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Our annual meeting is later next month.  A member gave notice of a proposed bylaw amendment.   Notice has already gone out with the call of the meeting. Since then, it has caused a lot of political backlash and pain for the member, and he would like to withdraw the motion and not have it come before the assembly.

1. Must the motion come before the assembly, since previous notice has been given for that bylaw amendment (and others)?

2. If the answer to #1 is no, then, since notice has been given, if the original member doesn't want to bring it before the group, can someone else move its adoption?

4. Is the best solution to have the chair state it and then the member request permission to withdraw it (and the assembly votes)? Or move to amend the agenda (to remove the bylaw amendment) while the agenda is pending?

He really just wants it to go away now -- before the meeting even starts.   Any suggestions?

The bylaws are silent on this.  Thanks for your help.

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17 minutes ago, Guest Jim said:

4. Is the best solution to have the chair state it and then the member request permission to withdraw it (and the assembly votes)? Or move to amend the agenda (to remove the bylaw amendment) while the agenda is pending?

He really just wants it to go away now -- before the meeting even starts.   Any suggestions?

The assembly can make it go away. I suppose it could be withdrawn.

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On #4:   if neither the originator nor any other member moves the controversial amendment, then nothing more need (or should) be done.

Probably not proper to pull it off the agenda (before agenda is presented for adoption) since the notice is clearly out there.  An item on an agenda is NOT equivalent to someone moving the item. But moving to strike it when the agenda is pending is fine. It would be effectively the same as requesting permission to withdraw the item.

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8 hours ago, Guest Jim said:

Our annual meeting is later next month.  A member gave notice of a proposed bylaw amendment.   Notice has already gone out with the call of the meeting. Since then, it has caused a lot of political backlash and pain for the member, and he would like to withdraw the motion and not have it come before the assembly.

1. Must the motion come before the assembly, since previous notice has been given for that bylaw amendment (and others)?

2. If the answer to #1 is no, then, since notice has been given, if the original member doesn't want to bring it before the group, can someone else move its adoption?

4. Is the best solution to have the chair state it and then the member request permission to withdraw it (and the assembly votes)? Or move to amend the agenda (to remove the bylaw amendment) while the agenda is pending?

He really just wants it to go away now -- before the meeting even starts.   Any suggestions?

The bylaws are silent on this.  Thanks for your help.

  1. The motion need not come before the assembly.  The member can simply not make the motion.
  2. Yes, since the notice was given, anyone else can move its adoption.
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  4. The best solution is not to move it.  I don't fully understand why you'd need an agenda, but if you have one and the motion is on it, you can move to delete it, or perhaps the "mover" could ask unanimous consent that it be removed.  Even if it's left on there, though, when it comes up, the member can't be forced to move it.  He can "withdraw" it at that time, and since it was never placed before the assembly, he can do this unilaterally.  Withdraw may not be the proper term, but nobody will notice.

 

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