Motions in General—so that the parliamentarian will know the important rules for motions that are commonly used and have the ability to rapidly access the appropriate information for motions that are not used often, as well as more details about commonly used motions.

Main Motions—so that the parliamentarian will know important rules applying to main motions since that knowledge is critical in understanding how associations should conduct business.

What Will Be Tested
Part One: Motions in General and Main Motions

Updated to RONR (12th ed.)

Performance Expectations
In addition to the Performance Expectations below, the candidate is expected to be familiar with the rules in all of Chapters 1-11 of RONRIB (3rd ed.).

MOTIONS IN GENERAL

1.1     Explain the purpose of any motion listed in RONR (12th ed.) 6:5, 6:12, 6:17, and 6:26 or RONRIB (3rd ed.) Chapter 14.
1.2     Identify the name(s) of the appropriate motion(s) used for a given purpose, as described in RONR (12th ed.) 6:5, 6:12, 6:17, and 6:26 or RONRIB (3rd ed.) Chapter 14.
1.3     Know and recall the meaning of the classes of motions listed n RONR (12th ed.) 5:2 as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 6:1–3, 6:9, 6:11, 6:13, 6:15–16, 6:23, 6:25, 10:1–2, first sentence of 10:3, 10:4, and 10:52–57 New RONR (12th ed.) material in 10:54–55 deals with ratification in the context of invalidly conducted electronic meetings.
1.4     Relate the concepts of “secondary motions,” “pending,” “immediately pending,” “taking precedence,” and “yielding” to the order of precedence of motions as explained in RONRIB (3rd ed.) Chapter 12D (pp. 103-106) and RONR (12th ed.) 4:64, 5:1–13, 6:18–22, and 10:31–34.
1.5     Understand and explain the relevance of Standard Descriptive Characteristics 1 and 2, as described in RONRIB (3rd ed.) Chapter 12D (pp. 103-106) and RONR (12th ed.) 4:64, 5:1–13, 6:18–22, and 10:31–34 when motions come into conflict.
1.6     Understand and describe the concept of a motion that adheres to other motions as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 10:35.
1.8     Know and apply the order of precedence of the ranking motions as given in RONR (12th ed.) t4.

MAIN MOTIONS

2.1     Know and apply the standard descriptive characteristics of main motions found in RONR RONR (12th ed.) 10:8 (excluding #8).
2.2     Identify, when applicable, the prohibitions or limitations on main motions to reaffirm, to refrain, and that contain negative statements under RONR (12th ed.) 10:10–12.
2.4     Understand and apply the rules relating to modification of a main motion by its maker before or after it has been stated by the chair as found in RONR (12th ed.) 10:30(1–2).
2.5     Explain to beginners, organization members, or the public the meaning of a main motion as described in RONRIB (3rd ed.) Chapter 3A, p. 19, and the five means by which a change may be made in a main motion before the vote on its adoption as outlined in RONR (12th ed.) 10:30(1–5).

Practice Questions for Part 1

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