Roberts Rules


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Although I am a general fan of Roberts Rules of Order, I have seen this abused by localities throughout the nation. Open time for the public to speak on topics that will affect the locality, I have seen speakers take a serious beating and get removed as though that speaking time is actual law. Robert's Rules of Order is not law, just recommendations for civil meetings.

When a person is speaking and the issue the person is speaking on, time should be extended if the matter is pressing and important to the people. Tyrants will block sound presentations by the people.

On the other side of that coin, people also need to know that if they believe their presentation will go beyond the normally prescribed time frame, arrangements can be made in advance to do so with a local administrator who will make the proper arrangements for you to do so.