Answer to Mind Bender for
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Can you refresh me on tabling a motion
indefinitely? And if the tabling motion is voted on?
We have an issue coming up at our board
meeting. It's an issue that has come up every time we have a new board and
we don't want to vote on it again as it has been voted down three times in
the last three years.
There is no such thing as tabling a
motion indefinitely, but you may mean a motion to Postpone Indefinitely. The
motion to Postpone Indefinitely is debatable and if adopted (majority vote)
then it kills the main motion for the duration of the meeting. The main
motion can be renewed at the next meeting, however, by any member regardless
of how or if they voted on it previously.
In other words, there is really no way to
prevent a member from making the same defeated motion at another meeting.
That is the price of freedom, I guess. All you can do is vote it down each
time after giving the maker of the motion his time to debate it. Robert's
Rules provides for the member to speak ten minutes in debate, so you will
have to invest ten minutes, at most. The next person recognized to speak can
move the Previous Question to end debate. Maybe you can take a crossword
puzzle to kill the time!
Refer to Robert's
Rules of Order Newly Revised
(RONR), 10th edition