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bloomfield

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June 28, 2010 In a recent Executive Session, our Board President refused to entertain a motion from a Board Member, thus there was no second and no vote. Another Board Member attempted to bring a similar motion, but the President again refused the motion. These motions relate to an urgent matter for which time is of the essence on our Board acting. We expect the president to do the same thing at our next Executive Session and our Monthly Board Meeting. Is there a mechanism by which our Board can sideline the President and have the V.P. assume the meeting, entertain these motions and get them to a vote?

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Yes. Move to suspend the rules to have the VP (or someone else) preside.

Jonathan's answer has been addressed by the RONR Authors.

From Official Interpretation 2006-2 Found here

With these qualifications, it is indeed within the authority of the assembly, by a two-thirds vote, to suspend the rules so as to take away from the president the authority to preside during all or part of a given session. This is so even if the bylaws contain a provision to the effect that the president shall preside at all meetings, since such a provision is clearly in the nature of a rule of order. See RONR (10th ed.), p. 17, l. 22-24.

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Yes. See Official Interpretation 2006-2. Also see this script for an idea of how it would be done. Make sure you have 2/3 of the members who will be there and willing to back you up before trying this. However, you might want to try Appealing the President's ruling before taking this approach. See RONR pp. 247-252.

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