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Guest Mike Hawk

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At our meeting last night, a motion to appoint a member to a sub committee failed. The leader of this sub committee is threatening to file the motion and try again (presumably so he can get a roll call vote and come after people). Would such a motion be out of order without a motion to reconsider a prior decision first? Also, say that he does revise the motion to theoretically make it in order, such as adding this name to a larger appointment motion. Could just that one name be ruled out of order?

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At our meeting last night, a motion to appoint a member to a sub committee failed. The leader of this sub committee is threatening to file the motion and try again (presumably so he can get a roll call vote and come after people). Would such a motion be out of order without a motion to reconsider a prior decision first? Also, say that he does revise the motion to theoretically make it in order, such as adding this name to a larger appointment motion. Could just that one name be ruled out of order?

The principle is that the assembly may not be required to decide the same or substantially the same question more than once in a session except by use of the motion to reconsider. You will have to decide what "substantially" means. Since his motion failed, it can be introduced again at the next meeting (technically: session) again, without limit.

It takes a majority vote to require a vote by roll call.

-Bob

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