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Robert's Rules in the News

News articles on Robert's Rules of Order and parliamentary procedure appear below, with most recent articles appearing first.

Yankee Notebook: Social democracy's bedfellows

Rutland Herald

Our president, never much for Marquess of Queensberry or Robert's Rules, has, I'm certain, never read Lakoff's “Don't Think of an Elephant.” But he's ...

Developments regarding new term limit law

Naples Daily News

Although Robert's Rules of Order and similar parliamentary guides provides that the chair only votes in the event of a tie, even if the bylaws ...

Members moving forward after messy vote

The Star Beacon

This can be done when it does not change the outcome of the prior vote, per Robert's Rules of Order. “So, Mr. Speelman's allegations of political ...

FYI: Voting and Valentines Day

Lufkin Daily News

Historically, the court has followed Robert's Rules of Order, which says no court can require a member of the quorum vote. It also says that in the event ...

Ashtabula switches course on senior housing

The Star Beacon

After a lengthy discussion about Robert's Rules of Order and whether city rules required a unanimous vote from council for a member to abstain ...

The Current: Chamber to develop candidates friendly to business

Yakima Herald-Republic

Local and state speakers will discuss how to file for office, public speaking, Robert's Rules of Order, campaign finance rules, canvassing a district and ...

Councilor calls for special election on library


Mannix said Murray's motion was placed on the agenda “at the last minute” and was out of compliance with Robert's Rules of Order, which indicates ...

Council plans another look at comment rules

The Steubenville Herald-Star

Petrella suggested council and administrators brush up on Robert's Rules of Order, generally considered the standard for civil debate, “so we don't ...

SGA appoints new chief justice, sustainability commissioner

Berkeley Beacon

In her time as deputy chief justice, Carey also created a “cheat sheet” of Robert's Rules—the parliamentary procedures SGA uses—for members and ...

Making history: Seymour FFA team advances to state competition

Seymour Tribune

The competition is complex, testing the team's knowledge of how to conduct a formal business meeting using Robert's Rules of Order. Team members ...

Flint City Council January update: Struggling for civility, council ousts Mays as finance committee ...

East Village Magazine

... “Point of Information” — both outlined in Robert's Rules of Order – the parliamentary procedure manual used by FCC and many other organizations ...

Trenton Board of Education approves McDowell merit pay again after 'procedural issue'

The Trentonian

... superintendent's merit pay, said the board needed to take formal action under Robert's Rules of Order to bring the merit pay issue “back to the table” ...

Trump's Inner Circle Keeps Violating the Stringer Bell Rule

The Atlantic

... shows a character named Stringer Bell trying to broker peace between rival drug dealers, and trying to get them to abide by Robert's Rules of Order.

Campbell County School Board Acts Fast to Avoid a Shutdown

County 17

In order for the school board to conduct regular business, they must have a quorum, which, according to Robert's Rules of Order, is the minimum ...

A Bridge Too Far: 'No' to Medicaid Expansion

Jackson Free Press

Rab Sanderson of Waynesboro cast aside Robert's Rules of Order and traded blows. Their quarrel moved from the House Chamber to the House ...

Keith Bona readies for 2nd year as North Adams City Council president

Berkshire Eagle

"Last year, I looked up Robert's Rules [of Order], which is our guide, and it clearly states that if you are a voting member, that you have the right to ...

GREG HARTON: Quorum Court: Transparancy vital -- later


Sometimes, debate on the Quorum Court has been "monopolized by the same people," Deakins said Friday, but Robert's Rules of Order is designed ...

UNDERSTANDING CONNECTICUT'S FOIA: Electronic participation by board members at ...

JD Supra

There is at least some ambiguity in Robert's Rules of Order and whether it could be interpreted as requiring bylaws expressly permitting electronic ...

Public, councilor challenge Mannix on library deal


“If I put on a motion, I can withdraw that motion, that's how Robert's Rules work.” “So Robert, whoever he is, set these rules that there's no dialogue?

Boyertown School Board OKs $600K for new stadium

The Mercury

"Talk to me about why building a new stadium is a good idea, but we can't do it when we're dancing around Robert's Rules all the time." In November ...

Nebeker tapped as Clatsop County commission chair

Daily Astorian

The board rules, adopted in 2014, require that meetings adhere to Robert's Rules unless they conflict with previously stated mandates. The rules also ...

Jersey City schools chief won't be rehired, board says


Robert's Rules (of Order) allow walk-on resolutions,” Thomas said. Lyles was first hired in 2012 to replace Charles Epps. Her contract renewed ...

How a ‘Table’ Changes Shape as It Crosses an Ocean

The Wall Street Journal

U.K. politicians table a measure to advance it, but U.S. legislators do the same to lay it aside. Why does a simple word have two opposite meanings? . . .

A Reporter Looks Back on 2018

Santa Clarita Gazette

Here's the kicker: According to Robert's Rules of Order, the nominations are voted on in the order they were placed. Since Kellar nominated Smyth ...

Changes to Utah Democratic Party's anti-harassment policy aim to plug 'loopholes' exposed when ...

Salt Lake Tribune

“Generally speaking, members of the state Democratic Party had interpreted the harassment policy and Robert's Rules to mean that only so-called ...

Tension surrounds TADL Board appointment

Traverse City Record Eagle

Tholen said the county Board of Commissioners' rules do not specifically address the issue, but instead reference Robert's Rules of Order — a manual ...

City Council rejects Logan, punts filling vacancies to new year

The Daily Memphian (press release)

... among council members over what constitutes a majority and by whose rules – the council's rules or Robert's Rules of Order, the parliamentary code ...

Village Council member attempts to cool meetings

Daily Mining Gazette

The proposed changes are very similar to those contained in Robert's Rules of Order, which is a nearly universal template for conducting public ...

Seneca Meadows gets town permit, town attorney position stays

Olean Times Herald

He accused Avery and two other board members of meeting improperly to plot their plan. Lazzaro said, under Robert's Rules of Order, he can refuse to ...

Winchester Town Meeting rejects re-vote on controversial zoning

Wicked Local

Howley said some Town Meeting members had pointed out that the reconsideration might not align with Robert's Rules, meeting guidelines used for ...

Workshops and worship create full agenda at Moderators' Conference

The Presbyterian Outlook

Most of Friday afternoon was spent educating the new moderators on how to conduct meetings, including a review of Robert's Rules of Order and ...

Supervisor rules motion to defund SF town attorney out of order

Finger Lakes Times

According to Robert's Rules of Order, Lazzaro has the right to refuse to acknowledge a motion with a reason, although the other board members can ...

Hillsboro councilwomen speak out on city attitudes, meetings, flow of info

Hillsboro Times Gazette

As for the Robert's Rules training, Koogler said he had spoken about it with Law Director Fred Beery, but “I will not offer a solution at this time.”.

Veterans, advocates allege state is misusing relief money generated from veteran license plates

WRTV Indianapolis

... as decided by the organization's board of directors which are voted on in a parliamentarian process in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order.”.

Republicans to fill Armstrong Senate seat Nov. 30

Bismarck Tribune

... members wish to contend for the seat, they will need two members to nominate and second their nomination, pursuant to Robert's Rules of Order.

PUC votes to rescind action

Hibbing Daily Tribune

McGuire felt Garrity was in violation of Robert's Rules of Order by requesting they revisit the item without offering new information to justify it.

Atlantic City Council moves to create police advisory board

Press of Atlantic City

ATLANTIC CITY — Residents may soon have the ability to address neighborhood concerns directly to Police Department supervisors as part of an ...

BOLINGBROOK AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Lunch and Learn Series-"Robert's Rules of ...

Illinois Business Daily

Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement. Name: Lunch and Learn Series-"Robert's Rules of Order 101".

Attorney General Concerned About College Council's 'Executive Sessions'

The Emory Wheel

Co-Chief of Staff Jacob Hicks (18Ox, 20C) said College Council passed Robert's Rules of Order as parliamentary procedure in Spring 1971, but when ...

Richmond County Democrats elect new leaders

The Augusta Chronicle

... where he said he would “take the Democratic Party of Georgia bylaws and Robert's Rules seriously,” including by keeping meetings well-advertised ...

Unicoi mayor responds to candidates' criticisms

Johnson City Press

It is in our charter to go by the Robert's Rules of Order. I am trying to make sure we go by the Robert's Rules of Order ... When you get in there you are ...

City 'no votes' donation

Atmore Advance

According to Robert's Rules of Order, to introduce a new piece of business or propose a decision or action, a motion must be made by a group ...

County Commission considers procedural tweaks


... Agenda Committee meetings should be more informal, but no one argued against continuing to use Robert's Rules of Order — a popular collection ...

'Unchartered waters' in Hesperia


When Bird returned to the dais, Holland and Dunn discussed the appropriate action in continuing the discussion as set forth by Robert's Rules of ...

Details of City Council spat surface

The Winchester Star

Robert's Rules of Order, first published in 1876, is the most widely used parliamentary procedure manual in the United States, with detailed ...

Thetford Votes for Vote on Town Manager

Valley News

That was because of rules described in Robert's Rules of Order, a parliamentary procedural manual adopted at all town meetings in Vermont by state ...

Trenton councilman accuses council president of muzzling 'free exchange'

The Trentonian

She said she hadn't instituted a new rule and said her push to restore order at meetings was grounded in Robert's Rules of Order and the Faulkner Act ...

Old Bridge Township Council wants to change meeting rules


Robert's Rules of Order, published by Henry Martyn Robert in 1876, is a manual of parliamentary procedure of a set of rules for conducting orderly ...

Bridgeman: Meetings should be open for public to speak

Barrow Journal

The Statham council barely follows an agenda, only nods occasionally at Robert's Rules of Order and has seldom called people out of order — or at ...

Procedural tactics on bill preempting local labor laws lead Democrats to walk out of committee ...

The Times Herald

To shut us down and my motion to adjourn is in order, it takes precedence under Robert's Rules, and I think we need adjourn this meeting because ...

Vallejo school board meeting remains volatile despite new president

Vallejo Times Herald

Kicking off the meeting by reading various sections of the board's by-laws and Robert's Rules of Order aloud, current president Marianne ...

ASG increases transparency with accessible minutes, updated website

The Campus

The Robert's Rules conventions related to meeting minutes include stating the times, dates and locations at which meetings are called and adjourned ...

EMS Zone becomes "legal" war zone after Gold Cross files a lawsuit


... on the agenda but still brought up during the EMS Council's November meeting which a court already said is in violation of Robert's Rules of Law.

Berryville council may change voting procedures

The Winchester Star

Several town officials said they consulted various sources, including the Virginia Municipal League and Robert's Rules of Order, which generally is ...

Sauk County denies gun rights referendum as more open meetings questions are raised

Portage Daily Register

Citing Robert's Rules of Order, Supervisor Brian Peper of Loganville appealed the chair's ruling, a move that put the matter to a vote of the full board.

Brazaitis removed as deputy mayor; Selin to fill the role

West Virginia MetroNews

Earlier in the meeting, Brazaitis was stripped of his title as deputy mayor — a ceremonial title under Robert's Rules of Order. The vote was 5-2, with ...

Livingston drainage board member removed after outburst, said he had to 'put her (the clerk) in her ...

The Advocate

Girlinghouse said he thinks the work is being done, but the board needs a brush-up on Robert's Rules of Order, the set of rules that governs public ...

Adrian City Commission reviewing meeting process

The Daily Telegram

... at such things as parliamentary procedure and Robert's Rules of Order, which is a guide for conducting meetings and making decisions as a group.

Civics and government relations — where are they?

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Third is failure to use Robert's Rules of Order. If you are on a board and they do not use them, then adopt them. They are a structured operating ...

Learn and utilize meeting etiquette



Robert's Rules of Order is a time-tested standard, providing common rules of parliamentary procedure for all types of meetings. It was written by Henry ...

Berryville Town Council discusses ward system

The Winchester Star

Dickinson said she understands that under Robert's Rules of Order, “silence [in voting] means you go along with” whatever the majority wants.

Council approves Measure E selection process

Hanford Sentinel

KINGSBURG – If you're interested in helping Kingsburg's City Council ensure that Measure E sales tax funds are being spent as they were intended ...

Article 19 and Article 20 of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against ...

The Good Men Project (blog)

Most of these types of things follow Robert's Rules of Order. But the notion of adopting an organization's own rules of procedure seems interesting and ...

Tempers flare during ethics talk

The Springtown Epigraph

The conversation began with Council member Larry Trammel suggesting the adoption of Robert's Rules of Order to help create “discipline” in the ...

Council rejects new public comment rules

News-Press Now

... rules already exist in the code and are enforceable by a presiding officer according to the parliamentary procedure code known as Robert's Rules of ...

Council denies changes to public comment rules - KQ2.com (press release) (blog)

Gleason: 'I just want to see the TAC plowing ground'

Ridgecrest Daily Independent

Lemieux added that the consensus concept differs from most committees, which follow Robert's Rules of Order, such as voting on a matter. He said the ...

City Council employs parliamentary rules to save hardship ordinance

Ames Tribune

He said that under Robert's Rules of Order, commonly used parliamentary procedure, the council could “reconsider” the ordinance and revote. Corrieri ...

Stephen Colbert recaps 'Red-Hot Congressional Strzok-Fest 2018'


... Bob Goodlatte and Democratic member Jerrold Nadler. After watching footage of their exchange, the comedian declared, "Damn, it's Robert's Rules ...

Rockland: Residents Calling for More Town Officials to Resign

95.9 WATD-FM (blog)

“I know they have to play by the Robert's Rules of order game and all that, and no one wants to talk because of lawyers. It just seems they need to ...


Meadowbrook Owner Files Suit Against Leesburg Town Council

Loudoun Now

However, the lawsuit states that that was not correct procedure and points to Robert's Rules of Order, which the council uses to govern how its ...

No final decision made on Red House future

Evening Observer

Trustee Cynthia Flaherty offered Dorman her 'Robert's Rules of Order' “cheat sheet” and pointed out that, like the July 5 meeting which only had four ...

'Chaos' hobbling Bexar County Democratic Party

San Antonio Express-News

They seem to believe that if you scream 'Robert's Rules of Order' enough times, you're granted your wish.” One meeting, Kane said, devolved into a ...

State law puts few restrictions on how municipalities handle public comment at meetings


Schuettler said the league provides training on Robert's Rules, how officials should use social media and how to handle municipal personnel, among ...

Aldermen to look at rules to punish members for 'disorderly conduct'

The State Journal-Register

Like most legislative bodies, Springfield aldermen use Robert's Rules of Order for parliamentary procedure, which gives the chair authority to gavel ...

London City Council meeting heats up

London Madison Press

Tempers flared as the proceedings threatened to spiral out of control, as at times, speakers abandoned Robert's Rules of Order for a less civilized, ...

Is your board getting bogged down? Take back control

MultiBriefs Exclusive (blog)

This is quoted from "Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised." Understanding parliamentary procedure is necessary for a good board meeting to ...

Selma City Council ends contract with its city attorney. But why?

Fresno Bee

Costanzo argued that Robert's Rules of Order, which Bennett cited, "are not the law." The agenda item dealing with Costanzo was kept on the agenda.

What to do about unruly board meetings


A: If it has not already done so, the Board of Directors should vote on a resolution adopting formal parliamentary procedures, such as Robert's Rules of ...

Hudson Dems inviting 'chaos, mischief' for upcoming chair fight, lawsuit says


... provide committee members with a meeting agenda and order that the HCDO create three committees required by Robert's Rules of Order.

Can City Council President Ben Stuckart really shut down a meeting whenever he wants?

Pacific Northwest Inlander

Pressed on the question, Stuckart argued that Robert's Rules of Order, the system of parliamentary rules that undergirds the council rules, gives him ...

Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society director resigns

Oxford Eagle

... open meetings with notice given as to the time, date and location of the meetings; conducting board meetings following Robert's Rules of Order; ...

Bored (and embarrassed) by some Birmingham boards? Demand better


"Training would cover governance, ethics and Robert's Rules of Order as a way to improve the service these individuals provide to the people of ...

Town Meeting passes Islington Center articles

Wicked Local

... vote," can be made when the moderator states that the vote is in question, which results in a standing or roll call vote, according to Robert's Rules.

Catholic diocese parts ways with Maine Council of Churches

Press Herald

The decision to adopt Robert's Rules of Order followed a 20-month process of examining how decisions are made. Field said that during the marriage ...

Controversial Birmingham board reconvenes to approve restaurant


The training would cover governance, ethics and Robert's Rules of Order as a way to improve the service these individuals provide to residents.

Politics Report: Big Cities Remembered They Run SANDAG Now

Voice of San Diego

... northern, inland district — argued with SANDAG's legal counsel about whether the attempt to schedule a re-vote followed Robert's Rules of Order.

Fired BJCTA executive director 'considering all options, including litigation,' attorney says


A failed resolution cannot be re-introduced to the board, some directors said, according to Robert's Rules of Order. An initial agenda distributed on ...

Long Beach Council To Consider Censuring Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce For Her Conduct

Gazette Newspapers

Censure is a disciplinary procedure under Robert's Rules of Order. It publicly chastises a member for his or her conduct, but does not include legal ...

White Springs receives clean audit

Suwannee Democrat

Mckenzie also had issues with the resolution calling Robert's Rules of Order as a general guideline while the charter states “Robert's Rules of Order ...

County commissioners urged to join pharma lawsuit

Conway Daily Sun

She was told that under Robert's Rules of Order that meant the issue couldn't come up again until the next board of commissioners is seated in ...

Hagler talks leadership, power, more in Chronicle interview

The Augusta Chronicle

And he's already familiar with Robert's Rules of Order, the procedural rules used by the mayor to conduct Augusta Commission meetings.

Hounsell clashes with budget panel, steps down

Conway Daily Sun

Roughly 30 minutes into the April 26 meeting, Hounsell complained about the committee not fully adopting Robert's Rules of Order. He called the ...

Abstention and changing votes in the board

Manila Bulletin

Lifting also from Robert's Rules of Order, the change can be made only before the resolution is announced and released; after that, the change can be ...

Harrisburg School District searching again for new superintendent


Cooper wrote the action taken to rescind the vote was an improper action under Robert's Rules of Order - a decorum adopted by the board to run their meetings - so that vote does not stand. School Board President Judd Pittman said today this means it falls back to the resolution passed in March, and ...

Renew or replace: What's next with Harrisburg school superintendent's contract?


In looking at school code, Robert's Rules of Order and the Pennsylvania School Board Association regulations, Robinson said, "The vote, I believe, was proper, and I think it followed the rules." It all started March 19 when the school board voted 5-4 in favor of opening up Knight-Burney's contract to look ...

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