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MOTION WITH NO SECOND

QUESTION: If a director makes a motion, can he second his own motion?

ANSWER: Depending on how the board wants to conduct its meetings, boards can require that motions require a second. If so, directors cannot second their own motion, the second must be from another director. (Robert's Rules, 11th ed., pp. 32, 35-36.) If no one seconds the motion, there is no discussion and the motion dies for lack of a second.

Informal Procedures. In the alternative, boards can allow motions without a second and hold informal discussions while no motion is pending. (Robert's Rules, 11th ed., p. 487-488.) The chair of the meeting can decide how he/she wants to conduct the meeting since there is no requirement in the Davis-Stirling Act that parliamentary procedures be followed in board meetings.

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