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Censuring the Executive Committee


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Our Bylaws Committees would like to place a motion on the floor at our next meeting to censure the Executive Committee (who are the elective officers of the society) for violating our bylaws, violating rules in the parliamentary authority (RONR), and violating several standing rules to which they are subject. I have a three part question:

1)Our parliamentarian is the chair of the bylaws committee and will be giving the committee report. Can he introduce the motion to censure for the our committee?

2)Can the members of the Executive Committee (all are members of the assembly) vote on the censure motion once it is introduced?

3)Can any member of the Executive Committee who are involve in the censure motion preside over the assembly once the motion to censure them  is introduced?

Thanks!

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3 hours ago, Guest Gretchen said:

1)Our parliamentarian is the chair of the bylaws committee and will be giving the committee report. Can he introduce the motion to censure for the our committee?

He can, but he should not. In fact, it would be preferable if another member of the committee would give the report. The parliamentarian has a duty to maintain the appearance of impartiality.

It is also somewhat debatable whether this would properly fall within the charge of the bylaws committee, but that is a matter for your society to determine, and will require a review of your society’s rules pertaining to the bylaws committee.

3 hours ago, Guest Gretchen said:

2)Can the members of the Executive Committee (all are members of the assembly) vote on the censure motion once it is introduced?

Yes, but they should not do so, since they have a personal interest not in common with other members. Ultimately, however, they have a right to vote.

3 hours ago, Guest Gretchen said:

3)Can any member of the Executive Committee who are involve in the censure motion preside over the assembly once the motion to censure them  is introduced?

Yes, but they should not do so, since the chair should not preside over a motion to censure which involves him. If they are unwilling to step aside, the assembly may suspend the rules by a 2/3 vote to remove the regular presiding officer and select a presiding officer of the assembly’s choice.

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