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§ Preface, Page XXV it states “RONR Official Interpretations are not technically binding on an organization that has adopted Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised as its parliamentary authority, but they are nonetheless definitive interpretation of the work by the current authors and should therefore be treated as highly persuasive. It is thus advisable for presiding officers, or the parliamentarians who advise them, to consult them for guidance on matters they address.”

Page xxix, Introduction – “This book is designed as a manual to be adopted by organizations or assemblies as their parliamentary authority. When the manual has been adopted, the rules within it, together with any special rules of procedure that may also be adopted, are binding upon the body and constitute that body’s rule of order”.

Which statement is correct?

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§ Preface, Page XXV it states “RONR Official Interpretations are not technically binding on an organization that has adopted Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised as its parliamentary authority, but they are nonetheless definitive interpretation of the work by the current authors and should therefore be treated as highly persuasive. It is thus advisable for presiding officers, or the parliamentarians who advise them, to consult them for guidance on matters they address.”

Page xxix, Introduction – “This book is designed as a manual to be adopted by organizations or assemblies as their parliamentary authority. When the manual has been adopted, the rules within it, together with any special rules of procedure that may also be adopted, are binding upon the body and constitute that body’s rule of order”.

Which statement is correct?

Both are correct. The second statement refers to the rules in the book. The first statement is referring to the Official Interpretations, which can be found here.

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