Improper wording was used when the motion was made
Can a motion be invalidated based on wording.
December 30, 2015 - Author: Bethany Prykucki, Bethany Prykucki , Michigan State University Extension
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A question submitted to Volume 75, No 2 Second Quarter 2014 page 40 asks, “If the maker of a motion states, “I recommend” instead of “I move” does this invalidate the motion?”
It is important when wording a motion to do so as “I move to or I move that.” However the answer provided reads that:
“The motion is not invalidated so long as the member’s intent is clear and the error will not cause harm to the assembly, it is likely best not to raise a point of order regarding the exact wording the member uses RONR (11th ed.), p 250, ll. 11-15. Even if a member were to raise a Point of Order, this would need to be done promptly. See RONR (11th ed.), p. 250, ll. 18-19 A motion cannot be invalidated after the fact due to minor irregularities.”
It is still important however to demonstrate best practices when participating on any board.
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