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(A) The basic motion. Puts forward a decision for consideration. Example: “I move that we create a five-member committee to plan the annual fundraiser.”
(B) The motion to amend. Changes a basic motion under consideration. Example: “I move we amend the motion to have a ten-member committee.” A motion to amend requires a second and must be decided before the Council returns to consideration of the original motion.
(C) The motion to postpone to a date certain. Proposes delay in further discussion of the matter under consideration until a specific, stated time at which the item will be debated further. Example: “I move we postpone further discussion of this item until our first regular meeting in October.”
(D) The motion to lay on the table. Postpones discussion of an item indefinitely, unless taken off the table. Example: “I move we table this item.” Tabling an item leaves it on the table and no specific time is stated for further discussion. It stays “on the table,” until a later agenda item provides notice it will be brought from the table for further discussion.
(Res. 2017-287, passed 10-9-2017)