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Is it possible to cover new business before old business? We have one topic of new and our old business will take a lengthy discussion followed by a vote. Is there anyway to revise the order of meeting just for tonight?

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Is it possible to cover new business before old business? We have one topic of new and our old business will take a lengthy discussion followed by a vote. Is there anyway to revise the order of meeting just for tonight?

See RONR pp. 363-364 on taking a matter up out of the proper order. A motion to Lay on the Table may be the best way to set the matter aside in order to consider other business.

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Is it possible to cover new business before old business? We have one topic of new and our old business will take a lengthy discussion followed by a vote. Is there anyway to revise the order of meeting just for tonight?

By a two-thirds vote, you can suspend the rules to take up the matter right away, when no business is pending. Otherwise, see RONR (11th ed.), p. 215, ll. 15-22.

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One clarification: there is no such thing as "old business." There is "unfinished business."

This may seem a quibble over words, but it is important to take to heart the caution in RONR In Brief, p. 15: "In a properly conducted meeting, there is no type or class of business called 'old business.' It is a common mistake for the chair to call for 'old business' and under that incorrect category to allow members to bring up again matters that were considered at earlier meetings or matters for which there was merely an informal suggestion that they should be brought up at the present meeting." Unfinished business properly refers to items in the process of being considered when the last meeting adjourned followed by any items scheduled to come up at the last meeting but not reached before its adjournment. See also RONR (11th ed.), p. 358, ll. 19-30.

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