Presiding Parlimentary strategies
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Presiding Parlimentary strategies
To SUPPORT a motion To OPPOSE a motion
1. Second it promptly and enthusiastically. 1. Speak against it as soon as possible. Raise
questions; try to put proponents on defensive.
2. Speak in favor of it as soon as possible. 2. Move to amend the motion so as to eliminate
3. Do your homework; know your facts; have
handouts, charts, overhead projector slides, etc., if
3. Move to amend the motion to adversely
4. Move to amend motion, if necessary, to make it
more acceptable to opponents.
4. Draft a more acceptable version and offer as
amendment by substitution.
5. Vote against motion to table or to postpone, unless
delay will strengthen your position.
5. Move to postpone to a subsequent meeting.
6. Move to recess or postpone, if you need time to
marshal facts or work behind the scenes.
6. Move to refer to committee.
7. If defeat seems likely, move to refer to committee,
if that would improve chances.
7. Move to table.
8. If defeat seems likely, move to divide by question,
if appropriate, to gain at least partial victory.
8. Move to recess.
9. Have available a copy of the organization's
standing rules; its bylaws, and The Standard Code, in
case of procedural dispute.
9. Question the presence of quorum, if appropriate.
10. If motion is defeated, move to reconsider, if
circumstances warrant it.
10. Move to adjourn.
11. On a voice vote, vote emphatically.
12. If the motion is adopted, move to reconsider, if
you might win a subsequent vote.
13. If the motion is adopted, consider trying to
rescind it at a subsequent meeting.
11. If motion is defeated, consider reintroducing it at
a subsequent meeting.
14. Have available a copy of the organization's
standing rules; its bylaws, and The Standard Code,
in case of procedural dispute.