Voting on motions and resolutions shall be by a show of hands; unless by a majority vote upon a motion or the suggestion of the chair, the members present decide in any particular case that the vote should be taken by ballot.
A motion to reconsider any decision previously taken and recorded by a vote upon a motion or a resolution may be presented only subject to the following conditions:
- At the meeting at which the motion or resolution was passed or adopted, a motion to reconsider may be presented after all items on the Agenda have been disposed of.
- Otherwise, notice of a motion to reconsider may either be given at the regular meeting immediately preceding the meeting at which such motion is to be presented, or be submitted to the Steering Committee for presentation at the next meeting of Senate; and it cannot be so presented unless it has been mentioned in the Agenda included in the notice of such meeting.
- In any circumstances, the minimum vote required for the passing of a motion to reconsider shall be two-thirds of the members present.
When a motion to reconsider has been duly presented and passed, the subject matter of the original motion or resolution is thereby reopened for discussing and voting anew.
XIII. Suspension of the Rules:
Any or all of the present rules may be suspended by a vote of not less than three-fourths of those present, provided that such three-fourths constitute an absolute majority of all members of the Senate.
XIV. Amendment of the Rules:
The present rules may be amended by a majority vote of those present at any regular or special meeting, provided that notice of the proposed amendment has been given at the previous meeting and that the wording thereof has been included in the notice calling the meeting at which it is to be considered.
XV. Allocation of Time for Debate:
The Steering Committee can, if it so desires, submit with the Agenda an allocation of time for each item on the Agenda. This schedule would be approved by Senate with the Agenda itself. The chair would normally close debate at the end of the assigned period unless by a majority vote of those present, discussion were prolonged for a specific period. The motion to prolong debate would not itself be debatable.