Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (12th Edition) was released on September 1, 2020.
The publisher lists 89 changes between the 11th and 12th Editions. The preface says there are 9 “notable” revisions and 13 “important points” of revision. That leaves 67 other “minor” changes the authors thought worthy of mention. There may be other minor changes that aren’t mentioned.
Many of the differences are wording changes or fine distinctions mostly of concern to professional parliamentarians, but here are some changes that may be of interest to condo and other boards of directors. The 12th Edition adds greater detail or clarification as to:
- the duties of a vice-president
- different types of electronic meetings and their rules, including possible wording for “Full-Featured Internet Meeting Services,” “Teleconference with Internet Voting and Document Sharing,” “Some Members Participate by Speakerphone in Otherwise Face-to-Face Meeting,” and “Telephone Meeting Without Internet Support”
- ratification of actions from unauthorized electronic meetings
- the term “ballot” being broadened to include electronic device voting
- the secrecy of ballot votes
- executive session and secrecy of discussions or decisions from closed sessions
- the process of correcting and approving minutes
- what should or should not be included in meeting minutes
For the publisher’s list of changes in the 12th Edition, visit What’s New in the 12th Edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised.
Vincent F. Heuser, Jr.