|St. Louis City Board of Aldermen Rules
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No motion shall be put or debated unless it is seconded. When a motion is seconded it shall be stated by the President before debate, and the proposer of the motion shall be entitled to the floor. Motions shall be presented to the Clerk in writing, if requested by any member.
After a motion is stated by the President it shall be in possession of the Board, but may be withdrawn by the proposer at any time.
When a question is under debate the only motions in order shall be:
1. to lay on the table;2. the previous question;
3. to adjourn;
4. to adjourn to a time certain;
5. to refer;
6. to amend;
7. to substitute; and
8. to postpone indefinitely or to a day certain.
1. to lay on the table;
2. the previous question;
3. to adjourn;
4. to suspend Rule 75 to introduce a Resolution provided that a copy of any such Resolution shall be placed on the desk of each member prior to any vote on such a motion; and, provided further, that the principal sponsor has the right and privilege to have any such Resolution formally read by the Clerk in open session prior to any vote on such a motion; and
5. to suspend Rule 76.3 to consider a Resolution or place a Resolution on the Resolutions-Informal Calendar on the same day it is first read.
A motion to adjourn shall always be in order, except when:
1. another member is in possession of the floor;
2. adjournment was the last preceding motion;
3. it has been decided that the previous question shall be taken; or
4. the members are voting.
Unless as expressly noted in these Rules, a motion shall be adopted if it receives the affirmative vote of a majority of the members present. Any member voting "Present" shall be considered present and voting and such vote shall be counted for purposes of determining the number of members present. A vote of "Present" shall not be counted as an affirmative vote.
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