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Henry M. Robert (1837–1923).  Robert’s Rules of Order Revised.  1915.

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day; thus an opportunity is given to notify absent members. The motion to reconsider is fully explained in 36.
Art. II.   General Classification of Motions.

  For convenience motions may be classified as follows:
Main or Principal Motions      11
Subsidiary Motions 12
Incidental Motions 13
Privileged Motions 14

11. A Main or Principal Motion

   is a motion made to bring before the assembly, for its consideration, any particular subject. It takes precedence of nothing — that is, it cannot be made when any other question is before the assembly; and it yields to all Privileged, Incidental, and Subsidiary Motions — that is, any of these motions can be made while a main motion is pending. Main motions are debatable, and subject to amendment, and can have any subsidiary [12] motions applied to them. When a main motion is laid on the table, or postponed to a certain time, it carries with it all pending subsidiary motions. If a main motion is referred to a committee it carries with it only the pending amendments. As a general rule, they require for their adoption only a majority vote — that is, a majority of


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