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Guest posted a topic in General DiscussionExample: 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?
Colleagues, I solicit your informal interpretations on the following. A non-profit organization adopts the current edition of RONR as parliamentary authority. There are no other written rules regarding the Order of Business. As customary practice, non-members of the assembly, who are nonetheless employees of the non-profit, occasionally report to the assembly on the work of their respective offices/departments. For the earliest years of record, these non-member department reports were placed, by the assembly's Chair, in a specific spot on the proposed agenda, specifically before Reports of Officers, Boards, and Standing Committees (of the assembly). When the Chair vacated and a new Chair occupied the Office, the spot in the order of business where these non-member department reports were placed had no clear home. Sometimes they were placed before Reports of Officers, Boards, and Standing Committees of the assembly as before, sometimes they were placed afterward, and yet other times still they were intermixed with Reports of Officers, Boards, and Standing Committees of the assembly. In none of these case is there evidence in the minutes of motions to suspend the rules to take up items out of their proper order. This pattern appears to be the case over the past three Chairs (including the current Chair). I have read RONR for hours and yet am still no clearer on an answer to the several questions I have: 1) Does the original practice of placing these (non-member department) reports prior to Reports of Officers, Boards, and Standing Committees constitute customary practice (and as such should be adhered to unless obtaining a majority vote to do otherwise so long as it does not conflict with RONR)? 2) If it constitutes customary practices, does it conflict in any way with RONR (and as such can be struck by a single Point of Order citing the conflict)? 3) If it does not constitute customary practice, is what appears to be the case now, over the past three chairs, customary practice: that it is the prerogative of the Chair to place these non-member department reports where he pleases on the proposed agenda? Would this practice conflict with RONR?