Current Snippet

Avoiding Action Have you ever been in a meeting and had the sinking feeling there was no good path forward? If the motion was adopted, perhaps it would inadvertently send the wrong message – and the same was true if it failed. Even if the motion is on the floor for...

News: Dispute with school will head to court

The Block Island Times ( Block Island, RI ) A 2-0 vote by the New Shoreham School Committee will apparently end Marsha Gutierrez’s career at the Block Island School without health benefits in her retirement package, and, according to her attorney, Gutierrez is...

Announcing: June 2019 Snippet

The meeting snippet for June 2019 covers “Nominations vs. Appointments.” It should be available on or around June 3, 2019.

Introducing: May Snippet

The May 2019 Snippet will cover “Policies vs Procedures.” It should be available online on or about May 1, 2019.

Understanding How Abstention Votes Impact Public Boards

Surf City, NJ Children are often taught there are two answers to certain questions: yes or no. That’s not the case for elected officials, who have the ability to abstain from a vote on any given topic for any number of reasons. Often, the reason for an abstention vote...

News: Box used by fraternal club for voting sells for $500

The Columbus Dispatch (Columbus, OH) As early as the 17th century in America, members of fraternal clubs often voted at their meetings without paper ballots. Many decisions had to be almost unanimous; just one “no” vote could defeat a project. So, they used a...
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