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Exceeding the scope a bylaw amendment


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We have adopted RONR in our bylaws and all bylaw proposals require 60 day previous notice. Someone proposed to add the following bylaw statement to the committee section of our bylaws which would in effect authorize electronic meetings for committees:

“Except for the Board of Directors, all committees established by the Society, including Standing Committees and Special Committees (select, or ad hoc), are allowed to conduct electronic meetings.”

Because our Board was not a committee (but a form of assembly) and since the Board was not being authorized to conduct electronic meeting anyway, the first six words appear to constitute a redundant phase. So when the bylaw proposal came up for adoption on the floor of the assembly, I proposed a primary amendment which would strikeout the first six words so that if my amendment was adopted proposal would read as followsl:

 “Except for the Board of Directors, aAll committees established by the Society, including Standing Committees and Special Committees (select, or ad hoc), are allowed to conduct electronic meetings.”

The chair ruled my motion out of order and the reason given for his ruling is that my amendment exceeded the scope of the notice.  In your professional opinion does my amendment exceed the scope of the original notice. I don’t believe so and would like for you to weigh in!

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Guest Gretchen has an identical post on July 17 with answers from both myself and Mr. Martin. Please refer to those answers and let us know if you still need help.

https://robertsrules.forumflash.com/topic/33992-scope-of-bylaw-notice/?do=reportComment&comment=200612

https://robertsrules.forumflash.com/topic/33992-scope-of-bylaw-notice/?do=reportComment&comment=200619

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14 hours ago, Guest Zev said:

Guest Gretchen has an identical post on July 17 with answers from both myself and Mr. Martin. Please refer to those answers and let us know if you still need help.

https://robertsrules.forumflash.com/topic/33992-scope-of-bylaw-notice/?do=reportComment&comment=200612

https://robertsrules.forumflash.com/topic/33992-scope-of-bylaw-notice/?do=reportComment&comment=200619

Those links do not link to the actual messages, but rather are links to report those messages for violations. 

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