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Hello,

I was hoping you could clarify something for me. Following Robert's Rules, what would be considered grounds for a Board's banning of a guest from an open meeting (non executive session) when the process is not addressed in the organization's Bylaws and said Bylaws defer to Robert's Rules of Order for all topics not specifically addressed within?

Also, if a Board chair attempts to have a visitor removed by force of law, must the law enforcement agency abide by the Board's request if it can be proven on site that the Board is not adhering to the guidelines?

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No grounds are necessary for the Board to exclude a non-member although RONR does note the chair can have a non-member removed on his own accord if they're disrupting the preceedings (subject to appeal).

Part II of your question is not a Robert's Rules questions and we can offer no answer.

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Q1. Following Robert's Rules, what would be considered grounds for a Board's banning of a guest from an open meeting (non executive session) when the process is not addressed in the organization's Bylaws and said Bylaws defer to Robert's Rules of Order for all topics not specifically addressed within?

Just make a motion.

No "grounds" are necessary to remove a nonmember (of the body which is meeting).

For example: "I move that Col. Mustard be ordered from the room."

You don't have to be "democratic" and include (or exclude) all guests and visitors. - You are free to pick and choose whom you want to remain. - Cherry picking is okay.

Q2. Also, if a Board chair attempts to have a visitor removed by force of law, must the law enforcement agency abide by the Board's request if it can be proven on site that the Board is not adhering to the guidelines?

"Law"?

We do not practice law.

We do not answer legal questions.

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I agree with the others on the first question - non-members can be removed. But it would also be wise to double check the organization's By-laws or appropriate statute to see if these open session portions are required. While generally a good idea, if non-members are abusing the privilege it is simply better to remove the privilege.

As for the second issue, it would be up to the police when they arrive. While the Board may not be following the "guidelines" (and I have to wonder which "guidelines" these are) I would contend that the police would still be likely to escort the non-member away.

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