DRAFT This is a draft proposal which has not yet been voted on by the committee.
Proposed by Aaron Starr.
Problem: A proposal quickly crafted on the floor at the 2010 convention added Convention Rule 5.8, which authorizes the National Committee with only a majority vote to amend thePlatform and Bylaws (but not the Convention Special Rules of Order) for non-substantive stylistic changes.
The enacted change is more in the nature of a Bylaw, rather than a Convention Special Rule of Order, which is normally intended to address how we conduct business during the convention.
- Solution: Require such changes receive a super-majority (rather than a simple majority) of the National Committee after providing advance notice on the Party’s website, and that such changes be proposed by a separate Style Committee, a majority of who are other than National Committee members. Move it from the Convention Rules to the Bylaws, where it belongs.
1) Increases the requirement for a modification from a simple majority of the National Committee to a two-thirds vote.
2) Assures that the National Committee may not propose such a change, and that majority of those who are proposing a style change are not also serving on the National Committee.
Convention Special Rules of Order of the Libertarian Party
RULE 5: DEBATING AND VOTING - PLATFORM
Bylaws of the Libertarian Party
ARTICLE 17: AMENDMENT
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