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14 minutes ago, Guest Chris said:

Is the moderator required to allow for discussion on a motion after it is made or may he call for a vote on the motion without discussion?

Certain specific types of motions are non-debatable, but that is not typically the case for an ordinary main motion.

Can you be more specific about the nature of the particular motion in question?

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You can also rise to a Parliamentary Inquiry and ask the moderator if, in his opinion, debate is allowed on the pending motion or not. If he says no and you think the answer is yes then you may say immediately after his response that you Appeal the decision of the chair. However, as GWCtD has stated above, there are certain motions that are by their nature undebatable.

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18 minutes ago, Guest Zev said:

You can also rise to a Parliamentary Inquiry and ask the moderator if, in his opinion, debate is allowed on the pending motion or not. If he says no and you think the answer is yes then you may say immediately after his response that you Appeal the decision of the chair.

The response to a parliamentary inquiry is not appealable. If you rise to a parliamentary inquiry and do not like the answer, the solution is (depending on the context) either to just do what you think you are allowed to do and wait to be ruled out of order, or to make a point of order and prepare for it to be found not well-taken. Then you can appeal. The response to a parliamentary inquiry is simply what the chair thinks - it has no effect on the proceedings, and it cannot be appealed because, whatever the assembly might think, the chair will go on thinking whatever the chair thinks.

It seems to me that we might be missing part of the situation until the OP chimes back in. The use of the term "moderator" makes me think this is something other than an assembly generally following RONR. It might be one of those assemblies that talks endlessly, then makes a motion. The answer will remain the same, with the caveat that the practice is also mistaken.

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5 hours ago, Guest Zev said:

You can also rise to a Parliamentary Inquiry and ask the moderator if, in his opinion, debate is allowed on the pending motion or not. If he says no and you think the answer is yes then you may say immediately after his response that you Appeal the decision of the chair. However, as GWCtD has stated above, there are certain motions that are by their nature undebatable.

Opinions cannot be appealed.  Only rulings can be.  As you noted correctly, a Parliamentary Inquiry is a solicitation of the chair's opinion.

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