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SCRIPT: MOTION TO LIMIT OR EXTEND THE LIMIT OF DEBATE
SCRIPT: MOTION TO LIMIT OR EXTEND THE LIMIT OF DEBATE

"Motion A" is pending

Member:

I move to [specifically state how to limit or extend the limit of debate. For example, limit debate to a total of 30 minutes on this main motion. Limit debate to two minutes per speaker. Extend the limit on debate by 20 minutes.]

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 that we [specifically state how the motion was stated to limit or extend the limit on debate.] This is not a debatable motion. Are you ready for the question? [Pause]

The question is on the adoption of the motion that we [state specifically]. This motion requires a two-thirds vote.

Chair:

All those in favor of the motion, please rise. [Pause] You may be seated. Those opposed to the motion, please rise. [Pause] You may be seated.

There are two-thirds in the affirmative and the motion is adopted. We will have the following limits on debate: ___________ The motion before you is “Motion A”. Is there any further discussion?

or

There are less than two-thirds in the affirmative and the motion is lost. We will not have additional limits on debate. The motion before you is “Motion A”. Is there any further discussion?

   
 
  • Needs a second
  • Is not debatable
  • Is amendable, but the amendment is not debatable
  • Needs a two-thirds vote

 

 

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