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Motion to limit debate and notice of motion

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Does a notice of motion make that motion pending when the meeting starts? Or, more specifically: (1) can a motion to limit be at the beginning of a meeting because there were notice of motions given in due time? (2) can members make motions after the meeting is called to order before the motions that the group were given notice of be addressed?

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1 hour ago, dheisley said:

Does a notice of motion make that motion pending when the meeting starts?

No. Giving notice of a motion, in and of itself, does not make the motion pending (and certainly not immediately when the meeting starts). In most cases, the motion would be made during New Business. In the case of amendments to the bylaws, giving notice of the amendment makes it a general order, and it would be taken up under that heading. In either case, the motion must be made, seconded, and stated by the chair (as usual) to become pending. The person who gave notice has preference in recognition, but if he fails to make the motion, any member can do so.

1 hour ago, dheisley said:

Or, more specifically: (1) can a motion to limit be at the beginning of a meeting because there were notice of motions given in due time?

A motion to limit debate may be made when no motion is pending, and in such cases the order to limit debate may be applied to motions which are not currently pending. When made in this way, however, the motion to limit debate is an incidental main motion. As a result, the motion is debatable. It is amendable and requires a 2/3 vote for adoption. If the motion to limit debate is instead made when the motion(s) it is intended to apply to are actually pending, then it is not debatable, but it is still amendable and requires a majority vote for adoption.

The fact that previous notice has been given for a motion has no effect on the rules pertaining to the motion to limit debate.

1 hour ago, dheisley said:

(2) can members make motions after the meeting is called to order before the motions that the group were given notice of be addressed?

In short, yes. The fact that previous notice has been given for a motion, in and of itself, has very little to do with the order of business.

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