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  1. The end of "suspend the rules" is automatic: when the stated purpose of the suspension is completed, the suspension ends.
  2. Since this deals with a government function, at least indirectly, seem that a lawyer shoud be brought in on this. Off the top of my non-legal head, I'd say the groups had better come to total agreement on just one document or else arguments over the differences will come up, for sure. A start would be a joint meeting - sort of like an RONR "Mass Meeting" - to hash out the differences. Or a joint committee as in congress.
  3. Public Body Question: You will have to ask a lawyer about that as we don't (can't) do legal questions here - just RONR, thank you. RONR has no "all in public" rules. Second: No. An ex-officio member has ALL the membership rights as any other member of the body.
  4. A (possible) heads up: Years and years ago (when there were wolves in Wales) and RONR/11 was brand new, there was a brief shining moment when the book was available on Kindle from Amazon. I snagged a copy, but alas no more. So when RONR/12 arrives (a year or two?), watch for the possibility -- who knows?
  5. A "range" of positions is a quandary as to what it means or how to deal with it. RONR doesn't say. You will have to have the association interpret the bylaws - see p. 588. The usual method is to raise an appropriate point of order, majority decides any appeal of the chair's ruling - then amend the bylaws to set a fixed number.
  6. Do your bylaws authorize the calling of a special meeting in the first place? Did you follow the instructions in that authorization (if any)?
  7. The only literal vote-counting rule in RONR is that the President appoints the tellers, p. 414. I would presume that they would count the proxy votes -- actually these appear to be simple absentee ballots, p. 423, unless your proxy rules (which have to be your rules) specify something different. Are the tellers producing a full teller's report as on page 417? That might give you some clues as to what is happening. With a 2/3 vote you could suspend the rule that authorized the president to appoint tellers, and appoint a new (trustworthy-?) set. Then move for a recount - page 419. Have you evidence of fraud. See p. 444.
  8. In the order you asked (sorta)... The candidates with majorities are elected - congratulate them. Run another election for the remaining unfilled positions with ALL the remaining candidates on the ballot - no drop-offs. Still tied? Or not enough majority winners? Try again. If that gets you nowhere, open the floor for additional nominations and run yet another election. Again with all (remaining) candidate (unless one or more drop out of their own free will). If you announce all the intermediate results as you go along, including vote counts -- as you should anyway (see page 417) -- the voters (and the candidates) will get the message and adjust their preferences (unless they are all a bunch of stick-in-the-muds).
  9. Try looking here: p. 433, line 29.
  10. But check this in your bylaws: If the presidential office goes vacant (he resigns, or anything else happens), then there may be provisions in the bylaws for filling that vacancy, and it's likely the provision defaults to the RONR standard of the vice-president taking the office and BECOMING the president automatically. If true that would prevent the president from "running" for some election to "finish his term". Let the president beware that he is not hoist by his own petard.
  11. Yes, but... commonly committees (of boards or of assemblies) don't keep minutes in the first place. See page 500. The principal document that a committee produces is its report, or reports. That is what gets voted on. No. Voting (on anything) is a right restricted to membership.
  12. With the Board's permission, yes. 2/3 vote to allow required if the non-board-member wishes to speak to a pending motion.
  13. Entirety? If (even) one member requests, yes. (p. 33 & 39) But otherwise the maker could just move the motion as written and distributed, identifying it by title or some such. (That's in case more than one long written motion has been distributed.)
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