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If a motion is made and seconded to table an item until further information can be obtained, does that item need to be on the agenda at the next meeting, and every meeting thereafter, until you have the information needed to act on the item?

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If a motion is made and seconded to table an item until further information can be obtained, does that item need to be on the agenda at the next meeting, and every meeting thereafter, until you have the information needed to act on the item?

The motion to Lay on the Table is rarely in order at all in most meetings of most societies. It's certainly not in order if the intent is to postpone an item until the next meeting.

The right motion for that would be Postpone to a Certain Time if you just want to delay it till the next meeting while everyone does their homework. Or you can use the motion to Refer or Commit, if you want to give the matter to a committee to research--especially if it may take more than one meeting to do so.

If you Postpone it, it will come up at the next meeting automatically as a general order under Unfinished Business and General Orders. If your order of business is detailed, it might list these motions specifically, or it might not, but that's where it will come up. If you want to postpone it again, you'll need to adopt a new motion to Postpone, once it becomes pending.

If you Refer it to a committee, it's off your plate until the committee reports back on it, which you can direct them to do by a certain date when you Refer it. Or, if they're taking too long, you can move to Discharge them from considering it and get it back that way.

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If a motion is made and seconded to table an item until further information can be obtained, does that item need to be on the agenda at the next meeting, and every meeting thereafter, until you have the information needed to act on the item?

I agree with the others that this motion should have been ruled out of order when it was made. Nevertheless, if your organization has actually adopted such a motion, you should know that the main motion and those that adhere to it will die at the final adjournment of the next session held within the quarterly time interval thereafter.

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