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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.

California College Republicans elect new leader in stormy Anaheim session


... times by Rowlands and others, who questioned many decisions Danzek had made and pointed out that they contravened Robert's Rules of Order.

UC Student Association maintained efforts to appease, collaborate with graduate students

Daily Californian

Graduates commonly used meeting procedures, like Robert's Rules, as a weapon against underprivileged communities unfamiliar with the rules, ...

Discussion of Tebo's contract pulled from agenda

Suwannee Democrat

Miller brought up that the motion would need a two-thirds majority vote, but only received 60 percent majority vote based on Robert's Rules of Order.

Greenfield Town Council hopefuls share thoughts on hot topics

The Recorder

“He knows local law, he knows rhetoric, he knows Robert's Rules, he knows parliamentary procedure, he knows state law, and if he can't dazzle you, ...

Opening arguments made in PSEA v. Fairbanks

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

A justice asked Brown whether any of the council's procedures violated any laws, Robert's Rules, or other recognized rules throughout the process of ...

Reprimanded Akron Councilman Bob Hoch says ego, not race, is at the heart of council's troubles


... to help council follow both its established rules and Robert's Rules of Order, widely used to determine parliamentary procedure in the United States.

Town council in quandary over Hope trash vote

The Republic

... members followed Johnson's lead and rescinded their approval after Johnson claimed they were allowed to do so under Robert's Rules of Order.

Pound expands credit line


He searched Robert's Rules and found the provision that permitted the action to continue under the same motion. Council approved — on a 3-1 vote, ...

Abutters upset by lack of input on Rochester subdivision

Foster's Daily Democrat

“They're trying to work according to (Robert's Rules of Order)… but what frustrates us is that a lot of the discussion on any project happens between ...

Service group to hold food drive

The Cross Timbers Gazette

They could be the Sergeant-at-Arms, which is the person who helps [conduct the meetings] to keep a record of Robert's Rules of Order during the ...

Pownal board re-considers Act 46 motion

Bennington Banner

POWNAL — After not having the majority votes necessary to warn a community vote on creating a unified school district out of the communities of the ...

UNM regents to pick president finalists after rejecting faculty resolution

Albuquerque Journal

... avoided voting on the faculty's resolution, prompting a terse exchange with the board and a explanation of how Robert's Rules of Order applied.

KISD board meetings confusing

The Killeen Daily Herald

For those interested in Killeen schools, navigating how the Killeen Independent School District board of trustees functions can be mind-boggling.

County GOP infighting addressed

The Reflector

He explained that in Robert's Rules of Order, an agreed-upon set of structure for parliamentary discussion to follow, something dilatory was frivolous ...

Attempt to revisit vote on DASO union contract fails

Las Cruces Sun-News

29 motion and the commission already has acted on a motion to reconsider that action, the commission first would have to suspend Robert's Rules of ...

New Rolling Meadows alderman appointed

Chicago Daily Herald

Budmats said he would be familiar with city council meeting structure because he knows Robert's Rules of Order from his time as board chairman for a ...

City Council undergoes counseling for racial strife

Akron Beacon Journal

Secondly, Keith is seeking a permanent parliamentarian, essentially an expert on council's rules and Robert's Rules of Order. Lastly, she's brought in ...

Town topples tower talk

Mainely Media

Although motions are generally in the positive according to Robert's Rules of Order, in this case the two votes in favor of the motion meant the board ...

Trenton clerk admonishes council members over Parrey leak

The Trentonian

Harris noted in the email the release of the recording violated Robert's Rules of Order, the policies and guidelines governing municipal meetings.

Hope rescinds mandatory trash pickup vote

The Republic

Johnson then cited Robert's Rules of Order, which he said allows a council member who had earlier cast a prior positive vote to make a motion to ...

Political turmoil continues for Penticton Indian Band council

InfoTel News Ltd

“When he runs meetings, he doesn't run consistently, one day under Robert's Rules, the next day he will appoint the chair and make the agenda.

Unifying the union

Stowe Today

She emphasized how following Robert's Rules and other procedures would help the board to function, especially with 14 members. She said an ...

Leadership and respect play key role during annual StuGov retreat

Iowa State Daily

One of the engaging activities the 37 senators and cabinet members began their Saturday morning with was a Robert's Rules simulation – in which ...

Geraldine Eure appointed as Trenton municipal court judge

The Trentonian

... Ms. Eure's appointment, the council has no authority to reconsider the same resolution during its term of office,” citing the Robert's Rules of Order.

Lyndhurst's form of government to stay for now


Haggerty said that, under Robert's Rules of Order, any commissioner can make a motion to bring something to a vote. "All that is needed is another ...

Roy Exum: Why Now We Need 18

The Chattanoogan

It was then decided Robert's Rules of Order permitted those who abstained to “re-vote.” Boyd and Mackey gave Fairbanks the nod, which gave ...

Student Senate: Body to vote on Times New Roman and budget at first meeting

The Post

The proposed framework is Robert's Rules of Order, which the resolution calls “the most well-organized” as well as most commonly used framework of ...

Change due for VA

Traverse City Record Eagle

24 meeting about the Robert's Rules of Order and the Michigan Open Meetings Act. Voting member John Block said Forsyth told the board he would ...

Courthouse has architect, but no plan

Meridian Star

County Attorney Lee Thaggard said the motion passed because the county practices Robert's Rules of Order. “Under Robert's, a majority vote means ...

Portage Council returns ordinance rule change to committee

Portage Daily Register

City Attorney Jesse Spankowski said the change, as proposed, would conform to Robert's Rules of Order, in that it would forbid someone from making ...

Encouraging Board Participation


Robert's Rules of Order spells out in explicit detail how to run a meeting, including introducing a new item of business, voting on it, and closing the ...

Group sues Prince William supervisors over permit for future mosque

Fauquier Times

They say Stewart violated Robert's Rules of Order and asked County Attorney Michelle Robl to review the vote. In response, Robl acknowledged there ...

Republican disloyalty proceedings to begin

Smoky Mountain News

The meeting will also be held in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order, which, according to the hearing notice, requires disciplinary issues to be ...

Proposed $33.9 million RSU 9 budget passes first hurdle

Lewiston Sun Journal

After an unidentified voter explained that Robert's Rules of Order requires a majority vote for a written ballot, voters voted 106-36 to follow Robert's ...

Attorney short circuits HEMC business meeting

Northeast Georgian

Again, we're not going to go into a question-and-answer session,” but Brown could make a motion according to Robert's Rules of Order. “First sir, you ...

Code of Conduct approved by council

Moultrie News

... go through it and weed out things that didn't apply or were redundant and already covered by the Ethics Commission or Robert's Rules of Order.".

Sewer fee increase on Wed council agenda

Taft Midway Driller

According to Robert's Rules of Order the consent calendar is appropriate for ”[f]inal approval of proposals or reports that the board has been dealing ...

Prince William mosque vote legal, says county lawyer

Inside NoVA

Robl noted in her report that these motions didn't precisely follow “Robert's Rules of Order,” the guidelines most localities use to govern public ...

Baton Rouge Water Company says industry needs to stop drawing water from aquifer

The Advocate

It must follow public meetings laws, public notice laws and Robert's rules of order, and it must submit regular reports to state leaders about the status of ...

Vallejo school board divided over LCAP budget

Vallejo Times Herald

Kearney-Brown then read a section of Robert's Rules of Order about debate decorum. “The last speaker arraigned my motives,” she said about Worel.

Town Crier - Shem Creek Water quality decline due to multitude of factors

Moultrie News

There are already safeguards in place that dictate how Town Council operates, such as Robert's Rules of Order. And the very oath that council ...

Two supervisors ask for a review of mosque vote

Fauquier Times

Now, two supervisors on the losing side of the decision have asked the county attorney to weigh in on whether Stewart followed Robert's Rules of ...

North Wales council mulls changes to appointment rules, regulations

The Reporter

NORTH WALES >> The conversation has started, and North Wales officials have had plenty to say about putting in writing new rules about how ...

Nuclear Decommissioning Citizens Advisory Panel lifts off

Wicked Local Plymouth

“If that wasn't in strict compliance with Robert's Rules of Order, I apologize, “O'Connor said. “It's been a long time since I was a selectman in the town of ...

Lawsuit Filed to Revoke Mining Operation Permit


She said according to Robert's Rules of Order, a certain procedure had to be followed in order to get a revote. Based on transcripts, she said the board ...

Just follow the rules -- they're there for a reason

Shelbyville Times-Gazette

Most governmental bodies pay lip service to Robert's Rules of Order, but many local governing bodies are pretty casual about how they follow it.

City council rules confusion highlights voting loophole

Norman Transcript

The council is bound by Robert's Rules of Order, the most widely-used manual of parliamentary procedure in America. It's a common document, but it's ...

Reinventing the Wheel

Memphis Flyer

Shaw said that either members would need to memorize Robert's Rules in toto, or they could — and perhaps should — devise simpler and more ...

Gardiner City Council drafts goal to make city asylum community

Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel

... who reviewed good practices in conducting public meetings and held a mini-course on Robert's Rules of Order, a guide to parliamentary procedure.

Ombudsman finds Sherwood councillor was in conflict of interest, asks RM to vote on his dismissal

Regina Leader-Post

... the room, (Probe and Repetski) focused the council's discussion on whether the motion was properly before council under Robert's Rules of Order.

BUSINESS BOOKSHELF: Robert's Rules for Dummies gets the job done


Robert's Rules of Order is pretty dry reading. My copies were both old, so while I was in the bookstore recently, I bought Robert's Rules of Order, Newly ...

Experts find Sauk County Board debate rule confusing


Disagreement over a Sauk County Board rule that involves closing off ... Slaughter is an expert on Roberts Rules of Order, a guidebook to meeting ...

Student Senate prepares for new speaker, senators

The Daily Eastern News

Young said Robert's Rules of Order were established so people will not repeat each other's comments, to prevent people from talking over one ...

With a new BOE, promises for the public in Belleville


“If you had to go to work in a cold environment, with rules changing every day, ... We need to know Robert's Rules of Order and parliamentary law.

Council swears in new members, reimburses CN

Lake County News Chronicle

By voting down the resolution, the council will continue to follow Robert's Rules of Order. According to City Administrator Dan Walker, the new rules ...

Kimble keeps school board president title after all

Youngstown Vindicator

“What it sounds like to you is not a rule,” Hunter said. ... Robert's Rules – or Robert's Rules of Order – are the meeting procedures most public ...

Victoria council begins year on testy note

SW News Media

Several organizational items were approved after a lengthy discussion about how to follow Robert's Rules of Order — the guide to how meetings ...

School board gridlock: Trustees fail to elect chair


The board then adopted the meeting dates for 2017, and the 11th edition of Robert's Rules as rules of order. With tensions running high, a motion to ...

Iowa Board of Regents will not vote publicly to reverse meeting change

The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

Regent policy states the board shall conduct its meetings according to Robert's Rules of Order, meeting structure guidelines commonly used by ...

NDSU Extension strengthens programming to meet citizen needs

Farm Forum

“One of the key components of civic involvement is a basic understanding of parliamentary procedure,” says Joel Lemer, an Extension agent for Foster ...

Ranked Choice Voting: An Easy Solution to Fix Our Broken Elections

IVN News

In conflict with the spirit of the Constitution, our electoral rules punish ... With recommendations by procedural guides like Robert's Rules of Order, RCV ...

Haven Commission to discuss personnel items at workshop

The Ledger

That, according to Murphy, is because the city also had adopted Robert's Rules of Order, which would have required the commission to vote 4-1 to ...

SV council plans to revote on $396000 water plant renovations

LaSalle News Tribune

City attorney Jim Andreoni said that Robert's Rules of Order states that the motion to table should have been voted on first. However, Bogacz said the ...

New county commissioners, new rules

Conway Daily Sun

OSSIPEE — There will now be order at Carroll County Commission meetings — Robert's Rules of Order, that is, thanks to newly sworn-in county ...

Diversion group changes open meeting rules

Silver City Daily Press and Independent

Robert's Rules of Order is a guide to conducting meetings through which decisions should best be made as a group. It has set the standard by which ...

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