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Our 9 member board of directors when passing resolutions will always "move to make this an emergency resolution" no matter what the resolution is about - we think this is to avoid a second reading at the following meeting but we can never get a straight answer.  There is nothing in our By-Laws or other governing documents that states anything about passing resolutions as emergencies....

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Our 9 member board of directors when passing resolutions will always "move to make this an emergency resolution" no matter what the resolution is about - we think this is to avoid a second reading at the following meeting but we can never get a straight answer.  There is nothing in our By-Laws or other governing documents that states anything about passing resolutions as emergencies....

 

RONR makes no reference to "emergency resolutions", nor does it provide for "second readings", so I'm afraid that you are on your own.

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Our 9 member board of directors when passing resolutions will always "move to make this an emergency resolution" no matter what the resolution is about - we think this is to avoid a second reading at the following meeting but we can never get a straight answer.  There is nothing in our By-Laws or other governing documents that states anything about passing resolutions as emergencies....

 

Perhaps they don't know why they do it either, but if the bylaws require a second reading then it is improper to use something that isn't in the bylaws to avoid doing so.

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I suppose that if a quorum is not present, the attendees could pass an "emergency resolution."  However, such would have to be ratified (or defeated) at a valid, succeeding meeting.  If not ratified, the former attendees would be liable for any expenses incurred, not the organization's assembly.  RONR (11th ed.), p. 348, ll. 14-23.

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Our 9 member board of directors when passing resolutions will always "move to make this an emergency resolution" no matter what the resolution is about - we think this is to avoid a second reading at the following meeting but we can never get a straight answer.  There is nothing in our By-Laws or other governing documents that states anything about passing resolutions as emergencies....

Is there anything in your bylaws that require a second reading at the following meeting?  There is certainly nothing in RONR that requires it.

 

  • If the bylaws do require a second reading, then any so-called emergency status is meaningless, as it violates the bylaws.  A rule like this can only be suspended if it provides for its own suspension, which you say it does not.
  • If the bylaws do not require a second reading, then any so-called emergency status is also meaningless, because it has no effect.
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