What changes are included in the newly revised version of Robert's Rules of Order?


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"Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised," contains 17 major and 108 minor changes compared to the previous edition. The preface of this edition lists pages where the major revisions are located. The remaining 108 changes are briefly notated in the preface.

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Chapter 20 is completely revised with detailed instructions for removing officers, disciplinary action for abuse of authority and guidelines for removing disruptive participants.

Guidelines for smaller meetings and adopting additional rules have been added. Provisions have been added for modifying rules for small assemblies. Allowances for the introduction of special rules for meetings have been added. The 11th edition also clarifies requirements for announcing special meetings.

Rules surrounding electronic communication and meetings have been updated. The subsection of guidelines for electronic meetings has been expanded. A provision has been added for communicating electronically to consenting members.

Several changes to parliamentary terminology have been added. This edition defines "member in good standing" and adopts "Is there any debate" as preferred terminology. The title Request for Information replaces the motion Point of Information.

An additional method of carrying business over to the next meeting has been added. A new subsection is added for items tabled due to the reconsider motion, giving direction for recalling reconsidered items after an intervening motion.

Major revisions have been made surrounding voting rules. More precise rules of ballot retention requirements have been adopted. Clarification for challenging election results and requesting vote or election changes has been added. Remedies have been added for voting rights violations.

Several other generalized changes have been added. Rules surrounding adoption of the Credentials Committee without a vote and the requirements for adopting the Standing Rules of the Convention are clarified. Acts of the Executive Board in relation to the parent assembly are explained. Ways for members to access parliamentary records and minutes are outlined.

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