Answer to Mind Bender for
A motion was made two months ago
for an expenditure of funds
and passed. At a meeting where the Chairman
of the committee was not present, a member
made a motion to change the
earlier motion to an amount of funds
that was less than the amount
previously adopted. Is this in accordance with the
All references are to
Answer: Yes, by way of a motion to
Rescind or Amend Something Previously Adopted. Refer to RONR p. 293-294:
By means of the motions to Rescind and to Amend Something Previously Adopted -
which are two forms of one incidental main motion governed by identical rules
- the assembly can change an action previously taken or ordered. Rescind -
also known as Repeal or Annul - is the motion by which a previous action or
order can be canceled or countermanded. The effect of Rescind is to strike out
an entire main motion, resolution, rule, bylaw, section, or paragraph that has
been adopted at some previous time. Amend Something Previously Adopted is the
motion that can be used if it is desired to change only a part of the text, or
to substitute a different version.
In an assembly, except when applied to a
constitution, bylaws, or special rules of order, a motion
to Rescind or Amend Something Previously Adopted requires:
a two-thirds vote,
a majority vote when notice of intent to
make the motion, stating the complete substance of the proposed change, has
been given at the previous meeting or in the call of the present meeting, or
a vote of a majority of the entire
membership - whichever is most practical to obtain.
In a committee, these motions require a
two-thirds vote unless all committee members who voted for the motion to be
rescinded or amended are present or have received ample notice, in which case
they require a majority vote.
Also, if this is a committee meeting,
refer to RONR p. 319 for another option, i.e. a motion to Reconsider:
A motion to reconsider a vote in the
committee can be made and taken up regardless of the time that has elapsed
since the vote was taken, and there is no limit to the number of times a
question can be reconsidered.
The motion can be made by any member of the
committee who did not vote with the losing side; or, in other words, the maker
of the motion to Reconsider can be one who voted with the prevailing side, or
one who did not vote at all, or even was absent.
Unless all the members of the committee who
voted with the prevailing side are present or have been notified that the
reconsideration will be moved, it requires a two-thirds vote to adopt the
motion to Reconsider.
In other respects, reconsideration in a committee is the same as in a meeting
of the society or its board.