This section is from the book "Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: A Guide To Correct Writing", by Thos. E. Hill. Also available from Amazon: Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: The How-To-Do-Everything Book Of Victorian America.
If the meeting be a regular session of a legislature, or council, and it is moved and voted to adjourn, such adjournment is understood to be until the next regular meeting. If it is desired to meet before that, the meeting will adjourn to reassemble at the time specified.
If the meeting be not in regular session, it is necessary, if the business be unfinished at the time of adjournment, to adjourn to a certain time. If, however, the business for which the assembly was called is completed, and no subsequent assemblage is necessary, it is moved and seconded to adjourn, which being put by the president, and carried, the meeting is dissolved.
1. Adjournment from one hour to another the same day is called a recess.
3. Should not be made when another person occupies the floor.
4. Must be seconded.
6. Must not have a reference to the main question.
7. Cannot be amended.
8. A simple majority determines the motion.
9. If carried, cannot be reconsidered.
10. If carried, closes the session until another day and postpones all pending proceedings.
12. But in such discussion all reference to the main question under debate before the motion to adjourn was made, must be omitted.
1. A motion upon any question under discussion may seem cor rect in all points, yet circumstances not known to the mover may lead another member to offer an amendment to the language or bearing of the motion, to improve its meaning or importance.
2. Or a part of the first motion may suit several members and be objected to by others.
3. An amendment is not in order while another is speaking, but if presented at a proper time may prevent a division of the meeting and the defeat of its objects.
4. Every motion to amend must be seconded.
5. A majority vote adopts or rejects an amendment.
6. If the original motion or resolution consists of several propositions, they may be divided on the demand of a member, amended, and each submitted to a separate vote.
7. An amendment must have direct reference to the original motiou and its objects, and may either favor or oppose it.
8. Amendments can be debated.
9. Only one amendment to an amendment is allowable.
10. The amendment to the amendment must first be voted upon; then the amendment as amended,and then the original proposition as amended.
11. Should any wish to postpone the adoption or rejection of the original motion, the vote should be taken before amendments are adopted; but those adopted will stand as a part of the original motion.
12. An amendment, or an amendment to an amendment, can be reconsidered after adoption or rejection.
13. A motion to refer the original motion to a proper committee must be voted upon before other amendments can be offered.
14. Amendments may consist of striking out certain words and committees; chairman's decision; conduct of debate.
sentences, of inserting new ones, or of adding others, or of all these.
15. The following motions cannot be amended: To adjourn - no time mentioned; for order of the day; all incidental questions, (such as appeal, or questions of order, objections to consideration of a question, the reading of papers, leave to withdraw a motion, suspension of the rules of order); to lie on the table; for the previous question; to amend an amendment; to postpone indefinitely; to reconsider a vote.