Chris Harrison

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    All felinophiles say "Aye"
  • Birthday 04/22/1977

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  1. That depends on the nature of the motion and how much authority the bylaws give the General Membership. That depends on whether the Board has the exclusive authority over the type of business the motion covers. See above answers as well as Official Interpretation 2006-12. See above answers as well as FAQ #20. In other words...the devil is in the details.
  2. I'm thinking the "unbeatable" and "unnameable" are a result of auto-correct on the OP's phone and it was supposed to be "undebatable" and "unamendable" and neither word is recognized by my computer's spell check.
  3. Yes that is true for a member who is serving as the assembly's parliamentarian (RONR p. 467 ll. 8-19).
  4. There is no mechanism (under RONR) for a meeting to be cancelled.
  5. Maybe. It depends on if the Board has the unilateral authority to make offers to the Cantor.
  6. Nonmembers have no rights at meetings (including the right to make motions). However, by suspending the rules (2/3 vote) the nonmember can be permitted to make motions or speak in debate.
  7. Email is not the same as "U.S. postal service communication" so it sounds like the latest that something was sent out was 9 days before. Of course even if it was sent out 10 days before one could question when does the 10 days start? From when it was sent out (how can that be proved?)? From the postmark? From when the piece of mail was delivered to the member?
  8. Do your bylaws specifically authorize electronic voting?
  9. No but a member should raise a Point of Order without regard to its normal timeliness requirement citing RONR p. 251 (e).
  10. Check the bylaws because unless Emergency Meeting are specifically authorized (for the Executive Board) you can't have them (RONR p. 92 ll. 9-10).
  11. Nothing in RONR would prevent it.
  12. Your narrative is a bit confusing so let me see if I have this correct. 1)The Committee (A) previously had voted to borrow money from the other entity (B) and would pay B back within a calendar year. AND... 2) In a later meeting of A a member made a motion to renege on the money A owed B. Or is the money being borrowed coming from A so the motion in controversy is to forgive B's debt.
  13. A member could have moved to postpone consideration of the question until the next meeting so all members could be made aware of and have a chance to participate in the decision but there is no obligation on the assembly to do so. With a few exceptions (which would be located in your bylaws) a member who is not at a meeting is entrusting the members who showed up to make decisions in the name of the organization and no prior notice of what is going to happen is required. However, in cases such as Amend Something Previously Adopted (which is what your situation is) the assembly pays a price for making a decision without giving absent members previous notice. Instead of the normal majority vote required to adopt the motion they would need a 2/3 vote or a majority of the ENTIRE membership to adopt it (see RONR pp. 305-310).