Joshua Katz

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  1. I believe this is another reason the people pushing the plan did not wish to nominate him.
  2. No, it's just my habit to try not to answer more than is asked, in order to reduce the likelihood (high enough as it is) that I'll make a mistake.
  3. It is in order to authorize up to a certain amount. (It grates on my nerves, though, to hear people say "I motion...") Unless, of course, you have customized rules to the contrary, or a sunshine law requiring something different.
  4. Well, fix the time to which to adjourn is privileged if another motion is pending, and adjourn is debatable if the assembly is set to adjourn at a fixed time, so you could move to adjourn at a specific time, then move to adjourn prior to that, then speak in debate on that motion and move to set the time to which to adjourn. Or you could just raise a point of order that the motion to reconsider and enter is being abused in a dilatory fashion.
  5. If your parliamentary authority is RONR, then you may gain the floor for one purpose and then do something else, such as speaking in debate and then making a motion.
  6. Fair point. I had assumed the chair declared it adopted, and then said "hmm, I don't know about this whole motion-thing, I'd better ask a parliamentarian."
  7. Then since the president didn't give a clear ruling, I'd treat it as in effect. The board can rescind the motion only if your bylaws give the board the power to do so. In general, the membership "outranks" the board - the membership can rescind board motions, but not the other way around. If your bylaws are different, though, then they will have the answer. If they proclaim that they've done it anyway but do not have that power, the recourse is to ignore them, and then raise a point of order at a membership meeting. There is no mechanism for guaranteeing honest elections if you believe the election is being conducted by dishonest people. However, do your rules say that your board conducts the elections at membership meetings? Remember, at membership meetings the board is not present as a board, but just as people, and they have no special claim to control elections.
  8. Do you have any idea why the chair thought there was some problem with this motion? In any case, if the chair rules a motion out of order, the assembly can appeal. The chair doesn't get to hold the motion in abeyance after the meeting. The chair should have been required to either rule it in order or out of order, not to leave it in limbo. If the chair didn't have a good reason it was out of order, an appeal should have followed.
  9. Well the quote is true. But is someone actually trying to argue that debate on a main motion isn't allowed? Who would think that the fact that a motion is a proposal means the proposal can't be discussed?
  10. Then they shouldn't complain when 3 people run roughshod. They can stop it anytime they want by thinking to make a motion to adjourn.
  11. Why don't the people who are leaving, assuming there are more than 3 of them, adopt a motion to adjourn before they leave?
  12. What does 'in progress of being acted upon' mean? The rule is that it cannot be rescinded if it's been executed. However, I'm not sure when a job description is "executed" prior to the execution of an employment contract.
  13. More information is needed. What are these "enforcement practices?" Is it a written policy of some sort, and if so, where does it appear? Or do you just mean it's the way the board behaves? Who is violating the policies? What sorts of policies are they? Do your bylaws give your board the power to conduct (or, in this case, not conduct) discipline? Your board has only those powers delegated in the bylaws. Very few things are "grandfathered" unless a proviso is used for their adoption.
  14. It was not a labor union.