Incidental motion

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An incidental motion, in parliamentary procedure, is one of a category of motions that relate in varying ways to the main motion and other parliamentary motions.


Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR)[edit]

Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised lists 11 motions or requests falling into this category, including to appeal the decision of the chair, consideration by paragraph or seriatim, division of a question, division of the assembly, objection to the consideration of a question, parliamentary inquiry, point of information, point of order, request for permission to withdraw or modify a motion, and to suspend the rules. Most incidental motions are undebatable.[1]

Unlike the privileged and subsidiary motions, incidental motions have no order of precedence among themselves. They take precedence over any pending question out of which they arise.[2] Some incidental motions are only legitimately incidental at certain times or under certain conditions. For instance, the objection to the consideration of a question can only be raised before there has been any debate.[3]


  1. ^ Robert, Henry M. (2000). Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, 10th ed., p. 67 (RONR)
  2. ^ RONR, pp. 70–71
  3. ^ RONR, pp. 258–259