Withdrawal of a Motion

17. Withdrawal of a Motion. [For order of precedence, see 8.] When a question is before the assembly and the mover wishes to withdraw or modify it, or substitute a different one in its place, if no one objects, the presiding officer grants the permission; if any objection is made, it will be necessary to obtain leave to withdraw, etc., on a motion for that purpose. This motion cannot be debated or amended. When a motion is withdrawn, the effect is the same as if it had never been made.* [In Congress, a motion may be withdrawn by the mover, before a decision or amendment [Rule 40, H. R.]. Nothing would be gained in ordinary societies by varying from the common law as stated above.]

Suspension of the Rules

18. Suspension of the Rules. [For the order of precedence, see 8.] This motion is not debatable, and cannot be amended, nor can any subsidiary [ 7] motion be applied to it, nor a vote on it be reconsidered [ 27], nor a motion to suspend the rules for the same purpose be renewed [ 26] at the same meeting, though it may be renewed after an adjournment, though the next meeting be held the same day.* [In Congress, it cannot be renewed the same day.] The rules of the assembly shall not be suspended except for a definite purpose, and by a two-thirds vote.

The Form of this motion is, to "suspend the rules which interfere with," etc., specifying the object of the suspension.