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A utility board recently held a special call meeting at which the chair wasn't able to attend. Three members which constitutes a quorum attended the meeting. One member acted as the chair due to the other two choosing not to. The board had not to date adopted any rules of procedure therefore no rules could be suspended. Did the board violate anything since they had no rules to suspend ?

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I do not recall guest Rodney telling me what rule did anyone expect needed suspension to begin with. They met, quorum was present, they chose a chairman pro tempore, decided some items of business and adjourned. I saw no problem in any of this.

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1 hour ago, Guest Rodney said:

A utility board recently held a special call meeting at which the chair wasn't able to attend. Three members which constitutes a quorum attended the meeting. One member acted as the chair due to the other two choosing not to. The board had not to date adopted any rules of procedure therefore no rules could be suspended. Did the board violate anything since they had no rules to suspend ?

An assembly which has not adopted a parliamentary authority is understood to follow the common parliamentary law, to the extent that there is agreement among the members of the body regarding what that is. RONR is the foremost authority on the common parliamentary law. It permits electing a Chairman Pro Tempore when the regular Chairman is absent, and also permits taking action by unanimous consent. No suspension of the rules is necessary. So if the assembly finds RONR persuasive in this regard, then no rule in RONR has been violated. The board has certainly not violated any of its written rules of procedure on this matter, since it doesn’t have any.

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