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difference between a motion and a resolution?

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State statute requires the consent of at least 67% of the assembly to amend the assembly's bylaws. However, within the bylaws themselves, there is a statement that by a "general or special resolution of the Board," a certain provision in the bylaws may be altered.

The Board treated the resolution as if it were a motion, replacing the term, "motion," with the term, "resolution," seconded it and voted.  

What is the difference between a motion and a resolution?  What is a "general" resolution versus a "special resolution"?  

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5 minutes ago, Genesis said:

What is the difference between a motion and a resolution?  

Form.  See RONR (11th ed.), pp. 105-110

5 minutes ago, Genesis said:

What is a "general" resolution versus a "special resolution"?  

RONR makes no such distinction.

Edited by George Mervosh

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A resolution with a preamble follows the skeleton guide in RONR (11th ed.), p. 108, ll. 5-14:  Whereas...., Whereas...., Resolved...., Resolved....  So merely substituting "resolution" for "motion" would not be correct.

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On 1/15/2020 at 1:50 PM, Genesis said:

What is a "general" resolution versus a "special resolution"?  

This is a term I often see in statute. Almost always, there is a list of definitions at the beginning of the statute. If you don't see a definition in your bylaws, check the applicable statute.

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