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Motion to reconsider, What's That?

A motion to reconsider is a procedural action in the Oklahoma Legislature that allows a member the option to bring a bill or resolution back for another vote. A member must serve notice of a motion to reconsider immediately following a vote in the House or Senate before any other business is disposed of. The motion must be made within the succeeding three legislative days, or else the motion expires.  In the final days of session, legislative rules may require that all motions to reconsider be introduced on the same day.

Notice of a motion to reconsider is most often made by the author of a bill. When a bill has failed, a motion to reconsider may provide another chance to muster the votes to pass the bill. When a bill has passed, the author will often serve notion of a motion to reconsider as a preemptive gesture to prevent someone who has voted against the bill from serving notice to reconsider and thus gaining control of the process.

 

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