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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.


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

Dailyleader

 

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'

USA TODAY

... 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 ...

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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

Tribune-Review

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

Hometownlife.com

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

NJ.com

... 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

AL.com

"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

AL.com

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

AL.com

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

PennLive.com

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?

PennLive.com

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 ...


Dover residents circulate petition calling for recall of town chairman

Journal Times

The petition alleges that Lena is unable to conduct town meetings according to “Robert's Rules of Order,” as is required by town ordinance; that he has acted unprofessionally, including speaking extremely negatively about the town; and that Lena does not represent the interests of the people of Dover.


Lanfear takes on challengers Hurst, Ziola for county board seat

Grand Island Independent

“We claim to follow Robert's Rules of Order, but we don't,” he said. “If we actually did like the city does, that would go a long way to tone down the contention. With the city, you can talk twice for three minutes each time, which means you get your main points across, say your piece and then you're done.”.


SENATE RECAP: ASUN welcomes 86th Session

The Nevada Sagebrush (blog)

The speaker pro tempore runs the ASUN internship program and is in charge of the legacy binder. Sen. Hughes said she is qualified for the position because of her experience with creating organizations that help with literacy, and her knowledge of Robert's Rules of Order — by which the senate abides.

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Tobacco 21 faces setback, but not extinguished in St. Peter

Southernminn.com

Under Robert's Rules of Order, we are allowed to bring this up again, but what does it require, a majority of those opposed?” City Administrator Todd Prafke said he believed city ordinance supersedes parliamentary procedure when the ordinance spells out a different approach. In this case, two council ...


The Birthplace Of Robert's Rules Of Order Is Getting A Facelift

WCAI

A few years later, he published the first edition of Robert's Rules of Order, a set of guidelines for public meetings, and Henry's answer to that rudderless, raucous meeting a few years earlier. The book was an overnight success. Robert's Rules is in its 11th edition, and is used around the world.


Claims of cover-ups, bias surface during Struthers council meeting

Youngstown Vindicator

Bigley insisted that council should handle the situation through the use of Robert's Rules of Order as the city has no ordinances governing how the council adjudicates harassment issues. Back-and-forths between the lawmakers rose in intensity as they deliberated how to punish Patrick. Council ...


Catholic trustees keep secret ballot

Sault Star

Trembinki, reading from his copy of Robert's Rules of Order, said the secret ballot allows trustees “to vote their true sentiments.” “If you're receiving pressure from different places, keep the politics out of it and allow people to vote their true sentiments and then the true vote will come forward,” he said.


The caucus and convention system teaches citizens how to govern

Deseret News

From Robert's Rules to good old-fashioned persuasion, caucus night teaches us how to govern together. The face-to-face interaction of the caucus system also builds our demand for civil discourse and the ability to empathize with others, two elements that are increasingly absent from the public square.


Moderator candidates debate approach, flow of Town Meeting

Lowell Sun

MacDonald said he has no issue with residents being emotional and passionate about an issue. He said sometimes it's necessary to refer to an issue not directly related to an article in order to make a point. "There has to be a little bit of flexibility," MacDonald said. "Robert's Rules of Order was written to ...


Spec tax discussion cut short at Central Saanich meeting

Victoria News

King asked, “How do we handle that?” As chair, Jensen asked Windsor to explain his intent. Windsor said that in Robert's Rules of Order, items could be set aside and if no one chooses to bring it back, it does not return. “Good idea,” said Holman. The motion to set it aside passed with Paltiel and Jensen ...


Student Government appoints new leadership at inaugural meeting

Iowa State Daily

Vice Speaker Woodruff worked closely under Speaker Zoey Shipley, and helped implement the mentor-mentee program. Woodruff said he was well versed in Robert's Rules of Order, and he is the youngest elected official in the state of Iowa. Scheu stated he also loves Senate, despite the fact that it can ...


Parliamentarian schools City Council on how to be a civil council

Auburn Reporter

Inviting professional, registered parliamentarian Ann Macfarlane in to speak to the Auburn City Council about her area of expertise, Robert's Rules of Order, and how to use them to serve the community better, had been in the planning stages for months. So it was actually one of those ironies that her ...


Interest shown in Chippewa County Board leadership

Leader-Telegram

We need a chairman who is able to rein in the board, follow Robert's Rules of Order and follow rules of decorum and stop the personal attacks.” Hull noted he has experience not just on the County Board but has a decade of serving on the Chippewa Falls City Council. However, Hull will be traveling to ...


Newly-elected senators welcomed to USG at USG caucus meeting

UConn Daily Campus

“I would say it first is intimidating, legislative structure and Robert's Rules and (you'll go), 'Oh I don't understand what is this,'” Crow said. “Make sure this doesn't get in the way of passion.” Senator Zachary Corolla said while USG procedures were complicated at first, he did not let that stand in the way of ...


Detailed report: Council hears from parks director on downhill trails project

Lovely County Citizen

Berry asked if Robert's Rules of Order allowed him to call on other council members, saying Kendrick had been asking a lot of questions. “I do, and I'd like all of them answered,” Kendrick said. Alderman David Mitchell said he'd wait for her to finish, but alderwoman Mickey Schneider said she had one ...


Manatee school board chairman calls motion to remove him 'illegal' and 'out of order'

Bradenton Herald

His demeanor soon changed when Hopes said the vote would not be allowed, citing the board's bylaws and Robert's Rules of Order. School board attorney James Dye, however, said the motion was legal under Florida law. Hopes disagreed and continued to hold his position. "The ruling of the chair is ...


Student Body President attempts to veto proposal

The Free Press of the University of Southern Maine

In response, Hewitt looked through the Student Senate Constitution, Robert's Rules of Order, a guidebook for parliamentary procedures that the Student Senate bases their meetings on, and USM's shared Governance Constitution. In these documents, Hewitt found nothing that explained an instance ...


Fighting among Hoboken Democrats

The Hudson Reporter

“Per the by-laws and Robert's Rules of Order, there will be a motion to rescind the vote taken on June 12, 2017 electing Tiffanie Fisher as Chair. If the vote to rescind passes, the Chair shall be deemed vacant and nominations for Chair will be accepted.” The email also states committee members have ...


Town of Meeker approves annexation

Rio Blanco Herald Times

Meeker's Board of Trustees approved the annexation of the Belland/Fitzgibbons property north of Hwy. 13. The Planning Commission recommended the annexation, stating the property is contiguous with the town limits, and that property owners and the town both have an interest in the annexation.


Editorial – Council: check the rules

taosnews

What happened during the two and a half minutes it took for the town council and mayor to vote on Bellis' fate - twice - raised eyebrows and had some proponents of Robert's Rules of Order and state law scratching their heads. Bellis, for those of you new to the Taos scene or otherwise oblivious to the ...


Williams County won't reconsider water depot

Williston Daily Herald

Robert's Rules of Order might not have required Hanson to state a rationale for bringing the motion, but North Dakota Century code requires proper notice, Paltroff added. That would include the specific action being proposed, and the reasons for it. Without it, the county is violating his clients' right to due ...


City Board approves rezoning, bids

State Gazette

City of Dyersburg Mayor John Holden noted that his understanding of Robert's Rules of Order were to record motions made, motions accepted, and motions rejected without much narrative. He also explained that if Mr. Kirk was not satisfied with the minutes, a motion could be made to add an addendum ...


Resident demands apology from Arlington Heights mayor over parliamentary procedures

Chicago Tribune

Those non-binding principles, commonly known as Robert's Rules of Orders, have been followed by local governments ever since they were first published in 1876 by U.S. Army officer Henry M. Robert. On March 19, Hayes, expressing frustration, publicly rebuked Moens over the matter after Moens ...


Handbook Gives Residents Info On Workings Of Local Government

Roselle Park News

The handbook includes information on department heads, contracts with local unions, those who provide services to the borough, committees, resolutions, ordinances, meetings, public records, purchasing, finance protocols, ethics, the municipal budget, Robert's Rules of Order, links, and commonly ...


School budget talks lead to contentious meeting

The Union Leader

Coffman said he was following Robert's Rules of Order, which is designed to protect the voice of the minority. Others disagreed, saying that once a motion is made and seconded, a vote must be taken. “You cannot make your own rules up,” argued Raymond Guarino, board member. “Actually, the chair of ...


#RealDeal Interview: Borkowski on Getting CBP Front Line the Tools They Need

HSToday

 

COMMISSIONER BORKOWSKI: “Robert's Rules of Order.” And I started studying that in about the fifth grade. You know, my father had a law degree and a law library and I came across “Robert's Rules of Order.” And remember I just said that rules are made for idiots and, well, through my lifetime there ...


Judge mulling over arguments in lawsuit over luxury apartment complex in Shiloh

Belleville News-Democrat

Citing use of Robert's Rules of Order, Pierce claims on behalf of the village, "standard procedure freely allows amendments of motions.” “The simple fact that the plaintiff is unhappy with the outcome is not a basis for overturning the vote of the duly-elected officials," Pierce argued in the village response.


Former USG president impeached after winning appeal hearing for voting inaccuracies

Daily Egyptian

According to Robert's Rules of Order, there needs to be a two-thirds vote of all members to pass the motion. When Bowens was originally impeached on Feb. 13 only 18 senators were present. Bowens' impeachment rests on allegations investigated by USG's Internal Affairs Committee which found that ...


Liberty finally has a new law director

Youngstown Vindicator

Coombs cited Robert's Rules of Order, which outlines parliamentary procedure. Trustee Jodi Stoyak voted against hiring a new law director and accepting Finamore's resignation at last week's meeting, saying she wasn't consulted about the decision to hire Poteet until after fellow trustees Arnie Clebone ...


Town Council votes to appoint Bellis

taosnews

According to Robert's Rules of Order, an abstention vote is counted as neither a "no" nor a "yes" vote. Fernandez' abstention vote does not count toward the two "yes" votes or the "no" vote. Fernandez said the motion to appoint Bellis should have died at that point. A majority vote of the council is needed ...


Michelle Quist: The Utah Republican Party lost its court battle, and now it's time to move on

Salt Lake Tribune

Neighbors joined together Tuesday evening to elect representatives who volunteered to spend whole Saturdays of typically beautiful spring weather sitting in uncomfortable chairs, in stark convention halls, listening to political speeches and nonsensical tussling over Robert's Rules. Tuesday was caucus ...


Regarding Ruling Elders: Experiencing abundant love

The Presbyterian Outlook

There is nothing inherently bad about human tradition, by any means. Much of our worship, the use of Robert's Rules of Order, how we define our ministries, the circles with which we engage as churches: they are all based on customs and practices that have evolved over time, sometimes over centuries.


Lt. Governor's Office will ignore Utah GOP's new bylaw against candidate signature-gathering

St George News

The letter goes on to proclaim the bylaw “null and void” under guidelines set in Robert's Rules of Order. Robert's provides that should any order passed by a body conflict with the U.S. Constitution or the overall party's or state's constitution or bylaws, it has no authority. “'No rule that conflicts with a rule of ...


Vineland BOE president explains rejection of Pilla school naming request

Vineland Daily Journal

... Pilla's request could be reconsidered. When the motion failed to pass Wednesday, Medio, following Robert's Rules of Order, changed his affirmative vote to a "no." “That allows me to bring it up at a future date,” Medio said.


Newark group to challenge planning board decision for Wawa | Carter

NJ.com (blog)

He referred to Robert's Rules of Order, which considers abstentions to have the same effect as "no" votes if a majority of board members present is required. However, the rules also state that abstentions are ordinarily counted and noted not as a "yes" or "no" vote, that abstentions do not affect the voting ...


GC school board tension continues

Allied News

Oppenheimer questioned Nichols' authority in suspending a meeting, asking if it is part of Robert's Rules of Order. Solicitor Andrew Evankovich confirmed that the board president is able to suspend a meeting. Oppenheimer and Somora objected to the suspension. They asked for a vote overruling the ...


Maine Township supervisor endorses cut-off time for public board meetings

Chicago Tribune

Trustee Kim Jones, who said there is "merit to discussing a set end time for meetings," cited a "total lack of decorum and disregard of the Robert's Rules of Order," as reasons why township meetings have become longer. Robert's Rules sets parliamentary procedure for how meetings of governmental ...


Atlantic City Democrats pursue charges against mayor for $10000 check

Press of Atlantic City

But Carroll said the Irish Pub meeting was legitimate, and that “in (his) opinion” members should go to the Irish Pub for the meeting because of a provision in Robert's Rules of Order that states the secretary, who is Delores Callaway, should inform members of upcoming meetings." Callaway informed ...


Morrissey foiled in fight to hire mechanic

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

Shimp initially tried to prevent any debate on the matter, which led to a lengthy delay and discussions over whether the council was required to follow Robert's Rules of Order for governing meetings. Shimp said his vote on the mechanic's position was “purely budgetary,” noting he was “elected on a ...


Silverberg: Still making new friends, but keeping the old

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

But the lessons I learned in how to run a meeting with Robert's Rules of Order have stood me in good stead all these years, and I still remember how to tie a square knot. The other thing I remember with fondness was the song we sang at nearly every gathering. The lyrics started, “Make new friends but ...


Florence School District One board holds retreat, hears advice from lawyer

SCNow

Halligan said following Robert's Rules of Order and board policies helps the board be as efficient and fair as possible. “All these things are aimed at making a good decision,” Halligan said. Halligan said meeting agendas should not be published too far in advance before the legally specified 24-hour .


Washington County commissioner's attempt to get more investigation info released fails for lack of ...

Herald-Mail Media

That comes from the "standard provision of parliamentary procedure" in Robert's Rules of Order, according to an email from Crabb. However, an official Robert's Rules of Order website says otherwise. In response to a question about whether the president of a small board may vote only to break a tie, the ...


Sorority badge represents responsible, ethical, authentic, lifelong leadership

Paris Post Intelligencer

It's much more than simply learning Robert's Rules of Order. My own sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, has taken the question of what leadership looks like and developed a new focus on programming (http://www.gammaphibeta.org/aboutus/programs). Gamma Phi is committed to its members being confident ...


Mayor to meet with both ATU, ArDOT

Russellville Courier

Horton said the council should go back to Robert's Rules of Order, where one alderman is called upon to speak for a period of time, then move on to someone else so there is no confusion. "I was hoping we would get together, as nine people, working together to get something done. A motion was not ...


Editor's Column: A new blow to public information

Rio Blanco Herald Times

Today, with the inception of the consent agenda, which is admittedly a valid application of Robert's Rules of Order, commissioner meetings sometimes last less than 30 minutes. There's little discussion about much of anything, unless someone in the peanut gallery makes a ruckus about an item.


Celebrate FFA Week

The Daily Star-Journal

Besides that, almost every organized board or committee claims to follow “Robert's Rules of Order” as its guiding document, but none actually does. The reason I bring this up is because this week is National FFA Week. During National FFA Week many chapters reach out to the community sharing how ...


FROM THE INSIDE OUT: Robert's Rules of Horror

Huntsville Item

I am not exactly sorry I brought up Robert's Rules of Order, but now I promptly suggest that we play Chicken Train, Apple or Monopoly rather than hold another one of those scary meetings. Even games like War, Fish or Slap-Jack, which I hated even when I was a first-grader is preferable to one of those ...


Hanson wants to reconsider water depot decision

Williston Daily Herald

Williams County Commissioner Martin Hanson has invoked Robert's Rules of Order to revisit a water depot decision that became contentious during the county commission's Feb. 6 meeting. ... Robert's Rules of Order requires advance notice the meeting before such a motion is introduced. Two of the ...


At contentious meeting, 5th District Democrats decide to stick with convention

The Daily Progress

After disagreements over whether calling on members by name to recuse themselves counted as a personal attack according to Robert's Rules, a motion was made to rescind the committee's October decision to hold a convention. If passed, the committee would be back to where they were prior to the ...


Nashville District tames Cumberland River with the 'Old Locks'

DVIDS

Henry Robert, who published the first edition of Robert's Rules of Order 20 years before arriving in Nashville, replaced Barlow as commander of the district in 1891. Under Robert's direction, the canalization got fully underway with construction of Lock and Dam A and Lock and Dam 1, the two projects ...


5th District Democrats may switch from convention to primary to choose Rep. Tom Garrett opponent

Roanoke Times

With approximately 25 committee members on the call all attempting to adhere to Robert's Rules of Order, some members talked over their colleagues while several others complained about the sound quality and being able to hear everything that was said. Intermittent background noise of a barking dog ...


5th District Democrats eye switch to primary; argument ensues in conference call

The Daily Progress

The arguments continued, mostly around violations of Robert's Rules of Order and whether the agenda could be changed or if it had been approved already. Marty Silverman, of Albemarle, attempted to end the arguments by spelling out the issue. “If we accept the motion to continue with the discussion, ...


Council rejects standing committees policies

Journalscene.com

Among the requirements listed in the policy were that each council member should receive training in the Freedom of Information Act and Robert's Rules of Order; each committee can have a public comment item on the agenda so that anyone, including the mayor or council members not a member of ...


Experts say Groton Town Council within rights to change minutes praising Somers

theday.com

Evan Lemoine, immediate past president of the New England Association of Parliamentarians, said the council's action complies with Robert's Rules of Order, a manual commonly used by governmental and other bodies that spells out proper parliamentary procedure. “This is why the minutes should ...


City Council to consider new format for meetings

Charlottesville Tomorrow

They also agreed to use a less formal version of Robert's Rules of Order. “Discussion and debate of matters before the Council for action shall be undertaken in an informal and conversational matter, as much as possible,” read the proposed new rules. Council will also hold “town hall” meetings in ...


My Love Affair with Austin City Hall

Austin Monthly (blog)

I had convinced someone to give me a shot at writing, which seemed cool, and soon found myself in a council meeting trying to figure out who was who, what was what, and knowing blessedly little about Robert's Rules of Order. It was intimidating as hell, and I thought that everyone could tell that I was ...


River Valley Raiders are 'in business'

Gallipolis Daily Tribune

The parliamentary procedure is a contest where students learn to operate a meeting according to “Robert's Rules of Orders” in order to accomplish a given task. Each team is given a random and unknown to them task to resolve, and are judged on how they hold their meeting. Students must use basic ...


Tense Meeting Yields New Officer on Key Municipal Group

New Canaanite

Lindstrom, addressing the suggestion that Spring return to the commission as an alternate, said it would be “perfectly acceptable.” “What I would like to say is the one thing I request if you continue on is that you observe Robert's Rules and that is one of the things, for instance we usually speak when we ...


Democrats choose primary to nominate a challenger to Rep. Dave Brat

Richmond.com

But Shyam Raman, the political director for the Democratic Party of Virginia, said the closure was permitted under Robert's Rules of Order. In Northern Virginia, Democrats already chose a primary to pick a nominee to challenge GOP U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock in the 10th District. Last week, Democrats ...


Burlington board grapples with chairman's accusation of racism

vtdigger.org

To that end, the Board has requested advice on protocol for a Board response and a legal opinion on the appropriateness of the delivery of Chair Porter's personal statement to the Board (last night) under chair's prerogatives and Robert's Rules of Order.” What, if any, action the board could take against ...


SGA appoints new chief justice, commissioners

Berkeley Beacon

Northey said she wants to work more with Robert's Rules of Order—a widely used rule book on legislative meetings—and make sure that the Financial Advisory Board, Constitutional Review Board, and Organization Recognition and Review Board operate smoothly. SGA also appointed Erin Burgess as ...


Cindy Lange-Kubick: Karen Watson, bringing you world peace by way of parliamentary procedure

Hastings Tribune

A professional registered parliamentarian is a person who knows Robert's Rules of Order inside and out, backward and forward and sideways. A person who wants you to have an efficient, effective and fair meeting and will tell you precisely how to go about it. A person who is certified by the National ...


Monroe water bill increase initially falters, then moves forward

Monroe News Star

After a discussion of Robert's Rules of Order, the Monroe City Council introduced an ordinance that would increase water rates in the city by 73 cents per 1,000 gallons of water used. The rate change, if it receives final approval, would see the average water bill for 5,000 gallons increase by ...


Meeting rules, budget concerns top council retreat agenda

The Daily Progress

In discussing agenda items, per the proposed changes, the council no longer would be required to limit agenda item discussions to 30 minutes and would take a more relaxed approach in observing Robert's Rules of Order, widely followed guidelines for parliamentary and governing bodies that date to ...


Michelle Fischbach: The new lieutenant governor at the center of a legal storm

TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

During an interview in her Senate office, Fischbach leafed through copies of “Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure” and “Robert's Rules of Order” that she had marked up with dozens of Post-It notes. When a Senate staffer warned her that this story might portray her as a “lovable nerd” obsessed with ...


Preservation commission hearing scheduled amid objections

Post-Bulletin

Additionally, the commission adopted Robert's Rules of Order in response to concerns cited by Kramer's attorney, Brian McCool of the Fredrickson and Byron law firm. In a letter to McCool, Rochester Assistant City Attorney Patricia Alfredson said the city staff considers the other objections to be "without ...


An RSU exec resigned, what's next for the student union?

The Eyeopener

Nyaga said that since she also acts as chair in these meetings, she can vote a second time in the event of a tie, according to Robert's Rules. But she said she “doesn't want to be that person that's going over everybody's head and breaking ties,” and would rather compromise with the other executives and ...


Political fireworks fly at Jefferson Parish School Board meeting

The Advocate

Before the meeting, new board President Mark Morgan distributed copies of Robert's Rules of Order and notified members that political and personal attacks would not be tolerated during the meetings. But member Cedric Floyd was determined to point out how some of his colleagues and he differed.


Dem Zidek clashes with GOP over meeting minutes

The Delaware County Daily Times

“I think we want to accurately capture what occurred but the minutes of the meeting per both the Sunshine Act and per Robert's Rules of Order are not a verbatim transcript of what occurs,” the chairman said. “If you look at our minutes ... we are as descriptive or more descriptive of what the discussion is at ...


Salisbury City Council will now open meetings with moment of silence instead of prayer

Salisbury Post

The council discussed whether to change its parliamentary rules from Robert's Rules of Order to another method. The council agreed to look into whether switching from Robert's Rules might help make meetings smoother and more efficient. Miller recommended that a subcommittee be put together to ...


Jeopardy!' contestant reflects on four-day winning streak

Bismarck Tribune

Becker wagered $1 in Final Jeopardy! and was the only contestant to answer correctly. The final clue read: “This manual resulted from a military engineer's attendance at an unruly 1860s church meeting.” The correct response was “What is Robert's Rules of Order?” Going into the fourth show, Becker's ...


Republican Michelle Fischbach prepares for unusual partnership as Gov. Dayton's lieutenant

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Michelle Fischbach's copies of "Robert's Rules of Order" and "Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure" brim with Post-it notes. In her down time, she will page through the books she uses to preside over the Minnesota Senate. For fun. The self-proclaimed "rules geek," a Republican who spent the past ...


Palatine board's vote to hire meeting referee may signal dysfunction, expert says

North Cook News

The primer on proper parliamentary procedure is Robert's Rules of Order, a manual Wikipedia says was first published in 1876, which has seen updates as recently as 2011. But there are slimmer alternatives to this 800-page tome, Judar says. For instance, an Internet search lists a Dummies Cheat ...


Palatine Township board delays parliamentarian decision

Chicago Daily Herald

In addition to being masters of the commonly used Robert's Rules of Order and other methods to ensure well-run meetings, a parliamentarian is expected to make sure board members keep their comments on a current issue and prevent crosstalk. While uncommon at suburban governments, ...


Markovich gains gavel at school district

Alpenhorn News

“Superior inter-personal communication skills, ability to listen objectively, superior writing skills, stability, understanding of Robert's Rules of Order, understanding of the Brown Act, compliance with The Brown Act, time availability, attendance at California State Board Association (CSBA) Board ...


Concord Matters

KFUO Radio

Today's conversation covers defining the church, what's special about the church, chocolate mice, and Robert's Rules of Order. Rev. Sean Smith is pastor of Immanuel-Campbell Hill and St. Paul-Wine Hill, Illinois. Rev. Jonathan Fisk is host of His Time and Cross Defense on Worldwide KFUO. Rev.


Complaint prompts OMA probe

Traverse City Record Eagle

Robert's Rules of Order determine a quorum constitutes a majority of members of the board, leaving to question how a majority would be defined in the building authority's case, according to the opinion. Trey Allen, an assistant professor of public law and government at the University of North Carolina ...


Council Approves Changes To Rules and Procedures

Los Alamos Daily Post

“We know Robert's Rules has been in place for a century … (or for) quite a long time; they are tested procedures and I think we are overthinking the ...


Engagement forum to replace Regina Public School Board electors' meeting

Regina Leader-Post

The annual meetings of electors were conducted much like a formal board meeting, with an elected chair and following Robert's Rules of Order. Attendees could vote on motions that were presented, but the motions weren't binding for the board. “They were one large forum where people would have to ...


Palatine Township wants expert to referee board meetings

Chicago Daily Herald

In addition to being masters of the commonly used Robert's Rules of Order and other methods to ensure well-run meetings, a parliamentarian is expected to make sure board members keep their comments on a current issue and prevent crosstalk. Palatine Township Trustee Bill Pohlman said he'll ...


SE Delco rescinds super's contract extension

Delco News Network

As soon as the meeting came to order Wilson made a motion to adjourn based on Robert's Rules of Order saying a contract cannot be rescinded. The motion failed. Young also said the meeting was illegal under the board's own policies. The rescission of a contract to a superintendent has been dealt ...


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