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Under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), can a vote on a motion to amend the bylaws be reconsidered?


 

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Under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), can a motion to Limit or Extend Limits of Debate be applied to more than the immediately pending debatable motion?


 

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Under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what are teh bases for temporarily replacing the chair with another presiding officer?


 

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When an hour is assigned to a particular subject in an agenda, does the subjet become a special order or general order?


 

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At a meeting that follows Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, an amendment to a legislative agenda is proposed. A member Objects to the Consideration of the amendment. Is the Objection to Consideration in order?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what motions are not prevented by the adoption of an order for the Previous Question?


 

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What is the qualified form of the motion for the Previous Question?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), can an election be taken by voice or unanimous consent (and no one objects) if the bylaws require a vote by ballot?


 

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Both Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) and The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, 4th Edition have a motion to divide a pending question.  As to the vote, what is the major difference between these two books?


 

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The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, 4th Edition does away with Robert's use of "Call for the Orders of the Day" to require the presiding officer follow scheduled order of business.  What does TSC recommended using instead?


 

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A motion with two distinct parts that should be divisible has been discussed, amended, and debate closed through adoption of the Previous Question. Just prior to the vote, a member moves to Divide the Question.  Is the motion in order?


 

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The following are generally recognized to be types of what?

  1. General
  2. Limited
  3. Directed
  4. Limited Directed
  5. Quorum

 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), under what catagory of business should matters that the bylaws require to be considered at a particular meeting, such as the nomination and election of officers, be considered?


 

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If you follow Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), may a meeting without quorum even be called to order?


 

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If at a properly called special meeting action is taken relating to business not mentioned in the call of the meeting, what must be done to make that action valid under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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I am attending a meeting that uses The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Edition).  Is it permissible for me to speak to an issue and end my remarks with a motion to "close debate and vote immediately"?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Edition), what is the name of the motion to Postpone Temporarily if the Chair interprets the motion as a motion to kill the proposal without further debate?


 

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What vote is required in Robert's to adopt the motion to Discharge a Committee?


 

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Using Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), can a motion be referred or postponed after debate has been limited?


 

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If notice has been of a bylaws amendment and your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), during what portion of the order of business should the amendment be considered?


 

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According to Robert's Rules of Order, should a president of an organization be chair of or serve on a nominating committee?


 

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Which of the following is NOT typically considered a deliberative assembly by Robert's Rules of Order:

  • Local assembly of an organized society
  • Board
  • Committee
  • Convention
  • Legislative body
  • Mass meeting

 

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Under Robert's Rules of Order, what is the quorum for a special committee that is not provided for in the bylaws?


 

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Under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), which of the following are stopped by adopting the Previous Question?

  • Debate?
  • Motion to Amend?
  • Motion to Refer?
  • Motion to Recess
  • Requests for Information?
  • Motion to Suspend the Rules

 

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An organization that follows Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) has both a President, President-Elect and Vice President.  The President fails to make a meeting.  If the bylaws are silent, which officer should preside?


 

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When is an Appeal NOT debatable, according to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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The general rules is that bylaws cannot be suspended.  However, if your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), under what two circumstances might it be possible to suspend a bylaws provision? 


 

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A motion is laid on the table by an organization that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  Later in the same meeting, a motion to Take from the Table is made, seconded, and defeated.  Another matter of business is then taken up.  How long must a member wait before again moving to take from the table (or should the motion to Take from the Table be reconsidered?)?


 

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You are in a meeting that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  You make a motion to reconsider an item that was discussed and adopted several meetings before the present one.  The chairman notes that because no notice of the motion to reconsider was given and because of some members not being present at the meeting, a two-thirds vote will be required to adopt the motion to reconsider.  What type of meeting are you attending?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), if a motion to Reconsider is made at a time when it is not in order for it to come before the assembly for debate and vote, should the motion be seconded at that time or later (when the motion is "called up" for consideration)?


 

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Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) is your parliamentary authority (and there are no other applicable rules).  If a member desires to give notice of a motion that requires previous notice, how does he do so?


 

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Under The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Ed.)("Sturgis"), name the five "Restorative Main Motions."


 

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You are a delegate to a convention that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  Various committees for the convention have been appointed by the President (and approved by the convention) to make proposals to the assembled delegates.  The Convention Committee is composed of five members, but only one is an elected delegate.  When the Convention Committee presents is recommendations to the convention, is an additional second needed from the floor or does the committee report carry its own second?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), is it in order to move to a Division of the Question on an amendment if the amendment contains several parts, each of which is capable of standing as a complete proposition if the others are removed.?  Can the motion Division of a Question also be applied to a main motion while an amendment is pending?


 

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In Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), does the motion Request to Be Excused from a Duty require a second?


 

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A trial of a member is being handled using the disciplinary procedures outlined in Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  The accused member has notified the organization that she will appear at trial with a non-member attorney representing her.  Must the organization allow the attorney to appear under RONR?


 

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Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law states that the business part of the order of business can be remembered by the initial letters: R, R, R, S, U, N, G.  What do these letters stand for?


 

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Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law places the motions Reconsider, Reconsider and Enter, Rescind, Expunge, Ratify, and Take from the Table into a class of their own, like the subsidiary, privileged, and incidental classes of motions.  What is the name for this class of motions? 


 

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You are attending a national convention that operates under The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (4th Edition)("Sturgis").  A Bylaws amendment which required previous notice of 60 days is under discussion.  During debate, a member states that several other articles and sections need to be amended to comply with the noticed amendment under discussion.  He then makes an amendment to amend these other sections.  Does Sturgis allow such amendments to other parts of the Bylaws not specified in the notice? 


 

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In a disciplinary trial held pursuant to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is the title given to the members of the society who have the task of presenting the evidence against the accused?


 

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If you are following Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is typically the first item of business immediately following the call to order of a mass meeting?


 

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You are attending a meeting that closely follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  A series of independent resolutions dealing with different subjects has been offered in one motion (and must be divided upon the demand of a single member).  Instead of dividing the question, the assembly decides to consider the material seriatim (by paragraph).  Later during the debate, a member moves to divide the question.  Is the motion to divide the question in order? 


 

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An organization has held a disciplinary trial pursuant to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  One of the managers for the organization has made a motion to expel the member as a penalty.  What vote is required and must the vote be taken by ballot? 


 

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An organization that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) goes into executive session during its January meeting to consider and vote on an important motion.  At the February meeting, the organization goes back into executive session solely to read and act upon the minutes of the previous meeting's executive session.  How do the minutes from the short executive session at the February meeting get approved? 


 

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The current "Mission Statement" of an organization is amended during a meeting using the motion to Rescind/Amend Something Previously Adopted.  Later in the meeting, it is realized that a single word change would make the Statement more grammatically correct.  Can the motion to Reconsider be used at the same meeting to revisit this issue, according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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The motion to Lay on the Table is commonly misused in organizations that follow Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  In fact, RONR goes so far as to state the following: "In ordinary assemblies, the motion to Lay on the Table is out of order if the evident intent is to ____ or _____ dealing with a measure."  What words are missing?


 

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Your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  RONR states that during a vote the chair must always call for the negative vote except for two possible exceptions.  What are these exceptions?


 

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If your parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what must be done if the assembly is to elect a chairman pro tem to hold office beyond the current session (in the event of illness or disability of both the regular presiding officer and his alternate)?


 

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According to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), is the motion to Fix the Time to Which to Adjourn in order if there is a meeting scheduled for later within the same session?


 

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You are attending a convention that follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  A resolution was introduced during the morning session to hold the annual banquet on Friday evening this year.  An amendment to change the night to Saturday was adopted (and you supported the amendment).  Everyone now realizes that the Saturday banquet conflicts with the largest social event of the year.  The entire banquet issue needs to be revisited.  How do you word your motion to bring back up for discussion and vote both the amendment and the main motion?


 

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What is a "Texas ballot" and which parliamentary authority describes it?


 

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You are at the regular monthly meeting of your civic club during New Business.  A very important budget matter was tabled at the last meeting.  You are presently discussing a motion on the entertainment for the annual meeting, when a member states in debate that in the event the main motion on entertainment is voted down, she will offer a different motion covering the question.  The entertainment motion is put to a vote and voted down.  Can you now move to Take from the Table the important matter from the previous meeting if the parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?   Why or why not?


 

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A convention has been called for the purpose of forming a state society.  The chairman of the Convention Arrangements Committee has called the meeting to order and has asked for a motion to authorize the appointment of the Credentials, Rules, and Program Committees.  A Point of Order is raised that no motion of any kind is in order because the Credentials Committee has not reported and no one knows who the properly appointed delegates are.  Is the Point of Order well taken if the parliamentary authority is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition)?


 

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In Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is the name of the (rarely used) proceedings in which the full assembly gives detailed consideration to a matter under consideration, members can speak to the main question or any amendment as often as they can get the floor, the presiding officer remains in the chair, and any motion except an amendment that is adopted puts an end to the proceedings?


 

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Your organization follows Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition).  The pending motion is a secondary amendment to strike out words from a primary amendment to strike.  What will be the difference in effect depending on whether the primary amendment is a motion to strike out words or a motion to strike out a paragraph?


 

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Two organizations have identical members, issues, and discussions.  The only difference between the two organizations is their parliamentary authority.  The following identical election took place in both meetings:  For the office of president, Sue Smith received  50 votes, Bob Brown received 44 votes, Vicki Vail received 2 votes, and Mickey Mouse (yes, the cartoon character) received 4 votes.  One organization declared Sue Smith the new president.   The other organization had a second balloting, which Bob Brown won.

Based upon this information, which organization uses which major parliamentary authority and why does it make a difference?


 

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Debate on a particularly controversial motion has been limited by means of the motion to limit debate to one hour.  After thirty minutes of debate, it is apparent that more information is needed before a final decision can be made.  A member attempts to Postpone the motion until the next week's meeting but is ruled out of order by the President.   Based solely on these facts (and according to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), why?


 

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A committee member arrives at a regular committee meeting (operating under Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition) at which all members will be present.  Before the meeting begins, the member overhears that a motion will be made to reconsider an item adopted at the previous meeting.  At the previous meeting, the committee member voted for adoption of the underlying motion (and does not want to discuss the matter again).  What action can the committee member take to dramatically increase the chance that the motion to Reconsider will fail?