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Revisiting a previously passed motion


Guest Deb Forch

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Guest Deb Forch

In January a motion was passed by our Board that affects the school. Many parents of students were displeased by the measure. One of the key members was not present when it was presented. It passed 8-2. After a lot of back and forth sideline discussion it was decided that at our next meeting the missing individual would be able to present his facts. He feels if he had been able to do so at the meeting, the motion would not have been passed in such haste. Can the motion be brought back, or can a new motion be presented to rescind the previously passed motion? Most of the members seem to agree it was a hasty move and that a suitable compromise can be reached. How can we achieve this?

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Sure, the motion could be rescinded (assuming it has not been fully carried out and can't be undone). Or, it could be amended (if that's what you have in mind when you mention 'suitable compromise').

The motion to rescind, or amend something previously adopted can be brought by any member, and requires a higher vote threshold than the original motion (two-thirds vote without notice OR majority vote with notice OR majority vote of the entire membership [of the body that's voting, i.e. the Board in this situation]). See RONR (11th ed.) pp. 305-310 for more information.

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