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Benjamin Geiger

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  1. If I understand this Wikipedia article correctly (keeping in mind I am not a lawyer, copyright or otherwise), anything published before 1924 (which includes Parliamentary Law, published in 1923) is already in the public domain in the US.
  2. Unless your bylaws say otherwise, all you have to do to abstain is simply not vote. In fact, during or after the vote, there is no opportunity to demand or provide an explanation; the proper time to explain is during the debate (and explaining why you're abstaining is a bit odd to begin with).
  3. I presume the group could adopt a special rule of order to prohibit the motion being brought up again, if it so chose?
  4. Unless your bylaws or applicable law state otherwise, it takes a 2/3 vote, or a majority vote with prior notice, or a majority of the entire membership.
  5. Amen, brother. Gooble gobble.
  6. In some cases, even that won't be enough. If memory serves, in Florida, even two people on a board discussing the business of that board is considered a "meeting" and minutes must be made available. Other states are likely to be similar. In fact, if you go by the law in Florida as written, I shouldn't have been allowed to have a whiteboard in my office as an employee of a county school board, since anything we wrote was considered "public documents" and must be made available to the public on request.
  7. If they rule against your Point of Order, you can Appeal. During the appeal, you can lay out your case (including explaining the rules in question) to the membership (through the Chair, as usual).
  8. Presumably your bylaws specify a method for amendment (and if not, it's Amend Something Previously Adopted).
  9. As I understand it, "in the chair" is not a physical location, but rather a status. If your President is in a position where he can be seen and heard by the members, then he can still be considered "in the chair". Individual organizations may have rules or traditions on the matter (Toastmasters, for instance, usually has a tradition where the lectern is never left unattended) but as far as I'm aware RONR doesn't.
  10. I'd assume that the exception is so you don't need an executive session at every meeting from that point on? (I'm a coder. This is just how my brain works.)
  11. Assuming your bylaws don't say anything on the matter, you may find RONR FAQ #20 of interest.
  12. Wow. I thought our bylaw (in our parent organization's bylaws, so we can't do anything about it) requiring a vote of 2/3 of the membership to remove an officer was onerous. I'm fairly certain 2/3 of the membership has never been in the same room before.
  13. Years ago I was given career advice, for what to do when your workplace is unpleasant: you can change your organization, or you can change your organization. It applies (in most cases) to societies, as well. It may be unpleasant (as in the case of HOAs), but it can usually be done. No amount of parliamentary procedure will save an organization from itself.
  14. I fixed the link. Pretty much the ones in the question. The subject of the censure is an ex officio member of the organization by virtue of being an elected official in a district in our county who is registered with our party, but that wasn't entirely certain at the time (I checked the bylaws later). The objector claimed that he would be fine with a statement of disapproval but not a motion to censure, and wouldn't give me a straight answer when I asked what he thought the difference was; he gave some claim about how Congress can only censure its own members (false, I might add, and moot). And since we're a subordinate body, he claims that the parent needs to do the censuring (which, of course, my resolution encourages).
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