How do I speak in a debate?

If you wish to speak, raise your hand until the moderator recognizes you. If he or she cannot see you stand and say, "Mr. Moderator!" to get his/her attention. Once recognized, state your name and street address. Speak about the topic being discussed only. Don't speak about a previous or future matter. Stay within the scope of the motion or article, be to the point, and be brief. Direct your comments to the moderator, not to the Town Meeting or individuals. For example, do not say, "I have something to say to the Town Meeting," or "Mr. Black, you said something I want to respond to." Instead, say something like, "Mr. Moderator, these are my thoughts on this article." You may attack a previous speaker's argument but do not attack a previous speaker. For example, do not say, "The previous speaker is dead wrong". Instead, say something like, "I disagree with the argument we just heard".

To recommit………………………give it back to a committee for more research

To amend…………………………. to change the motion

To refer……………………………give it to a committee for a recommendation

To postpone to a day certain………postpone action until a certain date

Postpone indefinitely………………to defeat it

Take no action……………………..to defeat it

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1. What is a Town Meeting?
2. Does Rutland have Town Meetings?
3. What is an open Town Meeting?
4. Is there a quorum required for Rutland’s Town Meetings?
5. What does Town Meeting decide?
6. What is a moderator?
7. What is a selectman or selectwoman?
8. What does the town clerk do?
9. What is a town counsel?
10. What is a Finance Committee?
11. What does the Finance Committee do?
12. May voters call a special Town Meeting?
13. May a special Town Meeting be called for more than one reason?
14. What is a warrant?
15. When is the warrant available?
16. Who makes up the warrant?
17. What are articles?
18. May voters place articles on the warrant?
19. Are there votes that cannot be taken by voice?
20. What if I think the moderator did not decide correctly a voice vote or an informal show of hands?
21. How do I speak in a debate?
22. What does a “motion to take from the table” mean?
23. I’m not familiar with making motions, how do I make one?
24. How do I call for a vote?
25. What is a reconsideration motion?
26. What’s the difference between adjourning, recessing and dissolving?
27. What does it mean to adjourn “without day”?
28. What is a “Stabilization Fund”?
29. What is “Free Cash”?
30. What is “Raise and Appropriate”?