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On a small board (less than 12) at the end of a meeting when members may add personal comments, can formal motions be made? Should this be written into bylaws?

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On a small board (less than 12) at the end of a meeting when members may add personal comments, can formal motions be made?

Yes, it's called new business.

Should this be written into bylaws?

No, it's called new business.

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Yes, it's called new business.

No, it's called new business.

Based on the topic's title (Open Forum) and the original poster's description, it also seems possible that this is referring to the optional heading in the standard order of business which is sometimes known by that name, discussed in RONR, 11th ed., pg. 362. This takes place after New Business is completed, and motions are generally not permitted during that time - except that in some societies, this would be the time to introduce resolutions related to discipline for offenses occurring outside of a meeting.

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Based on the topic's title (Open Forum) and the original poster's description, it also seems possible that this is referring to the optional heading in the standard order of business which is sometimes known by that name, discussed in RONR, 11th ed., pg. 362. This takes place after New Business is completed, and motions are generally not permitted during that time - except that in some societies, this would be the time to introduce resolutions related to discipline for offenses occurring outside of a meeting.

Fair enough, but normally, it's unusual that a small board would list good of the order in an order of business, but it could. After conclusion and before adjournment, the presider should nonetheless inquire if there is any further business to be brought before the assembly. There is nothing in the reference on p. 362 which prohibits the introduced of further new business prior to the meeting's adjournment.

Edited by Steven Britton

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