Examples of delegate bodies using something other than Robert's Rules?
Dr. Mario C. Barbiere
DrMCB503 at aol.com
Sun Sep 23 15:39:20 PDT 2007
It is my understanding that Robert's Rules is for use to conduct a meeting,
i.e., protocols of when to vote, what kind of vote is required, etc. The
application of the rule in its true form or on occasion to varying degrees, is
traditionally done at Board of Education or Town council meeting. Absent
following Roberts Rules, it can lead to legal problems or the threat of litigation.
In my experience in education, I have always had a lawyer in attendance at
our Broad of Education meetings. Actually when I was in a large school
district (4,000 kids) , we had two lawyers at our meeting as one was general
council and the other was a contract specialist. Between utilization of Robert's
rules and the lawyer(s) we still had people getting warned about "the law" or
what they can and can not say in public.
The utilization of high engagement program to come to an agreement would, in
my opinion, mitigate problems at a BoE meeting as the processes you describe
involves people. Having folk involved in a process, come to consensus and
then present it to a Board Of Education is always effective. To pass a school
budget, we involve people in the process and it yields positive results.
Each serves a purpose, in my opinion. After dealing with 1M law suits for
not following Robert's rules, I have quickly gained an appreciation of when it
should and could be used.
Mario C. Barbiere
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