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Chapter XX vs. Discipline Rules in Bylaws


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If  bylaws contain some (probably inadequate, but what can you do) discipline procedure rules, do those rules...


Completely Replace RONR Chapter XX?  (i.e., just ignore Chapter XX)




Replace (supersede) only those Chapter XX rules that are directly in conflict with the specific bylaw rules?


Haven't we discussed this before?


I still like the answer I gave in Post #2 of that thread.

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First, I think that the conduct of disciplinary action is a rule in the nature of a rule of order.  As such, it is governed by the parliamentary authority.


A bylaw or special rule (usually, and in this case) can modify those rules in the nature of a rule of order found in the parliamentary authority.  For example, a special rule saying "No main motion shall be supressed for the duration of the session except by a two-thirds vote," would not prohibit the motion Postpone Indefinitely from being made.  It would change the vote required to a two-thirds vote to adopt a motion postponing a motion indefinitely (and a motion to postpone it to the next session, or to refer it a committee after final adjournment), but not the method.


A rule that stated, for example, "A member may be expelled from membership by a majority vote," and no attitional rules, other than the rule establishing RONR  as the parliamentary authority, would remove the 2/3 vote requirement for expulsion.  It would not remove the need for a trial or for notice, nor would it change the requirement the vote be taken by ballot.


Likewise a rule that said, "A member may be suspended from membership without previous notice by the assembly," would not change the voting requirement, nor would it preclude a trial.


A rule that said, "A member may be disciplined upon motion by the assembly," would remove the need to hold a trial, but not remove the need for actual charges to be required, nor notice of those charges.

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