Jump to content
The Official RONR Q & A Forums
J. J.

Instructions to the board

Recommended Posts

The assembly adopts this motion "the board be instructed not entertain amendments to amendments of main motions."   This is an instruction and is not adopted by the vote needed to adopt a rule of order.  Is this instruction in order and binding on the board? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
13 minutes ago, J. J. said:

The assembly adopts this motion "the board be instructed not entertain amendments to amendments of main motions."   This is an instruction and is not adopted by the vote needed to adopt a rule of order.  Is this instruction in order and binding on the board? 

The motion in question is certainly a special rule of order and therefore must be adopted by a 2/3 vote with notice or a vote of a majority of the entire membership. Such a motion is in order. As to the fact that the required vote threshold was not reached (and presumably notice was not given), it seems to me that this is a continuing breach (unless a majority of the entire membership was present), as the rule in question protects the rights of absentees.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 minute ago, Josh Martin said:

The motion in question is certainly a special rule of order and therefore must be adopted by a 2/3 vote with notice or a vote of a majority of the entire membership. Such a motion is in order. As to the fact that the required vote threshold was not reached (and presumably notice was not given), it seems to me that this is a continuing breach (unless a majority of the entire membership was present), as the rule in question protects the rights of absentees.

Then a majority could not instruct the board in these cases? Correct? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If the Board is created in the bylaws and authorized to establish both special and standing rules germane to its function, how would a conflicting special rule adopted by the general membership be resolved?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If by "how would a conflicting special rule adopted by the general membership be resolved?" you mean to ask if the rule adopted by the membership's assembly will take precedence, you will need to look to the bylaws for your answer. 

"Except in matters placed by the bylaws exclusively under the control of the board, the society's assembly can give the board instructions which it must carry out, and can rescind or amend any action of the board if it is not too late ...."  (RONR, 11th ed., p. 483, emphasis supplied)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...

×
×
  • Create New...