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AGM Motion for item not on agenda

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We had our AGM today and at the end of the meeting someone proposed a new motion not on the agenda. It was said that if everyone at the meeting agreed the vote could go ahead. Other AGMs which I have attended would not allow a new item not on the agenda. I could not find the answer in my11th edition. Suggestions please.

Bill

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It all depends on what the By-laws and Constitution of the organization states, or what a statute covering the organization states. On of those documents may indicate that only items on the Agenda for the AGM may be voted upon.  In other organizations, any member may make a motion to do something under New Business.

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See p. 371ff, "Agenda or Program." An agenda may not be imposed by less than a majority vote. And if no agenda is adopted, then any main motion is in order when no other motion is pending, with the exceptions listed on pp. 110-113.

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Billdav, per RONR, new business may be proposed by any member without prior notice while the organization is considering "New Business", but your organization may have a specialized rule on the subject.  Such a rule would have to have been formally adopted, though, and would usually have to be in the bylaws or special rules of order.   At a convention, it could be done in the Convention Standing Rules.

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