Discharge a committee
The motion to discharge a committee is used to take a matter out of a committee's hands before the committee has made a final report on it.
Explanation and Use
|Class||Motion that brings a question again before the assembly|
|In order when another has the floor?||No|
|Debatable?||Yes; debate can go into question in hands of the committee|
|May be reconsidered?||Negative vote only|
Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR)
The motion to discharge a committee is used to take a matter out of a committee's hands before the committee has made a final report on it. A committee can use this motion to discharge a subcommittee. The vote required is a simple majority if the committee has failed to report at the prescribed time or if the assembly is considering a partial report of the committee. Otherwise, it requires a majority with previous notice; or a two-thirds vote; or a majority of the entire membership.
The Standard Code (TSC)
There is no corresponding motion under The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure. Under TSC, the assembly that has referred a motion or a matter to a committee may by a majority vote withdraw it at any time from the committee, refer it to another committee, or decide the question itself.
- Robert, Henry M. (2000). Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (10th ed. ed.). pp. 299–300.
- Sturgis, Alice (2001). The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, 4th ed., p. 57