If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), must the advice of the parliamentarian to a presiding officer be followed? (difficulty level - 2)
No. "After the parliamentarian has expressed an opinion on a point, the chair has the duty to make the final ruling and, in doing so, has the right to follow the advice of the parliamentarian or to disregard it." RONR § 47 (p. 467).
If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) and the organization has both a Vice President and President-Elect, who presides in the absence of the President (if there is no bylaws language that helps)? (difficulty level - 5)
The Vice President. RONR § 47 (p. 457).
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