VI.D. CONDUCT OF BUSINESS
(Section of the constitution and by-laws applicable to this section: XI.)
VI.D.1. PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
The rules in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised govern the conduct of committees in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with the constitution and by-laws, any special rules of order the Association may adopt, or this Handbook.
Committees usually meet at the annual meeting of this Association. Other meetings may be arranged as necessary.
A quorum of a committee consists of a majority of its members provided that the chair is present.
Written approval by members of a committee constitutes an affirmative vote.
VI.D.5. REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Reports and recommendations of a committee can contain only what has been agreed to by a majority of its members.
Committee chairs are required to submit four reports each year. Three Board reports are submitted to the President per year, prior to each meeting of the MLA Board: a Spring report, due prior to the Board’s Spring meeting (usually May); a Fall report, due prior to the Board’s Fall meeting (usually September); and a Winter report, due prior to MLA’s Annual Meeting. An Annual Report is submitted to the Planning and Reports Officer (see section VI.D.7.). All reports submitted to the Board should include reports of any and all subcommittees. The majority of Board reports will be publicly posted before each Board meeting. Only Board reports which contain executive session information will not be publicly posted; see the Board Open Meeting Guidelines, posted on the Board page of the MLA site, for a definition of executive session content. (rev. 3/2014) (rev. approved 5/2013, updated 7/2018)
Each committee keeps a record of its meetings in the nature of minutes for the use of the committee and the Board.
VI.D.7. ANNUAL REPORT
An annual report is submitted after the end of the fiscal year (June 30). That report will be requested by and sent to the Planning and Reports Officer who will announce the deadline for the annual report, typically August 1. The report should be in a form appropriate for publication. (rev. approved 5/2013, updated 7/2018)
If appropriate, the committee prepares and maintains a handbook of policies and procedures to ensure continuity of the committee's work. Committees should use the Committee Handbook Template
on the "Committees
” section of the MLA website. (rev. 9/2011) (rev. 2/2017)
VI.D.9. MAINTENANCE OF RECORDS
Committee files that are no longer required for current business are sent to the Archives of the Association. For further information, consult the MLA Archives page
on the MLA website. (rev. 5/2015) (rev. 2/2017)