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  1. In January a motion was passed by our Board that affects the school. Many parents of students were displeased by the measure. One of the key members was not present when it was presented. It passed 8-2. After a lot of back and forth sideline discussion it was decided that at our next meeting the missing individual would be able to present his facts. He feels if he had been able to do so at the meeting, the motion would not have been passed in such haste. Can the motion be brought back, or can a new motion be presented to rescind the previously passed motion? Most of the members seem to agree it was a hasty move and that a suitable compromise can be reached. How can we achieve this?
  2. Two budget alternatives, budget A and budget B, are being considered for adoption. A majority is required to pass a budget. Are these the proper steps? The motion stated: "I move that budget A and budget B be voted on." A second Chair repeats motion and second and opens discussion. When discussion concludes, Chair puts the motion to a vote. Chair states "All in favor of budget A, please rise for a count." Chair and another member count & record. Chair states "All in favor of budget B, please rise for a count." Ditto the count & record. Possible voting outcomes; example 60 members in attendance and all vote, majority = 31. If one budget receives 31 or more votes, it is adopted. If neither budget receives 31 or more votes, neither is adopted. Then the Chair calls for another vote until one budget receives a majority. Thanks, Ed
  3. A motion was made and included a name and salary. The secretary recorded the motion exactly as it was stated. A draft of the minutes was sent to the Board. A Board member asked that the draft minutes be edited/changed to remove the salary from the draft minutes. Usually the Board is invited to edit the draft minutes prior to the next meeting when the minutes are approved. Can a motion be edited in draft minutes after it has been made and voted on?
  4. I am a new school board member seeking a solution to a problem I have encountered. If we have an item on our agenda can we discuss it BEFORE a motion is made. My board currently does not allow discussion of an item of business until after a motion has been made and seconded. This leads to problems when particularly controversial or unclear issues are presented to the board. Is there a way to allow discussion to occur before a proper motion is made?
  5. After reading the recent thread about reconsidering motions, I have the following question: Does a motion to postpone indefinitely kill a motion for all time? For example, let's say that I move a motion to the effect of "That the clubhouse and outddor property be a smoke free environment." Let's assume the motion is seconded. If someone moves that it be postponed indefinitely, and that is passed can the motion, or a similar one is brought up again at any point? By a similar motion, let's assume that it is a motion to include only the inside of the clubhouse but not the exterior property.
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    Cancelling a Motion...

    Can a president of a board cancel a vote on a motion with a second?
  7. I am a Board member of a HOA. At our last meeting in early September, the Board approved a motion directing my committee to hire an attorney for the purpose of getting a legal interpretation regarding one of our covenants. At this point in time, the committee has three attorney's listed to contact - though no formal contact has taken place. Since the meeting, as the Chair I have received several emails from the Board president, who did not support the vote. The latest emails direct the committee to not pursue the board action any further based on his concerns regarding what repercussions such action may have (this may end up being an enforcement issue regarding how a property is being used). Furthermore, he stated this in an email update to the Board. While I am not an expert on Roberts Rules, it appears that he does not have the authority to do this and that the Committee needs to move forward as directed by the Board vote. It is my understanding that he can not ask for reconsideration of the vote because he was not on the prevailing side. Furthermore, it does not appear that the vote can be amended or rescinded. Our board will not be meeting again til the spring - and due to the nature of the Board, I believe a special meeting would be difficult to arrange. Can I have an opinion on whether or not he has the authority to essential reverse the action of the Board and if reconsideration, amending or rescinding the motion is an option? Thanks!
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