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Motion A requests approval for all the documents listed. The documents listed have separate motions for approval.  Is this permitted?  If Motion A is approved, without approval of the motion in the separate documents, are these individual motions considered approved? 

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37 minutes ago, Guest L A Egan said:

Motion A requests approval for all the documents listed. The documents listed have separate motions for approval.  Is this permitted?

Yes. This is a motion to Suspend The Rules and adopt the entire list of motions. If the documents are all related to the same subject then a 2/3 vote will be needed (RONR p. 261). If any of the subjects are unrelated then a unanimous vote will be needed (RONR p. 262). 

39 minutes ago, Guest L A Egan said:

If Motion A is approved, without approval of the motion in the separate documents, are these individual motions considered approved? 

Yes. The suspension of the rules accomplished that objective. If, however, a member desired that one or more of the documents be considered separately, and the document subject is related to the others, then a motion for a Division Of A Question would be needed with a majority vote; if the subject of the document is unrelated to the others then the demand of a single member is sufficient (RONR p.110).

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53 minutes ago, Guest L A Egan said:

Motion A requests approval for all the documents listed. The documents listed have separate motions for approval.  Is this permitted?  If Motion A is approved, without approval of the motion in the separate documents, are these individual motions considered approved? 

Yes, but any single member may demand that any (or all) motions on the list be considered separately (pp. 274-5).

This might be a consent calendar, if done at every meeting.  It this is to be a standard practice, it would need to be established by a special rule (p.  361). 

Edited by J. J.

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This sounds exactly like the situation described on page 110, lines 9-31 (particularly the bolded part):

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SERIES OF RESOLUTIONS OFFERED BY A SINGLE MAIN MOTION. If a single composite proposal for taking a number of actions in reference to a particular subject has too many elements to be conveniently written into one resolution (even of several clauses), it can be set forth in a series of separate resolutions that can be numbered and offered by means of a single main motion, thus: “Mr. President, I move the adoption of [or “I offer”] the following resolutions: …” Such a series of resolutions can include orders as described above. In the case of a series of resolutions relating to a single subject, if members desire one or more of the resolutions to be considered separately, the motion for Division of a Question (27) must be made and adopted by a majority vote. Sometimes a series of independent resolutions relating to completely different subjects is offered by a single main motion in the same way. In the latter case—where the subjects are independent—any resolution in the series must be taken up and voted on separately at the demand of a single member. Such a demand can be made even when another has the floor, at any time until the vote has been taken on adopting the series. A member wishing to make this demand rises and says, for example, “Mr. President, I call for a separate vote on Resolution No. 2.”

 

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Guest L A Egan

Thank you all for your assistance in finding the appropriate reference.  Very much appreciated.  Louise

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