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How to Make a Main Motion [Infographic]

We’ve talked before about how to make a motion and what happens to a motion after a member makes it. For all you visual learners, here’s an infographic that illustrates these parliamentary procedure concepts...more

5 Essential Facts about Closing Debate

If there’s one reason people hate meetings, it’s because they drag on forever with needless discussion. According to Robert’s Rules, closing debate and moving directly to a vote on a motion – via a specific motion called...more

Quick Guide: The Lifecycle of a Motion

Remember that previous post on the parliamentary procedure basics for how to make a motion? Here’s “Making Motions – Round 2,” a more detailed guide on the specific language* you should use both for making a motion and, if...more

Lessons Learned: Website Redesign (Part 2)

by McManis Faulkner on

The decision is made: your firm is going to dive in - create a new website or redesign your existing one. I hope you had a chance to read my teammate Amanda Peth’s blog Lessons Learned: Website Redesign (Part 1) about when...more

Quick Fix: How to Get Rid of Time-Wasting Committee Reports

You know the drill….the meeting that drags on forever because of unnecessary committee reports. There is good news straight from the parliamentary procedure powers that be: You do not have to include “Time-Wasting Committee...more

3 Wrong Ways to Facilitate Discussion at a Meeting

Discussing….presenting ideas….asking questions. Parliamentary procedure allows all of this, right? But, you’re thinking, there’s this guy who always speaks up. Or there’s the member who asks the strangest questions – the...more

Shhh, It’s a Secret — What No One Tells You About Executive Session

“Executive session” is fancy meeting terminology for a secret proceeding. You probably already knew that much, but conducting a proper closed-door meeting requires knowing a bit more. Here are a few parliamentary pointers...more

Who Needs Parliamentary Procedure Anyway? Part 2

My last post provided the simple answer to why organizations still use (the seemingly outdated, archaic-sounding) parliamentary procedure: They use it because they are following state law, or because their bylaws say that...more

5 Ways to Fail at Leading a Meeting

The reputation of the president, chairman, or CEO may (unfortunately) depend on his or her ability to run a meeting. Whether the gathering is big or small, scheduled or impromptu, people want the person in charge to preside...more

4 Things Most People Get Wrong About Seconds

So, your meeting is rolling along fine. The chairperson begins on time and the preliminaries are dealt with in short order. The first topic on the order of business arrives, and the chairperson recognizes a member who makes a...more

Parliamentary Procedure Quick Guide: How to Make Motions

Let’s start with an “according to Robert’s Rules” definition. A motion is a proposal that an organization, board, or committee take a specific action (according to Robert’s Rules of Order and other parliamentary procedure...more

How to Keep it Brief: The No. 1 Secret to Shortening Your Meetings

No one likes sitting in a meeting any longer than necessary. So here’s the best kept secret for shortening a meeting: bypass debate on non-controversial motions. ...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Addresses Limited Partnership Drop-Down Transactions and Conflicts Committees"

The Delaware Supreme Court recently ruled on two appeals from Court of Chancery decisions involving "conflicts committees" of Delaware limited partnerships. Both decisions arise out of challenges to "drop-down" transactions...more

Behavioral Health: A Growing Interest in the Commonwealth

Massachusetts policy makers are increasing their focus on behavioral health treatment and how this relates to overall state health care spending. This issue was heavily discussed at the Health Policy Commission’s (HPC) annual...more

Agenda for October 5 SEC Advisory Committee Meeting

The Securities and Exchange Commission has published the agenda for the October 5 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies. The Advisory Committee plans to discuss and cover Regulation S-K...more

OPPS Advisory Panel Meeting Set for August 22-23, 2016; CMS Moving to One Panel Meeting Per Year

by Reed Smith on

CMS is hosting its next meeting of the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (Panel) on August 22-23, 2016. The purpose of the Panel is to advise HHS and CMS on ambulatory payment classification clinical integrity and...more

News from Second and State

Once again, we only had one chamber in Harrisburg this week. While the House was in recess, the Senate was in for three days of voting session, holding committee meetings and shuffling bills around that may pop up again in...more

Clarifying Amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act Signed Into Law

On December 11, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed into law Chapter 555 of the Laws of New York of 2015 (Assemb. Bill 8118-B/Sen. Bill 5868-A) making certain “clarifying amendments,” effective immediately,to provisions of the New...more

CFTC Announces Agenda for Upcoming Market Risk Advisory Committee Meeting

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Market Risk Advisory Committee has announced the agenda for its November 2 meeting. The proposed meeting will discuss the Central Counterparty Clearing House Risk Management...more

Committee Formation Meeting for Samson Resources Corporation, et al.

by Cole Schotz on

Upcoming Committee Formation Meeting: September 30, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Case Name: Samson Resources Corporation, et al. Case Number: 15-11934 (CSS) - Location: Sheraton Suites Wilmington Downtown, 422 Delaware...more

Act 31/2004, Amending The Companies Act (“Ley De Sociedades De Capital”) - Improvement of Corporate Governance

by DLA Piper on

Act 31/2014, of 3 December, amending the Capital Companies Act for the improvement of corporate governance, as published in the Official State Gazette (BOE) of 4 December 2014, has introduced significant changes in Spanish...more

Blog: Shareholder Proposal Regarding Audit Committee Composition

by Cooley LLP on

As noted in this article from Compliance Week, the Corp Fin staff have refused to issue no-action relief to Citigroup agreeing that it could exclude from its proxy statement a proposal from the prolific John Chevedden...more

The Louisiana Purchase And Compliance Focus Group – Changing The Game

by Thomas Fox on

In 1803, the fate of the United States changed in ways that could have never been contemplated, when the French Minister Talleyrand offered to sell France’s entire Louisiana Territory in North America to stunned American...more

Appointment and Authority of Committees Under the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law

Under the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (“NPCL”) it is relatively clear that (i) any committee with corporate authority must be comprised only of trustees, and (ii) committees must be appointed by the board, and not, for...more

Minnesota House Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committee Begins Hearings

The first committee meetings of a new session are often simply for the purpose of making introductions of members and staff, and setting forth committee protocol. After introductions, Chair Jean Wagenius (D-Minneapolis) of...more

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