Robert’s Rules of Order Revised > 2. General Classification of Motions. > 13. Incidental Motions

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

13. Incidental Motions

are such as arise out of another question which is pending, and therefore take precedence of and must be decided before the question out of which they rise; or, they are incidental to a question that has just been pending and should be decided before any other business is taken up. They yield to privileged motions, and generally to the motion to lay on the table. They are undebatable, except an appeal under certain circumstances as shown in 21. They cannot be amended except where they relate to the division of a question, or to the method of considering a question, or to methods of voting, or to the time when nominations or the polls shall be closed. No subsidiary motion, except to amend, can be applied to any of them except a debatable appeal. Whenever it is stated that all incidental motions take precedence of a certain motion, the incidental motions referred to are only those that are legitimately incidental at the time they are made. Thus, incidental motions take precedence of subsidiary motions, but the incidental motion to object to the consideration of a question cannot be made while a subsidiary motion is pending, as the objection is only legitimate against an original main motion just after it is stated, before it has been debated or there has been any subsidiary motion stated. The following list comprises most of those that may arise:

Incidental Motions.
Questions of Order and Appeal 21
Suspension of the Rules 22
Objection to the Consideration of a Question 23
Division of a Question, and Consideration by Paragraph or Seriatim 24
Division of the Assembly, and Motions relating to Methods of Voting, or-
to Closing or to Reopening the Polls 25
Motions relating to Methods of Making, or to Closing or to Reopening Nominations     26
Requests growing out of Business Pending or that has just been pending; as, a-
Parliamentary Inquiry, a Request for Information, for Leave to Withdraw a-
Motion, to Read Papers, to be Excused from a Duty, or for any other Privilege 27


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