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Guest Rev. Paul Frey

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We passed a motion regarding worship schedules. A member wishes to reconsider that motion. Is it required that a member who voted in favor of the motion previously passed move for reconsideration. If so, does that motion require a second and must that second also be made by a member who voted in favor of the previously passed motion?

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We passed a motion regarding worship schedules. A member wishes to reconsider that motion. Is it required that a member who voted in favor of the motion previously passed move for reconsideration. If so, does that motion require a second and must that second also be made by a member who voted in favor of the previously passed motion?

The narrowly-defined motion to Reconsider can only be made by someone who voted on the prevailing side (whether that was in favor or against) but there is no such restriction on who can second the motion. However the motion to Reconsider can only be made at the same meeting (session, actually) as the original motion.

But a motion to rescind or otherwise amend (change) a previously adopted motion can be made by any member at any subsequent meeting.

And a defeated motion can be "renewed" (made again) by any member at any subsequent meeting.

Think of them as the parliamentary "Three Rs".

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"Reconsideration" has some rather stringent time limits - essentially at the same meeting - so it is doubtless too late now.

However, it is perfectly proper for anybody (no "vote in favor" requirement) to move to "Amend Something Previously Adopted" at your next meeting. See RONR p. 293 ff. for the details about that motion.

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We passed a motion regarding worship schedules. A member wishes to reconsider that motion. Is it required that a member who voted in favor of the motion previously passed move for reconsideration. If so, does that motion require a second and must that second also be made by a member who voted in favor of the previously passed motion?

No, it's necessary that the member voted on the prevailing side, and you didn't say whether the original motion passed or not. It is not required that the seconder also have voted on a any particular side, or even have been present at all, according to RONR, but other so-called authorities vary on this point. They are what's known as "wrong".

In any case, if that meeting is finished, it's too late to move to reconsider.

What you do next depends on whether it originally passed or failed.

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