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To appeal a procedural ruling of the presiding officer vote
Is in order immediately after the presiding officer announces a procedural ruling, as specified in Rule 7, and at no other time. The member making the motion need not be recognized by the presiding officer, and the motion if timely made may not be ruled out of order.
May not interrupt deliberation of pending substantive matter. Motion to recess to a time and place certain must also comply with the requirements of Rule 2 for recessed meetings (see § 20.05(B)(3))
To take a brief recess
Call to follow the agenda
Must be made at first reasonable opportunity, or the right to make it is waived for the out-of-order item in question.
To suspend the rules
The Council may not suspend provisions of the rules that state requirements imposed by law on the Council.
To go to closed session
Motion must cite one or more of the permissible purposes for closed sessions listed in G.S. § 143-118.11(a) and must be adopted at an open meeting. A motion based on G.S. § 143-318.11(a)(1) must also state the name or citation of the law that renders the information to be discussed privileged or confidential. A motion based on G.S. § 143-318.11(a)(3) must identify the parties in each existing lawsuit concerning which the Council expects to receive advice during the closed session, if in fact such advice is to be received.
To leave closed session
To divide a complex motion and consider it by paragraph
To defer consideration
A substantive motion the consideration of which has been deferred expires 100 days thereafter unless a motion to revive consideration (Motion 14) is adopted. While a deferred motion remains pending, a new motion with the same effect cannot be introduced.
CAUTION: Do not confuse with Motion 11.
Motion for the previous question
Not in order until there have been at least 20 minutes of debate, and every member has had an opportunity to speak once.
To postpone to a certain time or day
None. While a postponed motion remains pending, a new motion with the same effect cannot be introduced.
CAUTION: Do not confuse with Motion 9.
To refer a motion to a committee
Sixty days or more after a motion is referred to a committee, the introducer may compel consideration of the measure by the Council, regardless of whether the committee has reported the matter to the Council.
(a) Amendments must be pertinent to the subject matter of the motion being amended. An amendment is improper if adoption of the motion with that amendment added has the same effect as rejection of the original motion. A proposal to substitute a different motion shall be treated as a motion to amend; (b) A motion may be amended, and that amendment may be amended, but no further amendments may be made until the last-offered amendment is disposed of by a vote; (c) Any amendment to a proposed ordinance must be reduced to writing before the vote on the amendment.
To revive consideration
In order at any time within 100 days after the day of a vote to defer consideration (Motion 9). Failure to adopt Motion 14 within the 100-day period results in expiration of the deferred substantive motion.
Must be made by a member who voted with the prevailing side (the majority side except in the case of a tie; in that case the “nos” prevail). May only be made at the meeting at which the original vote was taken, including any continuation of that meeting through recess or adjournment to a certain time and place. Cannot interrupt deliberation on a pending matter, but is in order at any time before final adjournment of the meeting.
To rescind or repeal
Not in order if rescission or repeat of an action is forbidden by law.
To prevent reintroduction for six months
In order immediately following defeat of a substantive motion and at no other time. If adopted, the restriction imposed by the motion remains in effect for six months or until the next organizational meeting of the Council, whichever occurs first.
1 Under these rules all procedural motions are debatable and none requires a second. All may be amended, subject to the stated limitations on motions to amend (Motion 13). Except where indicated otherwise, procedural motions may interrupt deliberations on a pending substantive matter.
2 The required vote for adoption of a procedural motion is generally a majority of the votes cast, a quorum being present. In a few cases, the required vote is a vote equal to two-thirds of the actual membership of the Council, excluding the Mayor, unless he or she may vote in all cases, and vacant seats.
(Ord., passed 3-26-08)