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


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The signature may be preceded by the words, “Respectfully submitted,” but it is not necessary. Usually the report is not dated or addressed, and sometimes it consists merely of a resolution, or a set of resolutions. In the latter case the chairman states he is instructed by the committee to submit and to move the adoption of the resolutions. The report of the majority is the report of the committee and should never be referred to as the majority report.
  If the minority submit a report, (or more properly, their “views,”) it may commence thus: “The undersigned, a minority of the committee appointed, etc., not agreeing with the majority, desire to express their views in the case.” After the committee’s report has been read and the motion to adopt has been made and the question stated, it is usual to allow the minority to present their views, but if any one objects to its reception the chair should put the question to vote on its being received. It requires a majority vote to receive it, the question being undebatable. When the minority report is read it is for information, and it cannot be acted upon except by a motion to substitute it for the report of the committee. Whether the views of the minority are read or not, any one can move to substitute the resolutions they recommend for those recommended by the committee. Where the minority cannot agree, each member may submit



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