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Can other business at a meeting be discuss if it is not on the agenda?

Good day Rick!

The general answer is "Yes". If you have an idea that you want to present during a meeting, it can always come up under "New Business". In fact it is a requirement of the presiding officer to always ask the assembly "Is there any new business?" That way members have the opportunity to bring forward their ideas.

Now there are exceptions. If the organization has some adopted rule that business must be presented to the president or board so many days before the meeting (this to me is very undemocratic and I have see this in bylaws) or it is a special meeting. In that case only motions that apply to the reason the special meeting can be made.

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PS. Rick this applies to assembly meetings. If you are a member of a board, you have the same right. However if you are a member of an HOA and observing a board meeting, you do not have the right to make motions at all because you are not a member of the board.


Question submitted by Rick on November 24, 2015