Motion Conflicts with a Previously Adopted Motion

Motion Conflicts with a Previously Adopted Motion
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QUESTION:

Can a member be called out of order by the chair for making a motion that is contrary to something that an organization has previously adopted? For example, a member makes a motion to allow a particular activity group to use the organization's facility on Tuesdays. The facility is already in use on Tuesdays by a different group. Can the chair call this motion out of order?
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ANSWER:

Refer to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR), 10th edition, p. 332:

"Likewise, motions are out of order if they conflict with a motion that has been adopted by the society and has been neither rescinded, nor reconsidered and rejected after adoption. Such conflicting motions, if adopted, are null and void unless adopted by the vote required to rescind or amend the motion previously adopted."

In other words, motions that have been previously adopted and are still in effect should first be rescinded or amended and, until that is done, the chair could rule any conflicting motion out of order. But then all the mover of the new motion need do is restate the motion as a motion to Rescind or Amend Something Previously Adopted, and then it would be in order.

Such a motion to Rescind or Amend Something Previously Adopted takes a two-thirds vote without previous notice OR a vote of a majority of the membership of the body meeting (which may be easier to attain with a Board). With previous notice it only takes a majority vote of the members present and voting. If it goes unnoticed that a newly adopted motion is in conflict with something previously adopted, then it is null and void UNLESS it was adopted by the margin stated above for a motion to Rescind or Amend Something Previously Adopted.

By the way, a MEMBER is not called out of order, but the chair rules a MOTION out of order. The only time a MEMBER is ruled out of order by the chair is when they are being disorderly or indecorous in debate.