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(A) When a Council member wishes to propose an idea for discussion and possible action, the Council member must make a motion. In order to make a motion, these steps must be taken:
(1) The Council member asks to be recognized by the presiding officer;
(2) After being recognized, the Council member makes the motion (“I move...”);
(3) Another Council member seconds the motion;
(4) The presiding officer states the motion and asks for discussion;
(5) When there has been sufficient discussion, the presiding officer will close debate (“Are you ready for the question?” or “Is there any further discussion?”);
(6) If no one requests to make additional comments, the presiding officer puts the question to vote; and
(7) After the vote, the presiding officer announces the outcome of the motion (“The motion is carried” or “Motion fails”).
(B) Until the presiding officer states the motion, the Council member making the motion may rephrase (amend) or withdraw it. After an amendment, the motion as amended must still be seconded and then voted upon. It is particularly important when a motion is amended that the presiding officer restate the motion, as amended.
(C) In making a motion, Council members must avoid combining multiple proposals in the same motion. If a Council member prefers to see proposals divided and voted upon separately, the Council member should ask the presiding officer to divide the motion into separate motions for consideration. The presiding officer may then proceed to treat each distinct proposal as a distinct motion, each requiring its own second, and to be acted upon separately. The presiding officer should solicit motions when the situation demands by either inviting a motion or suggesting a motion to the Council members.
(Res. 2017-287, passed 10-9-2017)