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  1. Can Robert's Rules of Order be suspended in its entirety? At a meeting of the board of trustees, a motion was made to suspend Robert's Rules of Order, which is stated in our Code of Regulations as the final authority on all matters of a parliamentary nature. No specific reason was given for suspending the rules. When asked about making a motion on a specific item, the response was that motions were not necessary since Robert's Rules of Order was suspended. Is there legal precedence that would allow such suspension to take place?
  2. RONR-12th 2:23: "Rules that have any application outside a meeting context... cannot be suspended." PART ONE: Hmmm. Why so absolute? Must we infer that any appended "suspension clause" is therefore null and void? Consider the following hypothetical rule: "Resolved, That members shall park their cars in the parking lot and not on the street fronting the meeting hall. Any cars so parked will be towed. This rule may be suspended, in a particular instance and for the benefit of a particular member, by a two-thirds vote." The parking of cars is most definitely outside a meeting
  3. I'm an employee of a student union incorporated under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (CNCA) (https://laws.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-7.75/FullText.html), and every year we hold an "Annual Ratification Meeting" of members, the purpose of which is to officially elect new directors and officers who have already been "elected" by students through public elections, and referred to the meeting based on this. Our bylaws state that this meeting is not to occur after May 1 of a given year, and that quorum is 35 in person, 50 including proxy votes. Unfortunately, due to coronavirus, even thoug
  4. Our bylaws say that a special membership meeting calls for "..a notice shall be given...at least ten days in advance..." We are expecting that we will have to decide and vote on a contract soon. The Chairman of the Board announced at the last General Meeting that we will need to act faster,and said: "I propose to suspend the rules and change the notice to three days. All in favor raise your hand" , and that was that. Proper? Valid? Binding? Thank you.
  5. Not all members of a body I am a member of are eligible to vote on all matters. Is someone who is not eligible to vote on a particular motion eligible to vote on a motion to suspend the rules regarding the motion (in this particular case, to suspend the rules requiring a second reading of a motion)?
  6. I'm looking ahead to a special meeting, for which the notice has already been sent out. Another issue has since arisen, and I foresee the possibility of a member (or multiple members) wanting to discuss this new issue as soon as possible (i.e. at the upcoming special meeting). Our bylaws state that the notice of the time and location of the special meeting will also state the business to be brought before the general membership at the meeting. My hunch is that because our bylaws state that the business to be discussed will be in the notice of meeting, that we are not free to suspend the
  7. A member asked to suspend the rules, by which he meant suspend the bylaws. (If the bylaws were suspended, in this case they would also have violated local law.) What is the appropriate response from another member? *** One member objected to the question (to suspend the "rules" [bylaws]). The chair ruled that member out of order and failed to rule on the objection. 1) Would it be appropriate to request the record reflect the members objection to the question? (There is a legal duty that also applies in this instance--thus the question having the objection noted.) 2) Assuming the request to s
  8. P. 418, line 33: "unless the voting body directs otherwise…": Would such "direction" (presumably a motion to destroy the ballots right away, or the like) require (only) a majority vote or, in the light of the sentences following which lay out a very clear rule as to what to do with the ballots after the election, require a 2/3 "suspend-the-rules" vote to adopt?
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    By Laws

    Can you suspend By-Laws.
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