Types of Incidental Motions
One definition of the word
Incidental motions are equal — there is no incidental motion more important or less important than another. The following is a list of the types of incidental motions you may encounter:
Point of order
Division of the assembly
Request for permission to withdraw/modify a motion
Objection to consideration of a question
Request to be excused from a duty
Requests and inquiries
Division of the question
Suspend the rules
As you can see, all of the above incidental motions are very important. A meeting couldn't be conducted without them. An incidental motion is powerful when you consider that there must be action on it before the business of the meeting continues.
When should you make an incidental motion? That's easy — right away, while the main motion is being considered. Perhaps you see a problem with the main motion. You might want to withdraw it or modify it. Don't wait for objections to it. Act and take care of it before the matter goes to debate and then a vote. Do you feel the chair ruled incorrectly? Make an appeal.
Incidental motions are different from subsidiary motions in that they don't relate to the main motion during the full time that it is on the floor. An incidental motion is made to make certain that the correct procedure is taking place while a main motion is considered.