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Caryn Ann Harlos

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  1. Is there a case to be made that someone with a strong opinion "should" recuse themselves even though it cannot be required.
  2. I am aware of what RONR says on recusal and how it can't be compelled. But I am in a situation now where people are claiming if someone has already come to a strong opinion on a matter that they should recuse themselves from voting. I find that frankly assinine as that is the whole point of advocacy. A person making a motion usually (hopefully) has a strong opinion on the matter, that is why they are advocating the motion.
  3. If a set of bylaws sets forth the following: Amendments to Bylaws 1A: Procedure for the State Executive Committee to Propose Amendments [details about how the State Executive Committee does this] 1B: Procedure for Approval of Proposed Changes [details about how the delegates at an annual convention can approve the changes proposed by the State Executive Committee] And then moves on to other articles, is this the only way that amendments can be done or can a member propose a change. IOW, does the fact that there is a specific procedure for the State Executive Committee to do so and silence about members does this entail that the members cannot? or do submissions from members have to be explicitly excluded? I may have a followup question.
  4. I am looking at a bylaws provision regarding removal of a member of the executive committee which require a 2/3 vote of the "whole executive committee." That seems pretty straightforward if there are no vacancies, but if there is a vacancy is the "whole executive committee" the number of possible seats or the number of possible seats minus any vacancies?
  5. I understand that it states in several places that a form of election ballot that has "for" and "against" a candidate is improper, can a specific bylaws provision override this? I am looking at a set of bylaws in which the form of ballot is specifically set forth as being able to vote yes or "not this person" for a specific candidate.
  6. I had thought that it was different from bylaws which go into effect immediately but rather constitution amendments go into effect upon adjournment sine die but now I cannot find any answer to this question (the organization is operating under the 11th). Can you help a sister out here?
  7. In the 11th (see 207:15) the phrase "demand the previous question" is used a proper form and example, but in the 12th (16:20) the word demand is omitted. I am just curious about the reason for the change.
  8. For example, if someone moves to do X can that motion be amended to be to choose X or Y?
  9. Are you saying you interpret it as the exact language being needed for written notice?
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