Request to read papers

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The motion to request to read papers is used to allow a member of a deliberative assembly to read from a paper, book, manuscript, newspaper, or other document as part of his speech.

Explanation and Use[edit]

Grant permission to read papers (RONR)
Class Incidental motion
In order when another has the floor? If not granted by unanimous consent, can be moved by person requesting permission or by another while the former has the floor
Requires second? Yes, if motion is made by person requesting permission; no, if made by another member
Debatable? No
May be reconsidered? Yes
Amendable? No
Vote required: Majority

Normally, this motion is handled as a matter of unanimous consent.[1] The reason for requiring this motion to be made is to prevent such readings from being done as a dilatory tactic. Under Demeter's Manual, by default, a member can read from such documents, but must stop if an objection is made, seconded, and adopted by majority vote. Referring to one's notes does not constitute reading, and the reading of written or printed reports of officers or committees from paper, yearbook, etc. is not subject to such objection.[2] Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure states:[3]


  1. ^ Robert, Henry M. (2000). Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, 10th ed., p. 286
  2. ^ Demeter, George (1969). Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure, Blue Book, p. 143
  3. ^ National Conference of State Legislatures (2000). Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure, 2000 ed., p. 90–91