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Sean Hunt

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  1. I've always been curious about complex systesm of rules and such, and I play Nomic on the Internet. I started in parliamentary procedure, however, when I discovered the online practice of the Canadian House of Commons Procedure and Practice. This is also what got me started on late-night Hansard sessions in high school. At some point in my investigations I learned of Robert's Rules, then promptly checked out the library's copy and read it. I had no occasion to use it, however, until I came to university, whereupon I immediately became the most knowledgeable member of my faculty's student ass
  2. In an assembly where the chair can't see everyone clearly, specifying the hand to use might serve to prevent double votes, but I would venture that if such a rule is required, your assembly is too large to effectively vote by show of hands anyway.
  3. That doesn't eliminate the recommendation that the President shouldn't be on the nominating committee, though
  4. I am going to go with Mr. Gerber on this one. I see no particular reason why the principle should not apply to reconsidering affirmative votes; there are simply far fewer ways in which a later action can conflict with undoing an affirmative one (and, in particular, none that will usually arise within the time limits to Reconsider so the authors behind that sentence may have been attempting to generalize somewhat, but did not generalize enough.
  5. But if we admit the motion to Reconsider while Rescind is pending, Rescind is postponed to the next meeting, and then the motion is reconsidered and defeated, what happens to the motion to Rescind? Should it just be deemed moot when it comes up at the next meeting and discarded?
  6. I assume this would be different if there were evidence (such as a record of a roll call vote) to the contrary.
  7. They (as is the case for committee members and officers) do not have a right; it is up to the assembly to decide whether or not they will accept a slideshow as part of debate.
  8. No. Your Board may, but you'll have to consult your bylaws to see. If they do not provide that authority, and the Board is subordinate to the membership (as is usually the case, but sometimes not, especially in corporations), then only a meeting of the full membership has the authority to do so, and (if your organization has adopted RONR as its parliamentary authority) only in accordance with Chapter XX of RONR. See also FAQ 20.
  9. Bonus points to the secretary if the minutes of the special meeting are finished in time for the regular one.
  10. Can notice of a (regular) meeting be given before the meeting is set? Suppose that the Vulcan Garden Gnomes Society normally schedules its regular meetings by resolution. At a meeting, however, they forgot to schedule their next meeting, and there was no other provision to hold a subsequent meeting. The bylaws require two weeks' notice of all regular meetings. This rather unfortunate circumstance does not doom the Society, however, as they have a provision for special meetings to be called by the President. Two weeks in advance, the President calls the special meeting, with the only item of bu
  11. Sean Hunt


    Robert's Rules doesn't forbid it, although it's quite possible that there may be relevant laws that do. This query is best directed at a lawyer.
  12. The issues lie in mixing votes taken outside the meeting with votes taken at the meeting. Paper ballots are fine if they are handled under the same circumstances, such as the meeting perfecting (amending) the motion before it is put to a vote, and then sending out a ballot to everyone. The really big issues arise when you accept ballots before the meeting, because then it is possible that different people have different perceptions of the question when they cast their votes.
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