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Lori Lukinuk

Changing a noticed motion

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If a member gives notice of a motion at the previous meeting and then wishes to substitute different wording at the meeting where it is to be considered, can they do that before the motion is seconded and stated by the chair and without the permission of the assembly?  The different wording is desired to provide clearer meaning to the motion, and is within the scope of the original noticed motion.   Or ... does the original wording need to be seconded and stated then the maker can amend by substitution?

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14 hours ago, Lori Lukinuk said:

If a member gives notice of a motion at the previous meeting and then wishes to substitute different wording at the meeting where it is to be considered, can they do that before the motion is seconded and stated by the chair and without the permission of the assembly?  The different wording is desired to provide clearer meaning to the motion, and is within the scope of the original noticed motion.   Or ... does the original wording need to be seconded and stated then the maker can amend by substitution?

Giving previous notice does not constitute the making of a motion.

If, as you say, the different wording is within the scope of the originally noticed motion, the member who gave the notice may simply make his motion in its revised form.

Edited by Daniel H. Honemann
Modest change made in the first sentence.

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Thank you Daniel.  That was my first instinct.  I have told the individual that a member may raise a point of order if they feel the revised wording is not within the scope of the original wording.  

 

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Perhaps it would be well to point out that, even if the wording of a motion that is made to amend something previously adopted proposes a change in whatever it proposes to amend which goes beyond the change for which previous notice has been given, the motion will not be out of order unless previous notice is required for its validity (as may be the case for a bylaw amendment, for example, or for the amendment of a special rule of order). Absent such a requirement of previous notice, the motion will be in order but the vote required for its adoption will be the vote required for its adoption when previous notice has not been given.

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