Lay on the Table Law and Legal Definition

Lay on the table is a term of parliamentary law and procedure which refers to a motion to suspend consideration of a pending motion. It refers to a motion in regards to another motion being actively debated, but intended to defer a final disposition of the pending motion. The effect of this motion is to adjourn another pending motion and with no set time limit. This motion requires majority vote and is not debatable. This is often used as a delay or dilatory tactic.