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  1. We are a 501-c-6, non for profit business organization. Our annual elections of officers and board are covered in the bylaws in great detail: Qualifications of candidates in May, elections voting etc. in an election general meeting in June, term starts July 1. The association is in turmoil, and consultants advised to scrap the annual election now in progress ,extend the term of the current administration to September, and hold the annual elections then. Proposed and seconded to 'suspend the rules', to scrap the current election process, extend the current board's term, and to start again in September. Approved unanimously. Is that valid? Thanks Yoram
  2. Could a member move to suspend the rules to allow the chair to enter debate? Or is there another more appropriate motion? And yes, I realize this is inadvisable.
  3. I recently encountered a situation where we had a "motion to suspend the rules" to discuss a topic that was tabled. The motion passed, we had a discussion, but no one knew the proper form to exit the motion. This led me to wonder, what is the proper motion to end suspension of the rules. I flipped through RONR but wasn't able to find anything. Does anyone know what section covers this?
  4. My organization wishes to adopt the following rule of order. Is it permissible to have a special rule of order that cannot be suspended?
  5. Say the officers of an organization are a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer, listed in that order in the by-laws and, per RONR, elected in that order. However, following several rounds of balloting for vice-president, it becomes clear that the vice-presidential election will take much longer than expected, posing the risk that quorum will be lost (as members leave as the night drags on) before the last two elections can take place. Would it be in order to suspend the rules and elect the secretary and treasurer before the vice-president?
  6. “No rule protecting a minority of a particular size can be suspended in the face of a negative vote as large as the minority protected by the rule” ([11th ed.], p. 261, ll. 15–17). But the “vote required for adoption” of Suspend the Rules is two-thirds, “except where the rule protects a minority of less than one third” (tinted p. 27). (1) Can a rule that protects 10 members be suspended by a vote of 20-10? Page 261 says no, but tinted p. 27 indicates yes. Should tinted p. 27 say “less than or equal to one third”? (2) As I understand the general principle, suspending a rule that protects a minority of less than or equal to one-third requires a vote greater than two-thirds. In other words, if m = number of members present and voting n = number of members protected by a rule (n ≤ m/3) v = vote necessary for adoption then v > (m – n). Is it okay to have a mathematical difference like this, rather than a fraction, for “the proportion that must concur” (p. 402, l. 26)? How should the chair announce the voting result? What should a tellers’ report say is “necessary for adoption”?
  7. "In order that there may be no interference with the assembly's having the benefit of its committees' matured judgment, motions to close or limit debate are not allowed in committees" (RONR 11th ed., p. 500, ll. 18-21). Q1: Can this rule be suspended? Q2a: If not, by what cited rule / principle, on pp. 263-264, or elsewhere? Q2b: If it can be suspended, does the p. 261, l. 15 rule ("no rule protecting a minority of a particular size can be suspended in the face of a negative vote as large as the minority protected by the rule") cause Suspend to require at least one more vote than two-thirds? I lean toward the notion that it cannot be suspended, because the group "protected" is the assembly, rather than some subset of the committee (whether present or absent). And even if there was no objection to "suspend the rules and close debate" (for instance), I'd think that it would not be in order, but that the chair could appropriately say something like, "Although the rules may not be suspended to close debate, the fact that there is no objection to doing so indicates that no one else is seeking to debate, thus we will proceed to putting the motion to a vote." Or am I missing something?
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