Thursday, February 20, 2014

Proposal #17b: Prohibit Floor Fees

DRAFT This is a draft proposal which has not yet been voted on by the committee.

Proposed by Nick Sarwark.

  • Problem: Our bylaws are not explicit on the issue of floor fees, causing a recurring debate as to whether they are authorized.
  • Solution: Explicitly prohibit a floor fee for delegates to vote at conventions.
  • Benefits: Make explicit in the bylaws that floor fees are not allowed.

Bylaws of the Libertarian Party


  1. Delegates
    1. No fee may be required of any delegate to participate in the business sessions of any Regular Convention; however, fees may be required for participation in other convention events.


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  1. I strongly support this proposal. It is also clear to me that a significant majority of LP members agree. Further, this issue has been a big waster of time and brain power over many years, so it needs to be settled.

  2. I support this proposal. The fact that we have an LNC that even considered imposing a fee for this upcoming convention when almost two thirds of the delegates in Las Vegas (who had to pay an unlawful fee to even vote on the matter - and with a great number of individuals absent based upon principle) characterizes how out of touch the LNC is.

    The Libertarian Party of Oregon has an unresolved legal dispute with the LNC Inc resulting from their hiring of the Oregon Republican Party’s Lawyer, then sponsoring his litigation against us to through signing a conflict of interest release in pursuing an agenda of replacing our state party leadership through a sponsored coup, initiated by officers of the LNC at the time and composed of current members of the bylaws committee. Further our delegation was not seated in 2012 due to a poisoned credentials committee which included several of the plaintiffs in the dispute and the Chairperson of the LNC at the time was willing to allow that committee to violate the bylaws and their authority under RROR at the Las Vegas Convention.
    You may consider my statements on this matter bias or experience depending on your disposition.