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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.

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 ...

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.


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


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


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


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


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 ...

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