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Can a board President come back days after a board meeting and say they are vetoing a motion that passed at the previous board meeting? Or do they have to actually veto the motion at the time it is made and passed, and then have a specific length of time to state their reason for vetoing it? 

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RONR doesn't grant the President (or anyone else for that matter) the power to "veto" anything.  However, you may be using the term "veto" differently than us.  Is the President claiming some rule has been violated by the adoption of this motion (and if so can you please provide more detail?) or does he or she simply not like the motion?

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Yes, the president ( mayor ) is claiming that the expenditures the motion will reflect is not in the best interest of the town.

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Just wanted to verify in case my original post wasn't clear. At our regular board meeting, a motion was made, seconded, discussed, and passed by a 4 to 1 vote ( we currently have a 5-member board, one board member down from our normal 6 ). Nothing was said at the meeting by the president of his intent to veto. 5 days have passed since the meeting, and the board members received an email stating the board president has now decided to veto the motion because he says he feels the money spent on the motion would not be in the town's best interest. I was aware that the president was required to send a written explanation of any veto to the board within a certain time frame, however I was under the impression that the president was required to veto the motion at the time it was made and not wait until he gave his reasons for vetoing. Just wanted to clear up whether or not the veto was done according to the rules that govern.

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As I mentioned earlier RONR doesn't grant anyone the authority to veto anything.  Since (apparently) your Town's governing rules/law provides for a Mayoral Veto you will need to look to those rules and/or law for your answer.

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On 10/7/2019 at 2:28 PM, Guest Kaye said:

Can a board President come back days after a board meeting and say they are vetoing a motion that passed at the previous board meeting? Or do they have to actually veto the motion at the time it is made and passed, and then have a specific length of time to state their reason for vetoing it? 

If the rules in RONR apply, a board president has no veto power whatsoever.  The presiding officer may rule that a given motion is out of order when it is first moved, and give reasons for this ruling at the time, but believing it to be a bad idea is not a valid reason.  It would have to violate some black-letter rule.

Once a motion is passed by the board, that is the decision of the board and not subject to veto.

If your rules give a veto power to the president, that's another matter, since your rules would supersede those in RONR.

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