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  1. If an assembly is considering a revision to the bylaws, and we are considering it by paragraph, is it acceptable/appropriate to ask for unanimous consent on some sections that are simple and likely uncontroversial? (e.g. the name of the group, the clause re: parliamentary authority, etc.) I don't think it should be used for anything complex, and I also don't think it should be used if there is ANY debate at all on the issue (other than the initial person from the committee speaking in favor of the section). But for the simple and basic things, it could help us save some time. I ask the question because obviously bylaws are of critical importance, and I don't want to appear to be rushing through anything.
  2. I'm on a committee of 4 people that has been tasked with planning the program for an event. Since the committee is so small and we almost always agree on things, is it okay to just run on unanimous consent until someone disagrees with something and raises an objection? The parliamentary authority is RONR and no bylaws provision contradicts my plan.
  3. Could someone please explain to me the wording: "The use of the unanimous consent procedure is appropriate when it is believed that there is no minority to protect"?
  4. Hi all, Our board has adopted RONR as our rules of parliamentary procedure. At a recent meeting, a motion was made that required a two-thirds vote to pass. There was no objection to the passing of the motion and, following a properly made second, the Chair attempted to accept the motion by unanimous consent. While not disagreeing with the merits of the motion, a member raised a point of order that a two-thirds vote can only be passed by a roll-call vote that allows the votes of each individual member to be recorded. Is that true? Question: Can a two-thirds vote be passed by unanimous consent, if it is properly seconded, and there is no objection? Thanks! Any references to RONR are appreciated.
  5. I am curious how the below situation should appropriately be handled in meeting minutes: At a recent meeting run under RONR a motion was made, there was discussion, an amendment was proposed and there was discussion about whether or not to accept the amendment when the Chair declared that there being no objections the main motion as amended was adopted. There was an objection within less than one-second by one member to the use of unanimous consent as well as a call for the vote by another member. The Chair overruled the objections and declared the motion adopted. How is this handled in the meeting minutes and are there any other considerations to be aware of?
  6. We have several candidates for our leadership position. After electing one with the required majority vote, is there a procedure for an endorsement of unity by making a motion for acclamation? Thanks!
  7. A voice vote was taken, no one opposed but not everyone voted. Can the minutes still reflect unanimous approval?
  8. I have a question about the Minutes which seems a bit odd. Say I have an issue with a proposed set of Minutes. What if I claim that a motion was incorrectly recorded. I can offer a correction, but what if the majority of members disagree with me. Thus, I cannot accept approval of the Minutes if I honestly believe that the Minutes are not accurate. How would the final "approval" of the Minutes be acceptable if a small group of members back me up and we do not agree with the Minutes as they are presented? I ask this because RONR states that no vote is supposed to occur on the actual approval of the Minutes. This seems to be a situation where "majority rules" and unanimous consent will not take place. The majority wishes the Minutes to be approved as they are, but a majority disagrees (and let's assume that the 'minority' makes up more than 1/3 of the membership.) What would happen to ensure the Minutes are actually approved?
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