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Using Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), may a member yeield the usused portion of her time to speak to another member?


 

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If a member disagrees with a ruling of the chair, how long under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) does the member have to Appeal from the Decision of the Chair?


 

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If a matter is properly postponed from one meeting to the following meeting, using Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), and the item is not made a Special Order for the meeting, what is it?


 

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When using Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, in a motion in the form of a resolution are the resolved clauses amended first or last?


 

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In Roberts what is the effect of a motion being withdrawn?  Can the withdrawn motion be made again at the same meeting?


 

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Under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is the missing term in the following sentence with regards to debate?  "When the member finishes speaking, he _______ the floor by resuming his seat."


 

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Under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), must the chair strictly alternative in debate between persons speaking pro and con on a debatable motion?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), can errors in minutes be corrected at any time?


 

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Although elections are often voted on by ballot, if your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order how is an election by voice handled?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), how far can a motion at one meeting be postponed through the motion to Postpone to a Certain Time?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), how far can a motion be temporarily delayed through the use of the motion to Lay on the Table if another matter of urgency arises ?


 

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If your organization follows Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, is the following motion subject to Divide the Question so that the organization can consider (1) whether to create the committee and (2) the committee's duties?

"That an architectural committee be created to review new construction and any changes to existing homes."


 

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Using Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), if an amendment is proposed to a motion that requires a two-thirds vote for its adoption, what vote is required to adopt the amendment?


 

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Using Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), can the assembly require a maker to withdraw his or her motion?


 

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If the maker of a motion requests permission to modify or withdraw, does the chair ask for the permission of the person who seconded the motion (using Robert's Rules)?


 

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Are vacancies taken into consideration in determining a quorum?


 

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Under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), the chair of a large body, such as a membership meeting or convention, is permitted to vote when the vote is by ballot.  In what other circumstances can the presiding officer vote in a large body?


 

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In an annual member meeting following Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, can the motion to Postpone (to a Certain Time) be used to delay consideration of a matter to next year's annual meeting?


 

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In an annual member meeting following Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, can the motion to Commit (or Refer) be used to delay consideration of a matter to next year's annual meeting?


 

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In Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, what rules require a two-thirds vote for suspension through the motion to Suspend the Rules?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)--and ignoring any state statutes that may apply--what is the restriction as to what can be considered at a "special meeting."


 

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In The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Edition), what is the name of the motion to revisit a matter that is either postponed temporarily or tabled?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what notice is required for an adjourned meeting established through the motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn?


 

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If the bylaws provide a parliamentary authority of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, but are silent as to electronic metings, can an organization have meetings by Skype or video conference?


 

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Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised states that the chair should NOT ask "Is there any unfinished business?"  What should be done instead?


 

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Under the language of the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order, if there are nominations for office from a committee, should their also be a call for nominations from the floor? 


 

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Under Robert's Rules of Order, who has the authority to exclude nonmembers from part or all of a meeting?


 

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The bylaws require that a certain item, such as elections, be considered at a particular meeting.  If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), where would this item fall in the standard order of business?


 

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At a meeting that follows Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), a member moves "to lay the main motion on the table until new business."  How should the presiding officer respond?


 

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In a convention following Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), a Main Motion, amendment, and motion to Refer are pending.  A motion to close debate (Previous Question) is moved on all pending motions and adopted.  In the subsequent votes, the motion to Refer is defeated.  The amendment is adopted.  Prior to the last vote on the Main Motion, a member moves to Table the proposal.  Is the motion to Table in order?


 

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In Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what duties are prescribed for the Immediate Past President?


 

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Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) makes reference to a "Corresponding Secretary."  What is this office?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), how many times may each member speak to a debatable Appeal?


 

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Unlike a Division of the Assembly (which is an uncounted rising vote following an inconclusive voice vote or vote by show of hands), how does a member operating under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), request that a vote be counted?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what vote is required on the motion to Suspend the Rules when the rule is a convention standing rule?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), the motion to create a blank by striking out is what type of motion?


 

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What is the "Gordian Knot motion" and which authority discusses this parliamentary maneuver?


 

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The parliamentary authority for your organization is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  A main motion is under discussion.  The Previous Question is moved, seconded, and ordered by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting.  A member then obtains the floor and asks that the main motion be divided into two questions.  Is the motion to divide in order procedurally?


 

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You are a delegate to a national convention that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  According to the adopted program, the time for adjournment of a particular session is at 4:00 pm.  A motion is made at 3:15 to adjourn the session.  You wish to speak against the motion to Adjourn.  Is the motion to Adjourn debatable?


 

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A member appeals from a decision of the chair at a regular monthly meeting of an organization.  After debate on the appeal, the chair states the question as follows: "The question is: 'Shall the decision of the chair be sustained?'"  The vote is 89 affirmative and 90 negative.  If the organization’s parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), can the chair (who is a member of the assembly) vote on the appeal and will the chair's vote have any effect on the outcome of this appeal?


 

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Your parliamentary authority is The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Edition).  What motions can be reconsidered?

 


 

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You are a delegate to an annual convention that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  You wish to delay consideration of the pending resolution until next year's annual convention.  What motion should you use?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), there are three variations of the motion to Commit whose object is not to turn the main question over to a smaller group, but to permit the assembly's full meeting body to consider it with the greater freedom of debate that is allowed in committees--that is, with no limit on the number of times a member can speak.  What are these three forms?


 

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Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) describes a situation in which the chair, without objection, simply permits a brief pause, without a declaration of a recess.  What is the term describing such action?


 

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Can a Request for Information be raised following the adoption of an order for the Previous Question (to close debate)?  The parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), can the minutes be approved without being read at all?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) and you make a subject THE special order for a meeting, what is the effect?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), how are the usual rules of debate modified during a debatable Appeal?


 

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You are at a convention that uses Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) as its parliamentary authority.  If a roll call vote is taken, should the doors be closed and no one allowed to enter or leave the room?


 

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Your organization follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  You have proposed a motion that "The President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall each receive a $100 gift certificate to Smith's Department Store."  The motion has been amended so that it now it now reads: "The Treasurer shall receive a $1 gift certificate to Smith's Department Store."  Can you speak against the pending motion, since it is quite different that you originally intended?


 

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A motion and amendment are pending at a meeting that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  The presently pending amendment proposes to strike several words from the main motion.  What type of amendment can be made to the pending amendment?


 

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An organization is required to hold regular meetings each month.  At the February meeting date, there are not enough members present for the meeting to be held.  Has the organization violated its bylaws by not meeting in February, according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), there are three situations in which the motion Appeal is NOT debatable.  What are they?  



 

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In Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is described as a "board within a board"?  


 

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In cases where a board is constituted so that a specified portion of its membership is chosen periodically, what happens to unfinished business when the outgoing portion of the board vacates membership, according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition). 


 

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Under Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is the name given to "written rules of parliamentary procedure formally adopted by an assembly or an organization" which "relate to the orderly transaction of business in meetings and to the duties of officers in that connection"?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), should a motion that is later withdrawn by the maker show in the minutes?


 

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After some debate on a resolution at a club meeting, a member asks if there is a method by which the discussion and meeting can be continued to another time and place, but before the next monthly meeting.  The President responds that Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) has a means of continuing the meeting to another convenient time before the next regular meeting.  What is the name for such a meeting?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what standing rule of a convention cannot be suspended?



 

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Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) emphasizes that the use of members' names should be avoided.  Does this mean that a speaker should refer to himself in the third person, such as "this member"?


 

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Under The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Ed.)("Sturgis"), is the motion to refer to committee fully debatable?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is the effect of adopting a motion that conflicts with a motion that has been adopted by the society and has neither been rescinded, nor reconsidered and rejected after adoption?


 

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You are a member of the Santa Claus Society and are attending one of your quarterly meetings.  An important motion is being discussed.  Because it is Christmas Eve, the meeting has to adjourn right NOW.  What happens to the motion under discussion, if your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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Our board meets three (3) times per year.  Our parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  Is it possible for me to postpone a matter that is currently pending to our next board meeting?


 

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Your parliamentary authority is The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Edition)("Sturgis").  A main motion has been moved and seconded.  Discussion has continued for several minutes.  A member obtains recognition and says, "This motion is not worth the time we have spent discussing it, and I move to close debate."  Is the motion to close debate in order?


 

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Your parliamentary authority is The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Edition)("Sturgis").  A main motion has been moved and seconded.  The maker of the motion chooses not to speak to the motion.  The first person called upon for discussion moves to close debate.  Is the motion to close debate in order, given that there has been no debate whatsoever?


 

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You are a delegate at a convention that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  Two bylaws proposals have been noticed for consideration concerning dues--one to set the annual dues at $100 per member and one to have varying amounts of annual dues based on membership factors.  These two proposals represent different approaches to solve the same problem.  After extensive debate, the proposal to set the annual dues at $100 per member passes.  Does the other bylaws proposal still need to be considered? 


 

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Under the Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Edition), what vote is required to demand that an indecisive voice or hand vote be counted?  


 

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Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure (2000 Edition) describes a type of absentee voting by which a member agrees with a member who would have voted opposite to the first member not to vote, which is used in Congress and some state legislatures.  What is the name of this type of absentee voting?


 

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The secretary is absent from a meeting that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  Who should fulfill the secretary's duties at the meeting, including taking the minutes?  The bylaws are silent on this issue, but the organization also has a financial secretary and an executive secretary.  Should one of these officers be an automatic replacement? 


 

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A member has appeared at your annual meeting and demands to vote in the elections, even though he is several months behind in his membership dues (and has failed to respond to two letters demanding immediate payment).  The bylaws have nothing to say about this issue.  Your organization's parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).   Can the member vote?


 

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Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) provides for an "adjourned meeting," which is a continuation of a regular or special meeting.  What is the term given to such a continuation of a meeting in The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure?


 

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Your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  Name at least three motions that are amendable but not debatable.


 

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You are a member of and the presiding officer at a large monthly meeting that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  You have been told that you can only vote to break a tie.  Is this a correct statement of the rules regarding voting by a presiding officer?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), how should an adjourned meeting begin?


 

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An organization wishes to have as its elected treasurer a well-known accountant, who is not eligible for membership in the organization.  The bylaws have no provisions on qualifications for office.  Can a non-member be elected as an officer, according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?



 

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There are two types of questions of privilege.  What are they and which has priority over the other, according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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Name at least two parliamentary steps that are in order even after an assembly has voted to adjourn, according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).


 

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You are attending a meeting that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) to the letter.  A member moves to reconsider an earlier vote on an objection to the consideration of a resolution.  Another member raises a point of order that it is out of order to reconsider the vote on an objection to consideration.  Who is right?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), which incidental motion does NOT require a second, but does require a vote? 


 

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An organization's bylaws provide for a parliamentary authority of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), but no method for amending the bylaws.  How can the bylaws be amended and by what vote?


 

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You are at a meeting that is considering a particularly contentious main motion.  After approximately one hour of heated debate, a motion was made and adopted to limit debate to one additional hour.  There are five minutes of debate remaining before the end of the one-hour limit.  You wish to postpone the main motion to another time.  Given the current parliamentary situation, is the motion to postpone in order?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what information should be contained in the first paragraph of the minutes of a meeting?


 

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A homeowners association holds one meeting (the "Annual Meeting") a year.  Can the motion to Postpone to a Certain Time be adopted by such a group, according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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The phrase, "The next order of business is . . .," should never be used, according to Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law.  Why?


 

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You are attending the monthly meeting of an organization that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  A motion is made to "purchase a new office desk at a cost not to exceed $1,500."  An amendment is proposed to strike the number "$1,500" and to insert "$1,000."  A secondary amendment is proposed to strike "$1,000" and to insert "$750."  At this point, a member gains the floor and moves "to create a blank by striking out of the pending motion the dollar figure."  Another member immediately raises a point of order that there cannot be three amendments on the floor at the same time.  Is the point of order well taken?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Ed.), can an officer be a candidate for another office without resigning the first office?


 

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One update in the new Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) is a change in the preferred name for the motion “Point of Information.”  What is the new preferred name?


 

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A particular convention standing rule was adopted by a two-thirds vote (following Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)).  What vote is required to suspend the rule for a particular specified purpose?


 

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A main motion is pending at a meeting following Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) as follows: "That the organization support the candidacies of Able, Brown, Charles, and David."  A motion is made to amend the motion by striking the word "Charles."  Can this amendment now be amended?


 

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Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law uses mnemonics to remember the rules to certain motions.  According to Demeter, the motion to Appeal From A Decision of the Chair can be applied to J,O,D.  What do these letters stand for?


 

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According to The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Edition), the motion to reconsider can only be applied to what type of motion?   Why?


 

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Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) states that in organizations with employees, the assembly or board can give instructions to an employee in a form very similar to a resolution, except the word "Resolved" is replaced with what word?


 

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Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) distinguishes between ordinary standing rules and convention standing rules.  What is the vote required to adopt such rules and to suspend such rules?


 

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What is the difference between "bullet voting" and "cumulative voting"?


 

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Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law uses the mnemonic NO-MOM-PA to remember the fundamental subjects which make up an acceptable set of bylaws.  What does each letter stand for?  What additional basic bylaws articles does Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) include that are not listed in Demeter as a fundamental subject?


 

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This Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives presided over the most celebrated  and sensational of all quorum controversies.  On January 29, 1890, he ruled that the presiding officer could ascertain a quorum with his eyes, and not simply rely on the ears of the Clerk in calling the roll (which resulted in some members remaining silent in their chairs and not being counted towards the quorum).  When members realized they might actually be counted towards quorum, some dodged under desks, others rushed for the doors, and one member kicked open a locked door and fled.  This Speaker's book, Parliamentary Rules, is still used as a parliamentary authority.  Who was the Speaker and where was he from?


 

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Your organization's bylaws require the nomination and election of officers to be considered at the May meeting.  You are responsible for preparing the agenda for the May meeting.  Where should the nomination and election of officers be placed in the order of business, if your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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Your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  Under what circumstances is an appeal not debatable?


 

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You are at a special meeting of a church congregation called for the purpose of considering whether or not to sell a piece of church property.  During discussion of the only business to be considered at the meeting, a member obtains the floor and moves to table the motion for which the meeting was called.  Is the motion to Table in order if your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law  uses the mnemonic "S-H-I-P" as a reminder of the subjects to which a member can raise a question of privilege.  What does each letter stand for in the catchword "S-H-I-P"?


 

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You are at a convention that earlier in the same day passed an important main motion.  A member moves during the afternoon to Rescind the motion passed that morning.  Another member raises a Point of Order and states that the motion to Rescind is out of order in that the motion can be dealt with by the motion to Reconsider.  Is the point of order well taken if your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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You are at a convention that earlier in the same day passed an important main motion.  A member moves during the afternoon to Rescind the motion passed that morning.  Another member raises a Point of Order and states that the motion to Rescind is out of order in that the motion can be dealt with by the motion to Reconsider.  Is the point of order well taken if your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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You are attending the regular monthly meeting of an organization that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).   A motion is being debated when a member moves to adjourn.  The chair takes the vote on the motion to adjourn and announces that the "ayes have it."    Before actually declaring the meeting adjourned, a member obtains the floor and moves that "when the meeting adjourns, it adjourn to meet here next Thursday at 7:00 p.m."  Is the motion in order?


 

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The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Edition) recognizes a process (not used in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)), by which a motion that has been adopted can be repealed automatically from the adoption of a later motion that conflicts in whole or in part.  This process is known as repeal by _______________.


 

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The motion on the floor at a meeting following Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) is that the "national headquarters building be sold for $100,000."   An amendment is proposed to strike "$100,000" and to insert "$125,000."  A motion to create a blank as to the dollar amount is proposed and passes.  Other dollar figures made to fill the blank are $90,000 and $110,000.  What order should these figures be voted on in order to fill the blank?


 

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Your organization uses Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) as its parliamentary authority.  A main motion is under consideration.  The previous question is moved, seconded, and adopted.   Are you permitted to obtain the floor at this point and move that the vote on the main motion be taken by ballot?


 

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Prepare a teller's report under Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) for the following election:

There are 1,000 members of the association. 500 delegates are present at the convention.  Only 400 delegates are present at the meeting during the election.   A quorum is present.

There were 3 official candidates for Secretary: Jim Jones, who received 30 votes, Tim Turner, who received 125 votes; and Bob Blue, who received 165 votes.  A number of delegates do not like any of the candidates.  As a result, 10 ballots that were returned are completely blank.  Mickey Mouse (the cartoon character) received 20 votes.

Was any candidate elected on this ballot?


 

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You are the member of a committee in an organization that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  You disagree with the committee's recommendations and wish to speak against the committee report when it comes to the floor and to bring forward issues that you feel the committee did not give enough weight to during discussion.  Can you speak against the committee report, and can you discuss the issues the committee overlooked?


 

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Your organization is planning to rewrite its bylaws for purposes of clarity as well as to make substantial changes.  The bylaws committee plans to submit a revision.  What vote is required to adopt the revision if your parliamentary authority is Sturgis' Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure?


 

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What is the distinction between a "President-Elect" and a "President Elect," according to Demeter's Manual?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what are the three situations in which a main motion requires greater than a majority vote?