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When a HOA board refuses to address an issue at a community board meeting is there some reference/process in RRO where a member may introduce a motion and be seconded from the floor thus forcing discussion?  Currently, Assoc Rules of Order call for "Changes to Agenda" by the board pres but this is not even listed on the meeting agenda.

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First, let's be clear on "member."  I'm going to assume it refers to a member of the body that is meeting, that is, the board, because otherwise the answer is "no, unless your rules provide one."  In RONR, non-members of the body meeting have no rights, even to be present at the meeting.

If a proposed agenda is circulated and is pending for approval, it can be amended by a majority vote.  It can also be amended after adoption by a 2/3 vote.  If your rules of order require that an item be on the agenda, you can raise a point of order when an agenda is proposed for adoption that lacks that item.  If you have rules in effect that prevent you from amending the agenda, then a point of order should be raised if items are not included which are mandated for inclusion.  

What gives me pause in this question is the inclusion of the phrase "from the floor."  

Finally, no, you can't force discussion.  When a motion is made, it must be considered, but it will be in order to move the previous question, thus ending debate and moving to a vote on the motion.  Two people cannot force a discussion to take place, but can force the body to make a decision on a question.  Edit:  Well, not exactly a decision, but some form of dealing with it.  The body can refer it, can postpone indefinitely, etc.

 

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1 hour ago, Guest confusionb said:

When a HOA board refuses to address an issue at a community board meeting is there some reference/process in RRO where a member may introduce a motion and be seconded from the floor thus forcing discussion?  Currently, Assoc Rules of Order call for "Changes to Agenda" by the board pres but this is not even listed on the meeting agenda.

If you're talking about a board meeting, anyone present who isn't a member of the board is a guest and has no right to speak at all. Nor does a guest have the power to make the board follow its rules. However, unless your rules give the board exclusive authority, your Association may meet and order the board to take up a particular issue.

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