Your parliamentary authority is Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition). Is it permissible to make a motion to take away the right of the chairman/president to preside at all or part of a given session? (difficulty level - 4)
Yes, but for that session only, through a motion to Suspend the Rules and a two-thirds vote. RONR § 62 (p. 652-53).
In Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), what is the difference in disciplining an officer between language in the bylaws to the effect that officers serve "for ___ years OR unitl their successors are elected" and language to the effect that officers serve for a fixed term such as "for ___ years"? (difficulty level - 5)
Depending on which language is in the bylaws, the officer can either be removed from office by a motion to do so or the officer can only be removed for cause following an investigation, charges, and formal trial. RONR § 63 (p. 653-654).
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