Chairman Makes Motions or Speaks in Debate

Chairman Makes Motions or Speaks in Debate
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Can the Chair step down from the lecturn and speak to a motion from the floor? Can the Chair make a motion and step down from the lecturn and speak to it in any way?


If the Chair is a member of the assembly then he has the same rights as any other member to make motions and enter into debate; however, in other than small board and committee meetings (of not more than about a dozen members present) the chair also has a duty as presiding officer to at least give the appearance of impartiality while in the chair, and so this precludes making motions and debating while presiding. If, on very infrequent occasions, the chair feels that he has something very important to add to the discussion and that his duty to preside at that time is overshadowed by his responsibility as a member to call attention to it, then he must first relinquish the chair to the vice-president or a chairman pro tem. In such a case, the chairman who has relinquished the chair does not return to the chair until the question on which he has spoken is disposed of, as the chairman has shown that he is not impartial on the matter. In debating a Point of Order or Appeal from the Decision of the Chair, the chair does not step down because this is part of the duty of presiding.