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Henry M. Robert (1837–1923).  Robert’s Rules of Order Revised.  1915.


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but none of the obligations of membership; as when the governor of a state is, ex-officio, a manager or a trustee of a private academy.

52. Committees, Special and Standing.

   It is usual in deliberative assemblies, to have all preliminary work in the preparation of matter for their action done by means of committees. The committee may be either a “standing committee,” appointed for a definite time, as a session or a year; or a “special [or select] committee,” appointed for a special purpose; or a “committee of the whole” consisting of the entire assembly. [For method of appointing committees of the whole, see 55; other committees, see Commit, 32.] Committees of the whole are not used much except in legislative bodies, and when the word committees is used in this Manual, unless specified to the contrary, standing or special committees are meant. Unless the assembly has appointed a chairman, either directly or through its presiding officer, the first named on a committee, and in his absence the next named member, becomes chairman, and so on and should act as such unless the committee by a majority of its number elects a chairman, which it has the right to do if the assembly has not appointed one, and which a standing committee usually does. The clerk should furnish him, or, in his absence, some other member of the committee, with notice of the appointment of the committee, the names of the members, the



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