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  1. Additionally, p. 424, lines 32-33 & p. 425, lines 29-32 have a little something to say about the prospect of conducting a vote by e-mail, which Guest_rhanseter should understand is something very different than holding a meeting via e-mail.
  2. To amend something previously adopted requires either a) a two-thirds vote; b ) notice and a majority vote; or c) a majority of the ENTIRE membership. Any member can make such a motion.
  3. Since you put it that way . . . It seems to me (in my little mind) that this type of "practical" suspension is directly connected to the creation of a rule that would only be in effect for the duration of the session. Namely, that rule would be that "Motion X shall require a four-fifths vote for adoption." In such a case, I think the new single-session rule could be suspended by a majority vote, which is presumably the same vote the motion originally required. I don't see that it makes much sense to create such a rule, but General Robert didn't say it made sense; he said it can be done. Would you agree that the higher voting requirement, if adopted, could be suspended by a majority vote on motion "to suspend the four-fifths voting requirement"? As I see it, this is not simply a suspension of the rules, but also a creation of a new single-session rule.
  4. Apparently, I had trouble counting the sentences, but my point was that it should be "whomever," in place of whoever. I just wanted to point it out before Shmuel did.
  5. . . . except for preference in recognition and the right to request permission to withdraw or modify the motion.
  6. Any member can make a motion to amend, refer, commit, or postpone, each of which requires a second and a majority vote to adopt.
  7. See RONR (11th ed.), p. 104, lines 32-35.
  8. First, the current bylaws (or higher governing documents) will dictate what exactly can be done by the board, and what can be done via teleconference or online board room. For the board to conduct business via telephone or electronically, such a thing would need to be authorized in the bylaws. If so authorized, special rules should be adopted to govern the process. In my opinion, a revision of the bylaws should be reviewed by a professional parliamentarian, to help the members understand the process and the effect of the proposed language, along with suggesting more precise language to achieve the will of the membership. If you don't want to go that route, you've pickled the best forum to learn parliamentary procedure, and we're happy to help. If you do decide to go the professional route, you can click on the link below my post and learn more.
  9. In debate, a member of an assembly is free to speak to the merits if the pending question. There is nothing per se that would be out of order about the example that you provided. The members will decide how much "weight" to attribute to such remarks. However, the opinion of each member, as expressed by his vote, carries the same weight.
  10. No. But if two thirds of the voters don't want the motion to be adopted by a majority vote, there's a simpler and more direct solution . . . by which the matter will take care of itself.
  11. I imagine you're actually speaking of an amendment (possibly even a revision) to current bylaws. Just as with any motion, it should be made by a member who favors its adoption, and if such a person doesn't exist, it won't come before the assembly. Yes, it should be worded so that if the affirmative vote prevails the motion would be adopted.
  12. When the motion is pending, it can be amended, referred to a committee, postponed, or simply voted down, and in the latter case, it can be renewed at a later meeting.
  13. I move to take from the table the motion related to . . . It then requires a second and a majority vote.
  14. That's pretty much it, except that the choices are aye, no, present, and pass (with yea, nay, and abstain being alternatives). A record of how each member voted should be included in the minutes. The lack of such a record would not cause a validly adopted motion to become invalid.
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    Minutes

    It should be understood that no matter who prepares the minutes, their content is the responsibility of the assembly, which approves them. And any member can offer corrections, which, if disputed, are decided by the assembly.
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