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  1. Not unless the motion itself had an expressly stated expiration date...which it probably didn't. If the board changes its mind a year later, they can move to rescind the motion or amend it in some way that suits the changed circumstances.
  2. I'm just adding citations to support the advice Richard gave above: RONR 45:2 - "One Person, One Vote. It is a fundamental principle of parliamentary law that each person who is a member of a deliberative assembly is entitled to one—and only one—vote on a question. This is true even if a person is elected or appointed to more than one position, each of which would entitle the holder to a vote. For example, in a convention, a person selected as delegate by more than one constituent body may cast only one vote. An individual member’s right to vote may not be transferred to another person (
  3. Nothing in Robert's Rules precludes someone being nominated and elected in absentia, though as noted above you should confirm their consent and willingness to accept the position, and you should express that at the time of the nomination. Unless your organization's rules have some sort of requirement that the person be present, there aren't other hurdles.
  4. Some of your terminology is making it difficult for us know whether we're addressing your core question. We know what a member is but do not know what a "member in benefit" is, or whether that is some special category in your organization other than just being a member. I would guess that when you say "AGM" you mean an annual general meeting, but we don't know your organization's acronyms. Others have already pointed out that you seem to be using "table" in a way that doesn't match Robert's Rules usage. (To table a motion means to temporarily set aside an already pending motion in order to
  5. What everyone is saying is that it really depends on the nature of the "new motion." If it's a completely different subject which is another main motion, then no. But there are other types of motions besides main motions, and some of those can be moved while a main motion is still pending, and they are voted on before the main motion is voted on. For example: amendments to the pending motion, postponing the pending motion, referring the pending motion to a committee, raising a point of order, laying the pending motion on the table so that another urgent item can be taken up instead, et
  6. RONR 23:8 prescribes a remedy for any sustained points of order regarding inclusion of improper votes (bold is in the original): “Remedy for Inclusion of Improper Votes. If the announced result of a vote included votes cast in violation of a fundamental principle of parliamentary law, such as votes cast by nonmembers or by absent members, or multiple votes improperly cast by a single member, a point of order can be raised so long as the decision arrived at as a result of the vote has continuing force and effect. If there is any possibility that the vote(s) would have affected the outco
  7. If there is a rule which prescribes how it should be handled, then the chair is duty-bound to follow the rule. If the chair doesn't follow the rule, that's what points of order are for. RONR 56:68 is titled "Some Principles of Interpretation" and in 56:68(1) it notes: "Each society decides for itself the meaning of its bylaws. When the meaning is clear, however, the society, even by a unanimous vote, cannot change that meaning except by amending its bylaws. An ambiguity must exist before there is any occasion for interpretation. If a bylaw is ambiguous, it must be interpreted, if
  8. Unlike members, non-members have no rights to receive recognition to speak, and as J.J. noted, it takes a suspension of the rules to allow them to do so. Depending on the group's history, a chair might have had reason to presume that no one objects, and lots of things can happen when no one objects. If someone does object, someone should raise a point of order about it.
  9. Sure. If the rule is that candidates are allowed to give a speech before the vote, and he's a candidate, and it's before the vote, then it seems he is allowed to give a speech. You didn't mention the rule containing any other "unless there's only one candidate present" type of clause, so I presume there is no such clause and the guy is entitled to a speech.
  10. RONR doesn't give direction on this because, as Richard noted above, there really shouldn't be an established speaker's queue under the standard practice in Robert's, though it acknowledges that very large assemblies may need to do it. See 12th ed., 3:32, which is in context of rising to obtain recognition to speak: "If two or more rise at about the same time, the general rule is that, all other things being equal, the member who rose and addressed the chair first after the floor was yielded is entitled to be recognized. A member cannot establish "prior claim" to the floor by rising bef
  11. Robert's Rules does not provide any guidance on what the role of a Ways and Means Committee would be. It is up to your organization's bylaws to define it and describe its function.
  12. What is the general nature of the motion? Did the motion pass or fail the first time? Is the second vote during the same session as the first vote, or is it at a different session, or is it at a different meeting within the same session? These factors impact the answer. Rather than us trying to run through all the possible permutations, more detailed information is needed.
  13. There's no particular magic formula for how to write one. What do you want the rule to do?
  14. It sounds like it was done correctly. Think of the first vote as being whether or not the original motion would be better with the amendment or without it. If the amendment was approved in the first vote, then the second vote is on the original motion now WITH the amendment incorporated into it. If the amendment was not approved in the first vote, the second vote is on the original motion WITHOUT the amendment incorporated into it.
  15. To abstain means to not vote at all, which is why abstentions do not count as votes. See RONR, 12th ed., 4:35 and 44:3.
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