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If the assembly wanted to make a motion requiring all chapter delegates to pass a test in parliamentary procedure, would the better wording be "I move to require all chapter delegates to pass a test in parliamentary procedure" or "I move that we require all chapter delegates to pass a test in parliamentary procedure" or some other variation? 

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56 minutes ago, Hieu H. Huynh said:

What happens if a chapter delegate does not pass the test?

They may not be a chapter delegate. The wording I am wondering about is whether it is more proper to say "to require" or "that we require". 

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If chapter delegates are defined by bylaw or some other document, then you would probably need to pass a motion to amend that document to add it to the requirements. Even if that isn't required, it is highly advisable to put it in the same place.

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7 hours ago, parkourninja said:

If the assembly wanted to make a motion requiring all chapter delegates to pass a test in parliamentary procedure, would the better wording be "I move to require all chapter delegates to pass a test in parliamentary procedure" or "I move that we require all chapter delegates to pass a test in parliamentary procedure" or some other variation? 

Avoid the first person "we" variant, but include in your rule statement the consequences of failing the test.  Also include what you mean by "pass a test" (who's test? how difficult? what grade equals a pass? who writes and grades the test? who checks that the graders of the test themselves know the right answers?); it might be better to drop the while idea.

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18 hours ago, parkourninja said:

They may not be a chapter delegate. The wording I am wondering about is whether it is more proper to say "to require" or "that we require". 

The best phrasing is "I move to require that all chapter delegates pass…" in the subjunctive mood. But this is grammar and style, not procedure; it's immaterial to substance of the motion, which, as others observe, is lacking.

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