All motions to amend a draft that members intend to make at the Meeting must be submitted in writing before the Meeting.
Members must submit written motions by no later than 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Monday, May 9. This will give the Reporters and members an opportunity to consider the motions carefully. Members should review the Submission Instructions and Deadlines.
Motions to amend a motion may be made from the floor; however, the chair has discretion to rule a motion to amend a motion out of order if the proposed amendment should have been submitted as a motion to amend the draft before the Meeting in order to provide an opportunity for careful consideration.
Motions to amend a draft must state the specific language to be changed and what the new language would be, in redlined or comparison format. Vague motions or general descriptions of proposed changes are not permitted. See the Submission Instructions and Deadlines.
Motions may be made only on the portions of a draft that are subject to membership approval; those portions are primarily black letter and Comments. Reporters’ Notes, front matter, and appendices or annexes to drafts are not for membership approval. Sections marked as “for discussion only” or “for reference only” are not for membership approval at the current Meeting.
Under paragraph B of Bylaw 4.01, only the Council has the authority to begin a project, determine the form of a project, including whether a project is a Restatement or Principles of the Law, and terminate a project. The following motions by members will be out of order and will not be considered: motions to change the form of a project, terminate a project, postpone indefinitely the consideration of a draft, or take any other action that has the effect of preventing substantive discussion of a draft. Members may express their views about the form and substance of a project at meetings of the project’s Members Consultative Group, by submitting written comments for posting on the project’s page on the ALI website, and by voting on the Boskey motions to approve drafts submitted at Annual Meetings. Comments posted on a project’s page on the ALI website that call for a change in the form of the project or the termination of the project will be circulated by ALI to Council members.
The manner in which motions to amend black letter or comments will be handled depends on the number of motions submitted.
Five or fewer motions
If there are five or fewer written motions to amend the draft for the project:
More than five motions
If there are more than five written motions to amend the draft for the project:
Amendments accepted by Reporters
If Reporters accept a motion to substantively amend a draft without a vote on the motion, the amendment will be submitted for approval by the Council after the Meeting, just as an amendment to the draft by membership approval of a motion is submitted for approval by the Council after the Meeting.