Standing Rule Amendment 4 Awaiting Notification
To require the chair to ask delegates if they wish to close debate after five speakers for and five against any motion.
Rule 3. Order of Business and Debate
H. Closing Debate
No member speaking on a question may move to close debate.
A motion to close debate shall apply to no more than the single question immediately before the Representative Assembly.
Before a motion to close debate will be considered, the chair will recognize at least one speaker in support and one speaker in opposition if speakers have called in on the motion on the floor.
Upon hearing five speakers for and five speakers against any item under discussion, the chair shall ask the delegates if they wish to close debate.
Standing Rule 3(H) requires the chair to recognize at least one speaker in support and one speaker in opposition to a motion before closing debate, if such speakers have called in. After at least one speaker in support and one in opposition, any delegate may move to close debate or “call the question.” Closing debate requires a two-thirds vote, although the chair may ask the body if they wish to close debate without objection.
The proposed amendment would require the chair to call the question after the body has heard five speakers for and five in opposition to a motion. If the amendment were adopted, the chair would ask the body if they wish to close debate after five speakers for and five against the motion, even if no delegate moved to call the question. Closing debate would still require a two-thirds vote.
Dean Beckett, PA
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