Quick Reference Guide to SOMA Rules of Procedure Rule # Rule Name Pro/Con Vote Comments 29a) Point of Order N/A N/A Used for introducing motions, and other procedural matters. 29b) Point of Personal N/A N/A Physical discomfort affecting Privilege the assembly. 29c) Right of Reply N/A N/A Insulted or misconstrued by speaker on the floor. 30 Point of N/A N/A Question speaker on speech (or Information Chair on procedure) 5b) Setting the Agenda 1+ / 1- 1/2 Change the order of resolutions being debated. 38 Informal Debate* 1+ / 1- 1/2 Starts series of short speeches; no Points of Information permitted. 39 Closure of 1+ / 1- 1/2 Ends debate on topic; Assembly Debate* moves to immediate vote. 23a) Recess* 1+ / 1- 1/2 Allows a recess. 23c) Shelving* 1+ / 2- 1/2 Ends all consideration on given resolution for the time being. 23d) Competence* 1+ / 1- 1/2 Question the Assembly’s competence to debate under circumstances. 23e) Reference* 1+ / 1- 1/2 Move resolution to different committee. 24 Reconsideration* 2+ / 2- 2/3 Reconsider decision on a resolution. 25 Censure* 2+ / 2- 1/2 Censure disorderly delegates. 46a) Clause by Clause 1+ / 1- 1/2 Operative clauses voted on Vote* individually. 46b) Separation of 1+ / 1- 1/2 Operative clauses voted on in Clauses* sections. 19c) Friendly N/A N/A Adopted by submitter and Amendments seconder of resolution. Added to resolution without vote. 19d) Unfriendly 2+/2- 1/2 Rejected by submitter or Amendments seconder of resolution. Copy submitted to Chair, submitter must appear on Speakers’ List. 54 Expulsion of 2+ / 2- 1/2 After 2 censures, this motion Members* may be proposed to remove a member of the Assembly. If you have a question about a rule or decision made by the Chair, rise on a point of information directed towards the chair and ask for clarification. * Indicates a Privileged Motion (rule 22). Privileged motions must have a seconder in order to be considered. Members may not abstain from votes on such motions. The submitter and seconder of a resolution may approve the motion, eliminating the need for a vote on it.
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