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SCRIPT: MOTION TO POSTPONE TO A CERTAIN TIME
SCRIPT: MOTION TO POSTPONE TO A CERTAIN TIME

"Motion A" is pending

Member:

I move to postpone this motion to [state another time, such as "our next regular meeting"].

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 postpone this motion to [state when]. Is there any discussion?

[After discussion]

Are you ready for the question? [Pause]

The question is on the adoption of the motion that we postpone this motion to [state when]. 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, we will postpone this motion to [state when]. At that meeting it will come back automatically under Unfinished Business. The next business in order is . . .

or

The negative has it, the motion is lost, and we will not postpone Motion A. 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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