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Regarding a disciplinary committee, the organization's bylaws state the committee's duty is to "recommend to the Board its decision with appropriate, if necessary, disciplinary actions". The Board then votes. It's a three person committee. 2/3rds of the committee recommend a 1 year suspension. 1/3 of the committee recommends a 3 year suspension. Do both of these recommendations go to the Board or does one recommendation ( 1 year) go to the Board?

Same organization, same bylaws, same committee: if 1/3 of committee recommends 1 year suspension, 1/3 of the committee recommends 2 years suspension and 1/3 of the committee recommends 3 years suspension - what then happens?

Is this committee mandated to arrive at a majority or unanimous recommendation or can separate recommendations go to the Board as its decision?

Note: There is no terminology in the bylaws which speak to unanimous, majority or split recommendation/decision.

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... the organization's bylaws state the committee's duty is to "recommend to the Board its decision with appropriate, if necessary, disciplinary actions".

The Board then votes.

It's a three person committee.

2/3rds of the committee recommend a 1 year suspension.

1/3 of the committee recommends a 3 year suspension.

Do both of these recommendations go to the Board or does one recommendation (1 year) go to the Board?

Simple.

When a committee reports, the only thing that goes into the report is that which was arrived at by majority vote.

Same organization, same bylaws, same committee: if 1/3 of committee recommends 1 year suspension, 1/3 of the committee recommends 2 years suspension and 1/3 of the committee recommends 3 years suspension - what then happens?

Nothing.

No majority decision was achieved.

When a committee reports, the only thing that goes into the report is that which was arrived at by majority vote.

Is this committee mandated to arrive at a majority or unanimous recommendation or can separate recommendations go to the Board as its decision?

When a committee reports, the only thing that goes into the report is that which was arrived at by majority vote.

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Same organization, same bylaws, same committee: if 1/3 of committee recommends 1 year suspension, 1/3 of the committee recommends 2 years suspension and 1/3 of the committee recommends 3 years suspension - what then happens?

Is this committee mandated to arrive at a majority or unanimous recommendation or can separate recommendations go to the Board as its decision?

Note: There is no terminology in the bylaws which speak to unanimous, majority or split recommendation/decision.

When committees of any type are asked to return recommendations, it is not the individual recommendations of members that are desired. Those can be heard at any time during debate without any need of a committee. It is the reasoned and deliberate recommendation of the committee, as presented in the committee report, which is being sought.

Whenever RONR refers to an entire body (such as a committee) having an opinion, or making a recommendation, it means a majority of that group has agreed (unless otherwise specified).

So the report of any committee contains the agreed-upon majority view of the committee.

In some cases, minority reports are also sent to the parent body, expressing the dissenting or alternative views of a minority of members. This is permitted under RONR only if (you guessed it) a majority of the committee [parent body] agrees to allow it.

In this case it is not proper to refer to a so-called "majority report". There may sometimes be minority reports, but the report of the committee is simply called "the report."

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In some cases, minority reports are also sent to the parent body, expressing the dissenting or alternative views of a minority of members. This is permitted under RONR only if (you guessed it) a majority of the committee agrees to allow it.

This is not true. It is the assembly's decision. See p. 510, l. 27-31, and p. 511, l. 18-30.

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In some cases, minority reports are also sent to the parent body, expressing the dissenting or alternative views of a minority of members. This is permitted under RONR only if (you guessed it) a majority of the committee agrees to allow it.

In the second sentence, strike "committee" and insert "parent body" and I'll concur.

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