Robert's Rules for Adopting, Amending, and Suspending Rules - dummies

Robert’s Rules for Adopting, Amending, and Suspending Rules

By C. Alan Jennings, PRP, PRP

If your group wants to adopt, change, or suspend a rule in the correct Robert’s Rules method, this table serves as a handy reference to guide you through the requirements for dealing with each type of rule:

Rule Classifications and Requirements
Class of Rule Requirements to Adopt Requirements to Amend Requirements to Suspend
Charter Instrument initially adopted by majority vote or as provided by
law or chartering authority
As provided in charter Can’t be suspended
Bylaws Instrument initially adopted by majority vote As provided in bylaws, or by two-thirds vote with previous
notice if bylaws silent
Can’t be suspended unless provisions for suspension are
included for a particular rule or are clearly in the nature of a
rule of order
Special rules of order Previous notice and two-thirds vote, or a majority of the
entire membership
Previous notice and two-thirds vote, or a majority of the
entire membership
Two-thirds vote, subject to limitations
Standing rules Majority vote Majority vote with notice, two-thirds vote without notice, or a
majority of the entire membership
Can’t be suspended if application is outside a meeting; can be
suspended for the particular session by majority vote if
application is in a meeting
Rules of Order (parliamentary manual) Initially adopted by specifying in bylaws, but may be adopted
by special rule of order
Not amendable, but special rule of order or standing rule takes
precedence
Two-thirds vote, subject to limitations