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No, but it is more difficult than making an original main motion. The proper motion to use is "amend or rescind something previously adopted," which requires a 2/3 vote, a majority vote with notice, or a majority of the entire membership voting in the affirmative, any one of which will suffice. RONR strikes a balance between the need for stability and the need to allow the organization to act (and the right of absentees to presume things will remain as they were) by making it more difficult to change something you've already decided than to decide in the first place, unless you give notice, but does not make it impossible. (Of course, it is impossible if the decision has already been fully executed.)

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If in fact action has already been taken as a result of the passage of the original motion, then it is not possible to use the motions to Rescind or Amend Something Previously Adopted.  Those motions can be used to change or reverse a decision taken previously, but only to the extent that the motion has not yet been fully carried out.  So it will depend on the details of the particular case.

For example, if the motion was to paint the clubhouse red, and the paint had not yet been purchased, it would be in order at the next meeting to move to amend that motion to change red to green.  

The motions to Rescind or Amend Something Previously Adopted are covered in Section 35, and "require (a) a two-thirds vote, (b) a majority vote when notice of intent to make the motion, stating the complete substance of the proposed change, has been given at the previous meeting within a quarterly time interval or in the call of the present meeting, or (c) a vote of a majority of the entire membership—any one of which will suffice."

 

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There is a motion to rescind or amend something previously adopted. It is covered on pages 305-310.

There are some actions that cannot be rescinded or amended, and one of them is "When something has been done, as a result of the vote on the main motion, that is impossible to undo. (The unexecuted part of an order, however, can be rescinded or amended.)"

Your use of the phrase "membership has taken action on" suggests that this may be relevant in this situation.

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