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Motion from the Chair?

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Not in a regular assembly. The chair should remain impartial and give the appearance of impartiality. He should not make motions, speak in debate, or vote except when the vote is by secret ballot or when his vote will affect the result. However, in meetings of small boards and Committees of no more than about a dozen members, the chair may participate just like all other members if the body is using the small board rules in RONR .

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This question comes up periodically, and my answer is always the same:  the chair may assume a motion and ask for general consent.  RONR (11th ed.), p. 54, l. 36.

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31 minutes ago, Transpower said:

This question comes up periodically, and my answer is always the same:  the chair may assume a motion and ask for general consent.  RONR (11th ed.), p. 54, l. 36.

And then I usually follow up by noting that there are only a limited number of occasions when it is appropriate for the chair to do so.  :)

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Depends on the situation:  if it is a general membership meeting, or a Board meeting with a Board of more than about 13 members, no - except in limited situations.  Such as when, under 'New Business', no one gets up to make a motion and the Chairman asks if there is any (other) New Business.  If there is silence, the Chairman can assue a motion to adjourn.

However, in a Committee meeting, or a small Board (of less than aprox. 13 members), the group can follow the relaxed rules of RONR and the Chairman can participate 100% like any other member.

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