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SCRIPT: MOTION TO COMMIT OR REFER
SCRIPT: MOTION TO COMMIT OR REFER

"Motion A" is pending

Member:

I move to refer "Motion A" to the _______________ committee. [Can specify details like date the committee is to report back. If it is to be referred to a special committee, you can tell size of committee and give direction as to makeup of committee.]

Chair:

Is there a second to the motion? [This statement is eliminated if a member calls out "second".]

2nd member:

I second the motion.

Chair:

It is moved and seconded to refer "Motion A" to the _______________ committee. [Pause]

Is there any discussion?

[After discussion] The question is on the adoption of the motion that we refer "Motion A" to the _______________ committee. Are you ready for the question? This motion requires a majority vote.

All those in favor, say aye. [Pause for response]

All those opposed, say no. The affirmative has it, the motion is adopted, "Motion A" is referred to the _______________ committee.

or

The negative has it, the motion is lost and "Motion A" is not referred to the _______________ committee. The motion before you is "Motion A". Is there any further discussion?

 
  • Needs a second
  • Is debatable
  • Is amendable
  • Needs a majority vote

 

 

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