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A couple of months ago, I stumbled across a passage in Robert's Rules regarding how a reporting member/committee chair could not preside over debate of a committee's report. However, I can no longer said passage in Robert's Rules. Did I imagine it? If not, where would I find it in Robert's?

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p506 l. 9-11  RONR11, although it is stated the other way around: Someone else should report if the committee chair is the presiding officer of the assembly.

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51 minutes ago, Guest Matt Hughes said:

A couple of months ago, I stumbled across a passage in Robert's Rules regarding how a reporting member/committee chair could not preside over debate of a committee's report. However, I can no longer said passage in Robert's Rules. Did I imagine it? If not, where would I find it in Robert's?

"The practice in some organizations of permitting the chairman of a committee to preside over the assembly or put questions to vote during the presentation and consideration of the committee's report violates numerous principles of parliamentary law relating to the chair's appearance of impartiality and the inappropriateness of his entering into debate, not to speak of the regular presiding officer's duty to preside (see pp. 448–49). "   (RONR, 11th ed., p. 453)

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Daniel, thanks for the quote.  It made me think though: I wonder how often people assume that the person making the reportshould preside for that portion of the meeting out of not understanding RONR ad the role of the presiding officer.  As the Chairman normally sits in a position to see everyoe in the room, it can appear that he/she is the one 'running' the meeting and is the one who is supposed to 'respond' to questions which would not usually be the case.

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