In March, they cancel the June meeting, and a main motion MM is pending. MM can't be postponed to the next regular meeting (September) because it is more than a quarterly time interval. But is seems to me that in March you could schedule an adjourned meeting for August to continue the current session, and postpone a main motion to the August meeting, and if the August meeting lacks a quorum and adjourns, then at the September meeting the motion would automatically come up as unfinished business (a general order not reached at the August meeting). Postponing in March to the August adjourned meeting (5 months later) because it is in the same session. And the standard order of business applies because they usually have regular meetings quarterly. Is this correct?
  4. In a board meeting (#1) for a student government, a main motion was moved. It was then moved and agreed to 'table' the matter until later in the meeting, which was understood in the sense of a motion to postpone to a certain time. When that time in the meeting arrived, it was again moved and agreed to 'table', or postpone to a certain time, namely the next meeting. The next meeting (#2) was held on schedule, but consideration of the 'tabled' motion was not resumed. I'm aware that the term 'tabling' was misused, and also that a motion to postpone indefinitely would have been better. Given that, though, my questions are: 1. Does this situation need to be rectified, such as by formally considering or withdrawing the main motion? 2. If the main motion is never again considered or withdrawn, should at least a note need to be made somewhere in the minutes? If so, in the minutes of which meeting, #1 or #2?
  5. Hello, Does a Board need to make a motion to postpone the rest of the agenda until the next meeting. Thank you in advance for your replies.
  6. Can postpone definitely and commit be applied exclusively to lower subsidiary motions or do they need to be applied to a main as well. In the event that they are applied to a main motion, are any subsidiary motions dissolved? Thanks!
  7. Hello! I am not a Robert's Rules expert, but I am generally familiar with the workings. I wonder if I witnessed a violation of Robert's Rules the other night... At a local city commissioners' meeting, the commission spent a great deal of time discussing an issue. Finally, a member moved to vote on the motion, and the move was seconded. However, after that, a 3rd member stated that he needed still more information and moved to postpone the vote. After a lot of confusion, one member said that a motion to postpone supersedes a motion to vote. The motion to postpone was carried (barely) and the motion to vote was simply lost in the shuffle. My question is: once a motion to vote has been made and seconded, can it be "overruled" by a new motion to postpone? Thank you for your advice! Glenn
  8. The main motion is being debated. A motion is offered (and seconded) to postpone the motion to a particular time (time certain). Can the motion to postpone to time certain then be tabled? (One reason for doing so might be to schedule a special meeting before the proposed time of postponement?) If the motion to table is in order, and is subsequently adopted, what happens to the main motion? Is it still debatable, but a motion to postpone is out-of-order? Or, since the motion to postpone was tabled, that effectively puts aside the main motion too.
  9. 1. If something is postponed indefinitely, what is the procedure for unpostponing (I probably made that word up but it works for me) it? 2. I understand that if something is tabled then it must be untabled (perhaps another made up word) no later than the next meeting. If it is not untabled, is the original motion allowed to be reintroduced at a later time? Thanks. This forum is extermely helpful to a rookie!
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    Postpone Indefinitely

    If an amendment on a main motion is not adopted and the assembly is now again debating the original main motion, can a member of the assembly now move to postpone indefinitely?
  11. The commission postponed (not to a date certain) a request. Two meetings have passed and now the applicant has withdrawn the request. What action does the commission take, if any, on the request and the motion to postpone?
  12. You want to postpone a motion from one annual convention of an organization to the next annual convention. Is the correct motion to postpone to the next annual meeting?
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    tabling motions

    I will be helping with a high school competition in PP. I received the contest "problem" which had been used in a national contest today, which includes the pretend minutes of a meeting from which they glean the information they will use to present the competition meeting.. In these problem minutes, they report a motion which was tabled to the next meeting. I have always been told that tabled motions should (must) be handled at that same meeting....that postponing was the way to do that correctly. If I use these minutes to train this new team, which I have been encouraged to do, how do I explain this to the students?
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