Subsidiary and Privileged Motions—so that the parliamentarian will know how each of the subsidiary motions is used to assist in disposing of main motions and when privileged motions properly interrupt pending business.

What Will Be Tested
Part Two: Subsidiary and Privileged Motions

Updated to RONR (12th ed.)

Performance Expectations

AMEND

3.1     Explain to beginners, organization members, or the public the basic process and rules governing primary amendments to the extent set forth in RONRIB (3rd ed.) Chapter 5.

3.2     Know and apply the rules for the motion Amend in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 in RONR (12th ed.) 12:7(3–7).

3.3     Recognize and know how to advise the chair in the use of and define the proper terms for amendments given in RONR (12th ed.) 12:8–11, and the first sentence of 12:12. (including footnotes).

3.4     Understand and explain the prohibition on third degree amendments and the way of accomplishing the same purpose described in RONR (12th ed.) 12:7(6), and second and third sentences of 12:12.

3.5     Understand and apply the rules concerning the use of one motion to offer multiple amendments and governing conforming amendments given in RONR (12th ed.) 12:14–15 These paragraphs are new in the 12th edition.

3.6     Apply the rules defining germaneness in RONR (12th ed.) 12:16–21 to amendments that are clearly germane or clearly not germane.

3.7     Apply the rules identifying improper amendments in RONR (12th ed.) 12:22.

3.8     Apply the rule governing amendments to a preamble in RONR (12th ed.) 12:23.

3.9     Explain to chairs, beginners, organization members, or the public the principle concerning amendments that raise the same question of content and effect of which many rules governing different forms of amendment are an application that is described in RONR (12th ed.) 12:25.

3.10     Apply the basic rules governing the different forms of amendment found in RONR (12th ed.) 12:26 and 12:30 (insert or add words); first sentence of 12:31 (insert or add paragraphs); 12:46–47 (new 12th ed. language that might be tested), 12:49, and 12:50 (strikeout words); 12:56–62, 12:65–66 (strikeout and insert words); 12:69, and first two sentences of 12:70 (substitute).

3.11     Apply the rules concerning so-called “friendly amendments” and cases in which the maker of the main motion “accepts” an amendment stated in RONR (12th ed.) 12:91.

3.12     Explain and employ how the chair states and puts the question and announces the result on amendments as described in RONR (12th ed.) 12:33-40 and with the option of using unanimous consent as described in RONR (12th ed.) 12:91.

3.13     Know and recall the basic nature of and procedure for filling blanks as described in RONR (12th ed.) 12:92–94 The 12th edition includes significant additions to RONR’s rules regarding filling blanks. Especially applicable to RP candidates is 12:94, which summarizes the “basic procedure for filling blanks.”

3.14     Understand the cases adapted to filling blanks as described in the last sentence of RONR (12th ed.) 12:93.

COMMIT OR REFER

3.15     Understand and describe the difference between the main and subsidiary motions to Commit explained in RONR (12th ed.) 13:6, and 51:33n9.
3.16     Apply the rules relating to adhering motions with reference to Commit as described in RONR (12th ed.) 13:7(2) portion of first sentence through first semi-colon(;) and last sentence, as well as 13:19 except last sentence. More specifics in 12th ed.
3.17     Know and apply the rules for the motion Commit in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 in RONR (12th ed.) 13:7(3–7).

POSTPONE DEFINITELY

3.18     Understand and describe the difference between the main and subsidiary motions to Postpone Definitely explained in RONR (12th ed.) 14:1 and 14:3.
3.19     Apply the rules relating to adhering motions with reference to Postpone Definitely as described in RONR (12th ed.) 14:4(2), second to last sentence, 14:19 This paragraph has been rewritten in the 12th edition.
3.20     Know and apply the rules for the motion Postpone Definitely in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 in RONR (12th ed.) 14:4(3–7).
3.21     Apply the limits on the time to which a question can be postponed as described in RONR (12th ed.) 14:5–6.
3.22     Understand and apply the basic concept of using Postpone Definitely to create a special order as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 14:2, 14:13–15, 14:17 (coverage of Postpone Definitely’s relation to orders of the day has been substantially revised in the 12th edition), and 14:20(d–e).

LIMIT OR EXTEND LIMITS OF DEBATE

3.23     Understand and describe the basic difference between (1) limiting or extending the number or length of speeches and (2) requiring after a specified length of time or at a certain hour debate is to be closed as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 15:2.
3.24     Understand and define the meaning, in the context of Limit or Extend Limits of Debate, of the terms “order” and “exhausted” described in RONR (12th ed.) 15:3.
3.25     Know and apply the rules for the motion Limit or Extend Limits of Debate in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 in RONR (12th ed.) 15:5(3–7).
3.27     Know and explain how a later motion to Limit or Extend Limits of Debate is in order and can supersede an earlier one as explained in RONR 15:17 The relevant paragraph has been slightly rewritten in the 12th edition.

PREVIOUS QUESTION

3.28     Understand and interpret the effect of adopting Previous Question, including which motions the subsequent making of which it does and does not preclude, as described in RONR (12th ed.) 16:2.
3.30     Know and apply the rules for the motion Previous Question in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 5 and 7 in RONR 16:5(3–5, 7).
3.31     Recognize, and know how to advise the chair to deal with, nonstandard or inappropriate attempts to accomplish the effect of adopting the Previous Question described in RONR 16:6–7 . The 12th edition adds additional examples of nonstandard ways of moving the Previous Question.
3.32     Understand and define the meaning, in the context of Previous Question, of the terms “partly executed” and “fully executed” as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 16:5(8)n15.
3.33     Understand and describe the effect on subsequent motions of an unexhausted order for the Previous Question as explained in RONR 16:18–19.

RECESS

3.34     Know and describe the difference between Recess and Stand at Ease as described in RONR (12th ed.) 8:2(3–4).
3.35     Understand and explain the meaning of recess given in RONR (12th ed.) 20:1, and the difference between recess and adjourn as described in RONR (12th ed.) 8:7.
3.36     Understand and explain the difference between the main and privileged motions to Recess explained in RONR (12th ed.) 20:2–3.
3.37     Know and apply the rules for the motion Recess in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 in RONR (12th ed.) 20:5(3-7).
3.38     Know and use the rules for declaring and postponing a scheduled recess in RONR (12th ed.) 20:6–7.

ADJOURN

3.39     Understand and define the meaning of adjourn given in RONR (12th ed.) 21:1.
3.40     Recognize and assess the unique quality that Adjourn may be privileged even when no question is pending as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 21:2.
3.41     Describe the three characteristics that differentiate the main from the privileged motion to Adjourn given in RONR (12th ed.) 21:3&n4 (including the footnote), and the effect when Adjourn is not privileged described in RONR (12th ed.) 21:3, last two sentences.
3.42     Know and apply the rules for the motion Adjourn in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 3 through 7 in RONR (12th ed.) 21:6(3–7).
3.43     Describe what is in order before the chair may declare a directed adjournment, as explained in RONR (12th ed.) 21:10–12.

Practice Questions for Part 2

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