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  1. My organization has a committee which has its membership set by state statute to be people who won particular political offices in state primaries, and for which our organization's bylaws appoint officers (Chair, VC, Secretary, Treasurer). None of the 4 officers prescribed by our bylaws are members of the committee as set by statute; I understand that this would make the chair a non-voting chair (I hope this is accurate). This committee has never met up to today, because it has not had any members until the past few days. I expect the chair to attempt to prevent the committee from meeting, because of some conflicts internal to the organization. As things stand, there would be 2 voting members of this committee, and the 4 officers who are not members, involved. Who has the authority to call a meeting in this case, and if anyone other than the chair does, how would they do so? Thank you.
  2. At a meeting today, the Chair interrupted another Member of the Board saying he was taking too long and refused for the Member to continue. The Member argued back indicating that he had just as much right to comment as anyone, but was stopped by the Chair. The Chair even went so far as to threaten to have the Member removed by Sheriff Deputy for wanting to continue his discussion. Is this proper?
  3. Does the chair or chairman have the prerogative to not recognize a duly made motion?
  4. Example: A motion has passed requiring the formation of a new committee. Can the chair then solicit motions regarding how to form the new committee (election or appointment, size, manner of election), or must he wait for the floor to offer such motions?
  5. Hello, friends-- First, thank you all for the help you've provided me in the past; it has been indispensable to helping me fulfill the duties of parliamentarian for my society. I have what I think is a very quick, non-urgent question. I have looked through RONR 11th and can't seem to find a direct answer to this: If the procedure for the appointment of chairs of standing committees is not established in the by-laws (or anywhere else for that matter), and the committee chair's seat vacates after the initial appointment of a chair (for example, when the committee chair's term is up), is the assumed procedure: A) The empty seat remains a chair's seat per se, and the assembly appoints the committee chair specifically, The assembly appoints someone to the committee to fill what becomes non-specific seat, and the committee itself then appoints the new chair, C) The assembly appoints someone to what becomes a non-specific seat and then appoints the new chair from that committee, or D) Something else (if so, what?) Thank you in advance!
  6. The text is relatively vague regarding whether or not a chair, who is a non member of the body, has the ability to break a tie vote. Can a chair who is not a elected member of the body break a tie.
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    Floor nominations

    When the governing documents allow for Board Nominations from the floor, can the Chair of the assembly make a floor nomination, or is the chair required to act as an impartial agent during this process?
  8. I'm a member of a Board the bylaws of which provide that the Chair does not vote except to make or break a tie. Our bylaws also require that a reason be noted in the minutes for all abstentions. Two questions: 1.
  9. If it is the responsibility of the president to appoint committee chairs and a vote of the B.O.D. is required to approval the appointments. Is the President as a member of the B.O.D. allowed to vote. I was told that since the president is appointing the chairs that they are now considered bias and should remove him(her)self from the vote.
  10. On page 144 of RONR 11ed. an example of the chair stating the question on a pending amendment is giving as "if the word is inserted, the primary amendment will be, "to add the resolution for the purchase of the property..."". It refers to the main motion as a resolution "for the purchase of the property" without stating the main motion in its exact words. Therefore, is it OK to do so when stating the question on a secondary amendment or a primary amendment for that matter. Also, is it necessary to use the words on page 155 beginning with "it should be noted..." or can the motion be put without that added note on the motion?
  11. We are a member organization of 50 and are poise to elect a new president. Presently, only one person is on the ballot. She is included in the slate from our nominating committee. At our monthly meeting in March, our president announced the slate and called for nominations from the floor. When no one responded, she closed the nominations from the floor. There was no motion or vote to do so from the body. It seems that members may want to re-open nominations from the floor before the election due to take place at our April meeting. Since there was only a decree by the chair that the nominations be closed with no vote by the body, how can we proceed to re-open nominations?
  12. Can the Chair nominate himself? Either in the capacity of the chair or by recusing as chair to nominate himself.
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