Robert's Rules of Order Cheat Sheet

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Robert’s Rules of Order Cheat Sheet
HOW TO INTRODUCE NEW BUSINESS – The Main Motion Process
• Member makes a clearly worded motion to take action or a position.
• "I move..."
1
• Motions recorded in minutes
• Motion must be seconded.
• "Second!"
• A second allows discussion to occur; it does not signify approval.
2
• A motion without a second does not move forward.
• Chairman restates the motion.
• "It is moved and seconded that..."
3
• Provides clarity
• Discussion/debate occurs.
• Maker of motion starts discussion.
• Ammendments may be offered - return to step 1 to ammend motion: "I move to amend
4
the motion by..."
• Chair closes discussion and states the question/asks for a vote.
• "The question is on the adoption of the motion that…"
5
• Motion repeated word-for-word
• Chairman provides voting directions:
•“Those in favor of the motion, say aye”;
6
•“Those opposed, say no”
• Chairman announces the result of the vote:
•“The ayes have it, and the motion is adopted” or
•“The noes have it, the motion is lost.”
7
•Recorded in minutes
1
Robert’s Rules of Order Cheat Sheet
HOW TO INTRODUCE NEW BUSINESS – The Main Motion Process
• Member makes a clearly worded motion to take action or a position.
• "I move..."
1
• Motions recorded in minutes
• Motion must be seconded.
• "Second!"
• A second allows discussion to occur; it does not signify approval.
2
• A motion without a second does not move forward.
• Chairman restates the motion.
• "It is moved and seconded that..."
3
• Provides clarity
• Discussion/debate occurs.
• Maker of motion starts discussion.
• Ammendments may be offered - return to step 1 to ammend motion: "I move to amend
4
the motion by..."
• Chair closes discussion and states the question/asks for a vote.
• "The question is on the adoption of the motion that…"
5
• Motion repeated word-for-word
• Chairman provides voting directions:
•“Those in favor of the motion, say aye”;
6
•“Those opposed, say no”
• Chairman announces the result of the vote:
•“The ayes have it, and the motion is adopted” or
•“The noes have it, the motion is lost.”
7
•Recorded in minutes
1
Robert’s Rules of Order Cheat Sheet
WHAT DO I SAY?
Debate
Vote
To Do This
Motion
You Say This
Allowed?
Required
Introduce Business
Main
“I move that…”
Yes
Majority
Second a Motion
Second
“Second!”
No
No
Change the Wording
Amend
“I move to amend the motion by…”
Yes
Majority
or add Clarity of a
(adding words; striking out words;
Motion
substitute words)
Send to Committee
Commit/
“I move the motion be referred to
Yes
Majority
Refer
…”
Postpone Action until
Postpone
“I move the motion be postponed
Yes
Majority
a Specific Time
until…”
(provide a specific time on the
agenda or next meeting date)
Postpone Action until
Lay on
“I move to lay the motion on the
No
Majority
an Unspecified Time
the Table
table.”
(a motion will be
required to discuss in
the future)
Limit Debate
Limit
“I move that the debate on this
No
Two-
Debate
motion be limited to (one) speech
thirds
of (two) minutes for each
member.”
End Debate or
Previous
“I move the previous question.”
No
Two-
Request a Vote
Question
thirds
Take Intermission
Recess
“I move to recess for (time).”
No
Majority
Close Meeting
Adjourn
“I move to adjourn.”
No
Majority
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