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

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Art. IV.   Incidental Motions.

21. Questions of Order and Appeal.

  See 13 for a list and the general characteristics of these motions.
   A Question of Order takes precedence of the pending question out of which it arises; is in order when another has the floor, even interrupting a speech or the reading of a report; does not require a second; cannot be amended or have any other subsidiary motion applied to it; yields to privileged motions and the motion to lay on the table; and must be decided by the presiding officer without debate, unless in doubtful cases he submits the question to the assembly for decision, in which case it is debatable whenever an appeal would be. Before rendering his decision he may request the advice of persons of experience, which advice or opinion should usually be given sitting to avoid the appearance of debate. If the chair is still in doubt, he may submit the question to the assembly for its decision in a manner similar to this: “Mr. A raises the point of order that the amendment just offered [state the amendment] is not germane to the resolution. The chair is in doubt, and submits the question to the assembly. The question is, ‘Is the amendment germane to the resolution?” As no appeal can be taken from the decision of the assembly, this question is


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