Jenn

Bylaw Recommendations

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According to the current Bylaws, Recommendations for Bylaws changes are  to be sent 60 days prior to the biannual convention for review by the membership.  They were not.  Aside from an adjourned meeting, what parliamentary tool could have been utilized to consider the Bylaw recommendations during the session?

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No, the word "only" is not stipulated but they do define a process of review no later than 60 days prior to the biannual convention. 

Additionally, RONR is the parliamentary authority when the Bylaws are silent. 

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As far as I know, it is not.    It was a real scenario; however, at this time, the response is edification for me. 

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I'm not exactly clear as to all of the facts but if this is an issue of notice not properly being given so that the regular assembly can act, could they go into a committee of the whole, or quasi-committee to at least discuss the proposed changes without taking action?

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18 hours ago, Jenn said:

No, the word "only" is not stipulated but they do define a process of review no later than 60 days prior to the biannual convention. 

Additionally, RONR is the parliamentary authority when the Bylaws are silent. 

But apparently the bylaws aren't silent, since you tell us that they require submission of proposed bylaw amendments for review by the membership 60 days prior to the biannual convention. A rule of this nature cannot be suspended unless your bylaws specifically provide otherwise.

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I appreciate the responses.  The opinion of some is that this mishap impedes progress towards administrative goals for the next 2 years.   I was curious if there was a parliamentary mechanism to correct and mitigate the impact if a 2/3 majority of the membership was ready to move forward and see changes.  Members who highlighted the late communication were presumably the minority.

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