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When is a "Motion to Commit" out of order?

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Hello!  

A board of directors dutifully brought an motion to amend the bylaws. It had sought and received the agreement of the Bylaws committee and reported that to the assembly. When presented to the assembly, in the midst of the bylaw amendment discussion, a motion was made and seconded to commit the motion to the Bylaws Committee.  The moderator of the business meeting ruled that the motion to commit was out of order because the committee being referred to had already discussed the motion.  

Was that a correct ruling? Thank you.

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2 minutes ago, DebbieinFL said:

Hello!  

A board of directors dutifully brought an motion to amend the bylaws. It had sought and received the agreement of the Bylaws committee and reported that to the assembly. When presented to the assembly, in the midst of the bylaw amendment discussion, a motion was made and seconded to commit the motion to the Bylaws Committee.  The moderator of the business meeting ruled that the motion to commit was out of order because the committee being referred to had already discussed the motion.  

Was that a correct ruling? Thank you.

No, that ruling was not correct.

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3 hours ago, DebbieinFL said:

When presented to the assembly, in the midst of the bylaw amendment discussion,

a motion was made and seconded to commit the motion to the Bylaws Committee.  

The moderator of the business meeting ruled that the motion to commit was out of order

because the committee being referred to had already discussed the motion.  

Q. Was that a correct ruling?

Answer: "No.' -- The moderator erred.

It is permissible to re-commit a committee's recommendation back to the same committee.

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It is even permissible to refer the recommendation to a different committee, for that matter, and thus jump over the personnel who had generated the recommendation in the first place. -- Maybe another set of eyes and ears are needed to tweak the recommendation.

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2 hours ago, Kim Goldsworthy said:

Answer: "No.' -- The moderator erred.

It is permissible to re-commit a committee's recommendation back to the same committee.

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It is even permissible to refer the recommendation to a different committee, for that matter, and thus jump over the personnel who had generated the recommendation in the first place. -- Maybe another set of eyes and ears are needed to tweak the recommendation.

They need to be careful here.  If the bylaws committee is a standing committee assigned to review proposed amendments, the matter can't be pawned off to a special committee or a different standing committee.

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