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Unanimous consent re: minutes:

is it okay to say "Are there corrections to the minutes?........Hearing none, the minutes are approved as distributed..."

Must I include:  "If there is no objection

 

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1 hour ago, Guest sara said:

Unanimous consent re: minutes:

is it okay to say "Are there corrections to the minutes?........Hearing none, the minutes are approved as distributed..."

Must I include:  "If there is no objection

No. The only way to object to the approval of the minutes is to offer a correction. If there are no corrections, you may declare the minutes approved.

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It is good to ask "are there any corrections to the minutes?" when the minutes are up for approval. After a pause the chair should say, "hearing no corrections the minutes are approved". Or, if there were some corrections, you might say "if there are no further corrections the minutes are approved."  As mr. Martin pointed out, you really should not ask if there are any objections to approving the minutes, as the only way to object to the minutes is to offer a correction.

The better procedure is to ask if there are any corrections to the minutes.

RONR provides that there should not actually be a vote on approving the minutes, but the chair simply declares the minutes approved once there are no further Corrections.  As a practical matter, however, many members are convinced that they must still vote on approving the minutes. It simply is not necessary and should not be done if you are following RONR.

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