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Our bylaws does not say anything  about  time limit on discussion on a motion. If we want to limit  discussion  on each agenda item  what is the  procedure? On which pages of  R R XI edition I can find more information? Thanks in advance

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Look up the motion to Limit or Extend Limts on Debate. If you move it when no motion is pending, you can have it apply for the entire meeting. In that situation , the motion would be debatable and require a two-thirds vote to be adopted. It cannot apply beyond the end of the current session. if you move it while a motion is pending, it only applies to that motion. It is undebateable in this situation, and still requires a two-thirds vote.

If you want to make this a Special Rulea of Order that applies to all of your meetings, then you will need read the section on special Rules of Order to see how to adopt one.

 

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6 minutes ago, Atul Kapur said:

...It cannot apply beyond the end of the current session.

Do you mean "meeting" rather than "session"? My understanding was that the rules cannot be suspended byyond the current meeting.

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2 hours ago, Rob Elsman said:

Do you mean "meeting" rather than "session"? My understanding was that the rules cannot be suspended byyond the current meeting.

Page 195, lines 31-33 seem to make it pretty clear that it can extend to the conclusion of the current session.

 

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11 hours ago, Rob Elsman said:

Do you mean "meeting" rather than "session"? My understanding was that the rules cannot be suspended byyond the current meeting.

The discussion was regarding a motion to limit or extend limits of debate (not a motion to suspend the rules), but in either event, these motions can have effect beyond the current meeting (but not beyond the current session).

"An order limiting or extending limits of debate is exhausted: (1) when all of the questions on which it was imposed have been voted on; (2) when those questions affected by the order and not yet voted on have been either referred to a committee or postponed indefinitely; or (3) at the conclusion of the session in which the order has been adopted—whichever occurs first." (RONR, 11th ed., pg. 195)

"Rules that have their application outside of the session which is in progress cannot be suspended." (RONR, 11th ed., pg. 264)

12 hours ago, Atul Kapur said:

Look up the motion to Limit or Extend Limts on Debate. If you move it when no motion is pending, you can have it apply for the entire meeting. In that situation , the motion would be debatable and require a two-thirds vote to be adopted. It cannot apply beyond the end of the current session. if you move it while a motion is pending, it only applies to that motion. It is undebateable in this situation, and still requires a two-thirds vote.

If you want to make this a Special Rulea of Order that applies to all of your meetings, then you will need read the section on special Rules of Order to see how to adopt one.

I would add that since the organization appears to have a habit of adopting an agenda, another option would be to set specific times for each item in the agenda.

12 hours ago, Jayadev said:

On which pages of  R R XI edition I can find more information?

The motion to Limit or Extend Limits of Debate is discussed in RONR, 11th ed., pgs. 191-197. Agendas are discussed in RONR, 11th ed., pgs. 371-375. Special rules of order are discussed in RONR, 11th ed., pgs. 15-17.

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