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Weldon Merritt

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  1. No. If the terms of any or all of the members expire, any unfinished business, including any motions that are on the table, fall to the ground. The only legitimate way for a matter to be carried over to the next term is if it has been referred to a committee with instructions to report at a later date in the new term.
  2. Since the members' terms expire before the next meeting, the motion will fall to the ground and cannot be taken from the table. But it can simply be made again. Note that this will be true whether or not the two members are reappointed to a new term. It is the expiration of the current term that is relevant, not who might or might not be appointed to the new term. However, if a member is replaced mid-term, because of death, resignation, or removal, that will not cause the motion to fall to the ground, and it could be taken from the table. But based on your information, that does not seem
  3. The mover, at least, should have been "credited" in the minutes of the meeting where he or she made the motion. The seconder ordinarily should not be mentioned at all (just the fact that the motion was seconded). But if your organization has a custom of listing the seconder, then he or she also should have been "credited" in the previous meeting's minutes. No need to "credit" them again.
  4. Presumably, the minutes of the meeting where the motion was made will show who made the motion. I think the minutes of the meeting where it was taken from the table would simply indicate that it was taken from the table, and the disposition of it after it was taken from the table. No need to again list who initially made the made motion, nor (IMO) even who moved to take it from the table.
  5. Mr. Brown beat me to the punch with essentially the same thing I was going to say. But, I'll throw in two additional observations gratis. First, don't refer to "a 2/3 majority." A majority vote is more than half of the votes cast. A two-thirds vote is, well, two-thirds of the votes cast. Conflating the terms leads to confusion. Second, "RROO (The Modern Edition)" is not the Right Book. I don't have a copy to refer to, but as near as I can determine based on my Google search, it essentially is the original 1876 work by Henry M. Robert, revised by Darwin Patnode, Ph.D. The current off
  6. No. The approval of the minutes has no bearing on whether motions (or resolutions, which are just "motions in fancy dress") are valid. A lack of approved minutes means that you have no official record of their adoption, but it certainly doesn't make them "null and void." So the minutes should be approved as soon as possible, and whatever is causing them to be provided late needs to be corrected ASAP.
  7. Assuming each meeting of the council is indeed a separate session, and that there are no other rules affecting the motion, you are correct. Any member may make the motion. But since you are not a council member, your options are limited. It would up to a council member to raise a Point of Order and, if necessary, an Appeal.
  8. What do you mean by "editorializing"? If you mean making comments when no motion is pending, no one (officer or not) should be doing that, except maybe a few introductory remarks leading to the making of a motion. If you are talking about debating a pending motion, the secretary, or any other officer, if a member of the assembly, has the same right to do that as any other member. The requirement to remain neutral applies to the chair, not all officers.
  9. I agree with both Mr. Mervosh and Mr. Brown as to the general principle that an officer does not have to resign one position to be nominated for another. But I'm wondering why neither asked why anyone was being nominated for president. If there is a vice president, then that officer automatically and instantly became the president the moment the president's resignation was effective, unless the bylaws specifically say otherwise. (Not just something like, "all vacancies will be filled by election," but something like, "all vacancies including in the office of president.") So absent that sp
  10. Thanks, Josh. That's exactly what I was looking for. I was looking under Point of Order and under Voting, but I didn't think to look under Appeal.
  11. I recall reading in RONR that a Point of Order should not be used for the chair's erroneous announcement of the result of a voice vote, but a Division of the Assembly should be used instead. However, I can't find that in either the 11th or 12th editions. I suppose I could be mistaken, but I don't think so. I'm probably just overlooking it somehow. Can anyone point me to the right provision?
  12. RONR does cover who is allowed to vote. Members are allowed to vote. I suspect that the reason Mr. Martin said that your question is "outside the scope of RONR" is that it involves aa legal interpretation regarding when appointees actually become members. Is it when the governor appoints them, or when they are confirmed by the legislature?
  13. If the position is defined in your bylaws, the only way to remove the position is to amend the bylaws.
  14. No. If your bylaws do not prohibit nominations from the floor, the chair must call for them.
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