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A nine member board has a rather strange rule regarding appeals from rulings of the chair. This board has no constituent membership and is a public body, but I don't believe that is of any significance for the purpose of this discussion. The board has adopted RONR as its parliamentary authority. The board's special rule regarding the vote required on an appeal from a ruling of the chair reads as follows. (The Board calls its special rules "policies" and "rules of protocol"). Pay particular attention to the last sentence: "The presiding officer of any meeting shall conduct such meeting in accordance with the Rules of Protocol and shall have authority to make rulings on interpretation of these Rules of Protocol and any other matter or question which may arise with regard to conducting the meeting, including recognition of speakers, whether a speaker is out of order, etc." "The decision of the presiding officer shall be final unless appealed by a Board member or committee member to the entire Board or committee as set forth herein below. Any member who disagrees with a decision of the presiding officer may appeal such decision to the total Board or committee. Such appeal may be taken by a statement to that effect and no second is required. The presiding officer shall immediately call for a vote on the question of whether or not the ruling of the presiding officer shall be sustained. Upon a favorable vote of a majority of those Board or committee members present and voting including the presiding officer, the rules of the presiding officer shall be sustained." What is the opinion of others on here as to the effect of a tie vote on an appeal? RONR says it takes a majority vote to reverse a decision of the chair and that a tie vote sustains the chair, but this rule says "upon the favorable vote of a majority of those board or committee members present and voting including the presiding officer, the rules (ruling??) of the presiding officer shall be sustained." Does that mean that on a tie vote the ruling of the chair is reversed?